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Top Thrill Dragster
Website: Cedar Point Homepage
Ride Type: Steel Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.7805
TPC Overall Rank: #10 out of 2899 rides.
Reviews: 144
Last Review: 7/22/2012 8:15:00 PM
In User Top 10: 271 times.
User Tracker Count: 239 times.
 


Top Thrill Dragster

Flying high into the sky

Dragsters entrance

The infamous launch to 120mph

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TTD side view

Top Thrill Dragster's Sign
   
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5 Rating
+4 Rating Rate Down Rate Up TTDgirl789 on 1/4/2004 1:41:00 AM - User's Top Ride #1
awsome...awsome...AWSOME!!! theres not really any words that can really describe this ride..but awsome is as close as i can get. this coaster is well worth the wait, even if the ride itself only lasts about 15 seconds. the scariest part, though..has gotta be the wait before the launch, just like rustbelt said. the anticipation before finally seeing the christmas tree lights flash YELLOW, YELLOW, YELLOW, GREEN! is intense. (i was shaking and almost crying heheh...) but anyway..the feeling of being launched to 120 mph in around 3 seconds is so intense, you can hardly even scream. next thing you know, youre slowing down at the top of the tower, 420 feet above the ground..actually looking DOWN on millenium force and everything else below you.along with floating out of your seat! weird yet amazing feeling. doesnt last long though, because before you really get a chance to take in the view...youre speeding downwards at 90 degrees, then spiralling in a way thatll make you feel like your headed right for the yellow support beam thingies. soon after, you find yourself back to a level position, slowing down...most likely cheering. (either that, or speechless...)one of the things i loved about this ride was the fact that it provided such a great and intense feeling, without making me sick, or inflicting any kinda pain at all, for that matter. just a complete RUSH, pure and simple. best ride ive ever experienced.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Rustbelt on 12/16/2003 5:02:00 PM
I have never anticipated more for a ride than TTD. The ride was the most intense 18 seconds of my life. Then again, that is the reason why this ride is not in my top 5. I love the view from the top. In my opinion, the most exciting part is the waiting before the LAUNCH!

5 Rating
+4 Rating Rate Down Rate Up cpbrother on 11/2/2003 2:31:00 PM - User's Top Ride #3
Top Thriller is easily one of the best rides in the world, if not the best. When Cedar Point annonced this ride I was shocked, just plain shocked. How can a theme park build another coaster in only 3 years that is 110 feet taller than the record breaker before it. I was totally hooked. I called up a few of my friends and told then about it. We all drove 10 hours from mn to oh just to get to this place. Adding another high profile coaster to their already powerful arsenal seemed hard to believe. Where would they put the thing I thought. Of course, put it in the heart of the park. That is where it is and it doesnt really matter where it would have been because you could see this thing for miles anyway. Lets start with the stats. The pure speed of 120 mph and the height of 420 ft are mesmorising. The theming and decorations around the ride are simply perfect. I loved reading the interesting facts of the ride comparing to real drag racers in the que lines. Did you know that "A real drag racer has about 2,500 horsepower while Top Thrill Dragster trains have about 10,000 to get them moving" one of the signs announced. The line can be very long for this ride. It took me and a friend of mine about 4 hours to get on the ride. That basically was because the ride had broken down a few times. So it probably would have been about 2 1/2 hours if that wasnt a problem. But the beautiful thing about this ride is that a 4 hour wait is worth it. When we finally we ready to get onto the ride, I loved hearing the "Baby Im Ready To Go" song by Republica explaining that YES you are ready to go! You sit down in your seat and watch ahead as the train infront of you blasts off into speed. Then your train pulls up and the best theming comes into play. You hear an engine start to rev up like you are really in a dragster and it scares the hell out of you. I remember shaking before the train was launched due to the excitement my body was building up. While the engine is reving and the smoke is coming out of your exhaust pipe you watch as the christmas tree racing lights start to countdown. Yellow, yellow, yellow, green, and you are on your way with your face flaping the in the wind and the best pleasure you could ever have is experienced, and I do mean the BEST PLEASURE you could ever experience! The view uptop is astonding if you can actually wipe the tears out of your eyes to do so. Then you spin down a 270* turn to the finish. I have yet to see a dissatisfied face coming off of the ride so far. This is a peoples ride. All your emotions are spread so wide while riding this ride that you cant really explain it. Being bored for 4 hours is definently worth the 45 seconds of pure exilaration. Ride this thing and ride it again.

Ratings based on RCT rating system:

Excitement: 10
Intensity: 10
Nausea: 5

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up larrygator on 10/28/2003 9:20:00 PM
Insane fun. Definitely a Top Thrill. Great theme around the whole ride. I have never seen so many people enjoying watching from the sidelines - the viewing grandstand was a great idea. The climb upward never seems to stop and the twist downward is phenomenal also. I was fortunate enough to be staying at The Breakers or else I never would have gotten to ride. The pictures of distorted faces on the photos you buy due to the super speed are amusing.

