It's been rumored ever since Rougarou opened at Cedar Point, and now it is finally here!
Vortex, the park's B&M stand-up coaster, will be retired at the end of the season, and it will be upgraded with floorless trains and renamed Patriot. As well as a more comfortable and enjoyable ride experience, the ride will also feature a new paint job and sleek trains.
While it may not be the best layout in the world, Patriot should be much more enjoyable for riders, and will save the park a lot of space in the long run. It's also better than just scrapping the coaster and getting nothing out of it. Rougarou has been very successful for Cedar Point, and many people say it is a giant improvement over the old Stand-Up model Mantis.
Besides Mystic Timbers, this is the only other current coaster for Cedar Fair so far. CGA fans will be very happy to hear that possibly a former fan favorite will be upgraded to become great again.
Vortex will give its final ride on September 5th.
Reason: Many people argued that this treatment would be a waste for Vortex, but it really isn't. the landlocked park will be able to save some space, while also technically adding a new coaster experience.