After a long tenure as one of the biggest rides in the famous Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, the giant wooden roller coaster known as “Mean Streak” will shut down for good next month, park officials announced Monday.
The coaster, known as one of the biggest rides at Cedar Point, will be shuttered Sept. 16, just a quarter century after it was built back in 1991. Park officials announcing the retirement of the old wooden beast didn’t give a lot of details about the decision but noted that tearing down the ride would make way for future rides and development that will take its place.
“Mean Streak has, and always will be a significant part of our roller coaster legacy at Cedar Point,” Jason McClure, the vice president and general manager of Cedar Point, said. “Mean Streak has, and always will be a significant part of our roller coaster legacy at Cedar Point.”
The ride broke records in its heyday. When it debuted 25 years ago, the coaster broke records as the tallest lift and the longest drop on a wooden coaster. Clocking in at just over three minutes of ride time, the coaster takes people up 161 feet high before dropping. Its top speed is 65 miles per hour.
“Mean Streak” can no longer claim to be the tallest roller coaster in the world but it does rank sixth in the world when it comes to wooden coasters. Its 161 feet is beat out by the Colossos coaster in Germany, which boasts 197 feet of height.
When it comes to all coasters, though, “Mean Streak” doesn’t come close. The tallest roller coaster in the world, the Kingda Ka in Jackson, New Jersey, is nearly three times as high as its Ohio counterpart. That coaster, built in 2005, achieves a height of 456 feet and has a 418 foot drop that reaches 128 miles per hour.