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Gemini (roller coaster)Edit

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Gemini
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Two trains race to the finish on 'Gemini

Cedar Point
Coordinates 41°29′10.75″N 82°41′22.75″WCoordinates: 41°29′10.75″N 82°41′22.75″W
Status Operating
Opening date June 17, 1978
Cost $3,400,000
General Statistics
Type Steel - Dual-tracked
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Designer Ron Toomer
Lift/launch system Chain
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Red Blue

|- ! scope="row" style="text-align:left;"|Height | style=""|{| border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="table-layout:fixed;" width="100%" |- valign="top" |125.4 ft (38.2 m) |125.4 ft (38.2 m) |} |- ! scope="row" style="text-align:left;"|Drop | style=""|{| border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="table-layout:fixed;" width="100%" |- valign="top" |118 ft (36 m) |118 ft (36 m) |} |- ! scope="row" style="text-align:left;"|Length | style=""|{| border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="table-layout:fixed;" width="100%" |- valign="top" |3935 ft (1199.4 m) |3935 ft (1199.4 m) |} |- ! scope="row" style="text-align:left;"|Speed | style=""|{| border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="table-layout:fixed;" width="100%" |- valign="top" |60 mph (96.6 km/h) |60 mph (96.6 km/h) |} |- ! scope="row" style="text-align:left;"|Inversions | style=""|{| border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="table-layout:fixed;" width="100%" |- valign="top" |0 |0 |} |- ! scope="row" style="text-align:left;"|Duration | style=""|{| border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="table-layout:fixed;" width="100%" |- valign="top" |2:20 |2:20 |} |- ! scope="row" style="text-align:left;"|Max vertical angle | style=""|{| border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="table-layout:fixed;" width="100%" |- valign="top" |55° |55° |} |- ! scope="row" style="text-align:left;"|Capacity | style=""|3300 riders per hour |- ! scope="row" style="text-align:left;"|Height restriction | style=""|4 ft 0 in (122 cm) |- ! scope="row" style="text-align:left;"|Trains | style=""|4 trains with 5 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 30 riders per train. |- | colspan="2" style="text-align:center;"|Fast Lane available |- | colspan="2" style="text-align:center;"|Gemini at RCDB Pictures of Gemini at RCDB |} Gemini is a racing roller coaster with a wooden structure and steel track, located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. Built in 1978 by Arrow Dynamics and designed by Ron Toomer, it is one of the oldest roller coasters in the park. When the ride opened, it was the tallest, fastest and steepest roller coaster in the world.[1]

The rideEdit

The structure is considered a steel hybrid since the track is actually tubular steel, while the support structure is wood.[2] Two trains, red and blue, are dispatched on two tracks that run parallel to each other throughout the ride until the end when they diverge into their own helix before coming back together to finish the ride. [2][3]View of Gemini's stationAlthough prohibited, riders on separate trains often give each other high-fives as both trains pass through curves. Gemini has one of the highest capacities of any ride in the park.[3] Gemini's station previously featured a double sided entry, allowing guests to enter the station from both the front and the back. Eventually modified to have guests only enter from the back of the station because of confusion and congestion caused by the double entry, the stairway formerly used for the queue at the front of the station still remains. When conditions permit, Gemini's trim brakes are disengaged, and a slightly faster ride is experienced. This is especially noticeable when traveling through the helixes at the end of the ride. When the ride opens in the morning (or when attendance is low) the ride only operates one colored side. Gemini is known for the fact that either side may win the race instead of the usual predictable results on other rides. When Gemini opened, it ran 3 trains on each side, for a total of 6 trains. Watchful guests may be able to spot old trains inside of Mean Streak's wooden structure.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.coaster-net.com/ride-gallery/227-gemini/
  2. ^ "Gemini". The Point Online. Retrieved 2009-07-02.
  3. ^ "Gemini". Cedar Point. Retrieved 2009-07-02.
  4. ^ http://www.rcdb.com/14.htm

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