Cedar Point prepares to say last rites for its Mean Streak

August 1, 2016, 10:26 AM · Cedar Point announced this morning that it will close Mean Streak at the end of this season.

The world's tallest and longest fastest wooden roller coaster when it opened in 1991, this Curtis D. Summers, Inc. creation has carried more than 26 million riders over the past quarter century, according to the park. Cedar Point will celebrate the demise of the coaster on the opening night of HalloWeekends, on Sept. 16, with a final public riding session between 6-7pm. The park will administer "last rites" for the coaster in a memorial session at 7:30, followed by a procession from FrontierTown to the park's "Dead Rides Cemetery."

If you can't make it to the ride's final weeks, or even if you can, you can enjoy one more virtual ride on Mean Streak with its official POV video:

Halloween might turn out be an especially appropriate time to commemorate Mean Streak, because the word on the street is that the coaster might not be as dead as it seems. Could Mean Streak get a rebuild from Rocky Mountain Construction, as so many classic wooden coasters have over the past years? Cedar Point isn't announcing anything about Mean Streak's replacement just yet.

Replies (9)

August 1, 2016 at 11:04 AM

Screamscape reported that the deal was signed with RMC about two months ago. The biggest question remains if this is going to be an Iron Horse rehab (which seems to be a no brainer) or if RMC is just going to rehab what is currently there. Since they are sending the Mean Streak name to the bone yard, my educated guess is that Iron Streak (or something similar) is going to debut next year.

August 1, 2016 at 11:28 AM

I have long considered this coaster to be a prime candidate for an RMC makeover. People complain about its being rough; I found it not to be rough as much as colossally boring! The fact that a coaster with a 155-foot drop could be so completely lacking in airtime never ceased to amaze me.

August 1, 2016 at 11:51 AM

Yes i agree, I've been waiting for this to have a RMC makeover as well. There is alot of track and alot of elements that can easily be added to this coaster. I really do feel that once added, this could be the best RMC makeover yet. What I don't get at all is Cedar Fairs thinking if they do this next year with the RMC makeover. Two similar style coasters at Kings Island with Mystic Timbers and then Cedar Point with Iron Streak, that doesnt sound like something they would do. The tweets saying a new frontier land. Maybe more in store like a restaurant or new flat rides. Cedar Point doesnt do back to back years of big new coasters.

August 1, 2016 at 12:48 PM

Just because CP hasn't done something in the past will not dictate the future! Long live the reign of Matt Ouimet!!

August 1, 2016 at 3:47 PM

Its a ride you always new was going to close but the day you learn it is going to close it surprises you. I always knew it was coming, but I thought we would have already learned about the closure.

August 1, 2016 at 4:10 PM

This was never the longest wooden coaster.
Mean Streak - 1991 - 5,427 feet
Beast - 1979 - 7,359 feet

August 1, 2016 at 4:40 PM

I always thought Mean Streak was okay, and in 2014 I didn't think it was that rough. However, apart from the first drop the ride was pretty dull and did not deliver nearly as good of a ride as you would expect. If there is a wooden coaster that would benefit most from a RMC I-Box conversion, it is probably this one. Will it happen? I don't know, but I've got a strong feeling whatever replaces the ride will be substantially different and not like the Rougarou or GhostRider rehabs.

August 1, 2016 at 5:23 PM

I distinctly remember my first effort to ride the Mean Streak (under a month ago). The employee told us it was closed.

"Permanently," James Koehl asks, his voice quivering with hope.

"No," she replies, "it will open later today."

Today we are free, James. Today we are free.

August 1, 2016 at 8:32 PM

That longest thing was my bad. Knew it was fastest, meant to type fastest... and ended up typing longest because, I don't know why. Anyway, fixed.

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