Fire at Cedar Point Shuts Down Mean Streak For SeasonCedar Point: A small fire burned a five-foot section of track on Cedar Point's Mean Streak coaster this week.
From Bill MonsonA small fire burned a five-foot section of track on Cedar Point's Mean Streak coaster this week. Mean Streak will be closed for the remainder of the season while the park completes repairs, as well as normal seasonal maintenance of the roller coaster.
Posted September 25, 2010 at 3:03 PM
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From Tyler RizzoIt will be missed :)
Posted September 25, 2010 at 3:04 PM
From James KoehlThe article said that Sandusky firefighters put out the fire and limited it to a 5-foot section. Why couldn't they mind their own business? ;+) No, I don't really want it to burn down- there are a lot of things that could be built from the salvaged timbers when they finally dismantle it.
Posted September 25, 2010 at 3:46 PM
From Mike GallagherMean Streak...yes, I'll admit it..was my favorite wood coaster back in the early 90's when I was only a few years into this now full-fledged OBSESSION of mine. I rank it very low now, but it's such a beautiful and majestic structure, I'd rather see it stay and be a candidate for physical improvements.
Posted September 25, 2010 at 7:42 PM
And regardless of James' comment...and similar ones I saw on other sites (and I'm not disagreeing in terms of the opinions of the ride)..that's treated lumber. Burning that in the bonfire everyone wants would be a very bad thing for the environment.
From James KoehlMike, it was my favorite coaster also, for many years. Yes, burning that much treated lumber, although it would be a treat to watch, would be a bad thing for the environment. Hey, how about dismantling it carefully and sending it to North Korea, as a "good will gesture"? Of course, after the "Glorious Leader" rode it they would probably consider it an act of war.
Posted September 26, 2010 at 3:24 AM
From Mike Gallagher"Mean Jong Il?"
Posted September 26, 2010 at 7:48 AM
From Derek PotterI can hear the collective "darn it" from Cedar Point fans all over the country. Obviously nobody wishes the park or it's people any harm, but Mean Streak is pretty maligned these days. I don't think too many people would have lost much sleep over Mean Streak burning to the ground. In fact they probably would have celebrated, because they know that Cedar Point would have replaced it with a substantially better coaster sooner or later.
Posted September 26, 2010 at 5:24 PM
From James KoehlMike, this is off-topic, but I hear that the Glorious Leader's popularity poll among his people has fallen to it's lowest in history- the percentage of North Koreans approving of his government is down to a record low of 127%!
Posted September 26, 2010 at 6:37 PM
From Tim OdomI just got back from my first trip to Cedar Point, and I had the unfortunate luck to ride Mean Streak. Allow me to say, while I do not wish any ill will on those who work on this ride, if it would have burnt to the ground, I would have cheered. Loudly. Worst coaster I have ever ridden.
Posted September 26, 2010 at 7:53 PM
From James KoehlTim, the sad thing is that when it first openned it was an incredible ride, fast, incredibly tall, smooth but with an exiliration I've only found on one other woodie, The Beast. Suddenly it got old and worn-out before its time. CP needs to either fix it or remove it. I hope they fix it- the sight of it towering over Frontier Town is thrilling to see.
Posted September 26, 2010 at 8:09 PM
From Mike GallagherJames said: "Mike, this is off-topic, but I hear that the Glorious Leader's popularity poll among his people has fallen to it's lowest in history- the percentage of North Koreans approving of his government is down to a record low of 127%!"
Posted September 27, 2010 at 6:12 AM
127% approval? That's more than 100%! Sounds to me like he's doing pretty well, based on your numbers, James! :)
Shall we call in Sherlock Holmes to solve the Case of the Missing Decimal Point? I'm guessing it should be between the 2 and the 7. Hmmm.
From Erin BDerek said -- "I can hear the collective "darn it" from Cedar Point fans all over the country."
Posted September 27, 2010 at 7:00 AM
Yeah, that's been the typical reaction so far.
On a bit of a side note, the ride was going to be down for the rest of the season anyway for standard maintenance.
From Tim OdomJames: Oh, I don't doubt it. It looks fantastic, and it really is not that old. But damn, that was beyond rough, it was punishing. Maybe they can take this time to fix it or something, cause that thing is gonna hurt someone bad one day.
Posted September 27, 2010 at 7:36 AM
From James KoehlUh, Mike, that was a joke. North Korean propaganda always claims that there is no dissention or unhappiness in their little workers' paradise.
Posted September 27, 2010 at 11:14 AM
From Mike GallagherOh.
Posted September 27, 2010 at 6:20 PM
Guess I haven't been keeping up on my North Korean propaganda. Too busy riding roller coasters, I guess! 23 rides on El Toro Saturday to start the day without leaving the station, and six more later. :)
From James KoehlMike, how do you ride that many times without leaving the station? Aren't there other people waiting to ride? The only time I was able to do that was close to closing time at Cedar Point on the Mine Ride, not especially a popular ride, and early in the season so school was still in session. Nobody was waiting to get on, so they sent us around 3 times before someone came up to ride. Their policy was that they could only let riders reride without getting off if nobody was waiting to ride, even if it was only one person.
Posted September 27, 2010 at 7:03 PM
From Mike GallagherJames,
Posted September 28, 2010 at 7:07 AM
The ride ops on Toro at that time were allowing rerides if no one was waiting for your row. If there was no one, I stayed on, sometimes switching seats if a preferred one was available. If there was a single waiting, I'd ask if they minded my riding with them. Don't always get the opportunity, so I take it when I can. I know a couple of Toro crew members, and they're almost always cool about me jumping back on, as long as I'm not hindering their efforts or being bothersome to oncoming riders. Easter Sunday, I got 73 rides without leaving the station, 90 overall on the day. However this past Saturday was the first time I ever had a person refuse to let me ride with her.
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