Cedar Point reveals name, stats for reincarnated Mean Streak roller coaster, Steel Vengeance (updates)

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In what may be the park's most anticipated announcement in nearly two decades, Cedar Point officials will describe at

SANDUSKY, Ohio - The wait is almost over, coaster fans.

In what may be the park's most anticipated announcement in nearly two decades, Cedar Point will annouce at noon today the specific plans for the roller coaster formerly known as Mean Streak.

That the coaster has been undergoing a massive transformation at the back of the park is no secret: It's been on view to the thousands of guests who visit Cedar Point daily.

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But Cedar Point officials have been mum about the new ride's details: How high will it be, how fast, how many inversions and what it will be called? Expect to learn all that, and more, starting at noon today, as Cedar Point hosts what it's calling a Hootenanny in the FrontierTown area of the park. The public is invited.

Coaster fans across the country say they haven't been this excited about a ride announcement at Cedar Point since 1999, when plans for Millennium Force were unveiled.

Today's announcement takes place on National Roller Coaster Day, and coincides with coaster reveals at other amusement parks, including fellow Cedar Fair parks Kings Dominion, Knott's Berry Farm and California's Great America.

None, however, is generating quite as much excitement as the conversion of Mean Streak, Cedar Point's massive wood coaster that debuted in 1991. A hit when it opened, the ride had fallen out of favor in recent years because of its rough ride.

Last fall, Cedar Point announced the closure of Mean Streak, but it wasn't long before crews with Rocky Mountain Construction appeared on the scene. The Idaho-based company is known for its masterful conversions of wood coasters into steel-wood hybrids. For nearly a year, the company has been on location in Sandusky, replacing Mean Streak's original wood track with thick beams of brown steel.

It is expected to debut in May 2018.

Last weekend, the park invited 50 coaster enthusiasts to Cedar Point to preview a video of the new ride.

Among them was Clevelander Ryan Carpenter, who said, "It's going to break many world records, I'm pretty sure." He predicts it could be the highest, fastest, steepest and longest steel-hybrid coaster in the world, and have the most inversions (four).

He also lauded what he called its "ejector air time," which occurs when a coaster train goes very fast over a series of small hills.

"It's definitely going to be one of the best coasters at the park," he said.

Check back later today for a complete report from Cedar Point.

Related: Cedar Point's former Mean Streak coaster gets taller, wilder; new name to come

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