Mean Streak ain't what it used to be

Mean Streak ain't what it used to be

Post by Jeremy Ke » Thu, 18 Jul 1996 04:00:00


It's really too bad: Take what was once an awesome coaster, and now it's a
ho-hum experience. Allow me to elaborate.

In 1991, Cedar Point opens a new Summers/Dinn wooden monster named Mean
Streak. This sucker is BIG. There is so much wood in this coaster that you
cannot see through the forest of wood that supports it. This is not a big-hill
dropper like the Beast, but rather a fast, hard angled turner. The speed is
tremendous, the lateral G-force is impressive, and the ride is great.

Now fast foward to 1994. During its three year history, this coaster has
become progressively rougher. Going down the first drop is brutal. I feel like
James Bond's martini (shaken, not stirred). The rest of the ride is not much
better. The wonderful turns now rattle my brain and neck brutally, and I am
guaranteed a headache after I get off. Sitting up front doesn't help. Not much
fun to ride anymore.

Fast foward to the present. During the past two years, Mean Streak has been
opened and closed periodically during the season to try to smooth it out.
Track has been re-laid, wood moistened or replaced, but nothing seems to work.

This season, a rather large amount of wood at track level has been replaced.
Also, and most unfortunate, a trim brake has been installed AT THE TOP OF THE
FIRST HILL! It may have been there previously, but I have never noticed its
effects until this year. As anyone with a basic understanding of physics
knows, a coaster spends it time dispelling energy gained on the first hill. If
a trim brake slows the train going into this crucial first drop, then the
speed for the rest of the ride is significantly slower. This is Cedar Point's
solution to the shake rattle and roll problem. Also, because of the annoying
squeal the cars make on the turns, they have installed water sprayers on the
upside of the second hill/turn to lubricate the wheels. The station workers
warn the riders that they may get a bit wet, which they do.

Now the ride is ho-hum. Rather than flying through the turns, like when the
ride first opened, you merely ride through them. Not much thrill here. I long
for the days when it was new.

If anyone has any other thoughts or info on Mean Streak, let me know.

 
 
 

Mean Streak ain't what it used to be

Post by Jason Frankhous » Thu, 18 Jul 1996 04:00:00

:   I say...Turn off the trim brakes, shut off the water & post the "Ride
: at Your Own Risk" signs. I thought a wooden coaster was supposed to
: shake, rattle & roll plus make some noise to boot (well, maybe not
: sqeal). I'll know I've been on an AWESOME woodie when I have to get
: $5,000 in dental work after the ride :)
man THIS IS IT!! if there is a ride that wil make you need dental work
itis mean streak, i rode it first adn secodn years and it sucked THEN...
back pain and headaches..first ride!!
well keep the dentists in the money ride the mean streak..
jason
the sad thing is it si only 5 years old while the newly castrated blue
streak was never like that in 30 some odd years of operation..
--
  "I was like "this is stupid",it was f*cking stupid,a stupid place to have
   a concert" T.Anastasio talking about stadiums(94)   rastaman liveup!
 ><>'"everybody's sayin' everbody's saying its love..music is love"-PERRO


 
 
 

Mean Streak ain't what it used to be

Post by Bria » Thu, 18 Jul 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>It's really too bad: Take what was once an awesome coaster, and now
it's a
>ho-hum experience. Allow me to elaborate.

>In 1991, Cedar Point opens a new Summers/Dinn wooden monster named
Mean
>Streak. This sucker is BIG. There is so much wood in this coaster that
you
>cannot see through the forest of wood that supports it. This is not a
big-hill
>dropper like the Beast, but rather a fast, hard angled turner. The
speed is
>tremendous, the lateral G-force is impressive, and the ride is great.

>Now fast foward to 1994. During its three year history, this coaster
has
>become progressively rougher. Going down the first drop is brutal. I
feel like
>James Bond's martini (shaken, not stirred). The rest of the ride is
not much
>better. The wonderful turns now rattle my brain and neck brutally, and
I am
>guaranteed a headache after I get off. Sitting up front doesn't help.
Not much
>fun to ride anymore.

>Fast foward to the present. During the past two years, Mean Streak has
been
>opened and closed periodically during the season to try to smooth it
out.
>Track has been re-laid, wood moistened or replaced, but nothing seems
to work.

>This season, a rather large amount of wood at track level has been
replaced.
>Also, and most unfortunate, a trim brake has been installed AT THE TOP
OF THE
>FIRST HILL! It may have been there previously, but I have never
noticed its
>effects until this year. As anyone with a basic understanding of
physics
>knows, a coaster spends it time dispelling energy gained on the first
hill. If
>a trim brake slows the train going into this crucial first drop, then
the
>speed for the rest of the ride is significantly slower. This is Cedar
Point's
>solution to the shake rattle and roll problem. Also, because of the
annoying
>squeal the cars make on the turns, they have installed water sprayers
on the
>upside of the second hill/turn to lubricate the wheels. The station
workers
>warn the riders that they may get a bit wet, which they do.

>Now the ride is ho-hum. Rather than flying through the turns, like
when the
>ride first opened, you merely ride through them. Not much thrill here.
I long
>for the days when it was new.

