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Website: Cedar Point Homepage
Ride Type: Inverted Steel Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.4873
TPC Overall Rank: #46 out of 2933 rides.
Reviews: 226
Last Review: 10/6/2012 8:17:00 PM
In User Top 10: 344 times.
User Tracker Count: 544 times.

Raptor I

Raptor Bottom

Raptor First Drop

Raptor First Drop II

Raptor Inverted I

Raptor Inverted II

Raptor Loop

Raptor Loop II
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4 Rating
+2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up shag9004 on 2/17/2008 8:03:00 PM
Date Ridden: June of 2006 and 2007. Also October of 2007. Times Ridden: 10 total Writing this Raptor review gives me a chance to look back with a great deal of nostalgia to my first ever visit to the Coaster Capitol back in 2006. I knew nothing about coasters and was amazed when my buddy drug me past this ride to go get on Millennium Force during ERT. I thought he was crazy as I watched people yelling and screaming out over the midway riding this big green ride. He assured me we would ride it later and Im glad he took me to Mille first. That was, undeniably, a defining moment in my life. However, this is a Raptor review so lets not shed tears for that great first ride on Millennium Force which I spent an hour writing up. This is about one of the top inverted coasters in the country so it deserves its own props. If my memory of coasters stats serves me correctly, Raptor was a landmark coaster for B and M. I think it was their first inverted coaster with an opening date of sometime in 1993/94. I also believe that this was the first coaster to feature a cobra roll inversion and let me tell you, that thing is seriously intense. Many of the modern B and Ms feature that silky smooth feeling but Raptor has some extremely intense moments. Sitting in the back and being whipped through the inversions is intense beyound belief. The coaster has aged well and is one of the most popular rides at Cedar Point due to its location at the park entrance. I have found that it is a coaster to close down the night on since it is so convenient. One fact to be aware of is the sudden stop as the train pulls into the block breaks and the end of the ride. The jolt you will get there is about as quick a stop as on any coaster Ive ridden to date. Raptor is a very solid 9 in my opinion as it deserves the numerous accolades it receives. I would recommend riding it later in the day as it is extremely crowded in the morning when the gates open. Wait a little later and enjoy your chance to "Kick the Sky".

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up immelman on 12/22/2007 7:47:00 PM - User's Top Ride #6
Raptor was the first "big" coaster I went on, and its still one of my favorites. I had no idea what to expect while waiting in line, but by the time it starts the swooping drop, its just non stop fun.

The layout has great pacing and theres little time to catch your breath. The ride is best when the mid course breaks are off, this really allows the second half to pick up intensity. The last helix is crazy!

Overall a great ride, just wish the birds would stop painting it white...

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up T-Rex on 12/14/2007 9:52:00 PM
Raptor was a very good invert with excellent inversions. The first drop was decent, but it built up tons of speed at the bottom. The vertical loop was very forecful and thrilling, and that was followed by a great zero-G roll. Next was my favorite inversion, the huge and forceful cobra roll, as my feat felt like theyd be ripped off during it. However, after that Raptor lost quite a bit of speed, and while the final half had two decent corkscrews, it just seemed a bit slow.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up alliu23 on 8/17/2007 1:13:00 AM - User's Top Ride #19
Probably my favorite inverted coaster. Its a great thrill ride and its a pretty long ride.

4 Rating
+2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up sfo1 on 8/5/2007 8:13:00 PM
As I sit and ponder what to write about my experience aboard this beautiful beast, it is hard for me to find an appropriate rating which can be placed atop my review of Raptor. Visually, it is one of the most impressive attractions in the park. When I was a little tyke, the giant, roaring footprint of the invert sent me into shivers and nervousness. Ten years later, or somewhere in that area, it no longer has the same effect, but certainly still creates a feeling of awe to stand under this architectural masterpiece. Upon entering the queue, I am struck by a feeling of amazement that after 13 years of service to the amusement community, Raptor is still able to attract wait times excess of one hour. Perhaps this is partly due to the fact that the main entrance is so conveniently placed adjacent to Raptors station, or that its menacing green footprint still has the same affect as back in 94. A few days previous to my review, I had the opportunity of catching a ride immediately after a mechanical problem was fixed, and the result was a near walk - on, with a 45 - minute filling queue behind me. Hehe. Of course, when one straps themselves into the OTSRs, B&Ms comfy seating arrangements are noticeable. The transition from the steeply curved drop into the loop is seemless, fast, and relatively intense. The cobra roll was not very rough to my memory, and only resulted in very minor headbanging. Of course the zero - g roll is a blast, and the MCBR did not apply any pressure at all. The second half is very intense, and the final helix is amazing. While Raptor didnt seem entirely "10 worthy", I still would generously apply a "9". Cedar Fair made a good decision with this one, as it has proven itself worthy of its large price tag for over 13 years.

