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Steel Vengeance
Steel Vengeance Roller Coaster Logo.png
Previously known as Mean Streak (1991-2016)
Cedar Point
Park section Frontiertown
Coordinates 41°29′10.50″N 82°41′35.75″W / 41.4862500°N 82.6932639°W / 41.4862500; -82.6932639Coordinates: 41°29′10.50″N 82°41′35.75″W / 41.4862500°N 82.6932639°W / 41.4862500; -82.6932639
Status Operating
Opening date May 5, 2018
Replaced Mean Streak
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Rocky Mountain Construction
Designer Alan Schilke
Model I-Box Track
Track layout Twister
Lift/launch system Chain lift
Height 205 ft (62 m)
Drop 200 ft (61 m)
Length 5,740 ft (1,750 m)
Speed 74 mph (119 km/h)
Inversions 4
Duration 2:30
Max vertical angle 90°
Capacity 1,200 riders per hour
Height restriction 52[1] in (132 cm)
Trains 3 trains with 6 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.
Fast Lane Plus only available
Steel Vengeance at RCDB
Pictures of Steel Vengeance at RCDB

Steel Vengeance, formerly known as Mean Streak, is a steel roller coaster at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. The roller coaster was manufactured by Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC) and opened to the public on May 5, 2018. It features RMC's patented I-Box Track technology utilizing a significant portion of Mean Streak's former support structure. Upon completion, Steel Vengeance set 10 world records.

Originally constructed by the Dinn Corporation, Mean Streak opened to the public on May 11, 1991, as the tallest wooden coaster in the world with the longest drop height. After more than 25 years of operation, Cedar Point closed Mean Streak on September 16, 2016, casting doubt and uncertainty regarding the ride's future. Over time, the park dropped subtle hints about a possible track conversion, which was officially confirmed in August 2017. It was marketed as the world's first hybrid hypercoaster – a wooden and steel roller coaster at least 200 feet (61 m) in height – and reemerged as Steel Vengeance. On opening day, a minor incident led to a temporary closure and a call to the manufacturer to make modifications.

History

Cedar Point revealed in 1990 that a new roller coaster would be built for the 1991 season. It was officially named Mean Streak on October 24, 1990.[2] Construction commenced later that year and continued through spring of the following year.[3][4] Mean Streak opened with the park's seasonal debut on May 11, 1991,[5] in the Frontiertown section of the park behind one of Cedar Point & Lake Erie Railroad's stations.[6] The ride's media day press conference was held on May 22, 1991.[7]

Mean Streak was one of eleven roller coasters designed and manufactured by Ohio-based Dinn Corporation before the company went out of business in 1992.[8] It was a twister coaster model designed by Curtis D. Summers, and the ride cost $7.5 million to construct.[5][9][10] In September 2010, a small 5-foot (1.5 m) section caught fire, which was quickly contained by firefighters to a small portion of the ride.[11]

On August 1, 2016, Cedar Point announced that Mean Streak would offer its last rides to the public on September 16, 2016.[12][13] Park officials, however, declined to confirm that the ride was being torn down.[14] Following its closure, unconfirmed rumors emerged that the roller coaster was being refurbished by Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC), a manufacturing company well known for its restoration work on existing roller coasters.[15] The company has refurbished, and in many cases completely transformed, other wooden roller coasters with applications of either of its two patented technologies: I-Box and Topper track.[16]

Cedar Point began teasing the public on the ride's future with the release of an 18-second teaser video entitled "They're Coming" on April 1, 2017.[17] Cedar Point showed video shots briefly panning several elements of the rumored conversion.[17] Another similar video showing snippets of the new ride was released a few months later in June.[18] Three more videos would be released over the summer of 2017, with catchphrases “They‘re rollin’ in like thunder”, "There's a score to settle", and "They stake their claim".[19] On August 16, 2017, Cedar Point held an official announcement for Steel Vengeance.[20] It was also announced that a virtual recreation of the ride would be made available in the PC video game, Planet Coaster.[21]

Opening day incident

During opening day on May 5, 2018, Steel Vengeance was closed at approximately 1:30 pm following a minor collision between two trains.[22][23] As a train was reentering the station, it "lightly bumped" another parked train.[23] Four riders were treated by the park's first aid EMS team for minor injuries and later returned to the park.[23][24] The ride reopened several hours later around 9 pm.[24] Cedar Point announced on May 10, 2018, that the ride would operate with only a single train while the manufacturer works on making modifications to the ride.[25] The park temporarily removed the ride from its Fast Lane Plus lineup and considered timed boarding passes due to the ride's limited capacity.[25]. The ride resumed normal operations on June 1, 2018.[26]

