SANDUSKY - A new thrill ride that will dangle passengers 160 feet above the ground is opening at Cedar Point amusement park.
Park officials say the attraction, called Skyscraper, will feature giant propeller arms that spin passengers at speeds of up to 55 miles per hour. Riders will sit in open cars.
The ride will open in May at the Challenge Park area, a separate activity complex where rides are individually priced.
The manufacturer’s Web site shows parks that already have Skyscraper typically charge $20 to $30 for a two-minute ride.
Other separate-free attractions at Challenge Park include the RipCord Skycoaster, go-kart tracks and miniature golf courses.
In a press release issued this morning, park officials said Skyscraper will be unlike any ride you have ever experienced on the Cedar Point Peninsula. Featuring a giant propeller consisting of two arms that will spin guests in a full circle, Skyscraper is being billed as one of the most thrilling rides in the amusement industry.
Four riders, two on each arm, will sit in open cars with their feet dangling, on opposite ends of the propeller. The arms of the propeller quickly rotate in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction, spinning riders 16 stories into the air at speeds of up to 55 mph. At its highest point, riders will be upside down 160 feet above the ground.
The hair-raising ride lasts about two minutes. Onlookers can take part in the fun by watching a live streaming video of the passengers screaming in delight as they soar through the air. Riders aboard Skyscraper will have the opportunity to purchase this memorable video after completing their thrilling ride.
Manufactured by Gravity Works, Inc., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Skyscraper will welcome its first passengers when it opens to the public in May. Skyscraper will have an individual ride fee, and admission to Cedar Point will not be required.
"We are very excited about introducing a ride of this caliber to Challenge Park," said Bill Spehn, vice president of park operations for Cedar Point. "Skyscraper will be a great addition to the thrilling rides and experiences that we offer our guests this summer."
Located between Cedar Point and Soak City, Challenge Park also features the RipCord Skycoaster, two high-speed go-kart tracks and two challenging 18-hole miniature golf courses. Challenge Park is open to the public, and admission to Cedar Point or Soak City is not required. Each attraction requires a separate fee. Special combo packages that include discounted tickets for the attractions at Challenge Park will be available this summer.