Wicked Twister opened in 2002 as the world's first double twisted Impulse Roller Coaster. Wicked Twister held its records for 18 years.
The 1990's was a huge expansion ERA for Cedar Point. In 1990 Avalanche Run was converted into Disaster Transport. Mean Streak became the tallest and fastest wooden coaster in 1991. In 1993 saw the addition of Snake River Falls. In 1994 Raptor was the first major project to transform the Main Midway in 30 years. In 1996 riders would stand up to their fear on Mantis. Soak City was expanded in 1997. Riders would be blasted on the world's tallest drop tower in 1998 on Power Tower. In 1999 Camp Snoopy became the park's family-friendly area. Millennium Force opened in 2000 as the world's tallest roller coaster. With the success of all these attractions, Cedar Point would add something unique in 2002!
Wicked Twister ride facts
Height: 215 feet
Drop: 207 feet
Speed: 72 MPH
Type: Impulse roller coaster
Designer: Werner Stengel
Company: Intamin AG of Switzerland
Opened: May 5, 2002
Number of Coaster at that time: 15
Cost: 9 Million
Cedar Point's 11th oldest roller coaster!
Avalanche Run brought a unique bobsled experience to Cedar Point in 1985. In 1986, Thunder Canyon became Cedar Point's runaway river rapids ride. In 1990, Avalanche Run was enclosed and re-themed to Disaster Transport. In 2000, Millennium Force became the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world and the first roller coaster over 300 feet. The fun didn't stop in 2002. Intamin would return to Cedar Point a few more times. In 2003, Top Thrill Dragster became the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world when it reached heights of 420 feet. In 2007 Maverick became Cedar Point's wild experience but the new ride didn't break any records. Over the years Intamin built rides that had a lot of problems and rides that became rare. Demon Drop would close in 2009 to be relocated to Dorney Park for 2010. In 2010 Shoot the Rapids became Cedar Point's newest water ride. Shoot the Rapids had a lot of problems when the ride was at Cedar Point. Disaster Transport was removed from Cedar Point in 2012. In 2014, Jr. Gemini was re-themed as Wilderness Run. Shoot the Rapids was the last new ride built by Intamin at Cedar Point. The ride was removed in 2015.
Wicked Twister gave riders a great view of the Cedar Point beach and Lake Erie.
As the train reaches the end of the launch section, it heads up the forward tower. The train makes it about halfway up the tower then it pauses, and heads backwards through the launch section.
The train then heads back up the back spiral and twists 450 degrees for the final time. The ride then stops and heads down the tower going forward.
Wicked Twister Makes An Impact On Cedar Point
In the years following the opening of Wicked Twister Cedar Point opened a number of attractions that would help make the parks line-up better including 8 roller coasters: Top Thrill Dragster (2003), maXair (2005), Skyhawk (2006), Maverick (2007), Planet Snoopy (2008), Shoot The Rapids (2010-2015), WindSeeker (2011), Dinosaur's Alive (2012-2018), GateKeeper (2013), Pipe Scream (2014), Wilderness Run (2014), Rougarou (2015), Valravn (2016), Cedar Point Shores Waterpark (2017), Steel Vengeance (2018, Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island (2019), and Cedar Point's 150th Anniversary (2021). All of these new attractions have brought something unique to Cedar Point.
Jake's Story with Wicked Twister
In November 2001 when Wicked Twister was announced I was 8. I remember Cedar Point announcing that they were building Wicked Twister. It was in the local news paper. As the ride was being built Cedar Point would release frequent updates of its construction. I would get on the computer often and watch them build the ride.
Wicked Twister closes
During the final weekend the ride was opened Cedar Point sold a special limited edition shirt to celebrate the rides departure.
During the final day of operation riders given a button that advertised the ride.
For the final ride Cedar Point held a contest. 16 managers went thru the park with special lanyards. Guest would have to ask the manager for the lanyard. If they won they would get to take a guest with them. After the final ride, it was reviled that they also won a ticket of a lifetime.
Photos by: Jake Hamons, Raptor Jo, Russ Hauden and Cedar Point
Last Updated: 12/03/2021