Cedar Point Announces Permanent Closure of Wicked Twister Roller Coaster
After many hints were dropped over the past year by both Cedar Point and Cedar Fair officials, Cedar Point has “officially” announced the permanent closure of Wicked Twister — the spiraling, twisting roller coaster that overlooks the Lake Erie Beach.
The announcement was made by Cedar Point Director of Communications Tony Clark who said “Wicked Twister will close for good on Monday, September 6, 2021 as we prepare for future park improvements”.
With ‘twists’ on both towers – instead of just one – Wicked Twister will be the first and only coaster of its kind anywhere in the world.
Back on November 20, 2001, Cedar Point announced to the world that it would build the planet’s tallest and fastest double-twisting impulse roller coaster. For just about 20 years, it kept that title.
At the time, there was a boom in the introduction of these types of coasters, but most with only one twisting spike at one end, and a straight, 90-degree vertical track section at the other (many with a brake that held the train for a quick second for an added thrill).
Wicked Twister would dramatically change the famous Cedar Point skyline with its twin, 215-foot-tall bright yellow spiraling vertical spikes – a structure that’s as daunting as it is a work of art.
Since it opened on May 5, 2002, Wicked Twister has given more than 16 million rides. We tried to capture some updated footage of the ride this Summer, but there was a flag in the way…
Once Wicked Twister is removed, it will create another prime area of open space along the Lake Erie beach. In 2018, Cedar Point removed the Extreme Sports Stadium (formerly the Cedar Point Aquatic Stadium), which was adjacent to Wicked Twister. Combining the two plots of land leaves a considerable size area of undeveloped land along the boardwalk, near the Ferris Wheel.
Clark declined to say what would take its place in statements, referring only to “future park improvements.” He also did not clarify if the ride was being scrapped or if it will be relocated to another park.
The park kicked off their “Last Launch” campaign with following video.
More details about the coaster’s last day of operation will be shared soon. For tickets and more information, visit the official Cedar Point website by clicking here.
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