Cedar Point and new roller coaster Steel Vengeance open May 5

Steel Vengeance, Cedar Point’s newest thriller with steel tracks set atop a wood frame, has been two years in the making.

It was worth the wait, said riders who came out for the Sandusky-based amusement park’s media preview for the ride.

Cedar Point bills it as a “hyper-hybrid,” a new moniker for the world’s first steel-on-wood roller coaster to top 200 feet.

Cedar Point’s Steel Vengeance has surprises that thrill

“It’s such a different and unique coaster experience for Cedar Point,” said Cedar Point General Manager Jason McClure, who got his first ride a couple weeks ago, when construction was complete. “It’s steel, smooth track on the big wooden structure. It’s fast, it’s smooth, but it’s intense too.”

The ride has new tracks grafted onto the timbers of the former Mean Streak, which debuted in 1991 and once was the world’s tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster. Cedar Point in 2016 announced Mean Streak would be retired.

Photos: Steel Vengeance media preview

Rocky Mountain Construction converted the ride. The company specializes in rejuvenating wood roller coasters with new metal tracks, but Steel Vengeance is its first work in Cedar Point.

It is a challenge dealing with the complexity of a roller coaster more than 5,000 feet long — along with Ohio weather, said Fred Grubb, owner of Rocky Mountain Construction.

“To have people come off of it, smiling, laughing, telling you how great a ride it is, it’s all worth it,” Grubb said.

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Cedar Point opens for the season at 10 a.m. May 5. Visit www.cedarpoint.com/explore/cedar-point-calendar-and-hours for hours of operation (which change throughout the summer), and www.cedarpoint.com/tickets-passes for ticket prices (which vary based on your plans).

Follow Richard Payerchin on Twitter at @mj_journalrick. A version of this story was originally published on MorningJournal.com and News-Herald.com. Image credit: Eric Bonzar, @e_bonzar on Twitter.

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