WildCat (Cedar Point)

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WildCat
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WildCat in 2010.
Cedar Point
Location Sandusky, Ohio, USA
Status Defunct
Operated 1979 to 2011
Statistics
Manufacturer Schwarzkopf
Product Wildcat
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel
Riders per train 4
Hourly capacity 1,000
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 50 feet
Top speed 40 mph
Length 1837 feet
Inversions 0
Duration 1:25
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WildCat was a Schwarzkopf steel roller coaster located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, USA. This roller coaster opened in 1979[1] and replaced an identical roller coaster, the Wildcat, which was closed in 1978.

History

The station of WildCat.

WildCat opened in 1979 and replaced the previous Wildcat.[2]

In 1997, seatbelts were added to WildCat following an incident on a similar ride at Bell's Amusement Park.[3]

In 2003, the ride was repainted with purple track and lime supports.

On May 2, 2012, Cedar Point announced that WildCat would be removed prior to the 2012 season to make room for an expansion to Celebration Plaza. The attraction operated for the last time in 2011.[4] The park stated that the ride had reached the end of its service life, citing low ridership and rising maintenance costs as reason for the removal. The ride was subsequently scrapped.[5]

In March 2013, it was revealed that pieces of the WildCat and Disaster Transport were to be donated to the National Roller Coaster Museum.[6]

Design

Trains

7 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 4 riders per car.

Incidents

On May 16, 2008, during the opening weeks of the season, a car traveling up the lift hill didn't make it all the way up, and rolled back down, hitting the car behind. Nine guests were injured, eight of wich were treated at a first-aid station in the park, one was treated and released at Firelands Memorial Hospital.[7] This caused the ride to shut down for a month. WildCat reopened late 2008.

At around 5:00 PM on June 5, 2011, two cars collided, injuring seven people. No serious injuries were sustained. Three people were taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center as a precaution and four were released from the first-aid station without further treatment. The US Department of Agriculture classified the crash as an "incident".[8]

Images

References

External links

  • WildCat on the Roller Coaster DataBase.


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