Totally Extreme and Historic Roller Coasters of Today and Yesteryear – Part Two
Some may be dinosaurs, but they still give us a thrill. Even with the revolution of giga-coasters and hyper-coasters, these old timers still stand their ground.
Every couple of years, a new extreme roller coaster is introduced into the world for thrill seekers and amusement park lovers. This year was no exception. So as a follow up on my piece Mega and Giga Coasters: World’s Scariest, Highest, and Fastest Roller Coasters, I have found some new babies on the block, and possibly some that you may have never heard of.
As people get older and wiser they tend to think this type of experience can be overrated. However, that’s what keeps us young and alive. The thrill of the wind in our hair, fast speeds on bumpy tracks, and the wonderful sound of yelling from the back of the car where the little boy, who was barely tall enough to ride, is wetting his pants from the terror of the 200 ft drop. Awe, the memories.
This was one of the first roller coasters I ever rode, sneaking on with my father when I was a bit to small. As we started to descend down the first hill, I started to slip out of the bar and I started screaming. After I got off, I said I would never ride coasters again, although it wasn’t an hour later that I rode it again.
The Gemini is a hybrid wood and steel coaster located at Cedar Point. Built in 1978, the ride debuted as the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world. The coaster stands 125 feet high, has a drop of 118 feet, which just doesn’t seem that high anymore, and maxes out at 60 mph.