Magic Mountain construction continues to roll along as X develops
Posted Thursday, August 9, 2001 4:20 AM | Contributed by xbombman
More X cars have been moved on-site, as the ride gets closer to its first test run.
ThrillShot has opened, and the current price is $18 for two "shots." I experienced the ride today, and think it is well worth the money. I tried Absolutely Insane and High Dive, and liked Absolutely Insane the best. Another great addition to the park.
Deja Vu was not testing yet again today. Work was being conducted near the pathway to Psyclone, so Psyclone was closed.
They must have found not enough people were willing to shell out $22. Two people playing $18 is more profitable than one person paying $22. They're just trying to maximize what they can get out of the new attraction.
Thrill Shot looks insane! So does X. I really hope they open X on Labor Day weekend, and preview it for ACE members. If they do, I'm hitting SFMM as soon as possible, even if my car won't quite make it there from the Bay Area. Oh well, I'll walk it if I have to! ;)
Deja Vu's... Maybe I just haven't been paying attention, but does anybody have any idea as to why the Deja Vu coasters are taking so long to open (or even start testing)? It seems like really poor PR for Six Flags (and for Vekoma) to announce that all these new coasters are going to open this year and (to my knowledge) still none of them are open yet...
Wow...now that you mention it, I never really noticed that the Deja Vu's are nearly 4 months late opening....(sarcasm end) Yes there have been several threads addressing this quandry and it has been decided that the delay is due most likely to technical problems unforseen by Vekoma, specifically the second tower's catch mechanism. The Six Flags parks are probably waiting on a solution from Vekoma instead of fixing the problem themselves which may void a warrenty they have on the rides. Only a guess.
Just to clarify, the Deja Vu rides are still the property of Vekoma. SF has not paid a dime, and will not until the rides open. SF has corrected their mistake, and have pulled all promotions involving the ride. I remember last year, Knott's continued to promote Perilous Plunge as a new ride even though it wasn't even close to opening.
Thrill Shot is fantastic! It's not as scary as one might think, but the rush you get from this thing is unrivaled.
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I hope that X testing will go off soon. What would be great if X opened by late October and be operating in late December (I'm going to SFMM in December).
With Déjà Vu, when will this ride open? With the construction of the pathways, I also hope that they finish those pathways because if Déjà Vu isn't open in December, I hope the construction wouldn't keep Psyclone closed.
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This is simply the type of thing that prototypes face. Remember Superman and Perilous Plunge. They should have did what they did with Goliath ans wait till it was almost done to announce it. Or do what they did with Thrill Shot and just let it open itself without a bunch of PR. That way people dont get mad over delays.
I agree with what baddboy has to say about prototypes. Look back a few years when SF ordered 3 Mr. Freeze Rides. They were a prototype, and none of them opened the year that they were suppose to. So, it comes with the territory of prototypes.
I also agree that they should have done something different with the PR part of it, knowing that the rides they were building were prototypes, and could develop problems during the construction that would lead to a delay in opening the ride to the public.
P.S. X looks so awsome! To bad I'm like 2000+ miles away from it, otherwise I would go ride it. I hope I get the chance sometime in the next few years to get out to SFMM and ride all of their cool rides, including X.
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*** This post was edited by Brian A. Plencner on 8/9/2001. ***
Brian i was just wondering, where are the other 2 Mr Freeze rides. I know one is in SF over Texas. X looks awesome, yet it is really annoying to have to wait so long. They shouldnt have announced an opening day. It always happens with SFMM
*** This post was edited by Julio mau on 8/9/2001. ***
There are only two 'Mr. Freeze' rides that share the same layout. Six Flags ordered 4 Premier LIM Launched coasters that year. . . Mr. Freeze at SFStL and SFot, and Batman and Robin: The Chiller at SFGAdv.
but why doesnt these coaster manufacturers build a prototype on some land like arrow does, that way you can test the ride without the general public knowing, then sell it to a park. from what i understand, you wouldnt lose any money. the parks pay when the ride opens. i just think that the a deja'vu should have been built in the middle of nowhere in switzerland or something, then fix the bugs.
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