Does Magnum Deserve #1?

Wednesday, January 23, 2002 6:23 PM
How's this for ironic? Where as SFNE's Superman is the best steel coaster I've ever been on, the two coaster fighting for the next spot are Magnum-XL and X. Both are built by Arrow, both feature 200ft drops, both will have their share of detractors, both seem to bring their respective parks to a "new level of thrills" and both are what I call *real rollercoasters*, not for wimps who only like overly- smooth, magic carpet creampuff rides. Thank you very much Arrow Dynamics!
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Wednesday, January 23, 2002 6:35 PM
magnum will always be special to many. Back when it was built in '89 no one EVER expected to see something that huge, and when they took their first ride on it, it was nothin they have ever experienced. I hear so many praise MF but that ride was more expected than anything else. Most knew it was just a matter of time before we would see it. I don't think the magnum or any coaster should get a "#1", this isn't the NCAA, but I do think it should be  remembered as pretty much the coaster that "started it all"!
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Wednesday, January 23, 2002 6:36 PM
I agree whole heartedly with Jeff, Maggie has so much personality its unreal, I have never ridden a steely that has any personality, let alone as much as Maggie.  Teh only other coaster I have been on that even Match the personality of Maggie are Raven and The Beast, and we all know how those coasters rate. 
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Wednesday, January 23, 2002 8:31 PM
While there are many other different coasters around, in my humble opinion, getting to ride Magnum 16 times in a row last fall was a highlight in my life. And, yes ever ride was different. I could have done one MF ride in that same time. But then again, I can't wait until MF is old news, so I can do walk on's it as well:)

Also, very glad I went on VertiGo. I hope the problems don't deter S&S from coming up with much, much more. It was so very Cool!

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Thursday, January 24, 2002 5:45 AM
Colin: Actually, I'm more partial to the Smurfitt-Stone (formerly Stone Container) building myself (the one with the "diamond" face) of course there's always the 'simplistic' formerly dubbed Standard Oil Building (dont know who owns it now) adjacent you precious Prudential Bldg....

For me, Magnum is one of only two rollercoasters in the last 13 years to actually scare me (SuperJewels' favorite ride being the other). But after riding it, I knew there would be no other coaster that I would not ride (though I rode S:UE with some trepidation).
lata,
jeremy
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Thursday, January 24, 2002 7:53 AM


SFWoAsteve said:
IMO, NO! That ride seriously dissapointed me more then anything. the airtime is good. But where the thrills!? The ride was slow and rough to me. I think it doesnt deserve in the top 10. But thats MY opinion...

I hear ya.  I was excited about it when I was in line, but when I was done riding it, I was very disappointed.  It was rough.  That's the main thing I didn't like about it.  It would have been a much better ride if the lap bars were softer like MF's or Goliath's, but they are hard and hurt with all the airtime.  I love airtime and out and backs, and if they restraints were more comfortable, this ride could be in my top 10.


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Thursday, January 24, 2002 7:59 AM
Why isnt SFNE's Superman ever on these lists? Most of you agree its a great steel coaster and many here on the buzz' say its thier favorite yet i've never seen it on a top 10 list on tv...
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Out of the coasters i've ridden here is wat i rank them overall:(ive been to canobie lake and SFNE)
1. S:RoS 2. Yankee Cannonball 3. Riverside Cyclone 4. Canobie Corkscrew 5. Thunderbolt 6. Galaxy 7. Mind Eraser 8. Dragon coaster 9. poison ivy's tangled
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Thursday, January 24, 2002 8:03 AM
haux: The secret to comfort on Magnum, which is contrary to general enthusiast theory, is to pull your belt tight.You still get extreme air, but the belt is flexible and won't hurt.

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Thursday, January 24, 2002 8:08 AM
on a good day with the winds down, it's still a better ride than millinium force. but #1 by a mile is superman-ride of steel at sfne. but thats my opinion.
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Thursday, January 24, 2002 8:16 AM
I'll be sure to try that trick next time I go to CP, Jeff, which may be this year.  I'll try and convince my brother to go on it, too, but he didn't enjoy Magnum much, so it'll take some persuading to get him on it.
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Thursday, January 24, 2002 8:20 AM
I think Magnum actually gives its best rides on warmer days when its windy enough that they have to turn the trims off.  For some reason, when the trims are off, that ride glides through the pretzle smoother than when they are on.  And the air coming back is insane when the trims are off (its pretty awesome with them on for that matter).  Jeff is right though, pull the belt tight, try to leave one click of room between you and the bar and sit all the way back in your seat.  Don't slouch down of the bar will end up catching the softer part of your legs. 
Magnum is my sentimental #1 (it is the ride that got me addicted to coasters and I worked it last year), but I will honestly admit that Superman Ride of Steel at SFNE is a better ride.  The problem with Superman is that it is located in a terrible park with terrible operations whereas Magnum is usually running at full capacity in the park with probably the best operations.  I will not however go as far to say that MF is a better ride because honestly, I enjoy riding Magnum more.  It has more of an out of control feeling that makes it jut plain fun!  I like Raptor better than MF for the same reason.
-Matt

