Cedar Point’s New 2013 Coaster: The Gatekeeper

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It’s that time of year that we here in the Cleveland area start seeing commercials for Cedar Point. It always makes me happy because it means warmer days are ahead and it’s a great way to relive past park memories and check out what’s new for the upcoming year. That’s why I was really excited when I was watching tv recently and heard the familiar sound of roller coaster clicking and excited screams. I looked up to see a coaster barreling down the tracks and knew right away it was Cedar Point commercial season!

I stopped to watch the commercial and I’m so glad I did. While it showed many fun features of the amusement park, it focused heavily on this year’s new coaster – The Gatekeeper.

Have you heard about it? It’s a winged coaster which means you ride out on the “wings” of the coaster rather than on or under the track.

Cedar Point GatekeeperIt’s the longest winged coaster and has the longest winged coaster drop of any in the world.

GatekeeperIt’s been said that The Gatekeeper is going to change the landscape of Cedar Point. The track flies above the main entrance of the park passing over arriving guest. How fun is that?!

Gatekeeper OverviewI’ve been watching the progress of it being built and was very surprised to learn about the keyholes the coaster flies through. What an adrenaline rush that would be!

Gatekeeper KeyholeWhile I couldn’t find the exact commercial online yet, I did find this news report with similar footage and a great interview about the coaster’s features:

Having never been on a winged coaster before I love how she said it feels like you are flying. It sounds amazing! I know Dave can’t wait to ride The Gatekeeper this summer and I’d love to as well – I just have to build my courage up first!

What about you? Are you a thrill seeker? Would you ride The Gatekeeper?

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  1. I loved roller coasters when I was younger and one time when I was at Elitches and it wasn’t crowded I rode again and again trying out each of the seats to find which one I liked best. I liked the front seat best. Sadly my coaster days are over.

  2. Julie Wood says:

    Cedar Points new Coaster called the Gatekeeper sure is big and loops around a lot. I think that I would be to scared to go on this, but my son would love it!

  3. judy gardner says:

    i have not heard of the Gatekeeper, but it sure looks scarry! i am a chicken when it comes to roller coasters!

  4. Heather Galbraith says:

    I can’t wait to ride this coaster!

  5. Jessica Z says:

    I have been wanting to try this coaster! I was so close last week and a huge storm rolled in before getting into line :( I am hoping to make it back before the end of the season, looks amazing!

  6. Jennifer Dysart says:

    Oh awesome, love that it goes over water! i love rollercoasters, I’d def ride this one. I haven’t met a coaster yet I wouldn’t ride :)

  7. amanda assencoa says:

    this looks like a blast!!! i would totally ride this!

  8. Sonya Morris says:

    Oh yes!! I would ride this for sure!

  9. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Love Roller Coaster’s ! This Would Be The Ultimate Ride For Me!

  10. Maralea says:

    They featured this roller coaster on the news the other night. Thinking I may have to pass on riding it!

  11. Tegan L. says:

    I have been on one of those “4d” rides before, very odd experience. I think, once you know how the turns work, it is more fun.

  12. That looks like so much fun! I haven’t been there since I was a teenager! I would love to test the new coaster out!

  13. OMG, that looks so scary but so fun! I love thrill rides so yes I would go on this in a heartbeat!

  14. md kennedy says:

    Holy _ _ _ _ ! There is NO WAY you will get me on this thing! You could not pay me enough. My husband, however…..he’s still a kid when it comes to roller coaster.

  15. I can’t do rollercoasters but I did try tandem skydiving twice. Loved it!

  16. Heather says:

    Now that looks like a good time! I love roller coasters.

  17. Michele P says:

    my hubby would really love this, I am such a wimp when it comes to roller coasters…

  18. Sandy VanHoey says:

    Here I lived in Michigan all my life…so close and never went. Maybe part of it being I couldn’t even go on the carousel without getting sick.

  19. Maralea says:

    Wow! Now this is a roller coaster!

  20. Betty Baez says:

    wow!!! i love roller coaster but this one looks stomach churning

  21. Brandy says:

    We’re going there in 3 weeks! Can’t wait!

  22. I love roller coasters and would love to ride this one. Have to make a long trip to get there, though.

  23. Maria Iemma says:

    I am a rollercoaster nut and would love to visit this park and ride this coaster…

  24. that rollercoaster looks really fun

  25. Amy Tolley says:

    im not much of a rides person but my kids sure are they would just love this ride…thanks for sharing we plan on visiting this year thanks

  26. That looks so fun! I’ll ride just about any roller coaster.

  27. april yedinak says:

    Wow! I have to admit that even though I get so scared, I love a good roller coaster. Those keyhole thingy’s would make me scream I am sure!

  28. I’m really looking forward to visiting Cedar Point this year. Even if I’m too short to ride the Gatekeeper.

  29. Not sure about this! My oldest grandson would love it though!

  30. Jennifer Marie says:

    I am not a thrill seeker. I wish I was, but am not. Doubt I will be riding the gatekeeper.

  31. I never liked roller coasters as a child and sill don’t. I like all other rides!! This coaster looks like a amazing structure.

  32. We’ll be riding. Looking forward to it. I love Cedar Point. :)

  33. Looks scary! I am not a thrill seeker for sure

  34. We love Cedar Point and my oldest is tall enough to ride all the rides and my youngest is almost there. We might buy season passes next year, they really love it there and its not that far of a drive for us. The passes pay for themselves with only 3 trips!! Can’t wait for the new GateKeeper!!

  35. This sounds like an incredible coaster! I can’t wait to see it in action.

  36. This sounds like a ride my son would love! He is the thrill seeker in the family. I don’t really care for these types of rides. If we are ever in the area I am going to make sure I bring him to Cedar Point.

  37. Olivia Rubin says:

    A heck no! I can think of so many other things I would, but if I had to do,that or eat something nasty like they have one do in a Survivor challenge, I might pick the roller coaster, but still not sure. OMG, I would cry on a kiddie coaster, won’t even go on a ferris wheel

  38. rebecca shockley says:

    I use to be, I’ve become quite the chicken in my old age. Any coaster would do, 1oo time’s over. This one pictured though, nope, couldn’t do it. Hope you can!

  39. saminder gumer says:

    i have always wanted to go here and i love roller coasters. i would definitely ride it.

  40. Austin Baroudi says:

    I’m somewhat of a thrill seeker and I would absolutely love to ride The Gatekeeper! It looks amazing!

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