EDIT: I used to have this rated as a 10, but the uniqueness factor is minimized with Kingda Ka. But it is still a great thrill.

5 Rating
-1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Nitro1118 on 10/6/2003 12:36:00 PM
Amazing. Exhilerating. Intense. Fun. The ultimate addreniline. These all come to mind after a ride on TTD. It is amazing. The launch is so intense and long, the height in unreal, and the twist has awsome head choppers and floater airtime. 10/10.

5 Rating
+11 Rating Rate Down Rate Up PhantomNik on 9/11/2003 4:32:00 PM - User's Top Ride #5
What words can one use to describe this coaster? Top Thrill Dragster is simply put one of the most incredible, awe-inspiring, thrilling roller coaster ever created. The sheer notion that CP would top Millennium Force by a good 110 feet in only a matter of 3 years just blew me away! I was anticipating this ride for months and then finally August 2003 arrived and it was time for my trip to CP. I was concerned with its mechanical problems that I wouldnt get a ride, but I was incredibly lucky to get 2 rides on this glorious creation! Once was during the day, the other at night (a night ride is just surreal!!)

The structure of Dragster towers over the Point and can be seen from just about everywhere. You can really gain an appreciation for just how high 420 feet is when you stand at the base of the tower and look up. My first ride came at about 7:50 pm. I entered the line at 6:50 pm - thats right, just a 1 hour wait!! (Like I said, I was sooooo lucky!) The wait in the queue goes quickly and gets the blood pumping. At the time they were launching trains every 40-50 seconds, which is very efficient work by the ride operators. Once you get into your seat and strap in, thats when you realize what is about to happen. The trains are extremely comfortable, and I truly feel this coaster benefits from the simple lapbar restraint. I think it adds something to the ride being able to move freely and FEEL the launchs incredible power. As to why its taller cousin in NJ was fitted with OTSRs, I will never know. I didnt get stapled in either time, which was a plus. The train lurches forward and stops next to the small light tower. The sounds of engines reving as you sit there is an awesome touch and totally gets the heart pounding! Then, you see it: Yellow, Yellow, Yellow, Greeaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!!

Thats truly how it is - the second that light goes green, youre off. The launch is truly unbelievable, you just go faster and faster and faster until you think your arms (I put mine up, I totally recommend that) will be ripped off. 0-120 mph in less than 4 seconds is just insanity and an adrenaline rush unlike any Ive EVER experienced! Having now also ridden Kingda Ka, I must also comment on how smooth the launch on TTD is, even though it is obviously very intense. Kingda Ka had a rather strange vibration to it during the launch, which to this day is not present during a launch on Dragster.

At that point, woooooossshhhh, youre now facing skyward and rocketing higher and higher. I swore I was gonna be able to high-five a bird or two!!! Then the 90 degree twist and the amazing top hat. The very top on Dragster is just thrilling nirvana!! To look down on a 310 foot coaster is just plain sick! Gotta love it! Some wonderous floater airtime from 42 stories just adds to the thrill. Then comes the whirlwind 400 foot drop that spirals 270 degrees as the coasters speed again hurtles towards 120 mph!! What a rush! On my night ride (got in line right after it reopened from a breakdown, and thus only waited 20 minutes!), I sat in the second row, and as we crested the top I looked down....thats pretty much bliss to look straight down from that high, plus as you drop all you see are supports whiz right by you!!! Across the finish line and thats it, youve now conquered one of the worlds tallest and greatest coasters! Everyone cheers and claps as you head back to the station. My advice - get the picture, it just caps off the experience.

Top Thrill Dragster is just phenominal in every aspect. The theming is fabulous and the whole Dragster area is full of excitement. There are bleachers set up and they are always full of people watching intently, even if they themselves cannot muster up the courage to hop on. You also can easily get a great up-close look at the train launching and going through the rides course, which to me is a bonus with a ride this advanced in technology. This was a small aspect, granted, of the ride, but it<

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up relizon on 8/30/2003 10:49:00 AM - User's Top Ride #1
I loved the ride and cant wait to get on it for my fifth time, better than any coaster to ever be created

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up jchimpo on 8/29/2003 9:39:00 PM
Despite all the pre recorded messages telling me I had to be able to latch my own seatbelt, a ride operator assisted in wedging my large self in there. I was so floored by the acceleration, that it didnt even occur to me to look around while at the top. Watching the ground speedometer, the ride tops around 123 mph. The second day there way a long wait as the morning sprinkle on the track wouldnt allow the train to go over the top and instead it would just fall back down. After an hour and a half of drying and trying, the ride opened again. What a blast.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up lilspike33 on 8/25/2003 5:20:00 PM - User's Top Ride #3
Just look at the peoples expressions when they are comming to a slow stop on the brake run and youll see how unbelievable this coaster is. The feeling it provides in impossible to explain.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up xDisney on 8/24/2003 8:07:00 AM - User's Top Ride #1
Best thrill ride on the planet !!! This coaster takes things to a new level. Makes HypersonicXLC look like a toy. Stop what you are doing now and go directly to Cedar Point. Youll be glad you did.

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