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Mean Streak gets *The Axe*

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8/1/16 at
10:34:46 AM

Video on their page shows that Mean Streak is getting *The Axe* Sept 16th.

Ride it while you can.

What do you think it means, Total removal and replacement or RMC?

I don't see them making another 20 million plus investment in that Structure that RMC would be.

Who knows. I also don't see whatever the replacement is, Being ready for 2017 Way too late a closing. They'll probably close it, Pull it down this fall and start new in the spring for 18.

Charles Nungester 323 coasters and holding for two years now LOL Last coaster ride. HWN 2011
Re: Mean Streak gets *The Axe* by drachen drachen Profile at 8/1/16 11:42:26 AM
Sad news for me. I was always a fan of the ride. I'm very interested in seeing what's coming.

Cedar Point is hosting an event on September 16th. They also posted a new POV video today on YouTube.

Farewell, Mean Streak. I won't be able to make it out before September.

drachen
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Re: Mean Streak gets *The Axe* by rollercoastersfreak rollercoastersfreak Profile at 8/1/16 3:26:03 PM
Even though I wasn't a huge fan of Mean Streak since it was so rough this is sad news. I guess it's a good thing that I will be there tomorrow and Wednesday. I guess that means I will have to make a couple extra rides on it for the last times.

Brandon Carlson

Re: Mean Streak gets *The Axe* by RobLec RobLec Profile at 8/1/16 10:07:54 PM
Cedar Fair is definitely a bottom line company, and so I believe they will tear down Mean Streak rather than invest any more money trying to fix it... much as they did with SOB. GOOD RIDDANCE!
Re: Mean Streak gets *The Axe* by SirWillow SirWillow Profile at 8/2/16 1:43:23 PM
That's the last of my "top worst coasters ever" to still be standing. Along with Hercules, Psyclone, Son of Beast- in my book it's days are long overdue. Anything that goes there will be an improvement. This is no loss, it's a gain.
Re: Mean Streak gets *The Axe* by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 8/2/16 6:00:26 PM
Yeah, I'm not gonna miss it at all. It it one of those coasters that looks better than the ride experience is, with it's lofty wooden structure.
Re: Mean Streak gets *The Axe* by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 8/2/16 6:14:01 PM
If it was up to me, the next Cedar Fair coasters on the chopping block would be both Hurlers and Excalibur. Not holding my breath though.
Re: Mean Streak gets *The Axe* by frontrow frontrow Profile at 8/2/16 9:27:28 PM
The only thing I will miss is that amazing view as you climb the lift hill. Wish they could have returned it to how it was when it was new. In its current condition, I'm not terribly upset. Wish we weren't losing another wooden coaster, but I totally understand why they made this decision. Planning on going to Cedar Point next week. Maybe I get some information of what's in store for that area.
Re: Mean Streak gets *The Axe* by MABrider MABrider Profile at 8/3/16 12:44:05 PM
Mean Streak was always very impressive to look at.
Mike B.
Re: Mean Streak gets *The Axe* by CoasterFanatic CoasterFanatic Profile at 8/4/16 10:29:23 AM
frontrow said:

The only thing I will miss is that amazing view as you climb the lift hill. Wish they could have returned it to how it was when it was new. In its current condition, I'm not terribly upset. Wish we weren't losing another wooden coaster, but I totally understand why they made this decision. Planning on going to Cedar Point next week. Maybe I get some information of what's in store for that area.

I rode it while workers were still climbing around the structure new. While there were a couple more thrilling spots. (Both Drops near the RR Tracks had good air. The ride was still largely rampy and boring.

I returned later that first year and thought my brain stem was detached it shook so bad on that first drop. The next time I rode it, It was braked on the first drop. First RR track drop lowered and reprofilled and largely the boring ride it became.

It was a POS from the moment it was build, Was supposed to be some type of record breaking Texas Giant clone, The problem was Texas Giant was actually very good when maintained.

