Does X testing seem excessive?

Monday, September 17, 2001 4:31 PM
Is it just me or does the testing process of X seem like a long and drawn out experience. Has anyone heard if MM has done sandbag or peeps test yet?
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Monday, September 17, 2001 4:35 PM
Ummmmm, it's a COMPLETELY new ride technology.  I would hope that they do a ton of testing to get all of the kinks out and to make sure that there aren't any problems!  The more testing, the better!  It is gonna open at the end of the month, so just deal with it.  I'm not exactly planning a trip out there any time soon...maybe next year...but look on the bright side:  At least there is now an opening date!
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Monday, September 17, 2001 4:51 PM
I agree that the testing is certainly a good thing. I don't think it could ever be called excessive, regardless of how long it goes on. In reference to the new technology, reflect back to Mr. Freeze at SFOT and SFStL. Both of these rides were delayed for almost a year after extensive testing revealed major design flaws in the ride and the technology. Sure, enthusiast did have a long wait, but they were given a safer and more mechanically reliable ride.
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Monday, September 17, 2001 4:51 PM
As Coaster131 said, "it's a COMPLETELY new ride technology." What if the park were to open the ride by the end of the week, and then the ride has a fatal accident about two weeks later? I heard about the train having cracks in it. If that were true, Magic Mountain will have time to figure out what is going on, that's if there is something wrong.

Yes, we are all excited about the ride, but safety comes first.

It's good that X is testing a lot. It's new "coaster technology." I myself am a little worried about the design of the ride. I don't think that the seats will stay with the train with only a bar holding the seats to the frame work. But, I feel safe. Years of planning have probably been given into the ride design.

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Monday, September 17, 2001 5:54 PM
I find it quite strange that a new ride would actually develop possible cracks in it's vehicles.I wonder if the designers have finally met thier match with this vehicle design.
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Monday, September 17, 2001 6:00 PM
And, let's face it, this is not a great time to open a new attraction.  The publicity would be close to zero for the park, so why not test a while longer?
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Monday, September 17, 2001 6:00 PM
And, let's face it, this is not a great time to open a new attraction.  The publicity would be close to zero for the park, so why not test a while longer?
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Monday, September 17, 2001 6:11 PM
Is there an opening date set yet, I'm asking this becuase the site has more time for next week on friday. I'm not sure why this is and I'm hoping it's for media day

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Monday, September 17, 2001 8:37 PM
I read in the news section on americacoasters (I think) that it is rumored that humans(Arrow engineers and SFMM management) have ridden X within the last 10 days. Not my rumor,but it came from a fairly reliable web site. We hope and pray it is open before October 5th. We will be at Magic Mountain as part of our honeymoon. Although we would be disappointed to make the 2000 mile trip and not get to ride this sweet looking coaster, we are not counting on riding it, but we hope! :) (PLEASE GET IT UP AND RUNNING)
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Monday, September 17, 2001 11:40 PM
Its not a rumor, its a fact that people have been on it. Its been captured on video. I know that does not sound like much. But, yeah, people have been on it.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 4:10 AM
Just don't go on the cracked cars, you have nothing to worry as long as you remember that..

although with the spinning of the seats being controlled by the rails, there is a good chance that we will see that thing stall a few times next year.. simply because more force is required to spin the seats and if the speed is not just right those rails will slow the car in a moment..

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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 7:40 AM

sfmmman2001 said:
Its not a rumor, its a fact that people have been on it. Its been captured on video. I know that does not sound like much. But, yeah, people have been on it.

Can you give us a link to the captured video you're talking about?  If you're thinking of the ones that Karl has put up over at Twisted Rails, those aren't legs ad many people have thought, they're decorative 'X's on the sides of the car that look like legs.  Maybe there is a new video that I don't know about and I'd love to know where it is to see it.
thanks!
seth

*** This post was edited by ucdaap42 on 9/18/2001. ***

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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 8:13 AM
Trains are not peanuts. They don't crack.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 10:45 AM
Welds sometimes do crack, though not usually when they are new unless there is a quality issue or a serious design problem.
I'm all in favor of  extended testing to be sure a coaster actually works before it is opened to the public.  We have seen too much recently of coasters which are announced to be open, but that are in fact only in sporadic, limited operation.

*** This post was edited by Jim Fisher on 9/18/2001. ***

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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 12:16 PM
It's better that they test it a lot now instead of opening it now then somebody gets hurt or worse then they end up closing it for six months to a year trying to modify it. It could end up being like when Colossus first opened all over again.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 12:37 PM
http://www.sillynonsense.com/subdivision/" target=_blank>Watch the grass grow!

Well Jeff, either you're still in shock over the tragedy, or you're losing it! Have you already forgotten that stress fractures were discovered on Mr. Freeze's trains about a year ago? Those trains had CRACKS in them, so they must be peanuts!

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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 5:09 PM
I seriously doubt that there are any cracks on the trains. What is the source of this information? How reliable is it?

Rides like "X" are very well planned out and things like stress levels,weight, inertia...are all taken into account when designing these rides..

Someone said that they already had an opening date....and when would that be?

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Wednesday, September 19, 2001 11:01 AM
Regardless of 'cracks' or not, I want them to test, and test, and test until there is an incredible amount done, and the ride can be opened without a hint of doubt to its inherent safety.  Better safe than sorry when you are dropping 200 feet backwards, and upside down.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2001 6:08 PM
Well...I'm going there tomorrow with a friend of mine who does some reporting. One of the reasons we're going is to make sure he is still on their "press" list so they can notify us when press day is....I hope it's real soon.
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