Posted Tuesday, May 30, 2006 9:32 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Magic Springs amusement park in Hot Springs has a new roller coaster, the X-Coaster, which takes riders upside down at 150 feet. The coaster is designed so that it does not require shoulder restraints.
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Tuesday, May 30, 2006 10:56 AM
Sounds/looks really cool to me. I'm surprised more of the "smaller" parks don't take this angle - introduce unique rides rather than installing off the shelf carnival type rides/coasters. I'm sure this ride will end up drawing a lot of folks to the park that wouldn't have planned a trip otherwise.
Big kudos on being able to avoid the shoulder restraints as well!
Tuesday, May 30, 2006 11:06 AM
I'm guessing this ride is like a modified Ring-of-fire. The station is at the bottom, two vertical drops on either side, and connected to both is a barrel-roll.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006 3:03 PM
There's no need to guess. There's a picture on RCDB, and there is also a video floating out there too.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006 4:38 PM
wow....that looks very interesting..and a different experience. there are great pics and video of a similar coaster at Drayton Manor if you go to the Maurer-Sohne website. There is also a video explaining the cars and the mechanisms....
Tuesday, May 30, 2006 7:09 PM
The pics make the ride look awesome. And no over-the-shoulders?... Yes, please.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006 9:06 PM
Smaller parks don't need to introduce out-of-the-box rides when no area (and by area, I mean a 30-60 minute drive radius) park has an off-the-shelf type. These places don't survive or even thrive on bringing in out of town tourists, heck I don't even know where Magic Springs is and I'm a pretty uber-geek coaster nut. And this really isn't going to get me to travel to someplace remote (must be somewhat remote if I don't know where it is). But, what it will do is bring back all the locals who might not have bought a ticket this year because "they did everything last year". That's the only market the typical smaller park needs to cater to. Not saying this isn't a good way to do it, but if there isn't a Tilt O Whirl for 100 miles around and you're little Mom-and-Pop park with 20 rides? That Tilt O Whirl's going to bring you just as much business for $100 grand as a 150-foot Maurer that will probably scare just as many of your patrons off as it will bring in from out of town.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006 10:32 PM
It sorta looks like one of the impulsive coasters that came with RCT2. It certainly looks like it would be fun.
Has anyone been to this park? I've not heard much about it.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006 11:30 PM
500 people per hour? Yikes!
Wednesday, May 31, 2006 3:04 AM
For Magic Springs, Moosh, that capacity probably won't be a problem...as in other places, when it's hot and *crowded*, like on a summer Saturday, at least half the peeps can be found at the waterpark (Crystal Falls).
Put that ride in Disney, and even the "Primeval Whirl Solution" bumps capacity to an *unacceptable* 1K/hour. But this is well-suited to the park, and I think a good choice after adding the SLC. Now if only they'd get a GCII twister to go with "the Out-N-Back with the funny name".... ;)
Wabash, it's a cool little park, the relocation king now that SFAW is gone, LOL. Went to PresCon there and...LibertyLand (*sniff*). Nice rides, solid woodie, unremarkable flats, nice setting....needs more of those misting fans like SFStL had...and less 80s music, hehehe.... :)
Thursday, June 1, 2006 10:47 AM
Ed Hart owns this place, it will succeed,,, i need to go there
Sunday, June 18, 2006 9:36 PM
The loading process on this one is very slow, but it's worth it. It's a very strange feeling looking straight up the vertical lift and seeing the track go back above your head. The roll over starts out as slow as the jo-jo roll on Hydra, but it's much more intense since you're 150 feet in the air. The front gives a different ride than the back, and it is noticed most on the return up the rear spike. If you are sitting in the back, the car makes it partially through the inversion and can leave you a little disoriented.