When Cedar Point debuted Magnum XL-200 in 1989 it broke the record book for roller coasters. This amazing roller coaster was the first in history to stand more than 200-feet tall. Magnum XL-200 staked its claim as the tallest (205 feet) and fastest (72 mph) roller coaster in the world. It is also significant in roller coaster history since Magnum XL-200 was the coaster that coined the term "hypercoaster" or megacoaster.
Designed by Ron Toomer and built by Arrow Dynamics, Magnum XL-200 is a 5,106-foot long tubular steel track coaster with an "out and back" layout. This mile long thrill machine offers riders an incredible view and appears to actually drop into Lake Erie, but fortunately turns just in time to run along the shoreline before doubling back. Magnum was designed for speed and airtime without any inversions. To accomplish this the designers incorporated a massive first drop into the layout that leads to many subsequent hills. The amount of airtime is what makes this roller coaster so memorable. Now 17 years later, Magnum XL-200 is still considered one of the top roller coasters in the world and has given more than 34 million rides since its debut.
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Second hill: 157 feet; third hill: 80 feet
Estimated cost: $8 million
Train has six cars with three rows each, seating two abreast per row.
Ride capacity: 2,000 passengers per hour
Height requirement: Riders must be at least 48 inches tall
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