The worst kept secret in the theme park community was officially revealed today. In 2016, Cedar Point will unleash a new B&M dive coaster called ValRavn to their coaster collection. When it opens in 2016, it will be the tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster in the world.
ValRavn will be the 18th roller coaster to come to Cedar Point. It will also be the third B&M dive coaster in the United States, with the other two being Sheikra at Busch Gardens Tampa and Griffon at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Also, it will be the popular manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard’s 100th roller coaster.
After ascending the 223 foot tall lift hill, riders will come to a complete stop facing directly down ValRavn’s massive 90 degree drop for four seconds. Then, the ride will shoot down the vertical drop at speeds of 75 mph. Next, the passengers will emerge into a 165 foot tall immelman loop. Following the immelman loop, passengers will ascend the ride’s second hill.
On the hill, a second 90 degree drop will appear in front of riders, but this time they will continue straight down the drop.
After plunging down the second drop, riders will enter another immelman loop. At this point, ValRavn is very similar to the other dive coasters, Griffon and Sheikra, but it’s about to take its own twist as it enters a zero-g roll.
Finally, ValRavn will complete its layout with a couple of hills and a turn. In total, ValRavn will be 3415 feet long. The ride will break ten records when it debuts. These ten records are below:
- World’s Tallest Dive Coaster – 223 feet compared to Griffon’s 205 feet
- Fastest Dive Coaster – 75 mph compared to Griffon’s 71 mph
- Longest Dive Coaster – 3415 feet compared to Griffon’s 3108 feet
- Most Inversions on a Dive Coaster – Three compared to Griffon, Oblivion – The Black Hole, and Baron 1898’s two
- Longest Drop on a Dive Coaster – 214 feet
- Most Roller Coasters Taller than 200 Feet at an Amusement Park – 5
- Most Rides at one Amusement Park – 72
- Most Steel Track at an Amusement Park – 52125 feet or 9.9 miles
- Most Roller Coaster Track at an Amusement Park – 60110 feet or 11.4 miles
Above is the official video Cedar Point posted for the ride. For those with virtual reality glasses, you can find out how to view a virtual reality version of the ride here. There is also a panoramic POV available here.
The trains of ValRavn will feature three rows of eight passengers each. They will feature the new B&M comfort collar restraints. These new restraints are typically preferred over the old restraints, but I do know a few people, including myself, who find the older B&M restraints to be more comfortable. I am surprised that Cedar Point went with the three rows of eight, Griffon features a larger configuration of three rows of ten. This would allow an increased hourly capacity for the ride, which will currently accommodate 1200 riders per hour.
I think this will be a great ride, both Griffon and Sheikra are very fun rides. Several Cedar Point fans have complained that this isn’t record breaking like Millennium Force and that it will be a mediocre ride, but it definitely will please the crowds. My biggest concern with the ride are that it’s very similar to the park’s most recent installations, Gatekeeper and Rougarou. I’m not sure if the crowd will notice how similar these attractions are, but it will still be a fun new roller coaster. My other concern is that this ride shouldn’t be going to Cedar Point. Cedar Point received a new roller coaster just one year ago when they converted Mantis to Rougarou. I think this ride should’ve gone to one of the smaller Cedar Fair parks, which are becoming seriously neglected. In particular, Valleyfair, Michigan’s Adventure, Dorney Park, World’s of Fun, and now Kings Dominion all need new roller coasters, but don’t seem to be getting them anytime soon. Hopefully, these parks will receive their much deserved roller coasters in the near future, but for now we can all take a pilgrimage to the best roller coaster park in the United States, Cedar Point.
At the moment, land clearing for ValRavn has begun. Track has also arrived on-site for the project. Soon, construction will really kick into gear.
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