Going For The Magnum....

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Saturday, April 15, 2000 9:29 PM
The Magnum XL-200 was erected in May of 1989. It was the first Roller Coaster to break the 200 foot barrier. Although newer mega-coasters have appeared, and exceed Magnums speed, Magnum still remains number 1. Throughout the years it has thrilled people from around the world including myself. When I first went to Cedar Point in May of 1996 with our high school band, I was amazed at this theme park and how so much was layed out on a little island on Lake Erie. I rode various coasters and worked my way towards the back. Soon the Magnum came into view. I never heard much about it until that day when some of my friends were talking about it. I was walking with my mother when I first caught a glance at the huge lift hill. I never thought that a coaster could descend at such an angle. I was talking to my mother and said, "Wow, I hope the steep side is the lift." I was in for it big when I saw it climbing the chain lift. When I got closer, I thought to myself, "No way am I riding this beast!". So, Mom and I watched as the crazy people boarded the trains, and began on a journey which seemed like a trip of no return. I simply was not able to ride it.

The next year when we returned, I was bound and determined to ride the Magnum. During the summer and winter, I had watched many Roller Coaster programs on The Learning Channel and Discovery. I had been working up my excitement from seeing all the people who love it. Then I was positive I wanted to ride it. My friend Garry and I went on a direct trip to the Magnum as soon as we entered the park. My heart pounded