Posted Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:42 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Cedar Point's oldest roller coaster, the Blue Streak, is celebrating a milestone birthday – and we're all invited to the party. This Saturday, the park is honoring the 50th anniversary of the classic wood coaster, the fly-out-of-your-seat ride that continues to thrill, even well into middle age.
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Other than MForce, my favorite coaster at the Po!nt. It wasn't always that way, but Blue Streak has gotten a LOT of love over the past decade or so, and my last few visits included more than one lap on the classic ride...
Did they retrack it this past offseason? It rode fantastic last week. Probably the best ride I've had on it since 2003.
I've been in love with Blue Streak since my first ride in 1966. It was late at night, dark, and my friend talked me into it. I tried not to show my distress as he showed his delight in us scoring the front seat. Turns out it was (to that date) the most fun experience of my life, and it was then and there that I got to know the wonderful sensation of airtime. We were just little guys, and we flew so high out of our seats on those rabbit hops...
It remains one of my favorite rides of all time, and I can count on one hand the number of visits I've made to the Point where I haven't ridden it at least once. On media day I skipped Millenium Force to get on the road. But not before I took a spin on Blue Streak.
I'll be working at our Pride Festival this weekend, and I'm so bummed I'm going to miss the party.
Happy, happy birthday to my faithful friend. Here's to 50 more.
When you can hear the upstops hit the track, followed by the road wheels crashing down, you know it's good.
A few years back, Cedar Point made the decision to have that Canadian group do some work on Blue Streak which made them give up its "classic" coaster status. I'm glad they did because it is still a great ride. Let's hope in the next 50 years it can get some more comfortable seats/restraints.
Status according to whom? And who cares if it's a better ride now?
It's still my favorite ride in the park. Nothing like a ride on Blue Streak, late afternoon/early evening, marina to the right, park to the left...
Well, that's weird. By the time I open my eyes it's always marina on the left, park on the right...
Blue Streak is the hidden treasure at that park. It really is great.
I personally hate Blue Streak it is rough, feels unsafe and the airtime is not the kind of airtime I like.
You aren't very "kool" then.
I adored Blue Streak, and it was the only ride at Cedar Point that I almost broke my "no re-ride until I've ridden all the other coasters" for. Unfortunately, it had technical difficulties when went for my second lap, and then there just wasn't time the next time I visited. It's not the biggest or baddest, but it makes me smile to think about.
Born the same year as yours truly, and I like the ride a lot. I have a lot of trouble with the seat belts, though...not particularly tight, just find them difficult to maneuver and manipulate from my position in the seat.
Its the only good woodie in the park, but IMO CF could care less about wooden coasters which is why you never see one in the top of the polls. Maybe some day they might think about adding an intamin or RMC woodie to one of their parks.
Well, best out of two, at least.
It's a delightful little coaster. Initially I rode it only because I'd just gotten off Millennium Force after waiting 2 1/2 hrs. to get on, and Blue Streak was a walk-on. Good enough that I went for a re-ride. This was at night and I remember sitting next to a girl who was so polite that she actually asked me whether the sparkler gloves she was wearing would bother me. It surprised me that someone would ask but since then I've had a couple of similar things happen, such as when the woman in the seat next to me on Shivering Timbers asked whether it would bother me if she rode hands in the air and when someone in my row on Bizarro SFGAd said she hoped I wasn't going to mind her screaming because she screams a lot. Anyway, Blue Streak at night is a blast.
CF could care less about wooden coasters? Have you ridden Prowler? That ride is legendary. GoldStriker looks to be pretty fantastic as well.
I have a vague memory that under Kinzel, Cedar Fair avoided wood coasters due to maintenance/financial concerns....?
Whether wood coasters top polls is very interesting to enthusiasts, rather less so to the general public or the companies paying for new coasters.
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