Sunday, May 1, 2011

Rejected Amusements: VertiGo and Extreme Trampoline at Cedar Point

In August 2001, Cedar Point opened Vertigo, an S&S Power attraction. Three towers standing 265 feet tall, with a central gondola connected to the towers by cables that riders are strapped into, then ejected above the height of the structure itself. VertiGo was located in Cedar Point's Challenge Park, and riders would pay $10 each per ride.

Once the park closed, Cedar Point's maintenance team removed the center car and cables that supported the towers. Due to the Point's location on Lake Erie, and Ohio's harsh winter, the towers collapsed during it's annual refurbishment in the off-season.

Similar attractions also existed at Six Flags Great Adventure, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and Knott's Berry Farm.

Installed for the 2004 season, the Extreme Trampoline in Cedar Point's Challenge Park. Guests in harnesses bounced up to 20 feet in the air. Guests between 40 and 200 pounds could buy a block of time for $6.

The attraction was constructed next to Challenge Racing and Ripcord, where VertiGo once stood. In later years, the fee would jump to $7, and the name would change to "X-Treme Trampoline."

Due to the cost of upkeep and low capacity, the ride was slated to be removed. For 2008, the attraction was replaced by Skyscraper, itself moved from Dorney Park and Valleyfair.


linear said...

I was on the One and Only VertiCord Crew 2001! Those were the Days! :)

- Sid