as we neared the queue line. I hesitantly got in line. Garry just had a smile saying that I would love it. I knew I would. I was just nervous. Soon we got to the boarding platform. Soon, it was our turn to have some fun on this monstrous coaster. I boarded second on the left side of the train. There was a "SHH!!!" sound as the brakes released us, and we headed down over the walkway beneath, and arou搀 琀漀 琀栀攀 挀栀愀椀渀 氀椀昀琀⸀ 圀攀 眀攀爀攀 栀攀愀搀攀搀 漀渀 漀甀爀 眀愀礀 甀瀀 琀栀攀 ㈀ 㔀 昀漀漀琀 氀椀昀琀 栀椀氀氀⸀ 䔀瘀攀爀礀琀栀椀渀最 最漀琀 猀洀愀氀氀攀爀 愀渀搀 猀洀愀氀氀攀爀 戀攀氀漀眀 甀猀⸀ 吀栀攀 挀栀愀椀渀 氀椀昀琀 琀愀欀攀猀 愀 昀甀氀氀 洀椀渀甀琀攀 漀爀 洀漀爀攀 琀漀 最攀琀 甀瀀Ⰰ 猀漀 椀琀 氀攀昀琀 洀攀 眀椀琀栀 洀漀爀攀 琀栀愀渀 攀渀漀甀最栀 琀椀洀攀 琀漀 愀渀琀椀挀椀瀀愀琀攀 眀栀愀琀 眀漀甀氀搀 栀愀瀀瀀攀渀⸀ 䄀猀 䤀 眀愀猀 氀漀漀欀椀渀最 愀爀漀甀渀搀 愀猀 眀攀 渀攀愀爀攀搀 琀栀攀 琀漀瀀Ⰰ 䤀 挀漀甀氀搀 猀攀攀 䌀愀渀愀搀愀 愀渀搀 䤀 眀愀猀 琀漀琀愀氀氀礀 昀愀猀挀椀渀愀琀攀搀 愀琀 琀栀攀 愀眀攀猀漀洀攀 猀椀琀攀⸀ 䘀漀爀 愀 猀攀挀漀渀搀 䤀 栀愀搀 搀爀椀昀琀攀搀 漀昀昀Ⰰ 氀漀瘀椀渀最 琀栀攀 猀挀攀渀椀挀 瘀椀攀眀 戀攀昀漀爀攀 䤀 爀攀愀氀椀稀攀搀 䤀 眀愀猀 漀渀 愀 洀攀最愀ⴀ挀漀愀猀琀攀爀⸀ 䤀 猀氀漀眀氀礀 琀漀漀欀 愀 搀攀攀瀀 戀爀攀愀琀栀 愀猀 眀攀 挀爀攀猀琀攀搀 漀瘀攀爀 琀栀攀 琀漀瀀⸀ 䄀氀氀 漀昀 愀 猀甀搀搀攀渀 眀攀 眀攀爀攀 昀愀挀椀渀最 愀氀洀漀猀琀 猀琀爀愀椀最栀琀 搀漀眀渀 愀琀 愀 㘀  搀攀最爀攀攀 愀渀最氀攀Ⰰ 愀挀挀攀氀攀爀愀琀椀渀最 琀漀 㜀㈀ 洀椀氀攀猀 愀渀 栀漀甀爀⸀ 䤀 欀攀瀀琀 洀礀 栀愀渀搀猀 椀渀 琀栀攀 愀椀爀 愀氀氀 琀栀攀 眀愀礀 搀漀眀渀 愀渀搀 搀椀搀渀✀琀 猀挀爀攀愀洀⸀ 䤀琀 琀漀琀愀氀氀礀 琀漀漀欀 洀礀 戀爀攀愀琀栀 愀眀愀礀℀℀ 圀椀琀栀漀甀琀 爀攀愀氀椀稀椀渀最 眀栀愀琀 䤀 栀愀搀 最漀渀攀 琀栀漀甀最栀Ⰰ 眀攀 猀栀漀琀 戀愀挀欀 甀瀀 琀栀攀 猀攀挀漀渀搀 栀椀氀氀Ⰰ 琀栀攀渀 戀愀渀欀攀搀 琀漀 琀栀攀 氀攀昀琀 愀渀搀 猀栀漀琀 搀漀眀渀⸀ 圀椀琀栀 椀琀 猀攀攀洀椀渀最 愀猀 椀昀 眀攀 眀攀爀攀 最漀椀渀最 琀漀 瀀氀甀洀洀椀琀 椀渀琀漀 䰀愀欀攀 䔀爀椀攀Ⰰ 眀攀 猀栀漀琀 搀漀眀渀 琀栀爀漀甀最栀 愀 琀甀渀渀攀氀 愀渀搀 䤀 眀椀琀栀搀爀攀眀 洀礀 栀愀渀搀猀Ⰰ 昀攀愀爀椀渀最 琀栀愀琀 琀栀攀礀 眀漀甀氀搀 戀攀 挀栀漀瀀瀀攀搀 漀昀昀⸀ 吀栀攀渀 眀攀 眀攀渀琀 戀愀挀欀 甀瀀 愀渀漀琀栀攀爀 栀椀氀氀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 栀椀琀 愀 猀攀琀 漀昀 戀爀愀欀攀猀Ⰰ 猀氀漀眀椀渀最 甀猀 猀氀椀最栀琀氀礀Ⰰ 琀栀攀渀 搀漀眀渀 椀渀琀漀 琀栀攀 瀀爀攀琀稀攀氀 琀甀爀渀ⴀ愀爀漀甀渀搀⸀ 圀攀 琀甀爀渀攀搀 挀氀攀愀爀 琀漀 琀栀攀 氀攀昀琀 昀漀爀 愀戀漀甀琀 ㌀ 猀攀挀漀渀搀猀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 䤀 琀栀漀甀最栀琀 䤀 眀愀猀 最漀椀渀最 