Posted Friday, December 28, 2001 6:06 AM | Contributed by Karl DeAngelo
Arrow Dynamics and Magic Mountain have outdone themselves with X. Reviews all around are extremely positive for the world's first 4th Dimension coaster. Photos, video and a review of X have been posted to Twisted Rails, as if you needed more convincing to visit Magic Mountain this summer.
Link: Twisted Rails
As much as I love Phantom's Revenge, after a bunch a rides yesterday, X is now my favorite new coaster of 2001. Not perfect, but so unique it gives a well needed shot in the arm to the steel coaster industry which, other than the Intamin hyper, has been very predictable lately.
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You don't stop playing because you grow old,,,you grow old because you stop playing.
Overall, I would say the ride is pretty incredible. The first drop is insane, but I would suggest the back seats and not the front ones. The turns and inversions are pretty smooth, and the seats are well-constructed. First raven turn is great--you are facing towards the ground the whole time, so it really feels like you are flying through the air.
The first drop is some great anticipation--as you leave the loading station, you are facing backward as you climb the first hill. Then, as the train crests and begins to pick up speed, the chairs rotate quite quickly and as you enter the drop, you are facing perpindicular to the ground. You maintain this position through the first raven turn. From there, don't ask because I felt like I was spinning all over the place.
My only beef with the ride is that it is incredibly short. Similar to Batman, the ride is over very quickly. I know all good rides seem to short anyway, but this one is really over before you know what happened.
The review on Twisted Rails is correct one one huge point--forget what you know about other coasters. This is the most unique coaster experience I have ever had. Nothing else like it and nothing to which to compare. You really feel like you are flying and it is impossible to get oriented--you are spinning and twisting at the same time.
FYI--the seats rotate a total of 3 times, which doesn't seem like much, but it actually fits given the contours of the track and the loops inherent in the ride itself.
Wow! I couldn't believe the video. The time it must have taken you to put it together, and the labor of love! Oh, Karl! What a dude you are! I downloaded the smallest QT file (because I don't have a cable modem anymore), and enjoyed it so much, I decided to download the 50meg file. I know that is insane, but I had to do it. It took 5 hours to download, but it is amazing, and my wife was just freaked out by it. Now she isn't so sure she wants to ride it. I will change that, though.
Congrats on a great video, pics, and a wonderful website, Karl! You deserve every kudo out there.
WOW! I don't know what to say. I have been following the construction online for quite sometime, got to see X test in August (and also made a short video showing that), and then see the opening pictures you provided on your site.
However, your video takes the cake! VERY well done and shows the viewer what that ride is about. I haven't ridden it yet but it almost feels like I have thanks to your video.
I knew you dedicaton for this ride was paying off when Alan S. from Arrow told me back in August that your site helped some of the Arrow folks back in Utah check out the visual status of the ride. How cool is that?
Sean (THAT'S IT! I am going back out in a few weeks!) F.
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Great photos Karl!
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Current Favorite Coasters:
1)Raging Bull 2)Millennium Force 3)Medusa (SFMW) 4)Vertical Velocity (SFGAm) 5)Dueling Dragons (Ice)
This one blew me away:
It looks like the cars are digitaly added in because of how big and beastly the supports are.
I really have to get down to So Cal now...
-Andrew Hyde(Who hopes we will see one real soon in Ohio...)
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Just rode X yesterday. I have to say that although I'm not disappointed, I didn't exit the ride saying "that was amazing". Don't get me wrong, the ride is an experience not to be missed, but as is often the case with the first of its kind coaster, I don't think they used the "rotating seats" to the fullest potential. It seems they thought "let's not overdue it" by putting a big section in the middle with little movement. I think that was a mistake. At the very least they should have rotated the seats around to face-down to get the effect of flying. Also, I found the ride very rough. The first ride I got off and was in a bit of pain. Granted, the second ride (in the last row) was much smoother, but don't expect a smooth ride by any means.
In the front vs. back argument, I have to say that my ride in the back was much better than the front. Since you are not facing forward very often there is little advantage to sitting in the front. Plus, all the seats are so far apart that views aren't restricted much in any seats.
That said, the first drop is insane, and the first half of the coaster is great. The transitions near the end are also quite disorienting and unique. The shear size of the thing is pretty impressive as well.
I'm guessing they will rework the seats and restraint system before a year passes, there are some definite kinks to work out.
WOW! That was some video Karl! But what about the lines? I've heard mixed reviews from all around, is it long or short. Have long ones been caused by ride misfunction, operator problems, or just plain load-time?
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