20th Anniversary Edition
Millennium Force is a Giga Coaster located at Cedar Point. The ride was a first of its kind when it opened in 2000. When the ride opened it broke all the records for roller coasters. Today, Millennium Force is still one of the most popular roller coasters in the world!
The 1990's was a great decade for Cedar Point. During the 1990's the water park was expanded 3 times, and the park added 5 new roller coasters. In 1990, the year after Magnum XL-200 made world news, Cedar Point enclosed Avalanche Run into Disaster Transport. In 1991 Mean Streak became the world's tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster. Challenge Park opened in 1992. In 1993, Snake River Falls became the world's tallest and fastest water ride. Raptor changed the look of Cedar Point's main midway in 1994. 1995 saw Cedar Point celebrating its 125th anniversary. Mantis broke world records in 1996 when riders would stand up to their fear. Soak City was expanded in 1997 and the Cedar Point received Chaos. The skyline was changed in 1998 with Power Tower. In 1999, Camp Snoopy became the park's new children's area. With all these great new attractions, 2000 would be another big year for Cedar Point.
Magnum XL-200 opened on May 6, 1989 as the world's tallest, fastest and steepest roller coaster on earth. Magnum wold be very popular for Cedar Point. It then launched what was known as the roller coaster wars, a race to build the world's tallest roller coaster and break all the records. By 1999, Cedar Point had already added 5 more roller coasters after Magnum XL-200 opened. 3 of those rides would be the tallest and fastest of their kinds. Magnum was the world's tallest roller coaster until 1994, and it would be the tallest at Cedar Point until Millennium Force opened in 2000.
Construction on Millennium Force began in late 1998. The park began cleaning land shortly after, ride parts arrived at the park. Thru the 1999 season construction continued on the new mystery coaster.
On The Frontier Trail, the Petting Farm was redesigned to make room the roller coasters large turn. The Petting Farm was moved closer to Thunder Canyon.
Many trees were also removed to make room for the ride.
Millennium Force was topped off on Wednesday, December 29, 1999. At 310 feet, Millennium Force was the tallest roller coaster at Cedar Point. Only one ride in the park was taller, Space Spiral.
The final piece of track was placed on February 23, 2000. The future was certainly on its way!
Millennium Force stuns the roller coaster world!
When Millennium Force opened in 2000, it was Cedar Point's 7th world record breaking roller coaster.
1. Tallest roller coaster in the world. (310 feet)
2. Longest drop on any roller coaster. (300 feet)
3. Fastest roller coaster in the world. (93 MPH)
4. First full traditional roller coaster over 300 feet.
5. Steepest non-inverted turn. (122 degrees)
6. First roller coaster to use magnetic breaking.
1. Most rides at any amusement park. (68)
2. Most roller coasters at any amusement park. (14)
3. Most roller coasters over 200 feet. (2)
4. Most steel roller coasters at any park. (12)'
5. Most feet of roller coaster track. (44,013 feet)
Records change each time a taller and faster ride is built. But no park can take the title of ''world's first" from any other park. Millennium Force was the world's first Giga Coaster. As of 2020, there are 7 Giga coasters! A Giga Coaster is a roller coaster 300-399 feet.
Millennium Force would join Gemini (1978) and Magnum XL-200 (1989) as the third Cedar Point roller coaster to be the world's tallest upon opening!
Millennium Force ride facts
Height: 310 feet
Drop: 300 feet
Speed: 93 MPH
Type: Giga Roller Coaster
Designer: Werner Stengel
Company: Intamin AG of Switzerland
Opened: May 13, 2000
Number of Coaster at that time: 14
Cost: 25 million
Cedar Point's 8th oldest roller coaster
Millennium Force was built by Intamin AG from Switzerland. Intamin had built several other rides for cedar point over the years. Intamin built Jr. Gemini in 1979. Jr. Gemini was Intaimin's very first roller coaster ever built. In 1983, Demon Drop because Cedar Point's first free fall ride. Intamin returned in 1985 to build Avalanche Run. Avalanche Run was a bobsled roller coaster. In 1986 Thunder Canyon became the wildest rafting ride around. Avalanche Run was enclosed to Disaster Transport in 1990.
