On June 1st, I'm going to Cedar Point. I think this might be a bad time to go, since its 4th of July week. But, I was wondering if Mean Streak is as bad as everybody talks about it! I dont want to waste my time waiting for something I really wont like. Also, can somone one tell me how long I will have to wait to ride the most popular coasters, like MF and Raptor.
I wouldn't wait long for it, but when I rode it I didn't find it rough at all. It wasn't very thrilling, but not as bad as I imagined. But then again, that has proved true for me in basically every instance where a ride has been hyped-down by people on these boards and others: Son of Beast (loved it), T2 (wasn't great, but wasn't as bad as I expected), Twisted Twins (fun ride), Face Off (I like this as much as Alpengeist).
On my trip there the Wednesday before SRM I found Mean Streak to be slow (helped by the trims on the drop), boring, rough, and shuffled and banged around a lot. That and the constant screeching of it's wheels starts to hurt the ears after a while.
I've heard that years ago it used to run real well, but based on my experience I'd say that Cedar Point has let this coaster get ruined.
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The first drop is scary and the next few drops after that are great with good airtime. But after that the layout gets a little dull and the excitment wears. As far as roughness, it's what you should expect for a wooden coaster that is 170ft. tall. It's a beautiful ride that is rough, but not life threatening as some people want to make it sound like.
GO! Enjoy it FIRST thing in the am right as soon as CP opens even it is an almost 15 minute walk from the front gates so you have less time to wait. (Unless you use the gates near Magnum then you're there in less than 3 minutes and you can park over by Soak city. Just drive in on the far left side of causeway and follow resorts signs) Mean Streak is not a bad coaster (They have the trim brakes for the "weenies" I have ridden before without them being used and it is AWESOME! ) I think it's just seen the effects of a Northern US winter of cold, wet, and snow and may be the reason CP has yet to build another wood. (There's a reason Walt built in Florida you know). Anyway, I've been loving this park for 20 years now and since I am only a 2 1/2 hour drive away for my summer I "woodent" want anything other than the thrills of Cedar Point. Again I say ENJOY! P.S. Coastermania starts in 8 hours I'll be glad to continue to test and warm up the rides for everyone!! Take care.
You mean ol' Shake 'N' Brake? In a word, yes. Mean Streak is a sickly shadow of its former self. I enjoyed the ride a great deal before the infamous trims and reprofile. Now I just want to fire a few rounds into the structure as if it were a dying dog.
I have to agree with the common idea that the Mean Streak while was a great ride is now a shell of its former glory. I think it gets such a bad rap because the ride was incredible for the first few seasons in the early nineties. It is a long ride though, and on a good day it can maintain some speed through the circuit. I would say give it a whirl, why not? There are actually a lot of people who still enjoy the ride. Just not to many coaster buffs.
Martling said: The first drop is scary and the next few drops after that are great with good airtime. But after that the layout gets a little dull and the excitment wears. As far as roughness, it's what you should expect for a wooden coaster that is 170ft. tall. It's a beautiful ride that is rough, but not life threatening as some people want to make it sound like.
How is the first drop scary. It is trimmed down to the max, and you're probably doing no more than 30 mph on the way up...
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I rode it last in about 1996. It was shaking a lot. I had to ride in the front of the third car to get a tolerable ride. It is just a speed coaster for the most part, and not able to produce any airtime or laterals (due to the large curves and hills, thus limiting any effects) as you can find on medium-sized woodies. It's a perfect example of that "big coaster" mentality. It doesn't guarantee a good ride at all. Witness the success of CCI and GCI with their medium sized rides. Size is not the answer. Orchestration of the ride is. Go to Knott's, Holiday World, SFWOA, Hersheypark, or Silverwood (Idaho) to sample real woodies in action from CCI and GCI. TCKR, I liked your humorous remarks about putting Mean Streak out of its misery. I will immediately add to your list the lousy, noisy, squawking, slow/reprofiled, rough Morgan-cursed Colossus, and slow and tedious B & M trains on the slow Psyclone, the two woodies at SFMM.
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Mean Streak is a) long b) 2:45 seconds long approximately c) very similar looking to The Texas Giant and d) not very fun at all.
While I did compare Mean Streak visually to Texas Giant (the lifthill sections are identical), Giant has many hills that run down to the ground, whereas MS doesn't. I think that's why so many say it's "boring". Just remember that MS came from the era of building coasters to break height records, and the public now suffers as a result i.e. Rattler at Fiesta Texas. ------------- Try the themepark diet now! Just walk vigorously around large parks for a week. "It really works!", says I-Fan who lost 1 inch off his waist in a week while in Texas.
I honestly ride Mean Streak everytime I go, it seems that whenever I do go to the point, it is pretty smooth...............but whenever I do ride it, it is always in the front seat. Has anyone else noticed that on the brakes right before the station, when the trains stop there and the release, it seems as if the whole train just falls cause it makes a loud bang noise and it hurts!
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Going up 170ft. on a wooden coaster is intense to me...the slower you go up a hill, listening to the chain, the more anxiety builds up. One other thing to note is you have a great view of Lake Erie climbing the lift hill. Honestly, give it a shot. If the coaster were new this year, it would be a top five woodie. I don't think it's any more rough than The Beast.