Cedar Point thrillseekers will have one less roller coaster to scream on this summer as the WildCat will be removed from the park.

The announcement came Wednesday on the amusement park’s website, which states the WildCat “was coming to the end of its useful life.”

The WildCat gave its final ride at the end of the 2011 season because park officials say it will be removed from the park prior to 2012’s upcoming opening day on Saturday, May 12. The roller coaster will be sent to a recycling facility.

Photos: Cedar Point during the offseason

Luminosity, a new night show that debuts June 1, will light up the night sky in the area near WildCat, which is now being dubbed Celebration Plaza.

“With the desired expansion to Celebration Plaza, coupled with the low ridership and increased maintenance costs, Cedar Point has decided to accelerate the removal of the ride,” the park’s announcement declared.

Read fan reactions regarding WildCat’s closure

Annie Zelm, a spokesperson for the park, says the decision to remove WildCat was one that happened within the week.

While many Cedar Point fans are hoping a new ride will be placed in WildCat’s small location, Zelm says its spot will most likely be used to include extra seating for the Luminosity show.

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