Boasting 17 roller coasters, Cedar Point is widely recognized as the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World.” Thrill seekers flock to rides like Millennium Force and Top Thrill Dragster, but some of the park’s coasters have been lacking in attention due to their painful trains or layouts. Lately, it seems Cedar Point has been dedicated to renovating these rides. Just last year, the park transformed their neglected stand-up coaster into an intense floorless coaster. Now, it would appear that their attention has turned to an even meaner coaster.
Mean Streak opened in 1991 as the world’s tallest, fastest, and longest wooden roller coaster. Stretching over 5,000 feet long, the wooden track has taken quite a beating over the past 25 years and has become quite rough. Though it was originally popular, the ride has truly lived up to its name and has been largely neglected in the past years. Cedar Point has attempted to improve the ride by trimming and re-tracking it, but all they have succeeded in doing is slowing it down and making the layout boring. But it would appear that the park is finally taking further steps to make Mean Streak popular once more. A few weeks ago, park guests began to notice pink flags, construction stakes, and spray paint around the base of the coaster. This photo, taken by a Screamscape reader, shows a stake with “RMC” written on it:
RMC, or Rocky Mountain Construction, is known for their ability to convert an old wooden coaster into a hybrid with steel “IBox” track, wild inversions, and airtime galore. In 2013, the company tackled Rattler, a coaster similar in size to Mean Streak. Check out the finished product:
Does the stake indicate that Cedar Point is planning on converting Mean Streak? We don’t know for sure yet. While it could just be a joke or an attempt by the park to cover their real plans for 2017, the abundance of markers points to some kind of future construction. I, for one, believe that the park is legitimately planning on giving Mean Streak the IBox treatment.
What to expect
Mean Streak will likely become taller, faster, and steeper post-conversion. Expect new, comfortable trains, a bright color scheme, and a new name – maybe Iron Streak, or Meaner Streak? To get an idea of what RMC could do with the coaster’s existing layout, watch this amazing No Limits 2 creation by Noah Roth:
Excited yet? I certainly am. This kind of coaster would improve Cedar Point’s lineup, open up the back of the park, and drastically improve their existing wooden coaster. Share your thoughts in the comments section below and stay tuned!