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Cedar Point preparing debut of new Pipe Scream ride

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Pipe Scream is one of Cedar Point's many attractions to debut this summer. (Courtesy: Cedar Point) Pipe Scream is one of Cedar Point's many attractions to debut this summer. (Courtesy: Cedar Point)
Riders will spin and coast at speeds up to 43 mph. (Courtesy: Cedar Point) Riders will spin and coast at speeds up to 43 mph. (Courtesy: Cedar Point)
The 15,000-pound gondola was just put into place. (Courtesy: Cedar Point) The 15,000-pound gondola was just put into place. (Courtesy: Cedar Point)
A rendering of the ride. (Source: Cedar Point) A rendering of the ride. (Source: Cedar Point)
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SANDUSKY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

While winter is usually a down time for the construction industry, crews have been busy the entire cold season at Cedar Point.

Last year, Cedar Point introduced its new Gatekeeper roller coaster. Although there are no new coasters this year, there will be two new family-friendly rides on the newly-renovated Gemini Midway.

Cedar Point fans are one step closer to defying gravity, as construction crews finished placing the 15,000-pound gondola on the park's new Pipe Scream ride. This new family thrill will take you 43 feet above the midway at speeds of up to 43 mph. You'll spin and coast on more than 300 feet of track.


Watch animation of Cedar Point's Pipe Scream.


Pipe Scream is just one of the many new attractions slated to debut this summer at the park voted the "Best Amusement Park in the World." Guests will also be able to enjoy the new Lake Erie Eagles and SlingShot rides, a multitude of new food choices, a refreshed Camp Snoopy kids' area, new cabins at Lighthouse Point, live shows and more.

Cedar Point officials wanted to cater to families with smaller children who can't go on the larger, thrill rides.

"[We focused on] giving the families new attractions, as well as a nice area to hang out in," said Jason McClure, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point.

The entire midway is also being renovated from the ground up. Two new family-oriented food options are also being installed.

"We took out the old asphalt that was always hot, added more shade to the area," said McClure.
    
The hope is to turn this stretch of the midway into a place where people can spend more of their time.

"This was kind of a runway from Magnum to the back of the park. And now there's going to be a good reason for people to hang out and spend some time in this area," said McClure.

Cedar Point opens to the general public for the 2014 season on Saturday, May 10.

Find out what to expect at your favorite amusement park this summer in Jon Monk's reports tonight on WTOL 11 News starting at 6.

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