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Steel Vengeance
Previously known as Mean Streak (1991-2016)
Steel Vengeance Roller Coaster Logo.png
Steel Vengeance Drop View.jpg
Cedar Point
Park sectionFrontiertown
Coordinates41°29′10.50″N 82°41′35.75″W / 41.4862500°N 82.6932639°W / 41.4862500; -82.6932639Coordinates: 41°29′10.50″N 82°41′35.75″W / 41.4862500°N 82.6932639°W / 41.4862500; -82.6932639
StatusOperating
Opening dateMay 5, 2018
ReplacedMean Streak
General statistics
TypeSteel
ManufacturerRocky Mountain Construction
DesignerAlan Schilke
ModelI-Box Track
Track layoutTwister
Lift/launch systemChain lift
Height205 ft (62 m)
Drop200 ft (61 m)
Length5,740 ft (1,750 m)
Speed74 mph (119 km/h)
Inversions4
Duration2:30
Max vertical angle90°
Capacity1,200 riders per hour
Height restriction52[1] in (132 cm)
Trains3 trains with 6 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.
Fast Lane Plus only available
Steel Vengeance at RCDB
Pictures of Steel Vengeance at RCDB

Steel Vengeance, formerly known as Mean Streak, is a steel roller coaster at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. The roller coaster was manufactured by Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC) and opened to the public on May 5, 2018, it features RMC's patented I-Box Track technology utilizing a significant portion of Mean Streak's former support structure. Upon completion, Steel Vengeance set 10 world records.

Originally constructed by the Dinn Corporation, Mean Streak opened to the public on May 11, 1991, as the tallest wooden coaster in the world with the longest drop height. After more than 25 years of operation, Cedar Point closed Mean Streak on September 16, 2016, casting doubt and uncertainty regarding the ride's future. Over time, the park dropped subtle hints about a possible track conversion, which was officially confirmed in August 2017, it was marketed as the world's first hybrid hypercoaster – a wooden and steel roller coaster at least 200 feet (61 m) in height – and reemerged as Steel Vengeance. On opening day, a minor collision led to a temporary closure and eventually modifications made by the manufacturer.

History

Cedar Point revealed in 1990 that a new roller coaster would be built for the 1991 season, it was officially named Mean Streak on October 24, 1990.[2] Construction commenced later that year and continued through spring of the following year.[3][4] Mean Streak opened with the park's seasonal debut on May 11, 1991,[5] in the Frontiertown section of the park behind one of Cedar Point & Lake Erie Railroad's stations;[6] the ride's media day press conference was held on May 22, 1991.[7]

Mean Streak was one of eleven roller coasters designed and manufactured by Ohio-based Dinn Corporation before the company went out of business in 1992,[8] it was a twister coaster model designed by Curtis D. Summers, and the ride cost $7.5 million to construct.[5][9][10] In September 2010, a small 5-foot (1.5 m) section caught fire, which was quickly contained by firefighters to a small portion of the ride.[11]

On August 1, 2016, Cedar Point announced that Mean Streak would offer its last rides to the public on September 16, 2016.[12][13] Park officials, however, declined to confirm that the ride was being torn down.[14] Following its closure, unconfirmed rumors emerged that the roller coaster was being refurbished by Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC), a manufacturing company well known for its restoration work on existing roller coasters;[15] the company has refurbished, and in many cases completely transformed, other wooden roller coasters with applications of either of its two patented technologies: I-Box and Topper track.[16]

Cedar Point began teasing the public on the ride's future with the release of an 18-second teaser video entitled "They're Coming" on April 1, 2017.[17] Cedar Point showed video shots briefly panning several elements of the rumored conversion.[17] Another similar video showing snippets of the new ride was released a few months later in June.[18] Three more videos were released over the summer of 2017, with catchphrases “They‘re rollin’ in like thunder," "There's a score to settle," and "They stake their claim."[19] On August 16, 2017, Cedar Point held an official announcement for Steel Vengeance,[20] it was also announced that a virtual recreation of the ride would be made available in the PC video game, Planet Coaster.[21] Steel Vengeance opened to the public on May 5, 2018.[22]

