Disaster Transport: Not a Complete Disaster Even with Dated Theming & A Short Ride
Disaster Transport is an indoor bobsled coaster at Cedar Point. It’s one of the parks few, if not only, large indoor rides. It opened as Avalanche Run in 1985. Then, in 1990, it was transformed to an indoor attraction and renamed Disaster Transport. I’m assuming Cedar Point did this to add a dark attraction to their lineup, but the resulting space theme is lackluster to say the least. I rode Disaster Transport once in 2006 and it was a short ride. Since I’ve been requested by the readers to review it, I’ll do what I can to try and give it a fair review.
As I waited in the dark, bad sci-fi themed queue for Disaster Transport, I couldn’t help but chuckle at the 80’s view of “futuristic” themeing that was all around me. Everything seemed really cheap and uninteresting. The queue was ridiculously long and I can’t imagine it ever gets too full these days. I never knew when I was finally going to make it to the station. At least the cheesy theming helped the time go by faster as I had something entertaining (in a bad way) to look at. Once I finally climbed aboard the sled, I noticed that it was just one car where Avalanche at Kings Dominion was an entire train with several cars. To the ride’s credit most of the ride is very dark and at times pitch black, unlike other indoor roller coasters where there’s enough light to see where you’re headed.
You begin with a climb up the lift hill with glowing lights on either side of you, then, off you go into the darkness. Bobsled coasters mimick the experience of riding in a real bobsled course. They generate great side-to-side g-forces and I remember a few moments with noticeable g-forces, but nothing that really left an impression. After taking a few turns in the dark I remember a helix or larger turn in a dimly lit themed area and that was about it.
Because Cedar Point is so popular, I’m sure that Disaster Transport may be the only bobsled coaster that many people have ridden. All bobsleds should definitely not be judged based soley on Disaster Transport. Kings Dominion’s Avalanche is a much more satisfying overall ride. I still give Disaster Transport an average rating because it is unique and it’s not the worst dark attraction I’ve ridden. I just wish it was a bit longer or at least better themed.
This ride definitely needs to be updated if the theming is still the same as it was in 2006. Cedar Point could take a page out the new Six Flags playbook and re-theme Disaster Transport like X2 or the Bizarro coasters. It could be a smart and relatively cheap project that would help bring this cheesy ride up to the 2010’s. Final Rating – 5.0 (Average)
Disaster Transport is rated ‘TR’ for Traditional. It’s a 2 out of 5 on my Thrill Scale.
What’s Your Take?
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