I was at CP last weekend(6/11-6/12)and even though it was fairly rainy, every time we walked back to MS it was a walk on. I was just thinking that when CP decides to add another coaster, they might consider taking out MS to make room for something else. What are your thoughts?
I was at CP yesterday, a beautiful sunny day, and Mean Streak, Magnum, Mantis, Raptor and Gemini ALL were walk-ons. I didn't even attempt to ride Corkscrew, Iron Dragon, etc., but I'm pretty sure there were no lines for them. I don't think MS is going anywhere.
Actually, the Magnum will sink into the Earth before the Mean Streak is removed.
Anyways, besides being a ride that only a chiropractor could truly love, it is literally the back of the park. When you factor in the walk involved to get to it and the rideability of it, it makes for an easy ride to opt out of walking back to.
Having said that, I would still be in the camp that says Cedar Point would be creative in order to increase the coaster count instead of demolishing and maintaining an existing number.
I can think of two coasters that would be gone before Mean Streak. The Mine ride, and Disaster Transport. I can see Transport gone in 5 years, because it is prime real estate on the lake shore for a new ride. There used to be a wooden coaster there way back when. I'm not sure exactly how much room they have there, but I would like to see a GCI twister there. Mean Streak ridership is down, but not that far down.
Like PGA's Grizzly, which gets voted the worlds worst woodie every year, PGA will never rip it out that pile as long as people continue to que up for it. As much as we enthusiast hate it, it's popular with families and kids, so it ain't going anywhere anytime soon. I imagine the situation is the same with MS.
D the Great I would have a slightly different list Disaster Transport and Corkscrew. The mine train will be there as long as nothing beyond repair happens to it. As for Mean Streak, before last winter I would have never thought any wooden coaster in operation would be in danger but then we lost Hercules. By the way who owned that ride? Oh yea Cedar Fair.
I can see Mean Streak leaving. That end of the park is pretty dead (except the train station). It just seems like not a lot going on at that end, and it really needs to be revamped. It would be a very nice size footprint for some other coaster. Even the mine train does not get the peeps to head over there. I don't think that the mine train will go anywhere though any time soon.
I agree with Dragon Rider. There is just no need to have 20 plus coasters in one park. The maintenance cost alone has got to be staggering. I too see a day when CP will start tearing down a few coasters and replacing them with the latest and greatest. Mean Streak would be on that list. It's the most beautiful coaster on earth, but a very boring ride after the second drop. Plus, it's got to cost a fortune maintaining this ride.
For those that say "no way", Cedar Fair dismantled Hercules and Orient Express, two record breaking coasters in their day, and not that old. The lot that Mean Streak sits on would accomodate a lot.
And for those that say Mean Streak has two hour waits, what are you smoking? The only time I waited that long was the first season on a Saturday, and I don't think it was even two hours then. More often than not, this ride is 15 minutes or less.
i would hate to see it go but if they do decide to lose it i hope they put something cool in its place like a flying and floorless combination. put two coasters in the same area. do you know how many ways they could market that. have them intertwine and even duleing.
I don't see this ride going anywhere. CP wouldn't put money into knocking down an already good ride and putting in another. If you want to ride a good wooden coaster go to MIA for Shivering Timbers, Holiday World for Raven, or PKI for The Beast. Blue Streak is even fun. I read somewhere that Mean Streak takes about $32,000 a year to repair. Building a new ride would take millions.
Also I've seen the wait up to 30 minutes in the beginning of June and I waited 20 minutes mid May this year. Sure it's bumpy at times but last October the ride was great. It has its times. Give the ride some credit. *** Edited 6/18/2004 8:22:56 PM UTC by gomez***
Where do you expect Cedar Point to get a Schwarzkopf?
A flying/floorless combination? Is that even possible? There isn't even a floor below your feet on a flying coaster. And you can't just make a floorless coaster fly. Also, if you combined the two (Superman in loading position and no floor) you would get an inverted; I'd imagine.
Think of how much it would cost Cedar Point to rip out that huge coaster; also factoring in how much they've spent upkeeping it. It's not going to go anywhere. *** Edited 6/18/2004 8:40:08 PM UTC by coasterwiz***
The ridership issue has nothing to do with the ride itself. Every ride back there, even the year it opened and including Mean Streak, has has low ridership in the morning and evening. It has always been that way.