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Thursday, January 24, 2002 8:55 AM

2Hostyl said:
"Well the Sears Tower is better not because it's taller or newer, but because it's in Chicago not that horrible place north of New Jersey!

LOL, those who can't get down, get bitter!!

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Thursday, January 24, 2002 10:54 AM
Magnum, like stated before, has personality. In my opinion, it can be extremely rough, and then it can be glass smooth. I think that Cedar Point should take the time and money to "restore" this ride.  A coat of paint, new trains, and the effects in the tunnels could make this great ride even better.  Of course, there are other rides at CP, or any park, that need some TLC too.
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Thursday, January 24, 2002 11:20 AM
I still can't believe people look for comfort in rollercoasters. It's the last thing I care about. I ride rollercoasters to get *away* from comfort. I can get that in my car on the way to the park, or in my work office or sitting in my lazy boy. And most of you guys are younger than me!

When I ride a comfortable ride(which is usually every time I step aboard a recent B&M), it feels so good I could go to sleep. I'm never scared or intimidated, I get REAL comfortable with the mild forces the ride generates, and then I'm done, bored. That doesn't mean I like rides that bang me senseless, but I like rides that are somewhere in the middle, leaning most definately towards the "rough and tumble" side.

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Thursday, January 24, 2002 11:23 AM

Its not my number one.  It was at one time but years have past and other coasters have been built.  IMO, its time has past.  There are other coasters in the world.

Coasterman Mike

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Thursday, January 24, 2002 4:52 PM
Of course I watch any top 10 coaster show with avid interest to see which coaster is ranked number one just so I can pick apart their choice, but I really don't like ranking coasters simply because you are comparing apples and oranges.  Magnum, Raven, Kumba, and Phoenix just to grab a few examples are all great coasters, but they are nothing alike. 
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Friday, January 25, 2002 7:03 AM
Out of curiosity, why is comparing "apples to oranges" such a bad thing? For me, 99% of the time, I'd pick oranges. They are both fruits right?

Now comparing brocolli to rocks *that* would be ludicrous....

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Friday, January 25, 2002 8:15 AM
Ha! Love the signature. :) Glad some people around here have a sense of humor.

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Friday, January 25, 2002 8:26 AM
According to the rides that I have been on this is My top ten:
1. Jackie Studor : The Ride(g/f), North Royalton, Ohio
2. Raptor - Cedar Point, Ohio
3. Magnum XL-200 - Cedar Point, Ohio
4. Millennium Force - Cedar Point, Ohio
5. Wild Thing - Valleyfair, Minnesota
6. The Villain - Six Flags Worlds of Adventure, Ohio
7. Raging Bull - Six Flags Great America, Illinois
8. Superman - Ultimate Escape, SFWoA, Ohio
9. Batman Knight Flight - SFWoA, Ohio.
10. Raging Wolf Bobs - SFWoA, Ohio
I Know these are VERY odd selections, but if you see that where I live reflects what I like, you will see why Alot of People Love Magnum. Because its very populated around here, and everyone loves Cedar Point.  Just a thought
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Friday, January 25, 2002 8:49 AM
Personally, Magnum is so far my favorite non-looping steel coaster. I truly enjoyed the roughness and ejector airtime. I really only have two levels for a coaster: Liked it/didn't like it. There are degrees of both, but I hate pigeonholing too much because there are lots of good and bad points for each one.

When you see a list, you can never discount history or people's personal histories with a given item. I felt the CI Cyclone was okay, but nothing special when I rode it (in fact, downright disappointed that it wasn't as "rickety" and "unsafe" feeling as others did), but certainly not a bad ride. For the record, my favorite wooden coaster is Gwazi (Lion). Gemini (right) would tie if you call it a woodie (lots of debate on that one).

Your opinions change over time as well. Something you may remember fondly may not be that great, while you may be surprised at something you didn't enjoy before.

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