2024 Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point: Most Adrenaline-pumping Ride in The Country RETURNS!

Gather up your courage and hold your breath, this ride isn’t for the weakhearted. If you want a truly electrifying roller coaster experience, then Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point most definitely fits the bill.

And best of all, it’s returning in 2024!

Cedar Point has its fair share of tall, over-the-top, and scary rides.

Top Thrill Dragster, however, takes the prize for the most heart-stopping, lung-crushing and scream-worthy ride in all of Cedar Point.

That seems like a bit of an overkill considering that it lasts a mere 17 seconds.

Yep, you read that right. And I would bet a whole lot of money that those 17 seconds would be scariest 17 seconds of your entire life.

Before you head to Cedar Point you may have a few questions about Top Thrill Dragster.

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Is Cedar Point Removing Top Thrill Dragster?

At the time of writing this article, there hasn’t been an official statement from Cedar Point on the position of getting rid of Top Thrill Dragster.

2024 Cedar Point Top Thrill Dragster Sign
Top Thrill Dragster Roller Coaster

Cedar Point recently hinted that this powerful attraction will return in 2024 with a new formula for thrills!

Will Top Thrill Dragster Reopen for the 2023 Season?

Unfortunately, Top Thrill Dragster will remain closed for the 2023 season but as mentioned earlier, 2024 looks like the year for its big return.

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Why Did Top Thrill Dragster Get Shut Down?

In August of 2021, a woman was injured standing in line as a piece of Top Thrill Dragster broke off and struck her in the head.

It was an unfortunate incident at the park.

How Tall is Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point?

This Cedar Point roller coaster towers at 420 feet in the air! Yes, I said 420 feet of pure, unadulterated thrills!

2024 Cedar Point Top Thrill Dragster next to wave ride

How Fast is the Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point?

The insane acceleration is also one of the many characteristics this ride boasts about. While you will see the lights counting down to go time, you can never anticipate the rush of going from 0 to 120 miles per hour.

Cedar Point Top Thrill Dragster Roller Coaster Launching

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What Makes Top Thrill Dragster Unique?

Top Thrill Dragster is a steel strata roller coaster located in Sandusky, Ohio.

The thing that sets this Cedar Point attraction apart from the rest is its mind-blowing acceleration.

Cedar Point Top Thrill Dragster Race Car

One minute you are sitting stationary and the next you are propelled up to the top of a 90-degree incline.

In this guide I will tell all my fellow solo ThemeParkHipsters all there is to know about the ride that has been rated ten out of ten on the Hipster Scream Scale.

After reading this you will be prepared to face this monster head on!

Alright, pack up your courage and let’s go!

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History of Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point

Cedar Point calls itself the Roller Coaster Capital of The World and I do not disagree. Cedar Point has 70 spectacular rides, eighteen of which are incredible world-class thrill roller coasters.

Cedar Point Top Thrill Dragster walking area

For my resident adrenaline junkies, this sounds like nirvana.

And it is.

Cedar Point Top Thrill Dragster Strata Roller Coaster

The Roller Coaster Capital of The World will continue to celebrate its 150th anniversary this year.

Even though it has faced many obstacles, it remains one of the best theme parks in the world.

How old is Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point?

This Cedar Point roller coaster is 20 years old as of the 2023 season.

Cedar Point Magnum XL train riding past Top Thrill Dragster

Top Thrill Dragster was one of the park’s progenies, which open on May 4, 2003. At the time it was the world’s tallest and fastest roller coaster.

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Today, it stands at an intimidating 420 feet tall– a reminder that it is still one of the top ten tallest roller coasters in the world.

Cedar Point Top Thrill Dragster in blue ohio sky

The construction of Top Thrill Dragster was part of the venture to make Cedar Point the ‘Disney of the Midwest’.

And it indeed became the Disney of the Midwest– if Disney had tattoos and lip piercings, and stomped around in edgy clothes and hobnail boots.

Cedar Point Top Thrill Dragster Launch with Mantis or Rougarou in the background

Jokes aside, Top Thrill Dragster is one of the only two true strata roller coasters in the world. This makes it not only one of the most unique roller coasters but also the most thrilling.

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Ride Layout of Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point

Top Thrill Dragster’s appeal lies not only in its speed, height or even its acceleration, but in its simplicity.

Cedar Point Top Thrill Lift Launch

While other rides offer various turns, inversions and rolls, Top Thrill Dragster has no time for such frills and fancies. It keeps the ride brutally simple– up and down.

But oh boy, what an up and down!

I don’t think anyone can be truly prepared for what happens after you strap yourself into the seat. If you go for the front row in your first time riding the beast, you truly have a heart of steel.

Cedar Point Roller Coaster Top Thrill Dragster on a Cloudy Day

Now remember folks! This is one of the fastest accelerating roller coasters in the world.

In just 3.8 seconds, this beast of a roller coaster accelerates up to 120 miles per hour.

That’s right.

You will be jerked out of your stationary position and thrown up 420 feet where you can literally feel the wind pulling at your skin

Cedar Point Fast Launch on Top Thrill Dragster

If you thought that you would get a brief respite at the top, you are highly mistaken.

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There is a 270 degree turn at this point (420 feet up in the sky) after which you dive straight down that 90-degree angle once again.

Has it been 17 seconds or a lifetime?

