Cedar Point's Giant New Coaster Will Shatter Ten World Records Next Year

There are lots of coaster parks in the world, but few have dedicated themselves to pushing the limits of thrill rides like Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, has. And when it opens next summer, its new Valravn Birdseye coaster will officially break ten world records in one fell swoop.


Though the park has a relatively small footprint, over the years Cedar Point has found room for some of the most terrifying roller coasters you could ever strap yourself into. And the 3,415 feet long Valravn Birdseye continues that tradition with a record-setting 214 feet, 90-degree initial freefall that sees the coaster hitting 75 miles per hour.

Designed and built by Bolliger & Mabillard in Monthey, Switzerland, Valravn Birdseye is the 100th coaster the firm has created, and it will claim ten different world records once it goes into operation next summer.

1. Tallest dive coaster (223 feet)
2. Fastest dive coaster (75 mph)
3. Longest dive coaster (3,415 feet)
4. Most inversions on a dive coaster (three)
5. Longest drop on a dive coaster (214 feet)
6. Highest inversion on a dive coaster (165 feet)
7. Most roller coasters taller than 200 feet at one amusement park (5)
8. Most rides at one amusement park (72)
9. Most steel roller coaster track at one amusement park (52,125 feet/9.9 miles)
10. Most roller coaster track at one amusement park (60,110 feet/11.4 miles)

Once running, there are probably other records the coaster will claim too, like most vomit produced, or most pocket change dumped onto the ground below. But if you just can’t wait until 2016 to try it out, Cedar Point has also created a first-person VR video of the ride that you can pan and zoom in your browser, or watch using a VR headset via an app that’s available for download right now.

On second thought, maybe we’ll just stick with the bumper cars.

[Cedar Point via Damn Geeky]

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Giovanni McFarlane Fitzpatrick

Interesting that it shares the color scheme and overall design with SheiKra, down here in Tampa, which was the former holder of the highest vertical drop (200ft at the time it opened). Then again, this isn’t surprising, as they were both designed by the same company, Bollinger & Mabillard.