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Nothing beats wooden roller coasters, and the Blue Streak is one of the very best!
One of a kind. Last shallow track design in the country. Three large hills before the switchback. Not the tallest or fastest but it epitomizes the wooden roller coaster. If you like wooden coasters this one should be on your list.
Ah, the Conneaut Lake Blue Streak. As this park struggles for survival, one of the big reasons why the fight wages on to keep it afloat is the classic wooden coaster that graces the landscape. And with good reason too, as Blue Streak is a pretty good coaster lying behind the swirls of financial problems and general uncertainty. This old fashioned ride deserves the chance to continue dishing out rides to not only its loyal followers, but to new generations of thrill seekers as well. This is the anchor that has paced Conneaut Lake for decades, and it is the most recognizable icon of this little park in Northwestern PA. It is a simplistic ride by design, but that same simplicity is part of what gives Blue Streak its charm and character. When it comes to "classic" wooden coasters, this one is a must. The historical value and significance of this ride alone is certainly worthy of some notice. And although it is by no means one of my staggering favorites, it certainly gets a great deal of respect from me.
To really understand the problems this place has had, one needs to look no further than the Blue Streak itself. Here we have the one real coaster of the park, and it is just screaming for some upkeep. I understand the reason why not, dont get me wrong, but its still sad to see the exterior of the ride slowly deteriorating. If there ever was a coaster in dire need of some fresh new paint, this is it. Thankfully though, theres a good ride in amongst the faded appearances. Whats interesting to me about Blue Streak is that it is almost like 2 rides totally separate from one another. The first half blew my socks off, and I think partly because of that the second half was just disappointing. Put em together and you still have a solid coaster, but it left me feeling like it couldve been a bit better. I loved the classic trains and the very "minimalist" restraint. Thats one of the nice traits that some of these older wooden coasters have. The crew members were great, and they were enthusiastic while working quickly, so that was nice to see. Then came the ride itself.
I sat in the back and the front, and I give the slight nod to the back, although both seats were great in that wildly wonderful first half. From the great first drop to the next couple hills, the ride is packed full of massive and ridiculous airtime! This is the kind of airtime that had me lowering my hands a couple times and grabbing on to the bar! I was loving it, but then came the turnaround which seemed to suck the life out of the coaster. It really slows down, and then whats left is a second half that, while still fun, is just lacking anything really memorable. There are plenty of bunny hills, but most offer zilch in the airtime department, which really made me scratch my head when I compared that to those stellar first 3 hills. So, overall you have a first half thats a solid to high 9, and a second half thats just slightly above average (around a 6 or so is what that half felt like to me). But despite its slight weaknesses, Blue Streak is no doubt classic and it certainly dishes out a fun ride. I know I had a really good time on all my rides. The drops are good, primarily thanks to those winner first three drops. The speed is great at first, but then it kind of fades after the turnaround. The airtime overall is good, and initially it is outstanding! The layout is good, but the pacing is slightly off due to the varying halves of the coaster. All in all though, Im certainly not going to complain that Blue Streak doesnt deliver. It does, and I hope the park can stabilize so that this coaster survives for a good while longer. It does its job nicely, so it would only be fair for somebody to step up and help out in return for the sake of this classic coaster. Final Rating – 7.5/10
Blue Streak was a good, classic coaster. I loved the classic trains and the first three drops were amazing, as the first drop gave major ejector air and the following two hills gave decent air in the back. Afterwards was a slow turnaround and quite a few bunny hills that had no air at all in the back, however two provided a little air in the front.
I really liked this coaster. The simple leather strap with 3 rings and a clasp had a bondage/S&M kind of appearance on a first look. After riding this coaster as a single rider in the back, I definitely understood the bondage type harness. I felt like I was a naughty boy who had been spanked by the time I got off of the ride. The airtime on the coaster is great, whether near the front or the back, as a single rider. I found that it had a good out of control feel that made you hang onto something, but the ride was still quite smooth and didnt rough me up like some other coasters that I have ridden. My rating may be slightly inflated due to the fact that the rest of this park does not offer anything in the way of thrills, so this ride is much more thrilling by comparison. However, this coaster delivers airtime, speed, and a decent length. When its age is taken into consideration, you get a real appreciation for this ride.
Back Row is deffinatly the seat for this coaster, the only thing that takes away from it is that it seems to slow down a good bit when you get to the strait away before the turn around. The first couple hills have great air in the back though. If you can get to this park, this coaster is a must.
I guess maybe I made a mistake in riding in the front seat [and not the back], but outside of the experience of riding in such an old coaster with such minimal restraints, I didnt think it was too good. Was actually fairly smooth, considering its age, and the first bit of course was taken at a decent speed, but the return trip was slow and uneventful. Fun, but nothing more. Would I go on a again? Definately.
The first half of this ride in the back seat is a 10+, but there isnt much to the 2nd half of the ride. Those first 3 hills were fill with violent stand-up air. This is the only coaster where I have ever been afraid to put my hands up. I rode 6 times , 5 in the last car and on the second ride I tried to ride with my hands up and had to grab to bar on the first hill, I tried again the next ride and failed again. The leather straps rested well off my lap at their tightest. The car were well padded except on the side where the seat could have been softer. The station also has a neat diagram of the coaster in the station with progress lights. One of the ride ops, Tim Brown I think, was from the Geauga Lake area and said he was currently volunteering as a ride op, it was only his third day volunterring but he was pretty knowledgable.
The ride is not nearly as violent near the front of the train and unfortunately the 2nd half of the ride doesnt do anything.
I dont know if I was truly "feeling" this coaster. There isn much to really complain about, but it wasnt tons of fun either. I do have a regret, and that is that I rode it around 6PM and not at night, where my father (and even my grandmother) say it takes on a completely different persona. The park did run it well, and hasnt let it go to waste. This coaster was my dads first "big" coaster, discounting the kiddie woodie at Idlewild. Well, this was still a fun coaster to stop by and visit. Even though I sat in the back seat, with those cool, non-restricting seatbelts and no seat dividers/lapbar/etc., the coaster seemed to give me "almost air". As in, I almost got air but it didnt quite go all the way. That was a bit disappointing, especially in the back seat. The drops, though not stunning in height, were still good, and I think I liked the second one the best. My only Vettel (and most likely my only one for a while), it was still great after all of these years, and pretty smooth. The turnaround was nice, and the ride just has that classic charm that cannot be touched. With the chipped paint and the hidden layout, it is certainly a classic worthy of a $5 ride and a stop when passing through, and the town is still probably a nice vacation resort area. The trains are pretty cool too, as I mentioned, they have seat belts that, even when as tight as can go, dont hinder your movement much. They are also very comfy and the front of each car resembles todays Millennium Flyers, so it was cool to see where that came from. Overall, the ride isnt great, but the charm and historical value (such as the trains, the ACE Classic Status, being my Dads first, the skunk tunnel) all add up to a pretty good 8.
Oh yea, that progress board was sweet too
Absolutely classic. The way a wooden roller coaster should be. This is the first "big" roller coaster I ever went on, and nothing else will match up.
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