Monday, June 4, 2012
Goodbye, WildCat – and Space Spiral too?
First, in early May 2012 it was announced that the WildCat roller coaster was being permanently removed and dismantled. The roller coaster featured small cars that held four passengers; the Wiki entry reveals that it was actually the second roller coaster to bear that name, as the original WildCat was removed in 1978.
But the bigger bombshell was quietly dropped last week.
A new roller coaster is in the works for 2013 (according to this Morning Journal article.) As usual, when a new ride is added, something has to go to make room for it. According to this WKYC Channel 3 report, to make room for the new coaster, two rides are going to have to go: Disaster Transport and – the Space Spiral!
Here's the link to the Sandusky Register's version of the story; be sure to check out the comments section.
I find it hard to believe that Cedar Point would actually remove one of its iconic rides to make room for yet another roller coaster. The Space Spiral has been there since 1965 and is one of the classics; a family ride that offers spectacular views of the amusement park, as well as Lake Erie and the whole surrounding area.
A nighttime ride on the Space Spiral was usually one of the last stops for my family before leaving the park. It was always a memorable and magnificent finish to a day of fun. It'd be a shame if the park management got rid of yet another family-friendly ride, one of the final links to the Cedar Point of old.
Looks like I gotta get to the Point this year for one last ride on the Space Spiral. (I tried to get on the Space Spiral last year, but it didn't work out.)