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Photos: Top 10 Cedar Point roller coasters

10) Raptor -- Added to Cedar Point in 1994 during the height of the coaster wars, Raptor boasts a 100-foot-tall loop, a pair of roll elements and a pair of corkscrews. Bolliger & Mabillard built similar inverted steel coasters at Six Flags Magic Mountain (Batman the Ride) and Knott’s Berry Farm (Silver Bullet). (Cedar Point)
9) Wicked Twister - Launched from a central station, trains hanging beneath the track travel up a pair of twisting towers located at either end of the track. Similar inverted shuttle coasters can be found at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (V2: Vertical Velocity) and Dorney Park (Possessed).  (Cedar Point)
8) Mean Streak - Built with 1.7 million board feet of pine, the 5,400-foot-long wooden coaster employs its own carpentry staff that retracks the ride almost every year. Cedar Point’s Mean Streak was the tallest (161 feet) and fastest (65 mph) of its kind when it debuted in 1991. The now defunct ride manufacturer also built Psyclone, a reviled wooden coaster mercifully removed from Six Flags Magic Mountain in 2006.  (Cedar Point)
7) Cedar Creek Mine Ride - Opened in 1969 at Cedar Point, the mine train-style coaster features a hybrid construction with a steel track on top of a wood structure. Arrow Dynamics built similar mine train coasters at Six Flags Magic Mountain (Gold Rusher) and Hersheypark (Trailblazer).  (Cedar Point)
6) Magnum XL-200 - Launching an early volley in the 1990s coaster wars, Magnum XL-200 was the first complete circuit coaster to break the 200-foot height barrier. Topping 70 mph, the hypercoaster passes through three tunnels along a 5,100-foot-long track. Since its 1989 debut at Cedar Point, Magnum has consistently remained in Amusement Today’s annual list of Top 10 steel coasters. Arrow Dynamics built similar hyper coasters at Buffalo Bill’s Casino (Desperado) and Kennywood (Phantom’s Revenge). (Cedar Point)
5) Gemini - Twin trains race side by side on parallel steel tracks built on a wood structure. Riders often give each other high fives as the trains pass through curves. When Gemini opened in 1978 at Cedar Point, it was the tallest, fastest and steepest coaster in the world. (Cedar Point)
4) Blue Streak - Opened in 1964 at Cedar Point, the classic wooden coaster was built by the legendary Philadelphia Toboggan Company, which also created the Comet at Hersheypark and Thunderhawk at Dorney Park.  (Cedar Point)
3) Maverick - The $21-million launched coaster features a 100-foot drop at a beyond vertical 95 degree angle. Prior to opening Maverick in 2007, Cedar Point removed the heartline roll track segment because the 360-degree inversion put too much stress on the trains. (Cedar Point)
2) Top Thrill Dragster - The $25-million hydraulic launch coaster accelerates from 0 to 120 mph in 4 seconds as it rockets toward a signature 420-foot-tall top hat element. When Top Thrill Dragster debuted in 2003 at Cedar Point, it was the first complete circuit coaster to break the 400-foot height barrier and ranks as the second tallest coaster in the world behind its younger sibling, Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure. Intamin built similar but shorter accelerator coasters at Knott’s Berry Farm (Xcelerator) and Hersheypark (Storm Runner).  (Cedar Point)
1) Millennium Force - Topping 90 mph, the massive monster was the first complete circuit coaster to break the 300-foot height barrier and ranks as the longest steel coaster in the United States at 6,600 feet. Since its 2000 debut at Cedar Point, the $25-million Millennium Force has consistently been voted one of the top steel coasters in the world in Amusement Today’s annual poll. (Cedar Point)
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