World’s Tallest, Fastest Coaster to Permanently Ban Select Guests, Report Confirms

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A banned sign in front of Top Thrill 2 roller coaster at Cedar Point.

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One of the world’s tallest roller coasters, Top Thrill 2, will be debuting next month, and select guests will be banned from being able to ride the attraction. Here’s what you need to know.

Thrill-seekers experience an adrenaline rush on a roller coaster at Cedar Point as they plunge down a steep drop with a panoramic view of the amusement park and a scenic waterfront.
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Cedar Point Confirms Select Guests to Be Banned From Riding Top Thrill 2

As Cedar Point gears up for the grand opening of the new Top Thrill 2 roller coaster for the 2024 season, attention has been drawn to the attraction’s stringent safety protocols outlined in its “Rider Safety Information.” Specifically, the guideline stipulates that guests sporting “loose-fitting shoes without a strap or back” will not be permitted beyond the entrance.

Cedar Fair has done again with this roller coaster innovation, creating an even bigger strata coaster that makes the Millennium Force look small. This theme park on Lake Erie is an amusement park that has been around for quite some time now, bringing fans 400 feet in the air and higher, making this place the roller coaster capital of the world. There is no other place like this Cedar Point skyline.

This mandate has sparked discussions on social media platforms, particularly concerning the implications for individuals who typically wear flip-flops to the park. In response to inquiries, Cedar Point spokesperson Clark clarified that guests intending to ride Top Thrill 2 must ensure they have appropriate footwear before joining the queue. Additionally, Clark hinted at the forthcoming release of “a more detailed set of rider guidelines” in an upcoming Cedar Point blog or social media post ahead of the park’s opening on Saturday, May 4.

Notably, similar to the regulations enforced on the Steel Vengeance roller coaster, Top Thrill 2 also imposes restrictions on carrying cell phones or any loose articles in line, including items stored in zippered pockets. Moreover, guests are informed that they will undergo metal detection screening before boarding Top Thrill 2, as mandated by the ride’s safety guidelines. Standing as the tallest coaster at Cedar Point, Top Thrill 2 represents an overhaul of the original Top Thrill Dragster, boasting three high-speed launches traversing between two towering structures measuring 420 feet tall each.

Riders ascend the thrilling peak of the Top Thrill Dragster, anticipation building against a backdrop of blue skies and fluffy clouds inside of Cedar Point.
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Cedar Point’s Newest Strata Roller Coaster

Introducing Top Thrill 2, Cedar Point’s latest adrenaline-pumping roller coaster set to redefine thrill-seekers’ expectations. Standing tall at 420 feet, this towering marvel propels riders to heart-pounding speeds of up to 120 mph, promising an exhilarating experience.

With a ride duration of two minutes, Top Thrill 2 delivers an unforgettable journey through a series of adrenaline-fueled launches. Brace yourself for the first forward launch, catapulting riders to a breathtaking 74 mph. Hold tight as the coaster reverses direction for the second launch, accelerating to an astonishing 101 mph backward.

And just when you thought it couldn’t get any more intense, prepare for the ultimate thrill with the third forward launch, reaching a mind-blowing speed of 120 mph. To embark on this epic adventure, riders must meet a minimum height of 52 inches, ensuring a safe and exhilarating experience for all. Get ready to conquer the skies and experience the rush of Top Thrill 2 at Cedar Point.

A thrilling view from the Top Thrill Dragster at its peak, overlooking an amusement park filled with various attractions and excited crowds.
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Prepare for an adrenaline-fueled journey as you embark on Top Thrill 2’s thrilling ride experience. Powered by an all-new linear synchronous motor (LSM) launch system, riders will accelerate down the straightaway, reaching 74 mph in a heartbeat. Racing toward the sky, you’ll ascend the original 420-foot-tall “top hat” tower, experiencing a rush of weightlessness as you soar through the air.

But the excitement doesn’t stop there. As the train reaches the tower’s pinnacle, prepare for the exhilarating “rollback” moment, a fan-favorite sensation where momentum propels you backward, defying gravity. Embrace the thrill as the train shifts into reverse, hurtling into its second launch at an electrifying speed of 101 mph.

As you ascend the towering structure again, this time backward, you’ll witness Cedar Point from a new perspective. Experience another exhilarating moment of weightlessness before the train shifts into drive, propelling you forward into the third launch at a mind-blowing 120 mph.

Crossing over the top hat tower, the train momentarily decelerates, allowing you to catch your breath before diving into a heart-pounding 270-degree spiral descent. With the wind rushing through your hair, you’ll race toward the finish line, exhilarated and ready to relive the unforgettable journey again and again. Welcome to the ultimate thrill ride experience on Top Thrill 2 at Cedar Point.

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