Cedar Pointwas supposed to be celebrating its 150th anniversary this year but coronavirus had other ideas. Opening day 2020 has come and gone, the celebratory events have been postponed to 2021 and there’s no telling when America’s rockin’ roller coast is set to open this year, if at all.
For coaster enthusiasts who have spent a long winter away from the thrills, the thought of a summer without high speeds, tall drops and an adrenaline high is disheartening to say the least.
While there’s nothing that can replace the excitement Millennium Force or Raptor offer in real life, you can still enjoy the sights and sounds of your favorite coasters — and experience a few new non-Cedar Point rides — with these virtual roller coaster rides at Cedar Point, Michigan’s Adventure and beyond.
Cedar Point Faves
The world’s first ever giga coaster (that’s a coaster more than 300-feet-tall) offers a stomach-turning 300-foot first drop at 91 mph hour along with two tunnels, three overbanks, four hills and a fantastic view of both Cedar Point and Lake Erie.
Riders hang beneath the track as they travel through a vertical loop, cobra roll, helix and more.
This coaster might be small, but she packs a punch in the form of a beyond-vertical drip, the first-ever twisted horseshoe roll and two launch points.
The newest and wildest coaster at Cedar Point offers a twisting layout full of inversions, airtime hills and much more.
Top Thrill Dragster
Launch 120 mph, up 420 feet and back down on the park’s tallest and fastest coaster.
Magnum XL 200
The original hyper coaster takes riders 205 feet up and drops them down at 72 mph before taking them up and down Cedar Point’s beach and past the water park.
IRL this dive machine takes riders up 223 feet and holds them for four seconds as they look straight down at the ground. Enjoy the view and the twists and turns that follow.
Mystic Timbers, Kings Island
This newer ride takes thrill seekers over the water and through the woods over 16 airtime hills at 53 mph. Enjoy it virtually — just beware of what’s in “the shed.”
The Beast, Kings Island
While nothing competes to a night ride on this wooden coaster, you’ll still get the essence as you virtually fly through the dense woods, into tunnels and its renowned helix.
Phantom’s Revenge, Kennywood
Check out this monster from West Mifflin, Pennsylvania. It offers a 200-foot first lift and a second drop that is even longer than its first — plus it takes you over and around the park’s classic Jack Rabbit, which opened in 1920.
X-Flight, Six Flags Great America
Nothing above, nothing below and a first drop that starts in an inversion. What more could you want from a coaster, virtual or otherwise?
Raging Bull, Six Flags Great America
Take a 208-foot plunge into a tunnel and 73 mph, through twists and turns along 5000 feet of track before returning to the station.
Shivering Timbers, Michigan’s Adventure
This all-wooden coaster offers a full mile of out-and-back airtime, including its first 125-foot drop.
What other virtual roller coaster rides would you add to our list? Share them with us in the comments.