Cedar Point Coaster Tech Videos

Design World has been posting a series of videos showcasing how some of the mega roller coasters and thrill rides at Cedar Point operate. In the first video, Monty Jasper, corporate vice president of safety and engineering for Cedar Fair, explains how GateKeeper uses a variable-speed DC motor to power the traditional lift chains to carry the train up the first 164-ft hill.


In the second video of the series, Monty fills us in on how Wicked Twister is launched by linear induction motors.

Next up, how Power Tower uses powerful pneumatic cylinders and pressurized air to give riders a choice for free falling or rocketing up 240 ft at speeds up to 50 mph.

Top Thrill Dragster relies on the power density of hydraulics to send riders from 0 to 120 mph in less than 4 sec, slinging them up and over a 420 ft hill in the blink of an eye.

Millennium Force uses an elevator cable lift technology to speedily carry riders up a 310-ft hill, dropping them at an 80° angle at speeds up to 93 miles for a smooth, thrilling ride.

What other rides at Cedar Point would you like to know more about how they work?

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2 Responses

  1. Jeremy says:

    Highlight of my day! I love his description of Millennium Force “A sweet heart of a coaster”. Cedar Point is my home park and I love to learn more about how all the rides work. Learned a lot about how Power Tower works from this video. Thanks for Sharing.

  2. eric peay says:

    I like most of the roller coasters at cedar point. But I can only enjoy kings dominion and bursch gardens in va because they are close by. Our six flags in largo maryland has a lot of catching up to do as far as adding more big coasters to there park and a more exciting water park as well. just like kings dominion is doing. I will fly out to cedar point to visit the theme park and ride all those roller coasters. I love to ride roller coasters!!

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