Last rites Friday for Cedar Point’s ‘Mean Streak’

The Detroit News

Thrill seekers have one final chance to ride Cedar Point’s “Mean Streak” before the famous roller coaster ends its fearsome reign.

The ride officials at the Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park call “the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world” has its last trips and scares on Friday.

During the opening night of Cedar Point’s 20th HalloWeekends, “we’re saying our final goodbyes to Mean Streak,” park officials said in a statement on their website.

From 6-7 p.m., guests at least 48 inches tall can enjoy a final hair-raising, nearly three-minute trip along the 161-foot-high wooden structure, according to the site.

A special closing ceremony follows at 7:30 p.m. as “last rites” are given, then a procession from FrontierTown to the Dead Rides Cemetery near the front of the park.

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

For information about tickets: cedarpoint.com.

Once the crowds clear, it’s not yet known what replaces the legendary attraction with an estimated 1.7 million board feet of southern yellow pine, which also ran last weekend.

Since park officials announced the closure last month, they have only said the spot is “making way for future development in FrontierTown.”