When it comes to roller coasters, one park stands tall above the competition. Located in Sandusky, Ohio, Cedar Point is the roller coaster capital of the world, and for a good reason, as the park boasts the most impressive coaster collection of any theme park.
Picking a favorite can be quite the daunting task, but perhaps none are more exciting than Millennium Force.
Built in 2000, Millennium Force is not only Cedar Point’s best coaster, but it might challenge the world’s best as well. Despite being open for more than 16 years, it’s still able to deliver a one of a kind thrill experience that most coasters simply can’t provide.
Millennium Force set a plethora of records upon its opening. It was the world’s first Giga coaster, one that exceeds 300 feet. Millennium Force also holds the distinction of being North America’s third longest coaster, only trailing two other Cedar Fair coasters, The Beast at Kings Island and Fury 305 at Carowinds.
Millennium Force has continued to receive praise from riders and coaster enthusiasts, winning ten Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards for the best steel coaster. And while it’s no longer the fastest and tallest coaster, many still consider it to be among the best.
Many other coasters have tried to challenge Millennium Force, and still can’t seem to match the intensity of the ride. Only two coasters have ever been able to topple Millennium Force for best steel coaster since it’s opening, Superman the Ride (a.k.a. Bizzaro) at Six Flags New England, and the aforementioned Fury 325 at Carowinds. Millennium Force has never ranked below two on Amusement Today’s best steel coaster list.
Cedar Point features coasters such as Maverick, Top Thrill Dragster, Valravn, and Gatekeeper, so there are plenty of other coasters in addition to Millennium Force. The wait time almost always exceeds two hours on a normal day, making it one of the more popular rides at Cedar Point.
If you’re a coaster enthusiast, you need to ride Millennium Force. Arguably one of the world’s best coasters, it’s certainly a trip you’ll never forget.
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