Sunday, January 6, 2002 8:17 AM
Discussion on X has subsided somewhat. What is going on with it? How have the lines been and the capacity? Is it breaking down a lot, are there many problems?
Sunday, January 6, 2002 8:21 AM
From what I read, it doesnt officially open to the public until Jan. 12. It was only open to season pass holders so far. Maybe we will hear more about it come the middle of January.
""An hour wait for a 2 minute thrill. Yes, we need our heads examined""
Sunday, January 6, 2002 8:41 AM
Very true. The ride hasn't had it's true test yet. It's only been open to 2001 season pass holders and the lines have been pretty short. I was out there a couple of days ago and they're still tweaking the trains, certain seats and the restraint locking systems. The loading times have been very slow these past two weeks, they're also training the ride-ops and timing the dispatches. No one has really mention this so far, but although the ride has been open to season pass holders, it's only a "preview". Which means the ride still is not running on all cylinders yet. It's a brilliant ride though, once the bugs are worked out and it begins to work as it should, X will be quite a hit.
September 11th, 2001. We will never forget. Peace!
Monday, January 7, 2002 8:14 AM
They still have mechanics locking and unlocking the seats occasionally...actually almost every dispatch. And the lines could move faster...no doubt they will in time. I should have taken a picture of the clean untagged walls in the queue line before they get idiot vandals marking up that tunnel leading to the left side of the train which seems to go faster...hmm.
as for the ride itself...damn. The most incredible ride I've been on and I've been on most in the country. Really makes you rethink why you like coasters. Once you ride X...it's just going to be hard to go back.
The reason why no one is buzzing as much is simple...the ride is in Cali and no doubt the majority of are near the plethora of coasters in Ohio. And then take out how many of those own Magic Mountain season passes? You'll get your turn after the 12th. Me? I'm probably going to be the only one with a on-ride photo that says 2001.
Oh yeah...probably the most boring queue line EVER. I know it's not the SF thing but come on! I felt like I was in line for a box factory tour.
Soup is good...but consider soup
Monday, January 7, 2002 10:24 AM
AS far as I can tell, the main problems are with the seats, which should be easy to work out with time (since most are working.)
"When I come to a town I would love to see a children’s festival and
children’s choirs singing my songs - maybe create a children’s day! A Holiday! With parades and songs - oh, I would love that!"
- I swear to god its a Michael Jackson quote
Monday, January 7, 2002 10:49 AM
On New Year's Day, 'X' was still a little slow on the load and dispatch time but the number of times the mechanics had to check and release some of the restraints had decreased greatly from the first day, Dec. 24th. Unfortunately, they were still having problems with the restraints in rows 2 and 3, left side (ramp side) on one train but had resolved the problem with row 7, right side (stairs side). On New Year's Day, around 3:00 p.m. or so, they decided to take one of the trains out of service - probably because they felt it would be easier to work on those restraints while the train was on the transfer table. It didn't make much difference anyway as the crowd was fairly light in the mid-afternoon and you only had a one or two train wait unless you were waiting for the front or the back. These delays still didn't stop me from getting 16 rides in during a four-hour period - not too shabby in my opinion.
Also, Mormoc, I too have an on-ride photo dated 2001, which I bought on Dec. 24th after our last ride of the day (7 total that day). Too bad they don't have the actual date and time on them - and the cover is plain, with no indication on the outside what ride it is from.
*** This post was edited by MMCoasterBear on 1/7/2002. ***