Cedar Point fans rejoiced when the park announced that Mean Streak would be closing for future plans. After all, the rumors all pointed to one possible outcome: A steel transformation from Rocky Mountain Construction.
Already, much of the coaster’s lift hill has been retracked with dull red IBox track, Cedar Point has slyly dropped a few hints, and the park’s live webcams have been mysteriously directed away from the area. But as we approach the end of the year, Cedar Point has yet to make any announcements about their future plans for the ride. Though a 2017 re-opening is technically still possible, I’m now thoroughly convinced that Mean Streak is a 2018 attraction. Here are a few reasons why.
Cedar Point already made their announcements
Back in August, Cedar Point released their plans to expand and rebrand their waterpark for 2017. If they had intended to launch the new Mean Streak next year, it would have made sense to begin marketing the changes at the coaster’s funeral to drive up the 2017 season pass sales.
Cedar Point hints at 2018
Speaking of Mean Streak’s funeral, remember Richard Michael Crosby? In Cedar Point’s holiday video that they recently released, a computer screen is shown with the words “2018 Capital Plan Enclosed” and “Prepared by Richard Michael Crosby.” Not only is Richard Michael Crosby closely associated with the outcome of Mean Streak, he also shares the same initials as Rocky Mountain Construction. Coincidence? I think not. This is probably the park’s way of subtly letting its hard-core fans know that we’ll have to wait another year for the new Mean Streak.
More time means more possibilities
As we saw in the case of Lightning Rod, innovation takes risk that can lead to complications during construction, and can ultimately delay the opening of a ride. It could be that the park wanted to take it slow just in case they ran into difficulties. Or, maybe Cedar Point plans to expand the Gemini midway and install a large plaza in Mean Streak’s infield as part of the relaunch and it will take more than one off-season to complete.
Now that we know Mean Streak won’t reopen for another year, what date seems most likely for Cedar Point to announce the changes in store for 2018? I’m expecting the park to reveal their plans as early as July so they can put construction on full steam without having to hide anything.
What are your expectations for the new Mean Streak? Leave a comment below – I’d love to discuss it.
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