>If anyone has any other thoughts or info on Mean Streak, let me know.

  I say...Turn off the trim brakes, shut off the water & post the "Ride
at Your Own Risk" signs. I thought a wooden coaster was supposed to
shake, rattle & roll plus make some noise to boot (well, maybe not
sqeal). I'll know I've been on an AWESOME woodie when I have to get
$5,000 in dental work after the ride :)

 
 
 

Mean Streak ain't what it used to be

Post by GUENWYV » Fri, 19 Jul 1996 04:00:00

I think mean Streak is a great ride but it is too rough in spots. My
friend had a headache after one ride. I didn't but I did feel like I'd
been shaken every which way but loose. I met others in the park that
thought it was too rough,too.We were told that the woodies get rougher as
the sun hits them & they dry out...hence the water spraying. Now some
folks like to get "beat up"  by woodies; that's part of the thrill for
them. But I don't think it's either necessary or desirable to be extremely
rough especially if you want wide appeal & not a lot of complaints about
back,neck, & head pain. Gemini was actually more fun....YES I KNOW IT'S  A
"HYBRID WOODIE";steel tracks on a woodie frame! Now if Mean Streak was
made the same way, it would be quite  interesting . We did do a repeat
ride on mean Streak later in the afternoon & it seemed smoother but still
a bit rough.
GUENWYVAR

 
 
 

Mean Streak ain't what it used to be

Post by John Broad » Fri, 19 Jul 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> It's really too bad: Take what was once an awesome coaster, and now it's a
> ho-hum experience. Allow me to elaborate.

> In 1991, Cedar Point opens a new Summers/Dinn wooden monster named Mean
> Streak. This sucker is BIG. There is so much wood in this coaster that you
> cannot see through the forest of wood that supports it. This is not a big-hill
> dropper like the Beast, but rather a fast, hard angled turner. The speed is
> tremendous, the lateral G-force is impressive, and the ride is great.

In my humble opinion, Mean Streak was never that great of a coaster,
even during its first season. It used to be fast and rough; now it's
just slow and rough. But even without brakes I never found the ride to
be thrilling... it was always less than the sum of its parts.

--
John Broady

 
 
 

Mean Streak ain't what it used to be

Post by DWHEGL » Fri, 19 Jul 1996 04:00:00

I was at CP this past weekend and I rode Mean Streak 3 times.  I could not
believe the trim brakes at the top of the first hill.  I did not know the
history of the track since it was my first time there but they sure did do
some serious wood replacing. When I got off the ride the first time, I
asked them to turn off the trim brakes and they did.  This was at night
and there were not many people.  It sure did make a difference and it did
not seem that jerky when the brakes were turned off but the second set of
brakes got us BIG time because we were already moving fast.  I did not
think it was no rougher than the Texas Giant SFOT.

Dale

 
 
 

Mean Streak ain't what it used to be

Post by Joan » Fri, 19 Jul 1996 04:00:00

Have to add my .02 in defense of my current favorite coaster ...


Quote:

> >It's really too bad: Take what was once an awesome coaster, and now
> it's a ho-hum experience.

        <forced to snip for brevity>

Quote:
> >If anyone has any other thoughts or info on Mean Streak, let me know.

I don't know what the Mean Streak was like 4 years ago - but I was very
satisfied with the rides I had this year.

I had the extreme pleasure of riding the Mean Streak for the first time
in early June.  Although I am definetly not in the same league as many of
the seasoned riders in this group - I have riden a fair number of
coasters over the years.  My first ride on the Mean Streak quite honestly
made me feel as if I had NEVER REALLY been on a coaster before.  The
sheer speed of it - and the length of the ride - just fabulous.  Despite
the force, airtime, and great angled turn after the first drop - my first
ride was quite smooth.

I unfortunately had time to only take one additional ride - at dusk and
in the third to last car.  This ride was significantly rougher - infact
during the 2nd half of the ride (after the trim brake) I found myself
intentionally forcing myself out of the seat to take some of the shaking
and knocking in my legs instead of banging my head.  Inspite of this - it
was still a great ride.  And such a beauty - just walking through the cue
on the way to the ride was a pleasure.

I can't wait to ride it again.  

I'm off to Hershey this weekend - if we don't have another damned
hurricane ;) - to check out the new Wildcat and visit one of my old
favorites, the Comet.

If anybody has recommendations about riding the Wildcat (best seats -
time of day - whatever) drop me a note.

oh how i love woodies,
JoanE

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Mean Streak ain't what it used to be

Post by William Donabedi » Sat, 20 Jul 1996 04:00:00

I have never been impressed with this ride. Its like taking a Sunday
drive. Just boring. I don't know why so many people put this coaster
in their top-ten. I think it has potential, but something isn't quite
right. Its like getting into a Porshe and finding out that the engine
is from a Yugo.

 
 
 

Mean Streak ain't what it used to be

Post by J » Sun, 21 Jul 1996 04:00:00

I rode the new and improved Mean Streak about two months ago.  i do
agree that a few years back, the bottom of the first drop was
BRUTAL!!!  I feel that the improvements make the Mean Streak a better
riding experience!  It's not painful anymore!