SANDUSKY, Ohio -- It's not only National Roller Coaster Day! It's the day coaster fans have been waiting for.
Cedar Point revealed what's happening to the Mean Streak. The coaster will now be called Steel Vengeance. It's the tallest, fastest and longest hybrid coaster in the world, and will reach speeds of up to 74 mph.
At more than 200 feet tall, the amusement park says the new hybrid design combines a steel running track on a massive wooden structure that provides an extremely smooth and comfortable ride while enabling the coaster’s trains to perform maneuvers previously unheard of on a wooden roller coaster.
Cedar Point says Steel Vengeance is the wildest ride it's ever built; the park says the coaster will offer riders "unmatched intensity through a relentless series of dynamic movements on this innovative coaster."
Cedar Point explained how the ride will work: Riders will board one of three trains and climb 205 feet above FrontierTown. Once they crest the lift hill, they’ll be staring straight down a 90-degree initial drop and a 200-foot fall to earth. Multiple airtime hills follow, including the world’s fastest airtime hill ever created on a hybrid roller coaster, and a 116-foot-tall outer-banked hill placing riders on an outward tilt while moving forward.
The ride will open in spring of 2018.
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The massive Mean Streak wooden coaster was shut down last September.
Since then, it's undergone a huge amount of work to turn it into the hybrid coaster.