Space Spiral

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Space Spiral
Space Spiral at Cedar Point.jpg
Cedar Point
StatusRemoved
Cost$350,000
Opening dateMay 22, 1965 (1965-05-22)
Closing dateAugust 14, 2012 (2012-08-14)
Replaced byGateKeeper
General statistics
Attraction typeGyro tower
ManufacturerVon Roll
ModelObservation Tower
Height330 ft (100 m)

Space Spiral was a gyro tower built by Von Roll at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. It was located near the front of the park, next to Disaster Transport. It opened in 1965 and closed on August 14, 2012 to make room for GateKeeper. It was demolished on September 12, 2012.[1] On its opening year, it was the third of its kind to be built.

Ride experience[edit]

Space Spiral cabin at ride's station in June 2011

Space Spiral gave riders a 360-degree view of the surrounding area. It featured a distinctive two-level cabin, found only on a few early models. However, the second level wasn't used in the ride's later years. The height of the tower was 330 feet (100 m), however riders only reached a height of 285 feet (87 m). It was the tallest ride in the park for decades until Top Thrill Dragster opened in 2003.[1]

Closure and demolition[edit]

On July 13, 2012, Cedar Point announced that Space Spiral would close along with the neighboring Disaster Transport.[2] It was first reported that it would stay open through Labor Day, however, it closed on August 14. On September 12 at 7:30am, it was demolished. It took 17 seconds for the tower to fall. Contractors worked with park maintenance staff to cut into its base, weakening it and about 10 pounds of explosives were added to it.[1]

Incident[edit]

  • On May 18, 1985, ten people were stranded on Space Spiral for seven hours. The cab was raised to the top where the passengers and the operator took the stairs down to the ground on the inside of the tower. There were no injuries.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Cedar Point demolishes Space Spiral". Amusement Today. September 13, 2012.
  2. ^ Gimbel, Cristy (July 13, 2012). "Cedar Point makes special announcement". WTOL. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
  3. ^ "Cedar Point Idles Spiral After Riders are Trapped". Toledo Blade. May 22, 1985. Retrieved February 5, 2013.

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Coordinates: 41°28′51″N 82°40′46″W / 41.4808°N 82.6795°W / 41.4808; -82.6795