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Blue Streak
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Initial drop on Blue Streak
Cedar Point
Coordinates 41°28′47.50″N 82°40′57.50″W / 41.4798611°N 82.6826389°W / 41.4798611; -82.6826389
Status Operating
Opening date May 23, 1964 (1964-05-23)
Cost $200,000
General statistics
Type Wood
Manufacturer Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters
Designer Frank F. Hoover & John C. Allen
Track layout Out and Back
Lift/launch system Chain
Height 78 ft (24 m)
Drop 72 ft (22 m)
Length 2,558 ft (780 m)
Speed 40 mph (64 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 1:45
Max vertical angle 45°
Capacity 1,400 riders per hour
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Trains 2 trains with 4 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.
Fast Lane available
Blue Streak at RCDB
Pictures of Blue Streak at RCDB

Blue Streak is a wooden roller coaster located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. Built by Philadelphia Toboggan Company, Blue Streak opened to the public on May 23, 1964, and is the park's oldest roller coaster. In 2013, it achieved its highest ranking of 27 among the world's top wooden roller coasters in the annual Golden Ticket Awards publication by Amusement Today.

History

Blue Streak sign
Blue Streak logo on station
Blue Streak turnaround from the parking lot
Blue Streak turnaround from the parking lot

Cedar Point went without a major thrill roller coaster for more than a decade following the removal of Cyclone in 1951. The only coasters added between the 1951 and 1964 were two Wild Mice, and 2 Allan Herschell Little Dippers Blue Streak was One of three roller coasters at Cedar Point when it opened on May 23, 1964. The attraction's success led to a rebirth of roller coasters at Cedar Point, including the installation of Cedar Creek Mine Ride (1969), Corkscrew (1976), Gemini (1978) and Jr. Gemini (1979).

Blue Streak features a traditional "out-and-back" layout design from Philadelphia Toboggan Company. The roller coaster was named after the local Sandusky High School athletic nickname "The Blue Streaks". Cedar Point invested US$200,000 ($1,373,950 in 2022) to construct the wooden roller coaster, and it remains a favorite at the park, consistently getting 30 minute to hour waits, and within annual roller coaster polls. In Amusement Today's 2013 Golden Ticket Awards, Blue Streak was ranked 27th among wooden roller coasters worldwide – its highest ranking to date.

Ride experience

After a 78-foot climb (24 m) up its lift hill, the train descends 72 feet (22 m) at a 45-degree angle reaching a top speed of 40 miles per hour (64 km/h). Riders then enter a series of two short hills which provide the ride's maximum airtime followed by a larger, third hill that slows the train slightly. After the next drop, the train climbs into a 180-degree turn that sends riders over a short hill followed by three medium-sized hills on its way back. The ride ends on the track's final brake run before returning to the station.

Rankings

Golden Ticket Awards: Top wood Roller Coasters
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Ranking 48 34 35 42 38 38 48 41 47 47 49 38 27 35 35 42
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