Charles Nungester 323 coasters and holding for two years now LOL Last coaster ride. HWN 2011
Re: Mean Streak gets *The Axe* by frontrow frontrow Profile at 8/4/16 1:38:31 PM
I agree that Mean Streak was never as good as Texas Giant. I was only at Six Flags Over Texas once in 2001, first year of Titan, but Texas Giant was far superior to Mean Streak.
Re: Mean Streak gets *The Axe* by NotSo NotSo Profile at 8/4/16 3:56:16 PM
I'm kinda torn on this one because CP has maintained their wooden coasters very well the last 5 years or so. BlueStreak is almost too smooth, and the only roughness on MeanStreak is 1 second of shaking rage at the bottom of the first hill. Granted its been rough most of its life, I kind of feel bad for folks who missed out on it the last couple years, it rides about like a good woodie should.
An RMC upgrade, I don't know.. Cedar Point with only one wooden coaster definitely does not sound good..

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Re: Mean Streak gets *The Axe* by GigaG at 8/6/16 6:09:27 PM
^As fairly smooth as Mean Streak is now, it just is kind of bland. I'd rather get a mid-large GCI woodie at CP (115-130 range, maybe like Wodan.) Or even a smaller one.
Re: Mean Streak gets *The Axe* by antikythera antikythera Profile at 8/6/16 7:28:44 PM
The coaster always looked magnificent in pictures. The sheer amount of wood and it's domineering appearance. I remember marveling at it during my only visit to the park in 2013. Unfortunately, it rained hard all day and stayed closed. When the park finally did open back up shortly before closing, I had to make a decision on which coasters to choose. Mean Streak got the axe (see what I did there), even though I knew it might be a decision I'd regret later, knowing how badly in shape it was. I never got back to the Point, so it'll be another coaster I'll have to experience through POV footage.
Re: Mean Streak gets *The Axe* by NotSo NotSo Profile at 8/6/16 11:20:17 PM
I think so much more was expected of it because of it's immense size. It had it's good days and bad, i'm going to miss it. There aren't too many wooden coasters left that give that long of a ride. Shivering Timbers, Beast...

My wife and I along with our son since he was 15 months old, had a great family tradition of staying at Lighthouse Point in May for a few days. Every year for almost 14 years, and we would always request a cabin in the low numbers or by the pool just so we would be in Mean Streaks shadow, and hear the screams (pain or joy!) from the screeching trains.

It was a beautiful coaster, still is for now. We missed out the other day, just didn't happen. I hope they have something on the 16th of Sept, I'd sure love to be there for it..

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Re: Mean Streak gets *The Axe* by RobLec RobLec Profile at 8/7/16 3:55:26 PM
NotSo said:

I think so much more was expected of it because of it's immense size. It had it's good days and bad... just so we would be in Mean Streaks shadow, and hear the screams (pain or joy!) from the screeching trains.

It was a beautiful coaster, still is for now...

First time I took my family to CP in 1999 we were so impresses by the looks of Mean Streak. We knew nothing about it at the time. Standing in line (!) with the queue being right in the middle of that massive structure and hearing the riders screams. We expected something like the Beast.

Then some time later we finally boarded and halfway down the first drop it came to a crawl. We were like, WHAT? Then drop after drop the ride seemed to moan and groan. Finally the agonizing slow ride came to an end. My wife was chatting with someone who told her that some years earlier someone broken their neck on it, hence the terrible braking. I don't know if that is true or not. We haven't ridden it since. AND GOOD RIDDANCE! Valuable real estate there being eaten up by what is little more than a piece of art.

That was the year they were starting construction of Millennium, which would later become our favorite ride in the park. But on that trip, even Magnum seemed to us to be over rated. We left the park after two days all agreeing that Mantis, Wildcat and Disaster Transport were most enjoyable rides. RIP to all three of them.

Re: Mean Streak gets *The Axe* by looper77 at 8/7/16 4:03:23 PM
GigaG said:

^As fairly smooth as Mean Streak is now, it just is kind of bland. I'd rather get a mid-large GCI woodie at CP (115-130 range, maybe like Wodan.) Or even a smaller one.

I agree. I never understood the immense hate for the ride or people saying that it's "rough." It's too sluggish and over-braked now to be rough. It was a lot of fun when it first opened though.

I love coasters, and the loss of one is not something I see to celebrate.

