Wood Coaster Fan Club - "Sharing a Passion for the Classics"
What is with the obsession with tearing down or tinkering with Mean Streak?... It was certainly FUN and is there really any other criteria that it needs to meet? If you go on rides looking for the truly orgasmic riding experience each and every time, you're going to walk away disappointed most of the time.
I don't go on rides expecting every one to deliver an orgasmic experience but I do expect something that I can enjoy without getting a headache and cracking a few teeth. I'm glad that you have had fun on Mean Streak but as you can see from most of the people on this site, the majority of people don't feel nearly the same way as you do about the ride. Check my signature- it's pretty obvious that I'm not going to be the first person to support the demolition of a wood coaster- but there are a handful of wood rides out there (Hercules was one of them) that offer dreadful riding experiences. The way I see it, Mean Streak is a beautiful coaster with a lot of wasted potential, and unless the ride is fixed so that it is bearable for most riders, I can't say I completely support its existance.
When it was new and cool out, It was a almost great ride. After it heated up though the coaster shook so hard in that first turn after the drop your neck was damn near snapped.
Final solution? Slow it down which in turn led to them lowering the third drop to keep it from valleying.
Like was said earlier. Tear it down or leave it. bout the only options they have left.
Until Mean Streak's maintenance costs become prohibitive, until people stop riding Mean Streak, and until Cedar Point becomes so cramped for real estate that Mean Streak's footprint becomes essential to the park's future... they won't touch it.
Dominator56, the Big Dipper's layout hasn't been altered at all by Cedar Fair. Funtime did some minor reprofiliong of the second hill in the 1980 rebuild and also they eventually removed the double dip on the fourth hill a few years later.
Thats what I meant, I wasn't talking about when Cedar Fair owns the park, I was talking as a whole over the years. You remain correct though.
As for mean streak, I'm sure we'll just sit and observe of what they want to do with it. There's a possiblity that they might never tear it down. I think if it ever did get partially redesigned, they'd always choose that option over tearing it out completely.
Rob Ascough said:
Certainly the folks at GG or GCII could add a fantastic coaster to Mean Streak's lift hill!
...a GG or GCII at the point would be a wet dream. I would like to see them cut off some of the height though. I think 160 is a bit too much for a woodie
now, that was a long time ago.
i rode mean streak just last year, and it was a pretty-to-look-at but sad, pathetic thing sulking in the back of an amazing park.
if time and poor engineering has turned the former into the latter, then that is truly a travesty. a great woodie is a unique and wonderful thing, and, it seems, an endangered species. the trend today seemd to be towards shorter, more extreme steel beasts, like TTD and KK. while i love those rides as well, i feel they are no replacement for a good old-fashioned frighteningly disorienting ride down some wooden tracks.
I don't think I've ever rode a Summers Dinn that runs as smooth as something by a CCI, or any other company. Even the later PTC's built in the late 70's are much smoother.
The Georgia Cyclone.
Don't necessarily think that just because it's made by this company or that (I can name 3 CCIs that are more rough than GaCyclone) that it will not be smooth. I think about 90% of it is the park that it resides in and the maintenance that is performed on it.
Back on topic, there's no hope for Mean Streak, but it's still not so terrible that I don't give it a courtesy ride per trip.
It can still be a great ride. All they have to do is take those freaking trims off the lift hill! I rode it back in 2003 at night with the trims and lights turned off for employee ride night and the ride was un-freaking-believable. It was actually fun! Right after the ride, I thought that it was possibly more fun as a ride experience than Dragster. There were strong laterals (comparable to The Legend) and nice air throughout the whole ride, and it made the riders go nuts. Now I know how the ride used to be, and how it could be.
The only reason for the trim brakes is for maintenance purposes. It was designed so poorly that if they were to let it run as it was meant to without trims then it shakes itself apart and the carpenters have a hell of a time fixing it in the few hours before the park opens.
There is hope for Mean Streak, but I think that it would involve an entire course reprofile (or at least from the lift on) of Intamin's prefabricated track. It would be steelie smooth and it would be as intense as it was back in the day. And, yes, fun once again. I just hope that an increase in ridership would be justification enough for Cedar Point to install the new track.
Like Six Flags did with SFGAm's Shockwave? ;)
Coming soon, Drachen Wave!
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