Cedar Point pushed the limits on roller coaster design in the new millennium, breaking ten world records when it debuted Millennium Force in the year 2000. This impressive steel monster called a "giga-coaster" by manufacturer Intamin was the first full circuit coaster to stand more than 300-feet tall, thus making it at opening the tallest, fastest full-circuit roller coaster in the world.
Designed and built by Intamin AG, Millennium Force has an "out and back", L-shape layout that begins with a 310-foot tall lift hill paralleling Lake Erie. This 6,595-foot long scream machine includes a 310-foot, 169-foot, and 182-foot tall hills, a stomach stealing 300-foot drop at a near vertical 80-degree angle, two dark tunnels, and three overbanked turns.
Since its debut, Millennium Force has consistently been voted in polls the No. 1 steel roller coaster in the world. In its first six years of operation Millennium Force thrilled more than 10 million riders.
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First roller coaster to use an elevator cable system to lift the trains up the 310-foot tall lift hill.
Estimated cost: $25 million
Train has nine cars with two rows each, seating two abreast per row.
Ride capacity: 1,600 passengers per hour
Height requirement: Riders must be at least 48 inches tall
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