Cedar Point vs, Six Flags Great America?

I has become obvious to me, that although the Six Flags Magic Mountain-Cedar Point rivalry still stands, a new rivalry is beginning to emerge; a Cedar Point-Six Flags Great America battle. Seeing as Great America is the closest non-Cedar Fair big-ticket park, it only makes sense that they’d be going at it.

From the 2011 to 2013 seasons, both parks will have opened their own;

  • Waterpark expansions

In 2011, Six Flags Great America opened Riptide bay, the first major expansion to their relatively new waterpark. Feature 4 capsule drop slides, a Proslide Tantrum, and a surf simulator, it’s a great add-on to Hurricane Harbour.

One year later, Cedar Point built a Proslide Octopus Racer, called Dragster H2O, as well as repainting many other slides to give the area a fresh new feel.

  • Night-time show 

2012 was a big year at the Point, as not only did they open their new waterpark mat racer, and Dinosaurs Alive, but the big new attraction is their night-time experience, Luminosity; Ignite the Night! Featuring live dancers, music, and new lighting packages on Power Tower, Giant Wheel, and Millenium Force. This new show really lights up “the point”

Meanwhile, Six Flags Great America has bounced back with their similarly named night-time show, IGnight: the Grand Finale, and it promises to be an exhilarating spectacle to end a day at the park. Many descriptions say it will include some pyrotechnics, and if they cheap out on them, I know I’m not going to be the only one disappointed.

  • Wing Coasters 

Although the B&M wing coaster model only made it’s debut a couple of years ago, they’re really starting to be a hit with parks, (and guests,) as for the 2012 season, 3 parks built new wing coasters, with one of the being Six Flags Great America with X-Flight!

But, in 2013, Cedar Point will open Gatekeeper, their record breaking wing coaster. This one will take records for world’s tallest, and fastest wing coaster, and is stealing X-Flight’s trademark key-hole openings, with zero-g roll fly-overs of the front entrance.

Who knows, if this trend continues, we may end up seeing the removal of Six Flags Great America’s observation tower, in favour of a Sky Screamer? Or maybe an up charge walk-through attraction? If anything, competition stimulates growth, and come on, wing coasters, night-time spectaculars and water park expansions all in three years? Sounds like a competition to me!

What is Cedar Point Up To for 2013?

Cedar Point hasn’t put in a new coaster since Maverick in 2007, and every year since then, rumors have circulated saying that Cedar Point would be building a new coaster for the upcoming season. Earlier this year, we learned that Cedar Point would be removing Wildcat from the park, in order to encorperate an “expansion to Celebration Plaza.” But, in a recent turn of events, we may be seeing that new rumored coaster come to fruition very soon. Recently, we’ve learned from the Sandusky Register that the park plans on investing a monumental $25 million on a record-breaking, 170ft tall B&M wing coaster, and restructuring the entrance.

However, with this news came a bit of sadness for some, (and me,) as the memo by Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimet to Cedar Point’s board of directors clearly states,

Disaster Transport and the Space Spiral both would have to come down if the site plan currently under consideration is chosen.

Now, this is a bit of a “deja vu” for me as the park did in fact remove White Water Landing to build Maverick, but surely the park can find a way around removing such classic rides like Disaster Transport, (arguably the park’s only dark ride,) and the Space Spiral observation tower!

Just the other day, the Facebook page Keep space spiral at cedar point posted this rendering of a possible layout for the new wing coaster, and if this really is the layout, I can see that it WILL impact the park’s entrance like Leviathan does at Canada’s Wonderland, but oddly it doesn’t seem to impact Space Spiral at all, and yet it it slotted for removal.

Additionally,  if the entrance were to be pushed over towards the beach, both Disaster Transport and Space Spiral could be kept! Or, if the layout were to change just a little, Space Spiral’s location could be used as the entrance, and the observation tower could just be relocated like Ocean Motion was for Windseeker!

So in short, the park already removed Wildcat, dropping the park’s coaster count to 16, and now they’re planning to remove Disaster Transport AND Space Spiral, all for rumored coaster? Maybe we’ll see more than this wing coaster next year? Either way, something weird is in the works at Cedar Point for 2013.

One final point I have to make is that many, (like me,) are opposed to the removal of Space Spiral and Disaster Transport from Cedar Point, so there are a bunch of Facebook pages dedicated to raising awareness of the situation! Check out Save-Disaster-Transport-and-Space-Spiral-at-Cedar-Point on Facebook right now!!!