Re: Mean Streak gets *The Axe* by NotSo NotSo Profile at 8/7/16 11:09:05 PM
The most ironic thing to me is this, yes MS was just a bit rough, but no where near as rough as Voyage. That thing was the most uncomfortable, cant wait to get off, awful shaking, bouncing coaster ever. Mean Streak was glass smooth compared to Voyage.

I guess it's where you sit, and if you know! :) (for both coasters!)

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Re: Mean Streak gets *The Axe* by looper77 at 8/8/16 7:45:21 PM
NotSo said:

The most ironic thing to me is this, yes MS was just a bit rough, but no where near as rough as Voyage. That thing was the most uncomfortable, cant wait to get off, awful shaking, bouncing coaster ever. Mean Streak was glass smooth compared to Voyage.


I guess it's where you sit, and if you know! :) (for both coasters!)

Funny you should say that. I love wooden coasters, and The Voyage was one that I couldn't wait to ride. However, it was the first wood coaster I actually thought "I can't wait to get off, when is this going to end?"

And I like The Voyage, but at some point during the ride, it just feels like a marathon that I'm in no shape to complete.

Re: Mean Streak gets *The Axe* by frontrow frontrow Profile at 8/8/16 9:09:58 PM
From what I understand, The Voyage has good years and bad years, and it's usually much better earlier in the year. I've ridden The Voyage in 2007, 2009, 2012, and 2015. I've always had great rides on The Voyage. Each time there has been a bad spot or 2, but I always been able to ride it in back seat over and over again. Holiday World tries to maintain it, but due to its size and the wear the train put on the track, it's a never ending project. There's a reason they could never get Timberline trains to run on it. I believe everyone who says it was a rough experience. I think I'm just fortunate enough to ride it in its good years.
Re: Voyage by RobLec RobLec Profile at 8/8/16 10:12:32 PM
frontrow said:

From what I understand, The Voyage has good years and bad years, and it's usually much better earlier in the year. I've ridden The Voyage in 2007, 2009, 2012, and 2015. I've always had great rides on The Voyage. Each time there has been a bad spot or 2, but I always been able to ride it in back seat over and over again. Holiday World tries to maintain it, but due to its size and the wear the train put on the track, it's a never ending project. There's a reason they could never get Timberline trains to run on it. I believe everyone who says it was a rough experience. I think I'm just fortunate enough to ride it in its good years.

Voyage was a great ride in 2006 and even better in 2007 when a few rough spots were evened out. Very intense and demanding of the rider. You definitely had to ride it defensively or it would bruise your ribcage, but I was able to marathon a dozen or so rides in a row.

Then in 2008 it began to get a little rough. No surprise, given the stress the trains undoubtedly put on the tracks and structure. By the next time I rode it again in 2010 it was definitely too rought to marathon, but I still got six rides or so comfortably. That was just before Will's passing.

When we returned in subsequent years (2012 and 2015 as I recall) it was definitely a "one ride only" coaster. Even my son called it quits after one ride. That's unfortunate, but it is undeniable. I think they tried to push the envelope and the envelope just burst.

Re: Mean Streak gets *The Axe* by SirWillow SirWillow Profile at 8/9/16 7:10:47 AM
NotSo said:

The most ironic thing to me is this, yes MS was just a bit rough, but no where near as rough as Voyage. That thing was the most uncomfortable, cant wait to get off, awful shaking, bouncing coaster ever. Mean Streak was glass smooth compared to Voyage.


I guess it's where you sit, and if you know! :) (for both coasters!)

For me there is a difference between being rough (painful) and intense. Mean Streak when I rode it many years ago was rough. The Boss at SFStL right now is very very rough. Not a fun ride at all.

On the other hand I found Voyage a couple of years ago, and Gwazi at BGT to be intense, but not painful. The old Texas Giant I would put in the same category, along with Legend. Fast and furious, tossing around, but going with a flow, not painfully where you feel like you're getting smashed, jerked or shaken to death.

I love intense, but not rough.

Re: Mean Streak gets *The Axe* by NotSo NotSo Profile at 8/9/16 8:28:00 PM
I should clarify, i'm not trying to knock Voyage. It almost killed me the 1st ride, but after finding a better seat, hell that ride is in a class of it's own.