Intamin would later return to Cedar Point to build: Wicked Twister (2002), Top Thrill Dragster (2003), Maverick (2007) and Shoot the Rapids (2010). In 2014 Cedar Point painted and re-themed Jr. Gemini to Wilderness Run.
Millennium Force's Entrance
Once the ride starts, the elevator cable lift system pulls the train to the top of lift. Millennium Force was the first roller coaster in the world to have this system on a ride.
When Cedar Point planned the Millennium Force, they wanted something huge, stunning, and a record breaking roller coaster. Cedar Point did not use a chain for this ride because of the space needed for it, Intamin had the best system at the time, a cable lift. The cable lift provided 5 things for Cedar Point.
1. A much quieter lift compared to the chain lift.
2. The lift hill could be steeper.
3. It allows the ride to go higher, meaning Cedar Point could have the world's tallest roller coaster again.
4. The Cable lift takes riders up the lift hill much faster than a chain lift could possibly take the train up the lift hill.
5. The hill would take less room.
Millennium Force has one of the fastest lift hills in the world. It takes just 30 seconds to get to the top! On the way up, riders get great views of the Sandusky Bay on the left, and Cedar Point on the right. The ride up is very sooth. You really feel like you are really high in the air, but its just so cool! Millennium Force takes its riders up 310 feet! From the top, you can see Canada!
After coming out of the tunnel, Riders are flung into a huge 182 foot airtime hill! This hill was so big, it was taller then every first hill on all the other roller coasters in the park, except Magnum XL-200. It was the 3rd tallest hill in the park, with Millennium Force's first hill being the first and Magnum's first hill being the second!
This hill is so cool because you get a great view of Adventure Island and the back of the park! This hill takes you onto Adventure Island.
With a top speed of 93 MPH, Millennium Force is a very fast roller coaster. As of 2020, Millennium Force is the 7th fastest roller coaster in the world! This roller coaster just flies thru its course! Millennium Force sure does a great job of keeping up its speed!
If you like fast roller coasters that have great views, then this is the roller coaster for you!
The Future is Riding On It
Millennium Force has been very highly ranked with people who ride it. It is often ranked as people's favorite ride.
Every year Amusement Today list the best roller coasters in the world. Over the years Amusement Today has listed Millennium Fore as:
The success of Millennium Force was very important. Millennium Force was the first full circuit roller coaster in the world to reach 300 feet. With all of the speed, Millennium Force would need a lot of length to kill the speed of the ride. Millennium Force was the 4th longest roller coaster in the world when it opened in 2000. Today Millennium Force is the 6th longest. If Millennium Force would have been a flop, the park would not have been conferrable with building the taller and faster, Top Thrill Dragster.
In the years following the opening of Millennium Force, Cedar Point opened a number of attractions that would help make the parks line-up better including 9 roller coasters: Wicked Twister (2002), Top Thrill Dragster (2003), maXair (2005), Skyhawk (2006), Maverick (2007), Planet Snoopy (2008), Shoot The Rapids (2010-2015), WindSeeker (2011), GateKeeper (2013), New Gemini Midway (2014), Rougarou (2015), Valravn (2016), Cedar Point Shores Water Park (2017), Steel Vengeance (2018), Forbidden Frontier (2019), and Cedar Point's 150th anniversary (2020) All of these new attractions have brought something unique to Cedar Point.
Photos by: GP Katie, Cedar Point, Russ Hauden, COASTER-net, Barb Myers, Ray Osburn, Jake Hamons, Andrew Borgen, and Andy Rybarczyk
Last Updated: 3/13/2020