Millennium rumor control

Thursday, June 17, 1999 9:59 AM

Time for a spot of rumor control. The hype and speculation surrounding Cedar Point's next big thing has reached a feverish pitch, so let's just review what we know.

First off, members of the planning and development office have reportedly been seen spending a lot of time in the area behind White Water Landing and along the Frontier Trail. Put this together with the movement of the railroad out to Perimeter Road and the natural access that said road provides, and you can draw your own conclusions.

The buzz among the seasonal employees has reached new heights as well. The rumors are wild and too spectacular to take seriously. The best one I've heard is for a dual-lift coaster. The first half would be 335-feet tall, the second 295-feet tall, with a total of 13 inversions. The designer could be B&M, Morgan or even Arrow, depending on who you talk to.

While the time line isn't clear, the boardwalk project we first reported in January still seems like a real possibility, even if it isn't for 2000.

When asked about the ever-popular rumor of a 3-ride contract with B&M, one high-ranking official put it this way:

"Why would anyone sign a $40 million contract with a company that, at the time, did not have an extensive resume? Not only that, but the terms of such contracts are rarely known outside of the board of directors and senior executives."