About Disaster Transport
Take a journey into complete darkness on Disaster Transport. You never know where you're going to turn next!
Before Disaster Transport was enclosed and rethemed, it was called Avalanche Run, an outdoor bobsled roller coaster themed as a bobsled race. The structure was blue, and overlooked the beach. In 1990, Avalanche Run was enclosed, rethemed, and reopened as Disaster Transport. The retheming and enclosing came for many reasons, including that sand from the beach would blow in the ride's U-shaped track and cause it to be closed while employees brushed the sand out. Avalanche Run was manufactured by Intamin AG at a cost of $3,400,000.
On Disaster Transport, you would be carried up 63 feet, and pulled down 50 feet at 40 miles per hour. The ride had a total length 1,932 feet. This roller coaster was unique because it did not have a traditional track. Disaster Transport's track is U-shaped trough that the cars could swing freely from side to side in. All of Disaster Transport's renovations racked up a cost of $4,000,000, although many of its special effects were later shut off and ignored. Disaster Transport's enclosure was completed by ITEC Productions.
On the exterior of Disaster Transport building was a very noticable marking, reading "12-E." It remained a mystery for many years until August 3, 2005, when it was discovered that "12-E" stands for "The twelfth design by ITEC employee Eric."
The theme of Disaster Transport was originally a space-themed adventure where you are to fly into space, but mid-journey, something goes wrong and you land in Alaska. Sadly, through time, all of Disaster Transport's special effects were uncared for and left to rot. Sometime around 2010, Cedar Point official changed the theme of Disaster Transport from "space adventure" to "a roller coaster in the dark!" The mixture of theming in the queue and lack of theming throughout the ride often confuse guests on what type of mind trip they were just riding.
In June of 2012, The Sandusky Register released an article, containing details on a memo from Cedar Point, describing the planned removal of Disaster Transport and Space Spiral, and the addition of a record-breaking wing coaster. Cedar Point confirmed the removal of the two attractions on July 13, 2012 on their official Facebook page. They also began releasing clues on the new attraction that would be replacing Disaster Transport and Space Spiral, which all hinted at the rumored wing coaster.
Disaster Transport's last day of operation was July 29, 2012. The last ride was rode with all of the emergency lights on, which illuminated the inside of the building for the riders to see. The last ride was also auctioned off for Give Kids The World.
Disaster Transport was located near the front of the park, next to Wicked Twister and Giant Wheel.
Details on Disaster Transport
Opened: 1990 (As Disaster Transport)
Height: 63 feet
Speed: 40 miles per hour
Height Requirement: 46 inches
Thrill Level: ★★★★☆
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Demolition of Disaster Transport
* The last three pictures of this slideshow were taken by Michael Rearick.