It seems like every category finds some way of ragging on the Mean Streak. I think it is still one of the best woodies in the world. So what if it is a little rough, that's half the fun! And even though there are trims on the first drop the ride is still very exciting. Can we just put all the Mean Streak bashing to rest for once and for all!
I think the ride is great. The trim brakes do completely ruin it though. I think that the biggest problem with it is the design. Even if the trains were fixed, it still wouldn't be all that great. It has nothing memorable to it. The first drop is really the only good thing. I thas a few good drops. It is still fun. I think they should take off the trims for it's 10th Anniversary next year.
I've been on Mean Streak in recent years with light trims and it was faster, but it gave new meaning to the word pain. That is the very reason it's trimmed in the first place. If people find it generally rough now, what do you think they'd say if it was un-trimmed? That's the problem... unbraked it's too rough (on people and the ride) but braked it's too slow to be thrilling. Combine this with a relatively uninteresting layout (even though it looks nice), and you have the formula for a lame ride. I've been on three smaller woodies this year that blew me away in ways that Mean Streak never did, not even in the first year.
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The Villain vs Meanstreak??? Well, i must go with the Villain. Meanstreak brakes are horrible. The ride needs to be torn down and they need to build one with better umph-- like the Villain. This is a common case of: a Bigger wooden coaster doesn't necessarily mean better!
I rode Mean Streak for the first time this summer. I was getting ready for eye tearing pain. I didn't think Mean Streak was painful at all. The second hill was a very slow climb. It does pick up momentem after the third drop (on ride photo drop). Hercules at Dorney Park is the roughest BY FAR. Mean Streak painful repitation is nothing compared to the pain dealt out by Hercules. How is the pain factor on the Texas Giant I never heard anything about it. Is it actually a painless Dinn coaster?
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What did you like about Roar (SFA)? This ride to me seems really sometime-y. That is to say sometimes its a decent ride (mostly in the back) and some times it really seems lame (mostly in front). It is a beautiful tangle of wood though I must say =]
Last time I went to CP I rode it right after a rain shutdown, and it was better than usual (still not great). The best part was it did not squeak! YEAH! I rode it again the next day and it must have been the most high-pitched noise I have ever heard, plus the ride did not seem to go as fast.
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I personally do not think that Mean Streak is a bad ride although the trim brake on the first drop has got to go! The problem is if you rode MS in its first year of operation and then compare it to how its running now. It is night and day. I actually liked the MS better than the Magnum when MS was in its first year. Unfortunately it has seen a steady decline since. First, becoming to rough (literally felt like it had square wheels on the trains) to being slowed down to a yawner. Its not a bad ride still but compared to what it used to be it is a major disappointment. CP needs a good wooden coaster that will last!
Mean Streak is an awesome roller coaster. If you want to complain about it-don't ride it! Its as simple as that. I admit they should've put in those trim breaks..when your going up the second hill it seems as if your going to stop but its still a great ride. Sure I've ridden better but its still enjoyable and not painful.