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.