4 Rating
+2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Ooh Sexy on 8/1/2007 11:35:00 PM - User's Top Ride #6
As you enter the park the very first thing that you see is this green masterpiece of a coaster: The Raptor. Standing high right on the midway, there is no way you cant find it. Or hear it for that matter. The B&M roar lures riders into its queue. Be sure not to ride it first thing if you enter the park right when it opens however, the queue will be completely filled. Wait for sometime in the late afternoon when the line is shortest. As you enter the queue you walk right past the helix which creates great tension as the roar is incredibly loud and the screams of the riders fill your ears. The station is located right above you! The ride runs really good with 3 trains, although the day I went it was raining and waited around 2 and a half hours to ride! I heard this one doesnt run that well in the rain and I found out the hard way! They test ran each train around 10 times each before finally letting people on, and by then it started raining again which was frustrating. But I am not rating this on an experience that was outside the rides control. We waited out for the front row and finally boarded our ride on the Raptor. The floor dropped, the gates opened, and we were set loose. A nice turn and the huge lift hill followed. Look to your left and you can see the long layout of Raptor that you will soon be on. You reach the top, disengage the chain, take a turn about 150 feet above the midway, and dive down the straight drop. The visuals in the front were fantastic as the ground is rushing at you. Before you splatter on the pavement, Raptor glides up into a tight loop. This loop was more forceful then most, which was a plus. Next comes the best part of the ride: The Zero G Roll. You really get whipped into this inversion, and leaves a pretty good weightless feeling. Before you know it, youre speeding along the ground and up into the forceful Cobra Roll. This was the most intense part of the ride (Besides the helix.) There is some minor headbanging, but nothing serious. Dont know how it is in other seats as I only tried it once. You are prety disoriented as you exit the Cobra Roll, and youre up a turn and into the MCBR. On my ride it was barely turned on and we flew down that wonderful turning drop. A corkscrew followed which was pretty intense. You then glide along the midway before turning and into another corkscrew. Next is the most intense part of the ride: The Helix. At the bottom of it your feet will be tingling! Your head is pushed back into your restraint and keep it that way because a rough turn later and you just SLAM into the brakes and can cause whiplash if youre not careful. Overall its a very fun and long invert that is pretty intense! Love the color scheme, although it is only one color. Definately recommended if you visit Cedar Point.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up cpfan0446 on 6/8/2007 5:07:00 PM
Easily the best invert ever! A little bumpy but all the inversions and thrills make up for it. Another really cool thing about this ride they just started this season (2007) was they have video cameras for every 2 rides instead of an on-ride photo, you get an on-ride video and its good quality. This is a must-ride for every person visiting cedar point!

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up millforce on 5/17/2007 11:07:00 PM - User's Top Ride #4
Without a doubt, the best inverted coaster on the planet!

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up erica on 2/2/2007 6:26:00 PM - User's Top Ride #2
Its my favorite roller coaster Ive been on so far. Its really exciting and unpredicatable with all of the inversions. Its even more fun at night.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up razor12 on 1/21/2007 9:34:00 PM
This is really overrated in my opinion. It wasnt as smooth as id hoped and the line was really long. It wasnt even filled up 1/4th of the way and we waited for an hour. You would think this line would move fast, but it didnt. This is my 2nd best invert though. Top Gun at Carowinds beats this by a mile! But it is definently worth a try.

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