Climb. Hang. Plummet straight down! Today, Cedar Point announced plans for Valravn, the world’s tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster. Next year, guests will have the chance to test their bravery by diving from 223 feet in the air – face-first at 90 degrees.
Meet Valravn, who Cedar Point describes as “the regal king of birds, swooping in to conquer all other dive coasters on the planet with its powerful and intense maneuvers, massive structure and immense ride vehicles.”
Finally, after seeing leaked images of the coaster’s layout and delays in the announcement date, we have all the details. Standing at 223 feet tall, Valravn will carry riders to the edge of the first drop and hold them there for approximately four seconds, offering an incredible view – that is, for those brave enough to look down. Plunging straight down, the coaster will reach a top speed of 75 miles per hour and hurl screaming riders to the midway below.
But Valravn’s not done yet. Riders are sent flying through an enormous 165-foot-tall Immelmann loop and a second vertical drop. Other elements include a dive drop and a 270-degree roll, making Valravn the most inverting dive coaster in the world.
Valravn will become Cedar Point’s 17th roller coaster (or 18th if you count Pipe Scream, their Disk’O ride), and the park’s fifth coaster taller than 200 feet. Valravn also happens to be the 100th coaster designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, and will feature the manufacture’s newest restraint system, similar to that featured on GateKeeper, to prevent head-banging during the ride experience. The coaster’s trains will feature eight-across seating in three rows, accommodating 24-passengers.
Cedar Point is the first amusement park to use virtual reality to introduce a roller coaster, allowing guests to experience Valravn in 3D by downloading a dedicated app and inserting their smartphones in a virtual reality viewer.
“The introduction of Valravn is a first for the amusement park industry on many fronts, including the exciting virtual reality experience,” said Jason McClure, general manager of Cedar Point. “For the first time ever, guests are able to take an immersive ride on Valravn before it opens next summer – and the actual experience will be unmatched with the tallest lift hill, fastest speed, longest track and most inversions on a dive coaster, right here at Cedar Point, The Roller Coaster Capital of the World.”
Watch an animated video of Valravn in action below:
Are you excited to see Valravn coming to Cedar Point next year or were you hoping for something else? I don’t think it’s a good fit for the park, considering that they already have two similar rides (Rougarou and GateKeeper), and I’d much rather see a Rocky Mountain Construction wooden coaster there. But, as it’s too late for that, I must say that Valravn looks like a lot of fun, and the new restraints should really improve the experience on previous dive machines. What do you think?
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