I guess what I found funny over the years was how rough folks think MS is, and I find many other coasters much rougher. Yet MeanSqeaker always gets the bad talk.. hahah
It's all good, my poor old Meansqeaker... :) bring on the future technology I'm ok with that too!

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Re: Mean Streak gets *The Axe* by NotSo NotSo Profile at 8/9/16 8:36:51 PM
"First time I took my family to CP in 1999 we were so impresses by the looks of Mean Streak. We knew nothing about it at the time. Standing in line (!) with the queue being right in the middle of that massive structure and hearing the riders screams. We expected something like the Beast.

Then some time later we finally boarded and halfway down the first drop it came to a crawl. We were like, WHAT? Then drop after drop the ride seemed to moan and groan. Finally the agonizing slow ride came to an end. My wife was chatting with someone who told her that some years earlier someone broken their neck on it, hence the terrible braking. I don't know if that is true or not. We haven't ridden it since. AND GOOD RIDDANCE! Valuable real estate there being eaten up by what is little more than a piece of art."



Rob you expected something like the Beast and you got a braked first hill and an agonizing slow ride? Sounds exactly like the Beast to me! :) :) :)

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Re: Mean Streak gets *The Axe* by frontrow frontrow Profile at 8/10/16 1:53:51 AM
We will be taking our last rides on Mean Streak tomorrow or should I say later today. From the clue that Cedar Point posted on Facebook, looks like a water park expansion or a water ride where Mean Streak now sits.
Re: Mean Streak gets *The Axe* by atlantic_coaster atlantic_coaster Profile at 8/10/16 3:53:37 PM
Wow, had no idea this was happening until now. I just rode it last month. Worst coaster I've ever ridden other than a Zamperla Volare. There are no redeeming qualities to the ride. I'm honestly happy to see it go.
Re: Beast by RobLec RobLec Profile at 8/10/16 11:25:42 PM
NotSo said:
Rob you expected something like the Beast and you got a braked first hill and an agonizing slow ride? Sounds exactly like the Beast to me! :) :) :)

Yeah, those mag brakes certainly changed the ride. IIRC that was early 2000's maybe? I remember suddenly one year Drop Zone displaced the Beast as my favorite ride in the park.

I gotcha on the grins though. Based on the first two drops it would just be another so-so older woodie. Fortunately Beast still lets loose in the back stretch after the brake shed and the helix is still pretty intense. OTOH Mean Streak just crawls along for the entire course.

Re: Beast by NotSo NotSo Profile at 8/12/16 12:58:19 AM
Here's my guess from what I see with my own eyes:

Soak City gets a fancy new slide where the go-karts were, and RMC takes care of MS. Both for 2017.

Re: Mean Streak gets *The Axe* by MommaBeast MommaBeast Profile at 9/27/16 8:35:35 AM
Mean Squeak needed the axe!
Owwwwww!!

~MommaBeast

Re: Mean Streak gets *The Axe* by NotSo NotSo Profile at 6/20/17 12:04:45 AM
I would have bet money that the RMC Mean Streak would have opened a year after its funeral. But, it doesn't look like its possible for them to finish it by then.

Would have been a cool marketing campaign for Hallow Weekends!!

Re: Mean Streak gets *The Axe* by glutton glutton Profile at 6/26/17 1:04:29 AM
Has Cedar Point even officially announced what they are doing with Mean Streak? I was there 2 weeks ago and could see what's going on, but is it still a "secret"?
Re: Mean Streak gets *The Axe* by MABrider MABrider Profile at 6/26/17 4:52:27 PM
^
I'm a "fan" of if it isn't there it doesn't exist, and how can you talk up something that doesn't exist. *

In this case, that just means not fully RMC'd, but still, it isn't, so it doesn't.


* I know, I know, we do it all the time after announcements of future installations. But without an announcement...and on and on...

Mike B.
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Re: Mean Streak gets *The Axe* by NotSo NotSo Profile at 8/2/17 8:10:43 PM
With the new "Wanted" signs posted in Frontiertown, I am going to take a guess that each train will have it's own character theme... hhmmmm...