It’s hard to say goodbye to a classic coaster. Although, the time is right for Cedar Point to remove Magnum XL-200
One of the most intimidating coasters of its time when opened in 1989, Magnum is showing serious signs of aging. Still one of my favorite coasters at Cedar Point, I know deep down that removing Magnum is the right choice for the park.
There are a lot of things I love about this coaster. The airtime you get, especially during those pitch black tunnels, is sensational. However, the turnaround on the coaster is absolutely dreadful. You feel yourself being jerked into one direction and it’s excruciating. And for reasons such as this, Magnum really leaves a poor taste in my mouth.
The one part about Magnum that nobody can say they hate are the views of Cedar Point Shores. The newly expanded water park is on full display throughout the ride. It’s this water park I feel will be the end of Magnum’s life at Cedar Point.
Judging by how the new renovations go at Cedar Point Shores, Cedar Fair may wish to add even more to its water ride collection at its busiest park.
The removal of Magnum would be the logical choice in achieving that goal. Something such as a water coaster would go perfectly at Magnum’s current location on the water park side of Cedar Point.
Of course getting rid of such an iconic attraction won’t go over well with the Cedar Point faithful. I have a hard time grasping at the possibility of removing Magnum, but I’d understand why Cedar Fair would want to. It’s an old ride that doesn’t have the same effect it did 20, 10, or even 5 years ago.
When it opened in 1989, everyone was elated, excited, and clamoring to ride it. Regarded as the first hyper-coaster, Magnum was ahead of its time. But as coasters get more and more advanced, and the demand for more water rides grows, Cedar Point might have no choice but to pull the plug on Magnum.
I’m quite surprised Cedar Point didn’t close Magnum already to build the new waterpark attractions. Once the RMC Mean Streak is built, new coasters won’t be easy to place in the park because of space issues. Not only does the removal of Magnum create a tad more space ( possibly for something like an RMC Raptor coaster ), it allows for more room at Cedar Point Shores.
The removal of Magnum will be hit or miss on both sides. Some will say get rid of it, while others want to keep it as is. Personally, I’ll be fine with whatever Cedar Point decides to do. And while nothing has come out saying the ride is on the chopping block, it has got to be one of the next coasters to go.
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