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Cedar Point amusement park opens Saturday with new GateKeeper roller coaster

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Going to Cedar Point

What: Cedar Point amusement park opens for the season this weekend featuring the new GateKeeper wing rollercoaster.
When: Hours vary by day. This weekend, the park is open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. For for hours the rest of the summer, go to
Where: Along Lake Erie, off U.S. 6 north of Sandusky in northwest Ohio.
Cost: Single-day adult, $44.99 online in advance or $54.99 at the gate; single-day child or senior, $29.99 online only; two days/two parks adult, $82.99; two days/two parks child or senior, $45.99; early-season startlight evening admission, $24.99 Saturday through June 15.

Friday, May 10, 2013 - 1:01 pm

You won't have to look far to see Cedar Point amusement park's new $30-million, wing roller coaster ride — GateKeeper flies right over the main entrance to the park near Sandusky in northwest Ohio.

Cedar Point opens for the season Saturday, and the new coaster will be ready for visitors looking for aerial adventure.

At 4,164 feet long and a vertical drop of 164 feet, GateKeeper has the longest track and biggest drop of any wing roller coaster in the world, Cedar Point says on its website, You must be at least 52 inches tall to ride it.

On a wing roller coaster, riders sit on either side of the track with nothing above their heads or below their feet.

The ride will last about 2 minutes, 40 seconds, with riders hitting a top speed of about 67 mph, the website said. GateKeeper can accommodate about 1,710 riders per hour.

Some of the ride's other features include:

Camelback: Riders will fly over a giant, 105-foot-tall camelback hill that will be “filled with airtime.”

Giant Flat Spin: A 360-degree flip will provide two different ride experiences for guests on each side of the track.

Zero-G Roll: Flyover maneuvers, including a 360-degree, inline roll, hurl riders extremely close to and through slots in two support towers dominating Cedar Point's new main entrance.

Inclined Dive Loop: A 180-degree turnaround pushes riders through an overbanked turn and rockets them back toward the end of the ride.

Spiral: The track rotates 360 degrees before taking riders back to the start.

To make room for the ride, which occupies 3.5 acres, Cedar Point took down two old rides, Disaster Transport and the Space Spiral.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.