You’re slowly approaching the first drop. Then, the roller coaster stops just as it’s begins to go down. If I was on it, this would be about the time I knew I f’d up getting on. Meet Valravn.
The 3,400 feet of roller coaster insanity will call Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio home. The world’s tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster will open to the public next summer. When it does, it will break ten world records including:
1. Tallest dive coaster (223 feet)
2. Fastest dive coaster (75 mph)
3. Longest dive coaster (3,415 feet)
4. Most inversions on a dive coaster (three)
5. Longest drop on a dive coaster (214 feet)
6. Highest inversion on a dive coaster (165 feet)
7. Most roller coasters taller than 200 feet at one amusement park (5)
8. Most rides at one amusement park (72)
9. Most steel roller coaster track at one amusement park (52,125 feet/9.9 miles)
10. Most roller coaster track at one amusement park (60,110 feet/11.4 miles)
There are a whole lot of ‘nopes’ on that record list. It’s great for the roller coaster enthusiasts out there, but I’ve never been a fan.
Cedar Point is also embracing virtual reality with the unveiling of Valravn. Want to experience a taste of Valravn today? Check out this first-person VR video of the ride. You can pan and zoom in your browser of use a VR headset and Cedar Point’s app to get as close to the real thing as possible.
This is an area VR will shine. Giving people an experience close to the real thing without actually going.
“The introduction of Valravn is a first for the amusement park industry on many fronts, including the exciting virtual reality experience,” stated Jason McClure, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. “For the first time ever, guests are able to take an immersive ride on Valravn before it opens next summer – and the actual experience will be unmatched with the tallest lift hill, fastest speed, longest track and most inversions on a dive coaster, right here at Cedar Point, The Roller Coaster Capital of the World.”
Then again, I tried the Unreal Engine VR roller coaster and couldn’t handle more than one drop. I’m a wimp, I know.
Ever been to Cedar Point? What’s your favorite ride?