Cedar Point said on Tuesday that the Top Thrill Dragster roller coaster would be taken out of service after
19 seasons and more than 18 million rides. (At least in the way it is now.)
The Top Thrill Dragster was the tallest roller coaster in the world when it opened in 2003. And right away, it was the line with the most people at
America's Roller Coast. Even though Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure was taller than it shortly after it opened in 2005, it is still number two in
the world. The only two roller coasters in the world with drops of 400 feet or more are Dragster and Kingda Ka.
A woman from Michigan was badly hurt last summer when a piece of metal from a roller coaster hit her in the head while she was waiting in line.
Cedar Point was found to have done nothing wrong, and it's not clear if the accident caused the roller coaster to be "retired."
In a short social media post, Cedar Point said that its team was working on making a "new and reimagined" ride experience. This means that the
structure of the coaster may not be gone for good. In 2014, the park said that the stand-up roller coaster "Mantis" would be taken out of service and
changed into something new. The next season, it opened on the same track as "Rougarou," a roller coaster with no floors.