Terrifying Twist: World’s Fastest Strata-Coaster Raises Eyebrows After Risky Stunts – What You Need to Know

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A split image showing two perspectives of a roller coaster ride. On the left, passengers ascend a steep track overlooking a park and water body, on the right, a close view of the coaster's peak with the text Top Thrill 2.

Credit: Inside The Magic

The world’s tallest and fastest strata-coaster, Top Thrill 2, just opened its doors to the public at Cedar Point. However, it is already experiencing numerous problems thanks to a dangerous maneuver that continues to hurt the newly built ride.

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.
Image Credit: Cedar Point, Cedar Fair

Top Thrill 2 at Cedar Point Opens to the General Public

Top Thrill 2, the latest roller coaster sensation at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, debuted for the 2024 season, offering an adrenaline-pumping experience for thrill-seekers. This revamped version of the original Top Thrill Dragster, which first thrilled riders in 2003, once again redefines the limits of roller coaster engineering. Standing tall as the world’s only dual-tower strata coaster, Top Thrill 2 boasts two towering 420-foot structures and unleashes three exhilarating high-speed launches.

Cedar Fair has been experimenting with roller coaster innovation, including work on Kingda Ka, Millenium Force, and Top Thrill 2. With the former Top Thrill coaster replaced, this amusement park has brought a new launch and over 400 feet of nonstop fun. With a top speed reaching a heart-racing 120 miles per hour, the ride guarantees an electrifying two-minute journey through twists, turns, and sheer drops. Here are the key specifications for Top Thrill 2:

  • Height: 420 feet
  • Speed: Launches reach 74 mph, 101 mph, and finally maxing out at 120 mph
  • Duration: A thrilling two-minute ride
  • Height requirement: Riders must stand at least 52 inches tall
  • Rider restrictions: Loose items, including cell phones and shoes without backs, are strictly prohibited for safety reasons.
  • Operating hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

This Top Thrill 2 coaster delivers fun and thrills, giving amusement park fans something different than Iron Dragon or Magnum XL 200. For safety measures, riders undergo metal detector screenings upon entry, and all glasses must be securely fastened with a strap before boarding. With its daring features and strict safety protocols, Top Thrill 2 promises an unforgettable adventure for all who dare to ride. Although the ride opened just a few days ago, it seems to be experiencing some issues that guests are concerned about.

A banned sign in front of Top Thrill 2 roller coaster at Cedar Point.
Image Credit: Inside The Magic

Rollbacks Concern Guests as New Ride Sees Same Ongoing Issue

According to @CoasterSpotting on X, Top Thrill 2 experienced quite a few rollbacks today, reaching as many as 30, according to the user. Rollbacks on roller coasters occur when a train fails to complete its ascent and does not reach the track’s highest point. Instead, it loses momentum and rolls backward, descending back down the incline it just ascended. This can happen due to various reasons, such as insufficient speed, technical malfunctions, or adverse weather conditions like high winds.

Saw about 30 rollbacks and it doesn’t look good for today…. This is the last train sent and it looks like it was just about to saddle

@CoasterSpotting on X

Rollbacks are considered dangerous primarily because they can lead to unpredictable and potentially hazardous situations. When a coaster experiences a rollback, it may lose momentum and fail to reach the next portion of the track, potentially resulting in a stalled or partially completed ride experience. In such instances, riders may be left suspended in mid-air or stranded on a steep incline, leading to discomfort, anxiety, and, in rare cases, injuries.

Furthermore, rollbacks can strain the mechanical components of the coaster and increase the risk of derailment or other mechanical failures. The sudden change in direction and velocity can subject riders to increased forces and stresses, posing a risk of injury or ejection from the train. To mitigate the risks associated with rollbacks, roller coaster manufacturers and operators implement stringent safety measures, including regular inspections, maintenance, and testing procedures.

The top hat of Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.
Credit: Cedar Point

Additionally, modern roller coasters are equipped with advanced safety systems, such as anti-rollback devices and magnetic brakes, to prevent rollbacks and ensure the safe operation of the ride. Rollbacks remain a rare but potential risk associated with roller coaster rides despite these precautions. Top Thrill 2 experienced such rollbacks dating back to when the first edition of the ride opened.

I love how similar the sky looks to the stall from like 19 years ago probably weather my guess for the slow crest

@scoobycoasters on X

Guests should always prioritize safety and be aware of the potential risks of riding any incredibly tall and fast roller coaster. While modern roller coasters are designed with advanced safety features and undergo rigorous testing and inspections, the possibility of rollbacks or other technical issues cannot be eliminated. However, it’s essential to note that the likelihood of rollbacks occurring on a well-designed, adequately maintained roller coaster is extremely low.

Before riding a tall and fast roller coaster, guests should familiarize themselves with the ride’s safety guidelines and listen to any instructions provided by park staff. It’s also essential to follow all rider requirements, including height restrictions and safety restraints, to reduce the risk of injury. While guests should approach roller coasters with caution and respect for their power and speed, they can generally trust that amusement parks prioritize guest safety above all else and take appropriate measures to minimize risks and ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all riders.

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