***Disclosure: As a Cedar Point Blogger, I receive admission to the park and to special events, as well as information to share. As always, all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
When I was a kid, growing up in NE Ohio, the one thing I looked forward to every summer was seeing what new rides would be cropping up at Cedar Point. I vividly remember when the Mean Streak was built, shattering records everywhere. In fact, it was the biggest, tallest wooden coaster my 10 year old eyes had ever seen. (Am I giving away my age here?) I still remember the absolute rush on my first Mean Streak ride, and while the coaster may be shutting down for good, I still have plenty of memories to fall back on.
Built by Curtis D. Summers, Inc., Mean Streak opened in 1991 as the world’s tallest (161 feet) and fastest (65 mph) wooden roller coaster. More than 26 million guests have boarded its three trains of green, gold and red with signature storm cloud and lightning bolt graphics, and experienced its 155-foot drop, tall hills and rattling turns over more than 1.7 million board feet of treated Southern yellow pine.
Mean Streak will permanently close on Friday night, September 16. Guests and fans who want to pay their last respects can ride the coaster while the park is open daily through September 5. Then, the park reopens for special hours during a bonus weekend, Saturday & Sunday, September 10 & 11. Riders must be 48 inches tall to ride Mean Streak.
Finally, on September 16, the opening night of Cedar Point’s 20th HalloWeekends, the “last rites” will be given to the coaster with one final public riding session from 6 – 7 p.m. A special memorial ceremony and procession from FrontierTown to the park’s “Dead Rides Cemetery” will then take place at 7:30.
Cedar Point is making way for future development in FrontierTown and no additional information is available at this time. For complete information on Mean Streak, HalloWeekends and the festivities for Mean Streak’s last night, guests can visit cedarpoint.com/events.