SANDUSKY -- It was the ride that sparked a new roller coaster revolution at Cedar Point.
In 1951, Cedar Point's Cyclone closed forever leaving "America's Roller Coast" without a roller coaster for 13 years.
In 1964, the park's landscape changed forever with a wooden scream machine known as the Blue Streak.
Placed near Cedar Point's main entrance, the Blue Streak has been taking thrillseekers on a 105-second journey at speeds up to 40 mph reaching heights of 72 feet. It cost an estimated $200,000 to build and is consistently ranked among the world's best wooden roller coasters by Amusement Today.
It's the oldest-running roller coaster at Cedar Point.
In honor of the historic scream machine's 50th anniversary, a special ceremony will be held at the ride's main entrance at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Immediately after the event, park officials will serve up cupcakes and give away a limited number of Blue Streak 50th anniversary T-shirts and drink tumblers.
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The real ride frenzy kicks into gear at 11 a.m. when park officials unleash an ultra-rare giveaway at four of their attractions that are also celebrating major milestone anniversaries this summer. The first 500 guests in to ride the Blue Streak (50th anniversary), the Cedar Creek Mine Ride (45th anniversary), Magnum (25th anniversary) and Raptor (20th anniversary) will be given a commemorative pin as they exit each attraction.
Only one pin from each coaster per rider.
These pins are extremely rare as Cedar Point denied our request to actually have the freebies sent to us so we could use them live on our set Friday morning.
Cedar Point opens Saturday to the general public at 10 a.m.