It seems like Gemini does not get the recognition it deserves. It`s a total airtime machine, and does not make the Golden Ticket Awards for the top 50 Wooden Coasters. Is it penalized for being a Wooden structure with a Steel track? If so, that`s pretty dumb.
How they heck could it make the top 50 wood, coasters are characterized by the track not the structure, if that weren't so then the Villian and Cyclone would be steel since the structure is steel. Also if you look at the AT top 50 both wood and steel, I think they were drunk when they put CP's Blue Streak and Mean Streak on the list, there are quite a few wood coasters that weren't on the list that are far better than those two, but I think your a bit confused with Gemini, personally I don't think it fits into either top 50, not that its not a good ride, but there are many that are a lot better.
I don't think that Amusement Today is bias more so than the people are.
Gemini is upstaged. It has not just 4 coasters in front of it anymore. There are 7, so most of the time people look over it. Yeah, it is at the top of the family coasters but there is still a large jump between braving Gemini than maybe Wicked Twister.
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Gemini had it's time in the spot light for 11 seasons (1978-1988). I remember before the Magnum was built that coaster was the star. It gets more riders than another larger and higher coaster (Mean Streak). ------------------ YOUNGSTOWN 2010
I've come to really like Gemini again (I thought it was lame for many years), especially when the blocking brakes are wide open, but let's face it, there's raelly only airtime on the headchopper and the final bunnyhops. If you want airtime at CP, Magnum would be the better choice, or Blue Streak for that matter.
Its a fun ride, with some pretty good drops. I wouldn't classify it as a airtime machine... that would be a ride like Blue Streak or Magnum.
Considering the fact that Gemini is an old Arrow coaster, I think that it gets a lot of respect. Cedar Point has done a lot to surpass what they did with Gemini in 1978, and the fact that it is still such a popular ride amongst the general public and enthusiasts speaks volumes about how Gemini has not been forgotten.
------------------ -Rob A.C.E. member since 1990 Posting @ Coasterbuzz since 2000 E.C.C. member since 2002
NO, dawn, because we've already covered the fact that Gemini is a STEEL coaster...;). Only woodies make noise when they fall, isn't that right Herc?
....and, even though The Twins may not be the most thrilling, or air-filled ride in the park, I think it's still my favorite FUN ride there (not having Dragged yet).... ------------------ "Ju-ju-just like the bad guy, from Lethal Weapon 2, I've got diplomatic immunity, so Hammer you can't sue, can't touch me...." The Peter Griffin Rap
Gemini is pure funkiness from start to finish. That first drop is still great, there's sooooo much time to hand slap on those turns, the drop just before the mid-course is one of the most perfectly designed SURPRISES ever, and who doesn't like a helix at the end? If Gemini ain't giggle worthy I don't know what is.
BTW, back at the 97 Coastermania towards the end of regular operating hours I got a ride with the MCBR off with a buddy of mine. For those of you wondering, it wasn't much improved at all, and there was a sharp jolt in the train just before the helix (you can usually feel it anyways, but it was much more pronounced and violent without the slowdown.) It's just as well with it on.
I still get a ton of air time on Gemini. It might help that I'm 5'11" , 150 pounds (of all muscle). I'm really skinny, and maybe that's why I get more airtime. But my butt is always comming off the seat. Especially on the first drop.
Edit- Not to mention that it's crazy when it's trimless. *** This post was edited by cp_wt 9/10/2003 7:20:49 AM ***