After an incident on Twisted Timbers, a roller coaster also refurbished by Rocky Mountain Construction located at Cedar Point's sister park Kings Dominion, where a phone hit a rider in the face, Cedar Point put a ban on cell phones in the ride's queue. Riders were expected to put their phones in a locker outside of the queue line. However, the ban was lifted during the 2018-2019 off-season when zipper pouches were added onto the trains where riders can safely secure their items.[23]

Characteristics

Mean Streak's first turnaround

Mean Streak's wooden track was approximately 5,427 feet (1,654 m) in length and the height of the lift hill was approximately 161 feet (49 m),[5] it was constructed from 1.7 million board feet (4,000 m³) of treated southern yellow pine.[9] In 1994, a trim brake was installed on the coaster's first drop reducing its overall speed in an attempt to prevent abnormal track wear and increase ride comfort.[7] Over the years, Mean Streak had been re-tracked several times; some re-tracking was completed by Martin & Vleminckx.[24] Prior to the 2012 operating season, many sections of track after the first drop were replaced; this was the most significant work done on the ride since it opened.[25] Also, in 2012, a portion of the queue was removed to make room for a new building; the building is located in the infield of Mean Streak and is used for the HalloWeekends haunted house, Eden Musee. It is also used for storage during the off-season and summer.[26]

Mean Streak operated with three trains manufactured by Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters (PTC) that were colored red, gold, and green;[10][27] each train had seven cars with riders arranged two across in two rows for a total of 28 riders per train. The minimum height required to ride was 48 inches (120 cm), and guests were secured by an individual ratcheting lap bar and seat belt.[5] During the 2011–2012 off-season, all three trains were sent to PTC's headquarters for maintenance and refurbishment.[27]

After the conversion to Steel Vengeance, the coaster's track length was extended to 5,740 feet (1,750 m) and the ride's peak height was increased to 205 feet (62 m), its three new trains are nicknamed "Blackjack," "Digger," and "Wild One."[28]

Ride experience

Mean Streak with Maverick in the foreground

Mean Streak

After leaving the station, the Mean Streak train passed through the storage tracks and made a 180-degree turn to the right, before ascending the 161-foot-tall (49 m) lift hill. After cresting the top of the hill, the train dropped 155 feet (47 m) at a 52-degree-angle, reaching a top speed of 65 miles per hour (105 km/h). While dropping, riders went through a set of trim brakes on the first drop. Riders then went through a 123-foot-tall (37 m) twisted turnaround followed by a small airtime hill, and then another twisted turnaround; the train maneuvered over the lift hill and dipped down to the right. After that, the train traveled through the ride's structure and down another hill, turning to the left into the mid-course brake run; the train then dipped down to the left into another airtime hill. Riders then went through several small airtime hills and turned through the ride's structure followed by the final brake run.[29] One cycle of the ride lasted 3 minutes and 13 seconds, making it the former longest duration of any roller coaster at Cedar Point.[5][30]

When Mean Streak opened in 1991, it was the tallest wooden roller coaster in the world and featured the longest drop.[9] Upon closure in 2016, Mean Streak had the seventh tallest lift, the tenth fastest speed, the fourth longest track-length and the seventh longest drop.[31][32][33][34]

Steel Vengeance

After leaving the station, the train makes a 180 degree right turn, passes over two small bunny hills, and begins its ascent up the 205-foot-tall (62 m) lift hill. After cresting the top of the lift hill, the train drops 200 feet (61 m) at a 90-degree angle, reaching its maximum speed of 74 miles per hour (119 km/h). After this drop, the train traverses a small airtime hill, followed by a climb into a larger airtime hill, which drops riders slightly to the right. Next, the train climbs up a left outward banked hill, dips slightly right, and passes over another small airtime hill, which leads to the first inversion, a zero-g roll. After this, the train dips right, passes underneath the lift hill, and traverses an overbanked right turn, which leads into the second inversion, a half stall, that sees the train pass through the lift hill structure for a second time. After this, the train dips straight, passes over a small airtime hill, and climbs up a hill; the train then makes an upward left-hand turn, which leads to the mid-course brake run. After this, the train makes another sharp left turn into a short, steep drop slightly to the left. Next, the train navigates an upward, slightly overbanked turn to the left, traverses another airtime hill, then upward into a slightly overbanked left turn; this is followed by a small drop into a high-speed overbanked left turn, which leads into the third inversion, a zero-g roll. Next is a double-up into another high-speed overbanked left turn, which leads into the fourth inversion, a final zero-g roll. Next, another overbanked left turn into an airtime hill, followed by four more airtime hills, which lead to the final brake run back into the station. One cycle of the ride lasts 2 minutes and 30 seconds.[35]

