Friday, October 7, 2016

Saying Goodbye to Mean Streat (Cedar Point)

The Mean Streak is one of my favorite wooden roller coasters. It was built in 1991 at Cedar Point and at the time it was the tallest wooden coaster in the world with the longest drop! This has been our go to ride the last few years since there is never a wait. My kids hate lines, they are totally of this generation and do not want to wait more then 15 minutes for a ride. I remember waiting hours for every ride, lol.

Anyways, we go on this ride all the time. I cannot even believe it gone now. I think my daughter and I, maybe a handful of other people were actually upset at the rides funeral. While the funeral was funny and made tons of jokes and Mean Streaks expanse which were funny, my daughter was not thrilled about it.

The funeral was Friday and we went back to Cedar Point on Sunday. It was really hard seeing the Mean Streak and not being able to go on it. We also were not able to ride it Friday, we got stuck at the gate check in process and missed getting in line by minutes. It was actually really poor planning on Cedar Points part I think, the entire process was bad. They only had the Mean Streak open for rides for an hour which of course was way to short. The line was crazy and they stopped it at the hour mark. The ceremony was supposed to start after that, but was 45 minutes late trying to get all the riders off which they weren't able to do, so all those last riders missed the actual "funeral".  At this point, I was kind of glad we missed the line because I wanted to see the ceremony and I actually had went to Cedar Point the previous Sunday and rode Mean Streak 5 times because I didn't want to chance missing that final ride.

Once the ceremony started late, it was actually really cute. When it was done, everyone was supposed to march to the graveyard at the front of the park and follow a procession but the people that were taking down the sign couldn't be found. Yeah seriously! After a couple minutes of confusion, we were told to just start walking. After getting almost to the front, finally we see two costumed characters go running by with the Mean Streak sign. In a way this was probably better because I probably would have started crying seeing them take down that sign. I'm not kidding, I was more emotional over this roller coast since the announcement in August than I am over people.

Once they stuck the sign on the already dug grave, they just left. That was it. It was pretty strange, not planned well but worth going to.

It was hard not being able to go on it and any ride that you can see that huge coaster from just makes me kind of sad. We renewed our passes for next year but I really want to stop going. I'm hoping for the RMC rebuild that is rumored because that will be an amazing roller coaster! The short waits will be gone though. Seriously, the Mean Streak was the best when you go all the way to the back of the park and see the crazy wait on Maverick, just walk over to Mean Streak and get right back on. The Sunday we went and rode 5 times, the first couple times the place was packed and the cars were totally full making it one of the funnest times I've rode it in years. One thing with the Mean Streak depending on where you sit and how many were on it, each ride was different. Oh I will miss it so much!

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