Cedar Point adding two rides May 10

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Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio -- with 17 roller coasters -- is adding two family rides when it opens for the season on May 10.

The first is Pipe Scream, in which a 15,000-pound gondola spins and coasts over 300 feet of wavy track. The ride, in the Gemini Midway part of the park, reaches speeds of up to 43 mph.

It combines the "best of a roller coaster and flat ride in one," according to a park release.

Pipe Scream ride makes its debut at Cedar Point

One of the new rides at the Cedar Point amusement park is called Pipe Scream. (Video courtesy of Cedar Point; 4/27/2014)

Across the way will be Lake Erie Eagles, where guests will sit in one of eight "eagle" carriages that are suspended from arms 28 feet above the ground. As the ride begins, the carriages swing outward in flight. Guests will be able to adjust the flight pattern with a paddle to make it mild or wild.

Among other changes, the 15-year-old Camp Snoopy will be enhanced and the Jr. Gemini roller coaster will be renamed Wilderness Run.

Still to come sometime this summer will be the SlingShot, a vertical ride in which guests secured in a two-person capsule will be launched nearly 360 feet into the sky at speeds of up to 62 mph -- sort of like a reverse bungee -- and then after a brief feeling of weightlessness, will descend back toward the ground before catapulting back up and down until the capsule returns to is launching spot.

Bryan Edwards, spokesman for the park, said neither the opening day for the SlingShot nor height or age requirements for the new ride have been determined.

Other parks that offer similar experiences are Darien Lake near Buffalo, N.Y., and Magical Midway in Orlando.

For more information go to www.cedarpoint.com or call 1-419-627-2350.

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