Another X Opening Day Review

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Tuesday, December 25, 2001 7:58 AM
I arrived "late" at about 1:30 and was fearing the worst. I was prepared for a 2 hour or more line, but I was greeted by a VERY short line, barely out the station itself. Not only that, but the 2 train operation was in full swing, after reading other reports I guess that got things moving much better.

Talk about nerve racking, you just have no idea what to eXpect. The first drop is sheer insanity!! The rest of the ride keeps you guessing the whole way through. Fantastic floating sensation during the backflip/camelback. The best parts (IMO) were the rotations during the half-in-line twists, its like no other sensation on any ride anywhere, PERIOD. I will also add that there is only MINOR bumps and ZERO headbanging, thanks to the revolutionary restraints.

There is a new bully in the schoolyard, and it is Arrow Dynamics once again. SFMM had the brass balls to take a chance with unproven technology, and this time it paid off! Jackpot! Something tells me that the 4D will be the new "must have" ride for a coaster park.

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"X" marks the spot in 2001!

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Tuesday, December 25, 2001 9:03 AM

Soggy said:
"Something tells me that the 4D will be the new "must have" ride for a coaster park."

I hope so ! I'm just glad that I live near one of the "showcase" Six Flags parks, as well as one with lots of cash & plenty of room for a monster sized 4D coaster (SFGAm) !!!

I think a 4D would also be a great alternative to a standard Hyper for SFStL. It would truly make them a world class coaster park, and put a lot of heat on WoF to add some new record breaking coasters.

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Current favorite coasters:
Wooden: 1) Beast 2) Raven 3) Son of Beast 4) The Boss 5) Timber Wolf
Steel: 1) Raging Bull 2) Millennium Force 3) V2 4) Wild Thing 5) Mr. Freeze

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Wednesday, December 26, 2001 8:32 AM
(breathes sigh of relief)
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"I'll bet that thing hits 5 Gs going through that loop.....faaar ooouut!"
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Wednesday, December 26, 2001 8:34 AM
Soggy, how were the restraints? Did they seem comfortable for the taller people? Glad you had a great time. I'm heading out there this Friday! Thanks.
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Wednesday, December 26, 2001 8:48 AM
The only thing that Arrow has to work on is getting all the bugs out of it's ride. Seriously, X had so much problems, it wasn't even funny.

"There is a new bully in the schoolyard, and it is Arrow Dynamics once again."

Not really. I wouldn't say that Arrow is the new bully because they have only had ONE good ride, and that would be X. If you compared Arrow with B&M, Arrow would be stumped. Sorry, but Arrow is no bully.

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"Duff Man Says... Ohhh Yeah!"
Current Favorite Coasters:
1)Raging Bull 2)Millennium Force 3)Medusa (SFMW) 4)Vertical Velocity (SFGAm) 5)Dueling Dragons (Ice)

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Wednesday, December 26, 2001 8:55 AM
saviourmachine:
To answer your question to Soggy - the restraints are very comfortable.  There are two separate locking mechanisms.  When you sit in the seat the harness wraps around you in front and locks to your size, with a strap in between the handles.  The top of the seat with the harness then locks downwards according to your height and size so that the top of the harness rests comfortably on your shoulders and your head is above it.  The ride was extremely comfortable for me but you do get thrown around a bit in the outside seats.  I was there first thing Monday morning and got an incredible seven rides with my first and last in the front row.  The queue to the ride wasn't opened until 11:00 a.m. and then after many delays in the initial runs and only one train operating with passengers, the second train was finally opened to passengers and the lines moved much quicker.  I only got two rides in before 3:00 p.m. but between 4:00 p.m. and closing I was able to ride five more times.

*** This post was edited by MMCoasterBear on 12/26/2001. ***

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Wednesday, December 26, 2001 9:55 AM
What other problems did X have other than the trains StealthFrm3? please list...
Arrow has been building rollercoasters since before the birth of B&M. I don't understand what you mean by one good ride. Magnum-XL, Tennesse Tornado, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Ninja, Big Bad Wolf, Top Gun, Gemini and now X are all great rides. I agree with Soggy, but I'd say the old bully is back with new toys. 
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"Time flies...Whether you're having fun or not". -Mary Engelbreit.

*** This post was edited by DWeaver on 12/26/2001. ***

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Wednesday, December 26, 2001 10:43 AM
The restraints are adjustible to each person's height. They are very comfortable and would easily accomidate you. I would also place a bet that your brother would fit without a problem as well.

As for girth, the restraints allow quite a bit more room than a B&M looper or inverted. I push B&M's to the limit, but had plenty of room to spare on X.

As for the bully comment, DWeaver explains my point quite well.

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"X" marks the spot in 2001!

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Wednesday, December 26, 2001 3:06 PM
OK, Soggy,now in your opinion, how would these restraints fair with a "short" person? Belmont Babe's cheif complaint has always been getting her ears boxed with most ostr's.
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Wednesday, December 26, 2001 3:26 PM
Short people should be happy.  I'm 5'6" and there was more downward adjustment available than I needed.  The only people that might have trouble will be under the minimum height allowed and won't be allowed to ride anyway.
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Thursday, December 27, 2001 9:42 AM

Dutchman said:
OK, Soggy,now in your opinion, how would these restraints fair with a "short" person? Belmont Babe's cheif complaint has always been getting her ears boxed with most ostr's.

ugh, people LISTIN!!!  they adjust to HEIGHT, and last time i checked, shortness was a characteristic of height.  all these restraint questions this whole site has been asking is getting on my nerves because MOST of them are all rooted to the same question, "height and girth".  and they have been answered SO many times. my god it seems 85% of this site has ADD...

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t h e r e s a monkey in my pocket and he stealing all my change, his stare is blank and glassy i suspect that hes diranged.....

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Thursday, December 27, 2001 11:06 AM
Dutch, I think Belmont Babe would fit just fine. Don't pay any attention to the rantings above.

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"X" marks the spot in 2001!

*** This post was edited by Soggy on 12/27/2001. ***

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