One of Cedar Point's most compact coasters was WildCat, a coaster made just for those who were in between Woodstock Express and Maverick!
WildCat was a generic copycat model of Anton Schwarzkopf's "Wild Mouse" type coaster. The coaster was opened in 1970 in order to replace a similar coaster, also called WildCat. WildCat had a maximum height of 50 feet, and reached a speed of 40 miles per hour on it's figure-eight shaped track. It had a total track length of 1,837 feet.
The ride also operated with cars that can only hold four people at a time, and the ride was known for it's low capacity, topping off at only 900 riders an hour, making for a long wait.
WildCat was one of the only rides at Cedar Point to be involved in an incidents, and was the only one to have two incidents on its track record. This being said, there has never been a fatal accident recorded for any Cedar Point attraction.
The ride's first accident occured on May 16, 2008 when one car slipped the lift chain, and it's anti-rollback system failed, sending the car backwards down the lift hill, in turn hitting another roller coaster car. Of the nine guests injured in the incident, eight were treated at the park's first aid station, while one was sent to Firelands Regional Medical Center, and was later released.
The second incident took place on June 5, 2011, when two of WildCat's cars simply collided in the unloading station. This time, seven people were injured, with three being treated at Firelands Regional Medical Center, and the remaining four being treated at the first aid station in the park.
WildCat was located in Celebration Plaza where "Luminosity - Ignite the Night" is displayed, across from Iron Dragon and Coaster's Drive In, and was removed prior to the 2012 season to make way for an expansion of Celebration Plaza. The ride's materials were taken to a recycling facility.
Details on WildCat
Height: 50 feet
Speed: 40 miles per hour
Height Requirement: 48 inches
Thrill Level: ★★★★☆
* Pictures found online.