Archive for the ‘WildCat’ Category
I was thinking how I did not get to ride the WildCat my last visit in 2011, then by 2012 the WildCat was removed from the park. I guess that would have been the same feeling someone had when they came back in 1979 and not being able to ride the Jumbo Jet. I came across this great photo of the WildCat from 1980:
Here is the park map from 1980:
You can also catch the WildCat in action from the Space Needle at the end of this video:
I keep wondering if the WildCat was in fact sold for scrap? (See Sold for Scrap) A point to ponder!
WildCat was new for 1979 and replaced Jumbo Jet, that headed for Palace Playland in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. News is not good for WildCat It has been reported that Cedar Point’s WildCat has been removed from the park and sold for scrap, this means that the coaster is truly lost. I’ve reposted the pictures that have appeared on this very blog and in the original colors. 1979 – 2011 RIP WildCat!
Here is the WildCat POV:
We all know the story, that Jumbo Jet left Cedar Point at the end of season in 1978. Taking Jumbo Jet’s place was the new WildCat, which we posted some great pictures of back August of 2010. (See “WildCat in Jumbo Jet’s spot!”). In my travels around the web, I found this unique view of WildCat:To give you a point of reference the beach and lake is at the top of the photo. Is summer here YET? Let’s Ride!
Back in 1970 the new ride at Cedar Point was the original WildCat. This coaster raised Cedar Point coaster count to 3 which included the Blue Streak and the Cedar Creek Mine Ride. I was surfing the interweb and found some really cool pictures of the original WildCat:I also found a really cool 8mm video of Cedar Point in 1970 (WildCat is shown :58 into the video):
Hopefully WindSeeker will be ready to go for Cedar Point’s opening day, Saturday Funday May 14th. Let’s Ride!
In 1979 Cedar Point replaced the Jumbo Jet with a new roller coaster called the WildCat. Mike G took some pictures from the “Needle” and sent me this:
The next few pictures were taken in 1979 and they are of the “new” Wildcat, which was installed where the Jumbo Jet was from 1972 – 1978. If you look real close, you can identify some of the tell tale signs that the Jumbo Jet was there. Things like where the old ride queue was, oil stains from various parts of the ride, oil stains from the old maintenance area. It is interesting to note that the WildCat in 1979 had the same colors as the Jumbo Jet. The only difference today is a change in the WildCat’s color and location and the Jumbo Jet is at DreamLand in Minsk Belarus. Let’s Ride!