Five years later, you could find 5 minute lines at the end of the night, and I grew to like the ride more and more (I'm a huge fan of indoor roller coasters). While the ride was short and by no means intense, it had a very fun, unique feel that always kept me coming back.
At about 10 years old, the ride really showed decay. Not only had most of the neat robots and scenery been removed long past, but Cedar Point nearly removed all the theming in favor for the Halloweekends event. No longer were you greeted by the robot "Welcome aboard. I'm you're inflight computer. I have been programmed to get you safely back to the voluntary receiving station. Stand clear the cargo loading point!" The ride was just dark, and when new guests were confused by the "Welcome to Alaska!" at the end, it was just kind of sad, remembering what it once was.
Several years ago, I emailed Cedar Point about the decay of Disaster Transport and the removal of Pirate Ride. I got a nice letter from the Vice President (or someone who claimed to be high in the company), and they said the special effects were removed from Disaster Transport because the technology was dated, and that replacement parts could not be found. He said the Pirate Ride was removed, as it was dated and no longer profitable.
While I really hate to say this, as I've grown with Disaster Transport and I'd miss that familiar 12E building, I think it's time for Cedar Point to move on. The scenery made the ride; glow-in-the-dark paint and periods of light in the tunnels are making it feel cheap, like that hand-painted, blow-up puppet on Pirate Ride (with the off-timed growl LOL).
Disaster Transport still holds a place in my heart, but I think it's time for a new generation. Avalanche Run ---> Disaster Transport ---> ? If CP is going to use that same bobsled track (I love it, but it's unlikely), why couldn't more track be made, and the ride could be made taller, faster, and much longer...into the parking lot and more compact onto the beach. The ride would be re-themed, renamed, and I think it would be so awesome, breathing more life into the entire midway. While I know this is unlikely, expensive, and probably unrealistic, it seems that certain parts of the building could be used and added onto, to create an awesome 2.5-minute ride experience.
If Cedar Point opted to tear DT down, they could replace it with a floorless, indoor roller coaster like Outer Limits at King's Island. That ride is satisfyingly long, it's VERY fun, and amazingly compact. Making it floorless, I could picture lava underneath (for some kind of theme), for a very refreshing and fun ride experience.
While I know Disaster Transport still always has a line (probably for the air conditioning) and it's unlikely it'll be torn down anytime soon, I think Cedar Point should start revamping or replacing rides like this. While I like that Cedar Point has so many roller coasters, I think the "Most Roller Coasters" game is immature if it causes them to neglect other things in the park. If Cedar Point had 15 amazing roller coasters, who could ask for anything more? Cedar Point is the best amusement park, but why not increase the quality of rides even further?
"If Cedar Point opted to tear DT down, they could replace it with a floorless, indoor roller coaster like Outer Limits at King's Island."
Outer Limits: Flight of Fear is not floorless. I'm saying CP could make a ride similar to that, and additionally make it floorless.
well not really, but you know what I mean
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*** This post was edited by MeanStreaker 7/19/2003 7:59:08 PM ***
Thanks for the good post, Ffej.
*** This post was edited by Gemini 7/19/2003 8:11:33 PM ***
I also must admit, the welcome to alaska has thrown me and my buddies off in the past, and last time my friend asked me what that meant.
I go to the point about 10-20 times a season, and i always make it a point to ride DT even if the rest of the people with me dont want to...
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I must admit CP having their own FOF in there would be too cool. Not gonna happen but too cool none the less!
2000/2002 Raptor Crew
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It's all about getting around the barrels, or over the fences, right leads, no faults, fastest time and looking pretty when done. What's so hard about that? :)
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Some day it may be gone, but I'd like to think it'll be awhile.
'03 Magnum Crew
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Here's a better comparison...Mill Race. When I saw Mill Race being torn down, I felt really sad, remembering times riding with my grandma in her last visits to CP. But, what was it replaced with? Raptor. I think it's fair to say that Raptor is one of the top three rides at CP. So, I've learned I'll always have those memories of Mill Race, and I can also have incredible rides and create new memories on Raptor.
I think CP carefully evaluates rides before tearing them down. They will hang on to rides like Blue Streak, Gemini, and Magnum as they are excellent rides, and they will be living memories to many. You can go to Cedar Point 50 years from now, ride Blue Streak, and remember celebrating high school graduation on the ride and etc. But rides like Disaster Transport...well, they just weren't designed to last forever.
I really liked Walt's comment on a larger goal, as those were my same thoughts. When CP can no longer compete in the coaster race, there will be a higher quality control.
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I also think it is a ride that might not last for years and years, the property it's on is worth more than what the ride might be returning in productivity.
Andrew L. of Waterville, Ohio
"Snakes. Why'd it have to be snakes?."
As a father or two young kids ages 5 and 3 I realized that Cedar Point does not have the assortment of "intermediate"coasters.Sure JR Gemini is a hit with the beginners and Woodstock Express has its share of thrills but what happens between the heights of 46' and 48"?
Both Iron Dragon and Disaster Transport have a reason to exist and that is to help the future riders get more experience riding the "big"coasters as my daughter calls them.She is excited as she finally hit the 46 1/2 mark and is finally able to ride them and will be later this year.
Sure I would love to see a floorless coaster or maybe a nice woodie built but not at the expense of these coasters.Our little ones need these coasters to build up to the "monster"coasters and Iron Dragon and Disaster Transport are the ones to move them up to that level.
Hopefully Cedar Point might consider at least bringing it up to somewhat of what it used to be and let the kids have fun on their new found thrills and on what will lay ahead of them in the future.
*** This post was edited by causewaycruiser 7/22/2003 2:55:53 AM ***
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