You’ll be able to sip a latte from Starbucks or munch on a gooey pastry from Cinnabon while waiting to climb aboard Cedar Point’s new 360-foot-tall SlingShot ride this summer.
Cedar Point officials announced the gigantic two-person capsule ride Thursday, along with several new name-brand food and drink vendors including Auntie Anne’s, Coca-Cola Freestyle and Yogurt Plus stands.
SlingShot will be near the exit of the park’s Gemini roller coaster.
The ride sits two passengers in an open-air capsule launched about 360 feet into the air at up to 62 mph, where they will experience a brief sensation of weightlessness before descending.
Manufactured by the Australian company Funtime, SlingShot is similar in design to the old VertiGo ride that sent six people some 300 feet up at 50 mph. Opened in 2001, that ride was closed in 2002 after one of three 265-foot-tall support towers collapsed during the off-season.
Edwards said VertiGo came from a different manufacturer, S&S Power, a Utah company that built the park’s Power Tower.
SlingShot will charge a separate fee for riders and is expected to open soon after Cedar Point opens for the season May 10.
Other changes include the park converting its former Game Day Grille near the Raptor inverted roller coaster into Chickie’s and Pete’s Sports Bar, a fast-growing chain popular on the East Coast, said Cedar Point public relations manager Bryan Edwards.
“They recently won a USA Today honor as one of the top 10 sports bars in the country,” Edwards said. “ESPN rated them best sports bar in North America. They are very well-known for their food.”
The revamped eatery will emphasize Cleveland, Detroit and Pittsburgh pro sports teams to reflect cities where the bulk of Cedar Point patrons come from, Edwards said.
Another do-over will see the former Donut Time shop on the midway near the park’s main entrance turned into a Starbucks coffee shop.
The Auntie Anne’s and Cinnabon outlets will be in Challenge Park, which is home to thrill rides such as the Ripcord and SkyScraper, as well as miniature golf courses and go-kart tracks.
Coca-Cola Freestyle and Yogurt Plus walk-up stands will open along the Gemini Midway, which is getting a major face-lift with the addition of previously announced family-friendly rides Pipe Scream and Lake Erie Eagles.
The Coke Freestyle stand lets customers create their own drink concoctions by mixing Coke products with lemonade, raspberry, cherry and other flavorings.