Editor’s Note: The video above is from when the coaster was retired.
Officially, the coaster was retired in September 2022.
“After 19 seasons in operation with 18 million riders experiencing the world’s first strata coaster, Top Thrill Dragster, as you know it, has been retired,” the amusement park said in a tweet.
“As you know it” appears to be the key phrase because as the Monday video shows, there are plenty of thrills to come.
Cedar Point had said when the retirement was announced that it was working on a “new and reimagined” ride experience.
The video closes with the words, “A new formula for thrills. Coming 2024.”
Here’s what Cedar Point is saying on the record about the ride:
“Cedar Point’s legacy of roller coaster innovation continues with a one-of-a-kind addition to the park’s world-renowned ride lineup, coming in 2024.
Our entire team is hard at work, creating a new formula for thrills. Stay tuned for more details on this exciting new coaster coming to The Roller Coaster Capital of the World®. We can’t wait for you to experience it!”
Fans instantly shared the video with comments such as, “Can’t wait!”
Top Thrill Dragster is one of the tallest rollercoasters in the world. When it opened in 2003, it was billed as one of the fastest. It went from 0 mph to 120 mph in less than 4 seconds.
Top Thrill Dragster was closed in August 2021 when a woman who was waiting in line for the ride was hit by a metal object. Cedar Point said the piece broke off a passenger train on the 420-foot-tall ride.
Cedar Point’s opening day for 2023 is scheduled for Saturday, May 6. New this year includes The Boardwalk and the Wild Mouse spinning roller coaster.
Cedar Point Shores Waterpark is scheduled to open Friday, May 26.