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Cedar Point’s ‘Mean Streak’ coaster to close for good

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Cedar Point’s famed “Mean Streak” roller coaster will close for good this fall, according to theme park officials.

In a “Wild West” themed video tweeted Monday morning by the park’s official account, sepia-toned closeups of the coaster and Western music culminated with a laughing, costumed man chopping away at the ride’s wooden supports.

“Goodbye, pard’ner,” officials tweeted. “Mean Streak gets the axe September 16.”

In a statement posted to the park’s website, officials elaborated on plans to close the coaster, but remained tight-lipped on the reason.

“It's time. Time to say goodbye to what was the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world — Mean Streak,” officials said. “Why’s it going away? Well, we can't say just yet.”

The coaster’s departure will make room for “future development” in the park’s FrontierTown area, according to the release.

Meanwhile, die-hard fans can pay their “last respects” by riding through out the summer until Sept. 5, officials said. After that, the park will be open for special days Sept. 10 and 11.

Finally, the ride will get its “last rites” Sept. 16, the opening night of the park’s annual HalloWeekends celebration. Guests will be allowed on board from 6-7 p.m., followed by a 7:30 p.m. “special closing ceremony” including a procession from FrontierTown to the Dead Rides Cemetery at the front of the park.

“The coaster will lie in repose before burial so guests may see him for the last time,” officials said.

The wooden coaster peaks at 161 feet tall, zipping riders along 5,427 feet of track in around 2 minutes and 45 seconds. Those who wish to say goodbye must be 48-inches or taller to ride.

Mean Streak fans can get tickets from the Cedar Point website.

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