Magic Mountain’s X2 gets flamethrowers + other effects

Thursday, May 1, 2008 1:24 PM
text removed... don't copy and paste entire articles here first post guy. -J


Link: http://travel.latimes.com/daily-deal-blog/?p=1803 *** Edited 5/1/2008 6:04:23 PM UTC by Jeff***

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Thursday, May 1, 2008 1:27 PM
Ridiculous. I don't think I trust that park enough to shoot flames at me.
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Thursday, May 1, 2008 1:33 PM
That sounds too 9/11 esque to me now.
But there were always different people who like coasters for different reasons.
I'm just not so much into the 'look, you're almost dying!' industry.
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Thursday, May 1, 2008 1:37 PM
Ha! That's great.

I can tell you already after seeing nothing more than the photo with the article that every coaster should have mandatory flamethrowers installed.

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Thursday, May 1, 2008 1:40 PM
When did the tunnels get the ax?

*** Edited 5/1/2008 5:40:53 PM UTC by ApolloAndy***

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Thursday, May 1, 2008 1:48 PM
I agree 110%.

Not just every coaster, but fire shold be involved somehow on every ride.

Matter of fact, I think they should install sparklers to the outside of each car of the Witches Wheel (at CP) so you can get that cool "it looks like a complete circle" effect.

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Thursday, May 1, 2008 1:54 PM
And catapults. Parks don't have enough catapults.
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Thursday, May 1, 2008 1:55 PM
Hmm. What about catapults that launch flaming objects?
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Thursday, May 1, 2008 2:11 PM
The pictures from them testing the flames last month look just a little bit to close for comfort for me. Heaven forbid theres a malfunction and imagine being torched as going past the effect. No Thank You Magic Mountain.
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Thursday, May 1, 2008 2:17 PM

eightdotthree said:
Ridiculous. I don't think I trust that park enough to shoot flames at me.

But you go on rides that go 200+ feet into the air and 70+ mph? Do you trust the park to put you in a raft that floats on their water rides?

Also:

"X2 ride computers instantly shut off the flamethrowers should wind gusts exceed specified speeds. Industry standards dictate the maximum fire temperature as well as the minimum distance between rider and flame."

I think we'll be fine.

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Thursday, May 1, 2008 2:27 PM
When did the tunnels get the ax?

Shortly after the project's budget was slashed, I would assume :)

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Thursday, May 1, 2008 2:58 PM

ApolloAndy said:
Hmm. What about catapults that launch flaming objects?

Ooh. Even better yet!

Seriously, I think that given the revelations about Six Flags' lax safety and maintenance in ride operations (at least at one ride at one park, and presumably others), the company has a ways to go in proving that it can handle added safety hazards on its attractions. Not that I wouldn't ride it. But it would be somewhat warily.

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Thursday, May 1, 2008 3:28 PM
Catapults that launch flaming objects at Line jumpers? That would be cool. We trust Disney and Universal w/ fire, why not Six Flags? Oh yeah, it's SIX FLAGS!!!!
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Thursday, May 1, 2008 3:31 PM
Can you imagine the employee cafeteria? What's for lunch? Oh, it's Toasted Patron again. Mmmmmm...
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Thursday, May 1, 2008 3:59 PM
Of course, the catapults could be used intead to launch the line jumpers out of the park.

On fire.

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Thursday, May 1, 2008 5:12 PM

ApolloAndy said:
Hmm. What about catapults that launch flaming objects?

You are confusing catapults with trebuchets. Big difference. ;)

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Count me as one that thinks this is a BAD idea for SFMM

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Thursday, May 1, 2008 6:08 PM
Who's to say that when the train makes it to the final brake run that the brakes won't remain in the "open" position? You've all been counting on that for decades. That to me sounds just as dangerous and plausible as the flamethrower remaining on during unsafe conditions.
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Thursday, May 1, 2008 6:27 PM
SFoG, they are literally playing with fire. The difference between a break and a flamethrower is that one creates fire, something that we humans since the dawn of time have tried to control to our peril. My personal bet: it works maybe for 2 weeks before they stop using it. I cant imagine SFMM's insurance agent is too happy about this.
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Thursday, May 1, 2008 6:32 PM
Swoosh, don't catapults and trebuchets both throw objects? They just use different means of getting the same job done.
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Thursday, May 1, 2008 6:50 PM
That's weird... its not like its the first time fire has been used with a coaster or on a ride.

Lethal Weapon Pursuit at Warner Brothers Movie World Germany. This now defunct Intamin coaster opened with a cool effect: In the last tunnel, you'd have a car flip over your train, while setting off a large fireball next to the train!

A portable enclosed spinning coaster that tour the German fair used a large flamethrower at the end of the ride.

The wind sensor thing is probably the same as on Jaws at Universal Orlando. If the wind sensor detects strong winds, it will shut off the effects. As far as I know, no boat has been cooked on Jaws?

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