It looks like the days remaining for you to ride the “Mean Streak” roller coaster at Cedar Point are numbered.
Here is the video I found this morning…
I received word today that on Friday, September 16, 2016, the “Mean Streak” roller coaster will provide it’s last rides.
At first I thought it was a joke, but according to the Cedar Point website: “It’s time. Time to say goodbye to what was the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world – Mean Streak.”
I have been on this ride many times. I have to admit, it’s really kind of jerky and you do get bounced around quite a bit. It’s not as smooth, or as fast, as the new metal roller coasters. There is something nostalgic about riding the old wooden roller coasters. The sound of the clicking as the chain pulls the train to the top of that very first hill. The smell of the wood. Feeling the joints in the track as you ride along. It will definitely be missed. There is no word on what will replace “Mean Streak”.
At least we can still ride “Blue Streak”! Although the last time I rode that roller coaster it seemed the like cars had shrunk to about half the size I remembered. I’m under 6 feet tall and it’s a tight squeeze to get into the ride…but I’ll do it just to experience the old coaster. The other option at Cedar Point for a wooden coaster would be “The Gemini”. That is the dual, racing roller coaster that’s not that far from “Mean Streak”. I’m just glad we still have options. I like the metal coasters, but there will always be a place in my heart for the old wooden roller coasters as well.
R.I.P. “Mean Streak”. You provided a lot of enjoyment to a lot of roller coaster enthusiasts over the years.
For more information on “Mean Streak’s” final days, here is the link to the Cedar Point website.
What are your thoughts… Please leave your comments below.
Photo credit: Cmedinger at English Wikipedia