Steel Vengeance Opens at Cedar Point [Update]

Yesterday, Cedar Point officially opened to the public, showing off the ride they’ve worked on for the past two years. Steel Vengeance is finally running alongside its coaster siblings at the Roller Coaster Capital.

Yesterday, Cedar Point officially opened to the public, showing off the ride they’ve worked on for the past two years. Steel Vengeance is finally running alongside its coaster siblings at the Roller Coaster Capital.

Image © Cedar Point

Does it live up to the hype? All of the reviews I’ve seen so far suggest that Steel Vengeance is quite possibly the best roller coaster in the world. Check out what some of the first riders are saying:

It has everything coaster enthusiasts love: height, speed, tight turns, airtime, airtime, airtime, and did I mention airtime? And it does all of this with butter-smooth transitions. —Kyle from Coaster101.

My favorite element (hands up all the way): the outward-banked hill. I’m certain this is the longest and strongest sustained airtime moment I have ever felt. —John from CoasterCritic.

Without a doubt, Steel Vengeance is at the top of my bucket list for this summer. With a 205-foot vertical drop and a plethora of twists and inversions, the coaster combines the best elements of Millennium Force and Maverick while still throwing in the wild unpredictability RMC is famous for. According to Cedar Point, Steel Vengeance features 27 seconds of airtime—the most of any roller coaster.

Ready to see the ride in action? Here’s the official POV from Cedar Point:

Update: Due to a minor train collision in the station on Opening Day, Cedar Point temporarily closed the coaster for inspection. Since then, Steel Vengeance has only been running with one train as Rocky Mountain Construction works on fixing the issue. As a result, lines have been extremely long and the park has removed Steel Vengeance from the Fast Lane Plus program.

Update 2: As of June 1st, Steel Vengeance is now running with two trains once more and has been returned to Fast Lane Plus.

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By Jonathan

A trip to Dollywood at age eight changed me forever. Since then, I have been on a wild quest to fulfill my cravings for thrill. Here at Theme Park Press, I desire to share my adventures and give my thoughts on the latest industry news.

10 replies on “Steel Vengeance Opens at Cedar Point [Update]”

I saw that too. Looks like the ride closed Saturday afternoon due to two trains colliding in the station. It looks like the park was able to resolve whatever the problem was, because it reopened Saturday evening and Sunday as well.

I am amazed that the general public doesn’t demand an explanation of exactly what went wrong, and what was done to resolve it prior to letting riders back on. I don’t think a detailed safety report is required – just something about 1/100th of the hype would suffice. When rides have issues, the public should have some point of reference (much like product recall notices) to reassure them they found the problem and fixed it. All too often, they simply reopen the attraction and we blindingly accept that these corporations really do place safety over profit.

I agree that the park should release a full statement about what happened, even if they feel that they have resolved the issue. I suspect that the issues were caused by timing issues with the third train, which would explain why it’s been running with two since opening day.

More woes for the park as they had a partial power outage that lasted a few hours on Memorial Day weekend that also impacted the Breakers Hotel. Temporary Food trucks remain on the midway because of staffing issues, and SV is still running one train due to their “issue”. Marketing has scaled back their advertising and have fallen back on last years water park improvements by offering a special two park admission. Their official Blog about the situation – is quiet about the problems however Twitter is burning up with comments from customers wanting compensation.

Thanks for the update. Between this, their staffing issues, and reliability hiccups with Steel Vengeance, it sounds like The Point is in for a rough year. Unfortunately, there’s not much they can do about it in the immediate other than close for a week to sort everything out, which would require pushing through guest concerns, bad press, and financial loss, and might not end up fixing anything anyways. Whatever they do, they’ll have to tread carefully.

With Steel Vengeance once again running with two trains, hopefully that is a sign that the park has resolved the issue and done the necessary tests to prevent a recurring incident. Cedar Fair really took their time before jumping on the RMC train, and you’d think they would have been safe investing in a tried-and-true IBox renovation. We can only wonder if that was a freak accident that was easily remedied or if something bigger was overlooked by RMC. Hopefully Steel Vengeance doesn’t turn out to be another Lightning Rod, where an outstanding coaster isn’t reliable enough to stay open. 🤷🏻‍♂️

Having tried Steel Vengeance for myself, the ride is incredible and it absolutely lived up to the hype. The ride ops were great and had the two trains running pretty quick. A ride op I talked to said that the third train is ready to go but they’re having trouble with the mid-course break run so it probably won’t get added in until next season.

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