Video Vault: Cedar Point's Magnum XL-200 coaster opens in 1989

SANDUSKY, Ohio - Twenty five years ago, Cedar Point introduced the world's tallest, fastest, steepest roller coaster in the world, the Magnum XL-200..

May 6, 1989, WEWS reporter Tony Gaskins made the trek to Sandusky for a momentous event. Magnum became the first coaster to be more than 200 feet tall.

The coaster has ranked in the top 10 of Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Awards for top steel coaster.

The coaster has aged well and seems as much of a thrill as it did when it first opened.

You may notice in Gaskin's story, he shows the gates opening, people riding, multiple angles of the new attraction and interviews riders and a member of the American Coaster Enthusiasts, but he doesn't take the challenge.

The coaster cost $8 million and Gaskins speculates it will be some time until another park passes it in height.

Cedar Point built its first 300 foot coaster, Millennium Force, in 2000.


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