Totally Extreme and Historic Roller Coasters of Today and Yesteryear – Part Two

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.

Gemini-Cedar Point

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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.

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ken bultman, posted this comment on Jul 28th, 2009

Thanks for a thrilling ride. My only experience was on a coaster at an amusement park on Virginia Beach that no longer exists. Pics were great.t

DA Cournean, posted this comment on Jul 28th, 2009

Great piece Lauren. Well done!

Mary Patricia Bird, posted this comment on Jul 28th, 2009

I used to love roller coasters until they started adding loop-d-loops. I don’t need spins or dizziness. But last year, Canada’s Wonderland unveiled a new roller coaster – The Behemoth. I dared to go on it! What a blast!!

Lostash, posted this comment on Jul 28th, 2009

A lot of research has gone into this piece! Enjoyed reading about these, even though I’m a chicken over heights and won’t go on them!!!

valli, posted this comment on Jul 28th, 2009

Awesome information.

jhenz, posted this comment on Jul 29th, 2009

i rode a roller coaster before in one of our local carnivals, but looking at these things… whew!~ am not sure what to feel. :)

great images lauren!

Joe Dorish, posted this comment on Jul 29th, 2009

Great collection Lauren! Would love to especially ride Balder because I love air time.

Chris Stonecipher, posted this comment on Jul 29th, 2009

Lauren,
I wonder if you remember the Blue Streak? It was around the same time as the Gemini. It was also in Cedar Point.
Blessings,
Chris

Jo Oliver, posted this comment on Jul 29th, 2009

Hi Lauren,

Another great look at some awesome roller coasters. I couldn’t stomach a one of em though lol.

Lauren Axelrod, posted this comment on Jul 29th, 2009

Chris I never rode it. I just remember the Magnum and Gemini. This was years ago. To put every roller coaster on the list around the globe would be insane. I just happen to like some of these the best, although Mean streak looks pretty crazy.

greg, posted this comment on Aug 2nd, 2009

I’d prefer modern tech-advanced rides like in Alton Towers UK :)

Crash Chloride, posted this comment on Aug 2nd, 2009

The best part about the Gemini is the giant girder at the bottom of the first hill that looks like its going to take your head off.

chris radus, posted this comment on Aug 3rd, 2009

How could you do a piece on old roller coasters and not mention Kennywood?

Lauren Axelrod, posted this comment on Aug 3rd, 2009

Chris, it’s amazing that I don’t remember much about Kennywood. I was born in Carlise, but the only roller coasters I ever saw while I was living there was the Super Dooper Looper at Hershey. That was when I was 7.

Russellonfire, posted this comment on Aug 3rd, 2009

Lol, I’ve always liked rollercoasters, expecially ones without loops in them. Now i’ll go on almost anything!

BiederCorn, posted this comment on Aug 3rd, 2009

The Blue Streak is actually a turn-of the Century wooden roller coaster (one of the oldest left in the nation) at Conneaut Lake Park in Conneaut Lake, PA. I belive it was built around 1913 or so? The park has had financial trouble, so I don\\\’t even know if it is still open, and there were rumors that it was going to be dismantled and destroyed because it was too costly to fix up. What a shame – it was my first coaster ride!!

Tate Morgan, posted this comment on Aug 4th, 2009

I live near cedar point and scare myself every year on those things
tate

Tate Morgan, posted this comment on Aug 4th, 2009

The mean streak will beat your brains out stay off of it . It is way tooo rough

Stacey T Pollock, posted this comment on Aug 4th, 2009

I really love roller coasters! I would definately try the Rip Ride Rocket at Universal Studios. Great article Lauren! I especially liked how you added videos to give the readers an extra dimension.

sally May, posted this comment on Nov 16th, 2009

Thx for info

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