WildCat was designed by Anton Schwarzkopf and opened in 1970. WildCat was a family friendly coaster giving many young kids their first roller coaster ride. This purple and green roller coaster featured in a 50 foot tall hill and would reach a maximum speed of 40 mph.
On May 2, 2012, Cedar Point announced that WildCat has closed forever. The ride was to be removed prior to the 2012, opening day.
Cedar Point announced that WildCat was removed in order to create more space for Celebration Plaza. While Cedar Point has not confirmed this, but just two weeks before the 2012 opening day, WildCat was said to be going through its usual pre-season test cycles. This leads many people to believe that during these test cycles, there was a major mechanical problem with the ride causing it to close indefinitely.
WildCat has been known to have problems in the past. In 2009, WildCat did in fact have an accident in which one of the cars did not make it up the lift hill. The anti-rollback's did not work, and the roller coaster car rolled backwards, down the lift hill, bumping into another car. There were no serious injuries in the accident. With the loss of the WildCat, Cedar Point is going from 17 roller coasters to 16 roller coasters. WildCat is the first roller coaster removed form Cedar Point since, Jumbo Jet in 1978 (35 years ago). WildCat is the 14th roller coaster Cedar Point has removed.
Photos by Andrew Borgen Content by Steven Linn Last Updated: 11-03-2014