420-feet tall and featuring a maximum speed of 120 MPH, Top Thrill
Dragster became the world�s tallest and fastest roller coaster when
it opened in May 2003.
Designed by Intamin AG, the ride utilizes an incredibly powerful
hydraulic launch system, similar to Xcelerator at Knott�s Berry Farm.
The ride features six 16-passenger trains, which are designed to
resemble top fuel dragsters.
The atmosphere around the
ride is very alive. The grandstands are usually packed with guests,
the launch track is located very close to the pathways, and the massive top-hat
dominates the skyline.
Once the restraints are
checked, the train slowly advances into the launch area. Once the fins
drop, the train catapults forward, accompanied by smoke and sound effects.
launch is simply indescribable... definitely one of the most intense experiences
I have ever had on a coaster. The extreme speeds and the wind cause your
face to distort, making for a very interesting on-ride photo.
a large speedometer lets you catch a glimpse of how fast you are
traveling; on our particular run, we hit 123 MPH.
the base of the top-hat, you don't have much time to prepare yourself for the
420-foot ascent. Within moments, you are racing to the top.
The journey up
seems almost endless, but is
extremely rewarding. While enjoying the massive amount of airtime at the
note of the extraordinary view; it is definitely one of the best in the park.
The 400-foot, 270� spiraling
drop comes next. Although it is very intense and disorienting, I think the descent would
have been much more thrilling if it only twisted 90-degrees ala Xcelerator.
the bottom of the top-hat, you race through the finish line with incredible
speed. Within a few seconds,
you slam into the magnetic brakes, which abruptly bring you to a halt.
After a brief moment, the train is advanced to the unload platform.
Top Thrill Dragster is an
amazing thrill ride that must be experienced. Every element is a
blast, particularly the launch. The ride's only major shortcoming is its reliability,
but that should improve over time.
With the addition of Top
Thrill Dragster, Cedar Point is definitely one of the top destinations for
roller coaster enthusiasts.
Airtime and view from the top-hat