Posted Wednesday, January 16, 2008 9:06 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Sadly, it’s official. California’s Six Flags Magic Mountain is no longer the “roller coaster capital of the world” — surrendering the title to Ohio’s Cedar Point theme park. With the dismantling of Magic Mountain’s Flashback now underway and the addition of Cedar Point’s Maverick in 2007, the world record for most roller coasters at a single amusement park officially moves from Valencia, Calif., to Sandusky, Ohio. The score: Cedar Point 17, Magic Mountain (and Canada's Wonderland) 15.
Read more from The LA Times.
What the article didn't mention is how the views on SFMM are suddenly getting better. Older rides are seeing new paint and new additions are to the park don't have anything to do with coasters (Thomas Town). Having the most coasters was nothing but bad news for SFMM, they weren't able to handle it.
CP just does a better job at having the most roller coasters without letting everything else go to hell in the park.
I go with the number of operating coasters in the park instead of just total number of coasters. If it were just number, what would stop some small park from putting up 20 old and beaten arrow corckscrews and such and just not opening them??
*puts opened can of worms back on shelf*
Thats the great thing about Cedar Fair, they do their best to keep their rides up. They did great work with Geauga Lake as well, minus a couple older attractions. When Six Flags ran Geauga, it was always hit or miss on rides operating. Cedar Fair and Bill Sphen did a great job with operations at Geauga.
that Flashback, Superman, Deja Vu, X and Psyclone have all had extended time of being SBNO.
Flashback is quite easy why that ride is down. Besides the complaint about the waterpark, the ride needs new trains or it can't operate. They didn't get the new trains, and it didn't operate for how long? Superman is been giving them problems for awhile. It's just the technology. Mr. Freeze has had problems, Joker's Jinx probably has problems. I know V2 has had problems. Yes, they aren't all Intamin, but they are all of the new type of technology. Because of new technology, rides have problems.
They only run one side of Superman, and I imagine that when it's down, it's most likely down because they need a part, or they need to refurbish that ride. I imagine that they don't even deal with the other side whatsoever. They probably have given up on that side. It's a problematic ride. I wonder if they even have the other sides train. Didn't that ride have a fire? Maybe, the other train was damaged, and they don't ever use that train. Maybe, they are down to one train just like Deja Vu.
Besides Deja Vu having regular problems, Deja Vu is only one train. The park isn't closed like every other park in the chain. It's open all year. How do you expect to refurbish at least Deja Vu's train without closing the ride down?
Psyclone was just a bad ride to begin with, and I imagine that they were always retracking that ride because it was just horrible, and people were having neck problems, and all that stuff.
X is quite simple why in the heck the ride isn't doing that great. The reason is because it's the first, and the first usually has the most problems. Disko' at Cypress Gardens was the first, and it never seems to be open!
What problems does CP encounter? I imagine now they are going to have problems with Maverick, and they probably still have problems with Top Thrill Dragster. Someone also said that Max Air is down a lot, and maybe Sky Hawk is down quite a bit. I don't know. Whenever, I'm at the park Disaster Transport seems to broke down.
I might get my enthusiast credentials revoked for even saying this, but I actually had a great time at MM. I think the lack of crowds had a lot to do with it, but that's why I picked that week for my SoCal coaster trip! :)
PS - Tatsu is amazing...
I'm not trying to make this into CP vs SFMM, but I still think that the overall quality at CP is better than that at SFMM. Plus, the real interesting rides at SFMM just don't seem to run all that well like X and Deja Vu
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