Sunday, February 17, 2002 12:42 PM
I tried my hardest not to hype myself up for this coaster, but I couldn’t help it. I didn’t want to over hype it in case it was a let down. The on ride videos that I have didn’t help, either. X looked simply amazing and I followed construction and everything for over a year. Today was my day. I was going to ride it and see if anything could give my Millennium Force a run for its money. I had to ride up front so I could get the full drop unobstructed. I rode on the outside car on the ride side (facing upright in the seats). I love the restraints. They’re so comfortable and there is no way to have head banging on them! They even adjust to your height! Oh, X is so much bigger in real life. I’ve seen pictures and videos and everything and nothing can prepare you for the sheer size of this thing. The supports are beautiful and huge and the trains are freaking monstrous! I only waited for 45 minutes for X, so that was great. I was so hyped for this ride my foot was tapping and I couldn’t stop that. I was constantly moving around in line and I couldn’t stop. I was so psyched! I was going to ride X and this would be the earliest in the year I have ever ridden a coaster! Anyway, I was in the seat all locked up and ready to fly! Tilting back in the station scared my coaster buddy, Chris. We flew out of the station and began up the lift. I love the view! Wow! I saw Déjà Vu and everything! It was simply stunning. Then I started to get a bit nervous, but no one would know since I was screaming and saying stuff the whole trip up the lift. We made it to the top, and the seats tilted back. Then you face forward and prepare for the weirdest sensation on a drop EVER! OHMYGOSH OHMYGOSH! It was simply amazing! Give me the drop alone and I’m satisfied. Wow. The flip at the base totally did my stomach in and I was giggling like a schoolgirl. At the top of the raven turn, we titled forward and that got my stomach, too! Amazing! The bunny hop upside down was simply amazing, too! Airtime upside down? Who woulda thought of that idea? Arrow Dynamics, I salute you! Wait, the ride’s not even over and I’m saluting Arrow? There is something wrong with that! No there isn’t. It simply means that this coaster is unimaginable! X is the greatest invention in the coaster industry since the steel coaster, the inversion, and possibly the coaster itself. The twisting front flip is one of the most disorienting elements on a coaster ever. The second raven turn was incredible and the “side-choppers” are great. Wow. I don’t know what to say about X. I think I’m in love. Wait, I take it back. I am in love! Wait! The ride’s not over yet! The second twisting flip was extremely insane! It was much tighter than the first one and there were supports all over the place. I truly had no idea where I was or what I was riding at that point. Then we hit the brakes. Nice stop, nice and quiet. Magnets are truly the best brakes out there, people. X. That’s all I have to say. Wait, no it isn’t. Lying back in the brakes I screamed, “This is better than Millennium Force! Yeah, baby! I love X! I got me some X! YEAH!!!” Holy crap that ride was insane! Great G’s, great flips, nothing bad about it. Sure, it’s short, but who cares? The ride is packed so full of stuff there is nothing bad about anything on X! In short: there’s wacky. There’s crazy. There’s insane. There’s ludicrous. There’s what the heck have I gotten myself into! I’m gonna die! And then there’s X. Words cannot describe it. Arrow and SFMM really dropped the bomb with this ride. I hope more are built so other people can ride something this Xtraordinary! I have got to do this again. And I will. Spring break is coming soon and I will ride X again. Next time it’ll be in the back. X was my 54th coaster, too.
I am amazed. X dethroned Millennium Force as my new #1 coaster. Wow.
My wishlist for the 2002 season includes 121 different coasters, 92 of which I have not ridden.
Sunday, February 17, 2002 1:26 PM
Why didn't you go no revolution, flashback, superman or ninja?
Sunday, February 17, 2002 2:23 PM
No time. The park wasn't open very long, and we decided to skip the lesser rides. I won't go on Superman if the wait is over 15 minutes. Flashback and Revolution hurt. Ninja had a long wait. We just wanted to hit the big rides, then we ran out of time.
I was asked to describe X in one word. The word? -- OhmygoshwhathaveIgottenmyselfintothisisthescariest
Sunday, February 17, 2002 4:52 PM
Thanks for the TR. I pretty much felt the same way, although I wasn't thinking of any other coaster when I came back into the station. I couldn't think at all. My brain was mush! It was AWESOME!
Tuesday, February 19, 2002 8:36 AM
Haux, I too got my first long anticipated ride on X on Feb 18. They were only operating ONE train. We got to the park at 9:30 and were among the first in the park. Straight to X and all the way up the stairs to the station platformentrance. There was the train! Just a few more minuites and we would be riding. It took an hour and a half from that point before riding. They DESPERATELY neededto run a second train, and I believe in the "fastlane conspiracy" as the park wasnt all that crowded to entice patrons to purchase a fastpass. Anyway, finally got on and couldnt believe it was real. I too saw DejaVu (which the ticket booth said was Closed for the day) with its train STRANDED on the COBRA ROLL! (apparently it got stuck the day before). Finally reached the crest, flipped, and plummetted toward the ground, Suddenly, i did a 360 degree flip (Forgot all about that part!), zoomed through the rest of the ride, re-living all the videos I'd watched and trying to take in as much as I could. I think I missed a lot. I LOVED the ride, but REALLY wouldve like to get in a couple more laps. By the time we exitted, the line had stretched to the queue entrance. From my estimation, if it took 1.5 hrsa to get on from the STATION, those poor saps were gonna have to wait 3-4hrs. We didnt go back on it. Although X was an amazing ride, I still hold Millenium Force and Ghostrider above it. X falls into the next group of rides (#3-#5 I'll need a few more laps to give it its due). The first time I rode MF and GR I got off and had this "holy crap! that was SO incredible" feeling. X was Great, but didnt seem like a "life changing" experience.
As for the rest of our day, Deja Vu was Closed, which was disappointing, as two of our park-goers hadnt ridden it before. The surfside Grill was closed too (best Chili-dogs in the world!). Ninja was also closed. We didnt ride Flashback or Psyclone (because they SUCK!). We also skipped Revolution (just didnt want to ride it), Viper (line was too long right after X and never went back up that way), and Superman (no sense going up the hill just for Superman, especially if there might be a line). Lines were kinda strange that day. X line was huge, Viper line was longest I've see in years, and Riddler was 45minutes, too. Batman, Goliath, and Colossus were nearly walk-ons. Goldrusher was also a walk-on, but thats nothing new.
I've traded in my 2000 Giovanola for a 2002 Arrow X4D :)
My other car is now an Arrow X4D!