Cedar Point announces Steel Vengeance roller coaster for 2018 to replace Mean Streak

SANDUSKY, OHIO - Things are getting wild at Cedar Point.

New for the 2018 season is Steel Vengeance, a record-breaking roller coaster that will be the tallest of its kind.

It will be the first wood-steel hybrid coaster in the world to feature a first drop taller at heights higher than 200 feet. Standing at 205 feet tall, riders will plummet at a 90-degree vertical angle at speeds up to 74 mph with upside-down maneuvers.

Overall, Steel Vengeance is 5,740 feet long, including a 73 mph airtime hill. There are 27.2 seconds of total airtime throughout the entire ride, which is the most airtime on any roller coaster ever constructed in the world.

Cedar Point officials announced the details Wednesday during a Hootenanny celebration in the FrontierTown section of the park.

The ride, which takes over the former Mean Streak wooden roller coaster, is currently being pieced together by Rocky Mountain Construction. The company is known for overhauling old wooden coasters into wood-steel hybrids, offering a much smoother experience.

The ride will debut during Cedar Point's opening day next season in May 2018.

Mean Streak, which first opened in 1991, closed forever last September.  More than 26 million people climbed aboard its towering lumber by the end of its 25-year run.

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