Gemini Should Be Next In Line For RMC Makover

What coaster should be the next to get an RMC overhaul?

While Cedar Fair has two planned RMC makeovers coming for 2018 (Mean Streak, Hurler), they might look to update Gemini at Cedar Point. It’s a fan favorite, but imagine what could happen to the ride with a little RMC love.

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Fans of Twisted Colossus should have a good idea of what a Gemini refurb should look like.

Located at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Twisted Colossus was formerly an old wooden coaster named Colossus. Opened in 1978, the coaster was featured in National Lampoons Vacation. A classic coaster, Six Flags gave Colossus an RMC makeover and named it Twisted Colossus.

What does Twisted Colossus have to do with a potential refurb of Gemini?
Both Twisted Colossus and Gemini are racing coasters. There are two cars on two different tracks that compete with each other.

Gemini has been in existence at Cedar Point since 1978, the same age as the original Colossus. It’s time to overhaul the ride in a big way. Do away with its steel tracks and old wooden structure,and give it the same elements as Twisted Colossus, such as inversions, would make the racing aspect of the ride much more thrilling. A fresh coat of paint could be applied, similar to the blue and green theme Twisted Colossus features, really giving it a makeover.

While Gemini has steel tracks, its wooden structure remains, and there will be some coaster enthusiasts that wish to keep Gemini as is. But even with Mean Streak and Gemini getting some RMC love, Cedar Point still features a classic wooden coaster in Blue Streak, the parks oldest coaster.

With the way RMC has revolutionized wooden coasters, it’s time to upgrade to a smoother, and more exciting, ride experience. There are a ton of wooden coasters that could use an upgrade from RMC. And while Cedar Fair might wait to put another RMC at Cedar Point after Mean Streak, Gemini makes the most sense out of any coaster at their theme parks. Let’s hope this happens at some point in the near future.

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4 comments

  1. Brad Sherman 4 February, 2017 at 08:06

    RMC exists for two reasons: A: redesigning a poorly maintained wooden track coaster and B: brand new builds from the ground up. Texas Giant, Mean Streak and Colossus were all fantastic wooden track coasters in their early years, but as long as the Six Flags and Cedar Fairs of the world fail to maintain and properly run them there will be a reason for RMC (or anyone else offering complete track redesign) to enter the picture. RMC’s rides are phenomenal (I have ridden several) but there is no reason for anyone to touch other types of coasters, especially ones that have operated flawlessly for nearly 40 years.

    And get over the RMC fad. They do not exist as an automatic solution for every type of amusement attraction that spoiled millennials or the general public find to be too jerky. Gemini is a giant racing Arrow Dynamics MINE TRAIN and is supposed to give the ride experience it does. It is essentially the same type of ride system found on the Cedar Creek Mine Ride and numerous others like it that Arrow installed at parks from the 60’s through the 90’s. It is not a candidate for RMC just because it isn’t a B&M or Intamin. We’re not talking about a horribly maintained giant wooden coaster like Mean Streak was, we’re talking about a ride that performs exactly as it was intended (and thank you for noting that Gemini is a STEEL coaster. The structure could be made of marshmallows and the industry would still categorize it by track).

    Your mission is to find another horribly maintained (and painful) large wooden tracked coaster (like Mean Streak was) to do an RMC plug for.

  2. Brad 4 February, 2017 at 07:39

    Get over the RMC fad. Gemini is a giant racing Arrow Dynamics MINE TRAIN and is supposed to give the ride experience it does. It is NOT a candidate for RMC just because it isn’t a B&M or Intamin. We are growing tired of everyone wanting every effing ride glass smooth. We’re not talking about a horribly maintained and painful giant wooden coaster like Mean Streak was, we’re talking about a ride that performs exactly as it was intended (and thank you for noting that Gemini is a STEEL coaster. The structure could be made of marshmallows and the industry would still categorize it by track).

    RMC has done phenomenal work on rides that large chain parks fail to properly maintain. Texas Giant, Mean Streak and Colossus were all outstanding large wooden coasters in their early years. If the Six Flags and Cedar Fairs of the world aren’t going to keep them maintained and running the way they are supposed to (and they haven’t) then let RMC come in and work their magic. But there is no reason they should be touching a ride that has operated exactly as designed for nearly 40 years. RMC should only be dealing with A: wooden track coasters or B: brand new builds (such as Great America’s Goliath).

  3. Zach 2 February, 2017 at 15:18

    2 things, blue streak wasn’t the first roller coaster at cedar point, and why would they rmc 2 rides at the same park. Gemini is already a steal hybrid, and it’s a fan favorite. So I dought it will be getting redone

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