SANDUSKY — If you’re a fan of the Mean Streak chances are Cedar Point’s newest roller coaster, Steel Vengeance, will be a rollicking good time.
The two-minute and 30-second ride pays homage to the original coaster’s wooden adventure with pieces of the Mean Streak’s structure still being used but with the added benefit of a smoother ride, courtesy of steel tracks.
The hybrid nature of the coaster partnered with the 205-foot lift hill caused the park to create a new category of ride — a “hyper-hybrid coaster.” And boy, does it live up to that moniker.
The coaster sets ten records in all:
- World’s tallest hybrid roller coaster at 205 feet tall
- World’s fastest hybrid roller coaster at 74 miles per hour
- World’s steepest drop on a hybrid roller coaster at 90 degrees
- World’s longest drop on a hybrid roller coaster 200 feet
- World’s longest hybrid roller coaster at 5,740 feet
- Most inversions on a hybrid roller coaster at 4
- Fastest airtime hill on a hybrid roller coaster 27.2 seconds
- Most airtime on any roller coaster at 27.2 seconds
- World’s first “hyper-hybrid” roller coaster
The ride’s initial drop of 200 feet and at a 90-degree angle is one filled with anticipation, excitement and dread as riders crest the lift hill but the ensuing ride is a fun one as riders travel as fast as 74 miles an hour.
After the initial drop, several smaller hills follow slightly reducing the speed of the ride vehicle before coming upon the first inversion. The ride then takes several turns before coming upon the second inversion, which has a bit of a twist. It’s the world’s first Twisted Snake Dive, a half-barrel roll, holding riders upside down for a brief moment and then twisting it back into the direction of travel, not completing a full roll.
The effect is so smooth that riders might not realize what’s happened until they’re already right-side up again.
Several smaller bumps and hills give riders a moment to catch their breath before having into the structure of the coaster and yet another inversion and shortly after that, the fourth and final before coming to a stop shortly after, coming in at over a mile long.
The loading experience is standard for a ride of this kind, with three two-seated trains, which have riders strapped in with a seat belt and lap bar, fit 24 riders allowing it to accommodate 1,200 riders per hour but don’t expect that to be enough to hold off multiple-hour waits once the park opens to the public May 5.
This coaster promises to be a busy but quick classic for Cedar Point.