Characteristics

Mean Streak's first turnaround

Mean Streak's wooden track was approximately 5,427 feet (1,654 m) in length and the height of the lift hill was approximately 161 feet (49 m).[5] It was constructed from 1.7 million board feet (4,000 m³) of treated southern yellow pine.[9] In 1994, a trim brake was installed on the coaster's first drop reducing its overall speed in an attempt to prevent abnormal track wear and increase ride comfort.[7] Over the years, Mean Streak had been re-tracked several times. Some re-tracking was completed by Martin & Vleminckx.[27] Prior to the 2012 operating season, many sections of track after the first drop were replaced. This was the most significant work done on the ride since it opened.[28] Also, in 2012, a portion of the queue was removed to make room for a new building. The building is located in the infield of Mean Streak and is used for the HalloWeekends haunted house, Eden Musee. It is also used for storage during the off-season and summer.[29]

Mean Streak operated with three trains manufactured by Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters (PTC) that were colored red, gold, and green.[10][30] Each train had seven cars with riders arranged two across in two rows for a total of 28 riders per train. The minimum height required to ride was 48 inches (120 cm), and guests were secured by an individual ratcheting lap bar and seat belt.[5] During the 2011–2012 off-season, all three trains were sent to PTC's headquarters for maintenance and refurbishment.[30]

Steel Vengeance's steel track is approximately 5,740 feet (1750 m) in length and the peak of the ride is about 205 feet from the ground.[31] Steel Vengeance operates with three trains, named "Blackjack", "Digger", and "Wild One". The minimum height required to ride is 52 inches, guests are secured by a combination lap bar/leg pads, and a seat belt.

Ride experience

Mean Streak with Maverick in the foreground

Mean Streak

After leaving the station, a train on Mean Streak would pass through the storage tracks and make a 180-degree turn to the right, before ascending the 161-foot-tall (49 m) lift hill. After cresting the top of the hill, the train dropped 155 feet (47 m) at a 52-degree-angle, reaching a top speed of 65 miles per hour (105 km/h). While dropping, riders went through a set of trim brakes on the first drop. Riders then went through a 123-foot-tall (37 m) twisted turnaround followed by a small airtime hill, and then another twisted turnaround. The train maneuvered over the lift hill and dipped down to the right. After that, the train traveled through the ride's structure and down another hill, turning to the left into the mid-course brake run. The train then dipped down to the left into another airtime hill. Riders then went through several small airtime hills and turned through the ride's structure followed by the final brake run.[32] One cycle of the ride lasted 3 minutes and 13 seconds, making it the former longest duration of any roller coaster at Cedar Point.[5][33]

When Mean Streak opened in 1991, it was the tallest wooden roller coaster in the world and featured the longest drop.[9] Upon closure in 2016, Mean Streak had the seventh tallest lift, the tenth fastest speed, the fourth longest track-length and the seventh longest drop.[34][35][36][37]

World Records

Steel Vengeance broke 10 world records when it opened. [38]

  • World's tallest hybrid roller coaster at 205 feet tall
  • World's fastest hybrid roller coaster at 74 miles per hour
  • World's steepest drop on a hybrid roller coaster at 90 degrees
  • World's longest drop on a hybrid roller coaster 200 feet
  • World's longest hybrid roller coaster at 5,740 feet
  • Most inversions on a hybrid roller coaster at 4
  • Fastest airtime hill on a hybrid roller coaster at 74 mph
  • Most airtime on a hybrid roller coaster at 27.2 seconds
  • Most airtime on any roller coaster at 27.2 seconds
  • World's first "hyper-hybrid" roller coaster

Comparison

Statistic Mean Streak Steel Vengeance
Years 1991–2016 2018–present
Manufacturer Dinn Corporation Rocky Mountain Construction
Designer Curtis D. Summers Alan Schilke
Track Type Wood Steel
Height 161 ft or 49 m 205 ft or 62 m
Drop 155 ft or 47 m 200 ft or 61 m
Length 5,427 ft or 1,654 m 5,740 ft or 1,750 m
Speed 65 mph or 105 km/h 74 mph or 119 km/h
Duration 3:13 2:30
Inversions 0 4
Height Requirement 48 inches 52 inches

Reception

Writers from The Pantagraph stated that Mean Streak was "the best-kept-secret at Cedar Point," as it was located at the very back of the park.[39] The ride was also featured on the Today show in 1992 in connection with the 100th anniversary of roller coasters.[40]

Mean Streak had been ranked as one of the most popular wooden roller coasters in the world. It has ranked in the top 50 nine times since the Golden Ticket Awards were introduced in 1998. The ride was not ranked in the other seasons.

Golden Ticket Awards: Top wood Roller Coasters
Year 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Ranking 21[41] 18[42] 16[43] 34 (tie)[44] 40[45] 49[46] [47] 33 (tie)[48] [49] 39[50] [51] [52] [53] [54] 45[55] [56]

See also

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