At the end of some of those recent coasters shows, they have the computer animation for X on there. On most VCRs you can use your Frame Advance button and move the video frame by frame. It's very hard to explain the position you are facing because the coaster and chairs are changing direction at the same time.
Everyone is correct about the first drop. You're facing backwards going up the lift hill. At the top the coaster goes straight down, and at the same time, the chairs spin forward so that your body is facing the ground like skydiving. Now the coaster is near the bottom of the hill, the chairs are still spinning. Your body is facing straight down at the ground, you are literally upside down. Now the coaster comes out of the hill, your back is to the ground, and you are facing the sky.
Most of the other hills and loops do the same thing. You go down into them facing the ground like a sky diver. At the bottom of each hill you are literally upside down, and as you come out of each loop, you end up looking up at the sky on your back as you go up the other side.
It all happens so fast that I don't think you'll feel like you're upside down. Its more like you're falling, doing a front flip, and land on your back.
It's very hard to explain this, you'll just have to watch the video with frame advance, or wait for the ride to open.
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*** This post was edited by robvia on 6/27/2001. ***
i've figured this out, for the raven turn to work you'll have to be facing forward and up. That is if a raven turn is like a half loop (right?) if you go head first and face up going down the hill it will have the same effect as a flyer.
Personally, I think the video is wrong. I have no proof, but my gut reaction is that the flick is wrong. If everything robvia says is true, then as you are facing down, your feet will be pointed in the direction of propagation of the train. For a better visual, imagine X-flight, but your feet going first not your head. Something seems very illogical about that.
I could be wrong (will be neither the first nor last time), but I think the video was inaccurate. J No --Chitown's daughter is right, Dippin Dots are nasty...
yeah agree with ya 2hostyl either the video is wrong or you guys are missing up this completely. in the video you start by goin backwards then at the top you can only go down feet first facing ground or head first facing up. there is no flying sensation on the first drop unless you like to fly backwards or upside down.
Here is what I think will happen. At the top of the lift hill you will be sitting upright, but facing backwards, you will do a full 360 twist through the little dip at the top ending in a position were your body is parallel to the ground. You will remain in this position all the way down the first drop. Then the train will slowly twist as you progress through the first inversion, at the end of which you will sitting upright and facing forwards.
I just found something interesting. A page on a Six Flags site that tells you how many times the coaster will spin. it's not as many as I was thinking it would be.
That right!. What's that all about. I am sure a lot of time and money went into this new technology. ALL FOR 3 FLIPS!!! Seems like a waste to me. Hopefully it will be better then I am thinking right now.
when you say three flips do you mean there will be three inversions or do you mean the actual seats will flip over three times? I think i understand somewhat how you'll be riding through the course of this ride but whenever it is attempted to be explained, it comes out all confusing.
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Ok, first people complain that it will be a spin and puke ride, now we're complaning that it won't be dizzying enough. What's the deal? The cars will be in constant spinning motion, however the spins will happen gradually, not in *zipper* like fashion.
*Sigh*, I guess people will never get how this coaster works.
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