Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cedar Point to get New Dark Ride in 2015?

Okay, so it was rumored last year that Cedar Point may be getting a dark ride in 2014. Turns out that rumor was false, the dark ride ended up at Canada's Wonderland as Wonder Mountain's Guardian. It's not the first time that's happened either, in the past Knott's Berry Farm was to get a giga coaster and that ended up in Canada as Leviathan.

So, here we are once again with a rumor stating that Cedar Point may finally get their dark ride, assuming of course this one doesn't get shipped off either. However, there is a case for things this time around. As reported by Screamscape, this mainly comes in the way of something from Twitter and the name of a camp site. Doesn't get any weirder than that, but here we are.

First up, the tweet from Cedar Point's Tony Clark:

The interesting bit there is the "Did I spel that right?" and "Did I say it right.." bits. Time for a little word geekery to get to the bottom of this one!

First off, "spel" is an Old English spelling for the word "spell", as in magical spells. Next up is the word "rite", which by definition is typically a ritual of some kind. So out of context it seems like nothing, but a little deeper look and we get a ritual spell out of it. Now, that last bit? Any fan of the Evil Dead movies should get the reference there to Army of Darkness, saying these things is important, just ask Ash how that turns out if you get it wrong. Remember, don't speak the Latin!

The other clue is that the temporary camp name during the Coaster Campout Event that was held over the weekend of 19th and 20th. The name was Camp Rou. On it's own, it seems rather innocuous. However, knowing that Cedar Fair has filed a trademark for Rougarou, the French word for Werewolf earlier this year makes it a little more interesting than normal. Interestingly enough, it also is an abbreviation for Romania (nice tie in there) and I doubt they meant it to mean Roué which is a man devoted to a life of sensual pleasure. It could be, but that'd be weird.

Yes, the map is old...blame Google.
Anyway, assuming that there is truth to the rumor and clues given thus far, many seem to think this may have something to do with the building that's located right next to Gatekeeper. I believe it's currently being used for maintenance so it could go. There certainly is a large space there that could be used for a ride building and an entrance could be easily added without having to tear up too much.

Another plus for this location is that they wouldn't have to spend a lot on theming the building either and an indoor queue would make things even easier at that. 

The other, long standing rumor, is that it would somehow go into the second floor of the arcade building. I'm not sure about this one though. Sure it's a large building but I don't think it's big enough to house an entire show like this. At least not in a "doing it properly" kind of way.

Some people are also tossing about the idea that this could be another coaster, but I doubt it with Gatekeeper being so new and the park is lacking a "dark ride" since they tore out Disaster Transport a couple of years back. I'm hoping for a new dark ride myself, can never go wrong with a well done one of those and more parks need 'em in my opinion.

Stay tuned as we'll be sure to keep an eye out for more clues and hints and of course, we'll cover the announcement as it happens, probably in late August or so.

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