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Over the weekend, TTD's launch cable snapped and luckily injured no riders or visitors. However, fear not as the ride reopened today, only one day after the incident occurred. Cedar Point really has the best maintenance crew in the industry. To be able to have the part in inventory and be able to replace it that quickly is astonishing. You could only imagine how long the delay would be if Six Flags or Herschend were running the park.
Soak City Expansion likely for 2017
It's been rumored for a while now, and seems to finally be coming to fruition. After a sandal shaped teaser was sent out, it has become apparent that this is what will be coming on August 18th, the day that Cedar Point and many other CF parks will be announcing their additions for that matter.
A waterpark expansion is long overdue. Only two attractions in the water park have been added over the last 20 years. Many complexes are originals or close to original with the opening of Soak City. With the clearing of some of the Challenge Park attractions, this may be a large scale addition, similar to the Carolina Harbor project at Carowinds.
This water park is one of the few in the chain not included with admission. Maybe that changes, but even if it is a huge expansion, I cannot see myself revisiting unless they rearrange ticket structures. The entrance near Magnum will likely see a revitalization, like the others in the park. Also, there is a rumor that the lightly used Proslide Tornado from Knott's will be moved to this park, as they will also be expanding their water park next year. It would be a great addition for CP.
Of course this throws a wrench into the future plans for Mean Streak, which may be pushed back to 2018. While anything is possible, it's hard to imagine the park doing two major projects like that in a single year.
Could Cedar Point go 20 for 2020?
No theme park in the world have ever reached the 20 roller coaster milestone, but some parks are getting close. Six Flags Magic Mountain currently has 19 roller coasters, and Cedar Point is second with 17. Someday, it will not be a surprise if both parks end up reaching 20 or higher. While Six Flags is one away and could technically add anything to reach the record, Cedar Point is three away and has options, but limited space.
But some people believe that Cedar Point is currently undergoing an aggressive plan to have 20 coasters in their park by the year 2020, which is also the park's 150th anniversary. Of course this would be a very tough thing to do, but if any park in the world would attempt it, it would be Cedar Point. If the park replaces Mean Streak with a single coaster, and technically counts Pipe Scream as one, they sit at 18.
With a Soak City expansion and Mean Streak renovation likely coming for the next two years, the park will have only 2 years to add coasters before 2020. The general feeling right now is that the next major coaster (such as Gatekeeper or Valravn size) will come for the park's 150th anniversary that year. That leaves one year of wiggle room for a coaster, and easily could be filled with a family coaster, or dark ride similar to Wonder Mountain's Guardian. If a dark ride were built, and have just a single drop or lift, it could be marketed as a coaster.
Another question is Pipe Scream. Will the park really count that as a coaster, like they did in Valravn's coaster timeline, or will they brush it under the carpet and build 20 real coasters, like most enthusiasts think that they should.
Either way, it is a tall task at hand, and we will have to take it year-by-year to see if it is really happening.