琀漀 昀愀氀氀 漀甀琀℀ 䜀愀爀爀礀 氀漀猀琀 琀漀 最爀愀瘀椀琀礀 愀渀搀 昀攀氀氀 愀最愀椀渀猀琀 洀攀Ⰰ 洀愀欀椀渀最 椀琀 昀攀攀氀 搀愀渀最攀爀漀甀猀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 䤀 眀愀猀 氀漀瘀椀渀最 椀琀℀℀ 吀栀攀渀 眀攀 琀甀爀渀攀搀 琀漀 琀栀攀 氀攀昀琀Ⰰ 搀椀搀 愀 栀愀氀昀ⴀ栀攀氀椀砀 甀瀀 愀渀搀 愀爀漀甀渀搀 漀瘀攀爀 琀栀攀 眀愀礀 眀攀 挀愀洀攀Ⰰ 琀栀攀渀 愀 栀愀氀昀ⴀ栀攀氀椀砀 搀漀眀渀 猀攀渀搀椀渀最 甀猀 爀甀渀渀椀渀最 瀀愀爀愀氀氀攀氀 眀椀琀栀 琀栀攀 琀爀愀挀欀 眀攀 挀愀洀攀 昀爀漀洀⸀ 伀渀 琀栀攀 爀攀琀甀爀渀 琀爀椀瀀Ⰰ 琀栀攀爀攀 眀攀爀攀 挀愀洀攀氀 栀甀洀瀀猀 最椀瘀椀渀最 洀攀 愀 猀攀渀猀愀琀椀漀渀 漀昀 眀愀椀琀氀攀猀猀渀攀猀猀 昀漀爀 愀戀漀甀琀 ㌀ 猀攀挀漀渀搀猀Ⰰ 眀栀椀挀栀 攀瘀攀爀礀漀渀攀 氀漀瘀攀猀℀ 吀栀攀爀攀 眀攀爀攀 瀀爀漀戀愀戀氀礀 愀戀漀甀琀 㠀 漀昀 琀栀攀洀⸀ 吀眀漀 洀漀爀攀 琀甀渀渀攀氀猀 眀攀爀攀 瀀氀愀挀攀搀 愀琀 琀栀攀 戀漀琀琀漀洀 愀渀搀 琀漀瀀 漀昀 瘀愀爀椀漀甀猀 栀甀洀瀀猀⸀ 圀攀 眀攀爀攀 爀攀愀搀礀 昀漀爀 琀栀攀 瀀椀挀琀甀爀攀⸀⸀⸀ ∀䌀䰀䤀䌀䬀 䌀䰀䤀䌀䬀 䌀䰀䤀䌀䬀 䌀䰀䤀䌀䬀℀℀℀∀⸀⸀⸀ 圀攀 搀椀搀 愀 眀攀椀爀搀 氀漀漀欀椀渀最 瀀漀猀攀⸀ 䤀 琀栀漀甀最栀琀 䤀 氀漀漀欀攀搀 猀琀甀瀀椀搀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 䤀 眀愀猀 栀愀瘀椀渀最 愀 戀氀愀猀琀℀℀℀ 吀栀攀 昀椀渀愀氀 琀甀渀渀攀氀 挀愀洀攀Ⰰ 琀栀攀渀 爀椀最栀琀 椀渀琀漀 琀栀攀 戀爀愀欀攀猀Ⰰ 猀氀漀眀椀渀最 甀猀 搀漀眀渀⸀ 䄀猀 眀攀 挀愀洀攀 漀瘀攀爀 琀栀攀 眀愀氀欀 眀愀礀 戀攀渀攀愀琀栀Ⰰ 䤀 眀愀猀 猀挀爀攀愀洀椀渀最 愀琀 琀栀攀 瀀攀漀瀀氀攀 戀攀氀漀眀⸀ 䤀 眀愀猀 礀攀氀氀椀渀g, "Yeah baby!!!! #1 Coaster!!!" I was sooooo pumped.. Adrenaline was rushing through me like crazy. Then finally, we circled around into the station and exited. We went directly to the picture booth. Garry and I laughed at some of the pictures. Some people were ashen faced and looked like they weren't enjoying the ride. However, they were there laughing at their own pictures too. Some people have different expressions to express their feelings I guess. Either way, everyone enjoyed their ride on this gigantic thrill ride. Especially me!!!!

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Shawn Bailes
Webmaster of Coasters R Us
http://coastersrus.home-page.org
*** This post was edited by Coasterfreakbailes on 4/16/2000. ***
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