Ever since Cedar Point announced the closing of Mean Streak last summer, speculation and anticipation grew at an uncontrollable rate. It has been no secret that the coaster community has been pegging the Mean Streak as the perfect hybrid conversation candidate ever since New Texas Giant was announced. When Cedar Point announced Mean Streak’s closing, the first thought to enter most enthusiasts mind was “is the time finally here?” But, no answer was given, and no official news or updates as the months passed by. A Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC) truck would be sighted on property, twisted maroon track then appeared during Halloweekends but still no announcement from the park. Finally, our first acknowledgement occurred at the annual Winter Chill Out event when a single picture was shown all but confirming what we all had hoped for! Still though, park GM Jason McClure would only say, “We will announce our plans with Mean Streak when it is beneficial to the park.” This continued to leave fans with only educated guesses, fans speculation/rumors, and a fire in their belly to wrap up the off season.
Flash forward to nearly 6 more months of waiting and wondering. As giant sections of track were added, the anticipation and wonder only increased. The teaser videos featuring the tagline “They’re Coming” with picturesque video of the twisting track had fans reaching a fever pitch of excitement! Every visit to Cedar Point through the season would include a ride on the train and a B line to Frontier Town to view the progress. After months of speculation, Cedar Fair’s flagship park decided to throw a “Hootenanny” on August 16th (National Roller Coaster Day) to finally end all the speculation and provide us with the answers! So, what was the hype all about?
Steel Vengeance is Revealed
Steel Vengeance, the first ever Hybrid Hyper coaster brought to you by RMC was finally announced. It’s quite fitting that a ride with perhaps more “hype” than any recent coaster also happens to be the first “hyper” version of this coaster class! Steel Vengeance will take riders up 205 feet (hybrid record), reach speeds of up 74 mph (hybrid coaster record), feature over 27 seconds of airtime (All-time coaster record), travel across 5,740 feet of track (another hybrid record),feature a 90 degree drop (giving Cedar Point 6 coasters with 90 degree or more drops, which is another record), feature 4 hair raising inversions (most on any hybrid coaster), and, perhaps most unique, feature the fastest airtime hill in the world at 73 mph! You can get even more information on more specifics on this one of kind thrill machine by going to its official page on the Cedar Point website!
Was the Hype Worth the Wait?
So, after a year of hype, predictions, cryptic messages, and sightings, did Steel Vengeance live up to the buzz? Well, you will just have to ride it yourself when Cedar Point unleashes its Frontier Town vengeance on the community next spring. With that in mind though, you have to tip your hats off to Cedar Point. Despite having the ride slowly being built all season long, they still managed to knock our socks off with a POV that will make any coaster enthusiast drool as they watch all of the airtime opportunity; the head choppers as the ride twists and turns it’s way through the heart of the structure; and (of course) the intense 90-degree drop from 205 feet in the clouds. This announcement had the potential to be underwhelming, especially considering the hype, yet it somehow was still overwhelming to see! Many in the coaster media are already saying this ride as the “potential” to be the greatest coaster in the world when it opens next year. Even if it is not quite to that level, Cedar Point clearly has a new potential champion in a park surrounded by coaster legends.
[Feature image courtesy of Cedar Point.]