World record Holders 20 years ago

Tuesday, February 20, 2001 3:23 PM
Hi i was just wondering with everyone debating over who's #1 this year who had the records 20 years ago.
#1 steel in height and speed
#1 wood in height and speed
#1 attendance
#1 park with most coasters
thanks ahead of time.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2001 3:32 PM
I do know that the Beast was the Tallest Fastest and Longest full circuit coaster 22yrs ago.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2001 3:37 PM
20 years ago The American Eagle was the tallest fastest woodie, thats all I know

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Tuesday, February 20, 2001 3:44 PM
how bout the magnum?
Tuesday, February 20, 2001 3:49 PM
Magnum debuted in 1989. That's only 12 years ago.

I'm not really the source on this information, but Gemini and the Beast come to mind.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2001 5:48 PM
I'm pretty sure Gemini debuted as the world's tallest in 1978 at 125 feet. And it still rocks to this day.
Tuesday, February 20, 2001 7:15 PM
Yep, Gemini was the tallest in 1978 at 125ft.. The Beast beat it the next year. American Eagle beat the Beast in ?????? Cedar Point had six coasters 20 years ago (Gemini, Corkscrew, Blue Streak, Wildcat, Cedar Creek Mine Ride, Jr. Gemini). I believe that was a record in the states. Hard to believe that most parks only had 2 or 3 coasters.
Tuesday, February 20, 2001 7:20 PM
It is interesting how theme parks have progressed and become so much more competitive than the past. Think about 20 years from now what the standards will be. I can't wait.
Tuesday, February 20, 2001 7:26 PM
20 years ago SFGAm had:

1. The American Eagle
2. Demon (newly named and remodeled form the Turn of the Century)
3. A kid's coaster
4. The Whizzer
5. The Tidal Wave

Damn Cedar Point, always has to top Great America :)
Tuesday, February 20, 2001 7:54 PM
The Gemini is 125' 4" and would be the tallest steel coaster in 81, if you don't count Schwarzkopf's shuttle loopers.
Tuesday, February 20, 2001 8:40 PM
PKI had six.
1)The Beast
3)The Racer
4)The Bat
5)Screamin' Demon
6)Bulvarian Beetle
Tuesday, February 20, 2001 8:50 PM
The shuttles were not counted, for some reason. In '81, the Beast was the longest wooden (and still is!). The American Eagle (which opened May 23rd that year) was the fastest wood, but not the tallest. It is 127' high, with the Beast peaking out at 137'. The neat thing about the Eagle is that it goes 20 feet below ground level (not a tunnel), making the drop HUGE! If only SFGAm would race it and take off that hideous mid-course helix brake. I mean, last summer we almost came to a STOP up there! And yes, our beloved Arrow Dynamics GEMINI held the height record for steel in '81 at the measurement so precisely indicated above by Joe E. I believe the Demon conversions at both Great America parks, Orient Express at Worlds Of Fun, and the Carolina Cyclone at Carowinds were the inversion record holders, each with 4.
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Wednesday, February 21, 2001 3:51 AM
American Eagle Stands 145' tall with a 165' drop. It was the largest coaster at the time. I am not sure what coaster eventually took away the crown.

Wednesday, February 21, 2001 4:01 AM
If I am not mistaken it was eventually taken away by Hercules at Dorney Park in Allentown, PA.
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Wednesday, February 21, 2001 4:27 AM
Weren't the Jumbo Jets still at Cedar Point 20 years ago?
Wednesday, February 21, 2001 4:41 AM
According to the timeline at the final year for the Jumbo Jets at CP was 1978. So they were still there 23 years ago, but not 22 years ago. ;)

Wednesday, February 21, 2001 12:50 PM
1981 - hmmm

The Bat debuted at PKI
The Beast was the tallest and longest coaster
American Eagle was not the tallest but had the longest drop (remember - it does go below ground level)
Didn't Orient Express open that year?

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Wednesday, February 21, 2001 1:22 PM

"American Eagle Stands 145' tall with a 165' drop. It was the largest coaster at the time. I am not sure what coaster eventually took away the crown.


Actually it 130 FT. tall, with a 150Ft drop.
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