Record-breaking GateKeeper roller coaster temporarily closed after stalling at Cedar Point

GateKeeper breaks seven world records, boasting the longest track (4,164 feet), tallest drop (164 feet) and six inversions, the most of any wing coaster on the planet. (Photo: Cedar Point)

A record-breaking roller coaster is temporarily closed for evaluation after stalling at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio.

“On Saturday, a train on the GateKeeper roller coaster stopped on the lift hill after the lift chain became separated,” according to a Cedar Point statement to USA TODAY. “The ride’s safety system performed as designed, and all guests were escorted safely off the ride.”

When it debuted in 2013, GateKeeper broke seven world records, including the longest track (4,164 feet), tallest drop (164 feet) and most inversions (six) of any winged coaster. Its speeds hit 67 miles per hour.

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It’s not the first time Cedar Point guests have been stranded. In 2018, a power outage left passengers stuck on numerous rides for upwards of an hour. 

Still, the park remains beloved among guests. Readers ranked it among 2020’s best amusement parks in the nation in a USA TODAY 10Best poll. One of Cedar Point’s other roller coasters, Steel Vengeance, was voted the best roller coaster in the country in the same survey.

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