Well, it’s the end of an era.
After 25 years of thrills, Cedar Point has announced via Twitter, in a rather odd video, that Mean Streak will shut down this September.
While this ride is bumpy, I must say I disagree with Cedar Point’s decision to close the ride.
Mean Streak is a true wooden coaster, not a hybrid of wood and steel like Gemini. It also is one of the longest rides at Cedar Point, clocking in at 2 minutes, 45 seconds. So, while future plans for the coaster or its plot of land remain unclear for now, I still think Cedar Point should have kept Mean Streak’s history, character, and charm.
However, Cedar Point will continue with their plans and we will just have to wait and see what happens.
While the ride still stands, let’s take a look at it.
As with most coasters, the best seat on Mean Streak is the front car. This seat ensures a breathtaking western view of Lake Erie as you ascend to the top of the 161-foot hill.
After the first drop, riders learn why this coaster is so “mean.” The ride speeds through the tracks at 65 mph, twisting and turning. I like to call Mean Streak a mix between Millennium Force and Gemini because it has the wood, like Gemini, but the track is reminiscent of Millennium’s almost-inversions.
This ride is bumpy, yes, it throws you around quite a bit. But, what are you supposed to expect from a coaster with the name, “Mean Streak”?
The best thing about this coaster is its length. As I said, it is almost three minutes, allowing riders to savor each twist and, yes, bump. You begin to think that Mean Streak may never end, and you begin to wish that it wouldn’t.
Alas, though, Cedar Point no longer shares this feeling, going as far as posting a video of a crazed man hacking at the coaster’s beams with an axe. So, while you still can, go to the extreme back of the park, and give Mean Streak the love it deserves.