In 2017, Cedar Point, America’s Roller Coast, began giving hints and announcements toward their new addition in 2018. Mean Streak had already been surrounded by construction, and its long run was placed in the books. Many coaster enthusiasts were leaning towards the idea that Mean Streak would live on in a brand new form designed by Rocky Mountain Construction. That idea was correct! Although it was kept in secret for quite some time, all of the pieces were being put together. I remember when I was at Cedar Point in 2017, and construction had already begun. We didn’t know many details about the ride other than it being RMC’s newest hybrid creation. I asked one of the staff members in the park if they had any info on it, and he acted like he didn’t even see the construction. Obviously, it was something they were planning as a big surprise for everyone to see when the time was right. When Steel Vengeance was finally announced, every coaster enthusiast was ready to ride!
Steel Vengeance was expected to be RMC’s greatest creation yet. Once the very first POV video on youtube released, excitement shot up even higher! Everyone was counting down the days until the opening day of Cedar Point to see this monster in person. When the coaster finally opened up on May 5, 2018, visitors raced to the park to ride this groundbreaking attraction.
When I rode Steel Vengeance this summer, I noticed three main components that really make this ride one-of-a-kind:
1.) Layout – The layout of Steel Vengeance is exceptional. The total ride length is 2 minutes and 30 seconds of intensity, and I was never able to wipe a smile off my face for the entire duration. The ride feels much longer than two and a half minutes, and I am more than okay with that. Throughout the track, there are many different coaster elements that really make this ride one-of-a-kind including: a 90 degree initial drop at 205 ft in the air, 30 seconds of airtime, and four twisted inversions that hit you by surprise. There was always something that came right after the previous element, whether you were flipped upside-down or flung out of your seat.
2.) Intensity – Steel Vengeance offers a very intense and thrilling experience. The first drop is only the beginning, and everything after that just gets better and better. I don’t think the ride ever lost its speed, and at times it was almost a little disorienting (in a good way). The airtime was nothing like I have ever experienced before. Many of the airtime hills throughout the ride really toss you out of your seat, including the last few at the very end. The entire ride as a whole really surprised me with the intensity of all the features it offered.
3.) Story – Although I didn’t pay much attention to the story because I was too focused on watching the ride run, the general feel of the surrounding area really fits in with the western theme. It matches perfectly with Maverick and the little town right in front of it. I thought the look of the trains (which literally look like a train) were perfect and very comfortable. I would compare them to the restraints on Goliath at Six Flags Great America. The ride is also associated with three characters: Blackjack, Chess, and Digger. The ride is described to have a certain quality of each of these characters including height, a wild personality, and the blazing speed of a draw. All three of these qualities were delivered on-point.
Steel Vengeance exceeded my expectations of what RMC could do. This ride topped my list of favorite coasters after my very first ride, and afterwards, I proceeded to ride it two more times during my trip. One of those rides was a night ride, which adds to the glowing view of the park from the very back. Each ride got my group and I pumped up to keep riding. My fellow group members included my brother, a friend of his from school, and my best friend. Each one of them agrees with the me on the ride’s fantastic delivery. RMC has completely surprised me with this work of art, and I can’t wait to see what else they can bring to the table in the future.
Final Score: 10/10
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