World records

Steel Vengeance broke 10 world records when it opened.[36]

  • World's tallest hybrid roller coaster at 205 feet tall
  • World's fastest hybrid roller coaster at 74 miles per hour
  • World's steepest drop on a hybrid roller coaster at 90 degrees
  • World's longest drop on a hybrid roller coaster 200 feet
  • World's longest hybrid roller coaster at 5,740 feet
  • Most inversions on a hybrid roller coaster at 4
  • Fastest airtime hill on a hybrid roller coaster at 74 mph
  • Most airtime on a hybrid roller coaster at 27.2 seconds
  • Most airtime on any roller coaster at 27.2 seconds
  • World's first "hyper-hybrid" roller coaster

Comparison

Statistic Mean Streak Steel Vengeance
Operating years May 11, 1991–September 16, 2016 May 5, 2018–present
Manufacturer Dinn Corporation Rocky Mountain Construction
Designer Curtis D. Summers Alan Schilke
Track Type Wood Steel
Height 161 ft or 49 m 205 ft or 62 m
Drop 155 ft or 47 m 200 ft or 61 m
Length 5,427 ft or 1,654 m 5,740 ft or 1,750 m
Speed 65 mph or 105 km/h 74 mph or 119 km/h
Duration 3:13 2:30
Inversions 0 4
Height Requirement 48 inches 52 inches

Reception

Writers from The Pantagraph stated that Mean Streak was "the best-kept-secret at Cedar Point," as it was located at the very back of the park;[37] the ride was also featured on the Today show in 1992 in connection with the 100th anniversary of roller coasters.[38]

Mean Streak had been ranked as one of the most popular wooden roller coasters in the world, it has ranked in the top 50 nine times since the Golden Ticket Awards were introduced in 1998. The ride was not ranked in the other seasons.

In 2018, Steel Vengeance was awarded "Best New Ride" by Amusement Today as part of the annual Golden Ticket Awards.[39]

Golden Ticket Awards: Top wood Roller Coasters
Year 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Ranking 21[40] 18[41] 16[42] 34 (tie)[43] 40[44] 49[45] [46] 33 (tie)[47] [48] 39[49] [50] [51] [52] [53] 45[54] [55]
Golden Ticket Awards: Top steel Roller Coasters
Year 2018 2019
Ranking 3[56] 3[57]

Incidents

During opening day on May 5, 2018, Steel Vengeance was temporarily closed following a minor collision between two trains;[58][59] as a train was reentering the station, it "lightly bumped" another parked train.[59] Four riders were treated for minor injuries and later returned to the park;[59][60] the coaster resumed operation with only a single train, while the manufacturer investigated the issue and made modifications.[61][62] The park temporarily removed the ride from its Fast Lane Plus lineup and considered timed boarding passes as a result of its limited capacity.[61] Normal operation resumed on June 1, 2018.[63]

On July 23, 2018, a 17-year old boy was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor for throwing a hot sauce packet at a moving train. Seven people were treated by the park's EMS after it exploded and hit them in the face and eyes.[64]

On August 11, 2018, a tire from the drive system located near the brake run became detached and landed near the queue; the ride was then evacuated and reopened later that same evening.[65]

See also

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Preceded by
Texas Giant
World's Tallest Wooden Roller Coaster
May 1991 – March 1992
Succeeded by
Rattler