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Train Design of Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point

The design of Top Thrill Dragster is pure technological ingenuity.

Cedar Point Magnum XL riding by Top Thrill Dragster on a cloudy day

As if taking a 12,000 pound train up a hill in less than four seconds was a hard-enough task, factoring in the eighteen passengers and their weight in building the roller coaster could have proven to be impossible.

Cedar Point Fast Launch on Top Thrill Dragster

Cedar Point brought out the latest roller coaster technology which involved using pure kinetic energy to feed the beast.

Cedar Point Top Thrill Dragster Roller Coaster Launching

They ditched the use of the traditional linear motors to provide riders with the thrill of scaling a mountain in mere seconds.

Sixteen large hydraulic motors power the Top Thrill Dragster.

How Does Top Thrill Dragster Technology Work?

The ride computer analyses the roller coaster’s statistics after every ride and tweaks it to ensure a better and safer ride.

Cedar Point Power Tower next to Top Thrill Dragster Launch

The computer monitors the amount of energy each ride uses and how much time it takes to increase or decrease it to reach the ideal values.

Why Does Top Thrill Dragster Roll Back?

Another built-in security feature is that if the energy is not enough to propel Top Thrill Dragster over the mountain, the train simply rolls back onto the launch pad.

Cedar Point Cloudy Day over Top Thrill Dragster

This keeps the passenger safe while they still enjoy a good ride.

You can watch the full video of this ride here.

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Stats and Fun Facts About Top Thrill Dragster Roller Coaster at Cedar Point

  1. It is only 2800 feet long, quite short when compared to the average roller coaster. But considering that this distance is covered in about 17 seconds, how long is long?
  2. It is a whopping 420 feet tall and is still considered one of the tallest roller coasters in the world.
  3. You, on the other hand, need to be at least 52 inches to ride on this mammoth roller coaster.
  4. It is one of two existing strata coasters in the entire world. Is the word ‘strata’ a pun about reaching the stratosphere? Your participation is the only one way to find out!
  5. Although it was built in 2003, it remains one of the most popular roller coasters at Cedar Point.
  6. The ride uses a combination of linear induction motors and hydraulics to fuel its insane acceleration.
  7. Speaking of acceleration, this roller coaster goes from zero to 120 miles per hour in just 3.8 seconds.
  8. In the second half of the ride, the ride is fueled by nothing by sheer gravity.
  9. The turn at the top of the ride is a 270-degrees which is almost a full circle!
  10. Top Thrill Dragster train itself weighs 12,000 lbs.

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7 Best Tips for Your Cedar Point Visit

Now that you know what to expect on this Cedar Point top thrill, let’s go through my best tips to helping you make the most of your trip!

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Relaxing on the grass after a ride on Top Thrill Dragster!

1. Review the Cedar Point Rules

As this is not your usual roller coaster, you might want to review all the rules once again. Cedar Point is extremely strict about their loose articles policy.

Cedar Point Top Thrill Dragster ride sign

Do you wear glasses? Put them away.

For safety reasons, purses, backpacks, beverage containers or any other loose articles may not be taken on this ride.

2. Secure Your Glasses

Even if you can see absolutely nothing without them, you have to put them away.

The only type of glasses allowed at this ride are the ugly ones with an elastic band that goes around your head.

Cedar Point Low View of Top Thrill Dragster with Mantis Roller Coaster in the Background

Now, I presume your sense of fashion will not allow you to commit such blasphemy and you will just have to enjoy Top Thrill Dragster without them.

3. Bring Sunscreen

Carry sunscreen with you to protect your skin from the rays of the sun.

4. Visit in the Fall

I recommend visiting the park in the fall since the crowd is more manageable and the atmosphere of fall in Ohio is absolutely gorgeous.

Cedar Point Pumpkin patch during Halloweekends

5. Use the All-day Dining Plan

Cedar Point has an All-day Dining plan allows you to eat all day for one affordable price!

6. Take a Break at Hotel Breakers or the Beach 

One thing I liked about the Cedar Point property was the variety of restaurants and scenic rest stops in and outside of the park.

Cedar Point Hotel Breakers Entrance with Halloweekends Decor

You will find many popular franchises such as Famous Dave’sTGI FridaysChick-fil-A, and many more!

Cedar Point Sunrise over Boardwalk at Hotel Breakers

The coolest thing is the ability to grab your lunch and head out to the majestic shore of Lake Erie.

Cedar Point Lake Eerie View

There you can spend your park break relaxing next to one of America’s most naturally beautiful lakes.

7. Take Your Time and Discover the Park

I know you’ll want to conquer every incredible roller coaster and thrill ride, but put some time in your Cedar Point itinerary to discover all the nooks and crannies of the park.

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And just have fun!

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My Final Thoughts on Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point

You are officially ready to ride the beast!

And I promise that each and every one of those seventeen seconds will be engraved in your mind.

Cedar Point Top Thrill Dragster in blue ohio sky

Don’t be afraid to let out a scream (or screech) of pure exhilaration as everyone will be doing the same anyways!

How Fast is Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point 2024
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Ready to take on The Roller Coaster Capital of the World? If so, read 45 TOP Cedar Point First Timers Tips here or if you’re more of a podcast person, then you can listen to the tips here.

Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!

(Original Article Date: February 27, 2020/Updated on January 11, 2023)

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