As much as I love magnum to this day I can't imagine it wasn't a hundred times better the year it opened. Not just due to the fact that it was a brand new coaster, but also cause of the trees and atmosphere around the ride which is now a waterpark (not quite as pleasant).
My first ride was long after its opening and I would be interested in your impressions its opening year.
Actually, from what I know (I was born only like 5 days before maggie opened) that it was even MORE painful then than now.
There weren't any seatpads, just the hard plastic, as well as no pad on the lapbar. And you know how violent those bunny hops are. And there weren't any upstop wheels, just upstop bars, or metal clamps, or whatever, that used to spark over the tops of the hills.
No, it wasn't more painful, at least to my memory. I remember no pain at all. What I do remember (I rode a few weeks after opening) is the incredible party atmosphere in the queue, and how every train load would come back cheering after the brakes.
My first ride was in 1996 so I can't speak first hand but if you go to those pics you can see the drop before the turnaround and how its different from today.
There's so many good stories about the first years of Magnum. I'm not sure if this is just an urban legend but back when there was still fog and lasers in the tunnels, boaters out on the water would call 911 because it looked like Magnum was "on fire." I'd give anything to go back and time and ride back when all the effects were working.
That queue sure was one big party. And that was before there was ever a D.J.
I can remember the people would toss around beachballs and whatever else they could find to stay entertained. The CP police would do their best to discourage the fun, but once a beachball was confiscated the crowd would boo and another ball or stuffed animal would soon be back in the air.
That summer I witnessed many Domino's Pizza Noids (remember avoid the Noid) meet thier doom.
I hated Magnum the year it opened, not only was it painful it was actually injuring people. As Ride of Steel mentioned there were no upstop wheels, just upstop pads (they never sparked). As the train hit the top of each hill the upstop pads would contact the track and slow the train just momentarily, but enough that all the riders were lurched forward. Those who had their hands up were often bent in half, sometimes hitting the person in front of them (I got hit from behind more than once). But more seriously, some people in the front of each car would come all the way down and hit their face or nose on the grab bar on the front of the train. Sometimes they would come back with a bloody nose. A well-known ACEer at the time shattered his glasses when his face hit the grab bar. Cedar Fair responded by adding padding to the bars midway through the season. The third hill was much more intense, instead of a nice float it was more of and up then slam down into the unpadded fiberglass seat (padding was added later). Sometime during the season they also added a trim brake on the third hill, so that wonderful float you now get on third hill didn't exist, instead you hit a trim brake.
By the following season the climb out of the third hill into the pretzel was reprofiled and the trim brake was moved to where it is now. The upstop pads were replaced with wheels.
I had a spin the week it opened. Scared the crap out of me. Being a couple months short of 16, and not an enthusiast, I remember it being kind of violent, probably at the bottom of the third hill in particular.
I think Magnum is 100% better today. Sure, you still get off rides now and then where you end up over a bad wheel, but I couldn't help noticing all through 2004 that it was running the best it ever had.
And a safety tip... Don't be an enthuiass. Pull the seatbelt as tight as possible. It'll be super comfortable, you'll get tons of air, and it will be a lot more pleasant because a belt is flexible, the bar is not.
Unfortunately I barely remember the effects in the tunnels because they were almost nearly gone when I was tall enough to ride it. I do remember that the smoke in the 3rd tunnel was a riot back in 1999. I thought that the ride ops could control when it is and isn't on, but after working the ride last year I found out that's not true. It just spontaneously kicks on every once in a while.
There was one time last year when the smoke was going ridiculously strong and it created a cool explosive quality everytime a train shot out of the tunnel. I hadn't seem the fog that dense since 99.
One of my fondest memories was waiting for Maggie just before dusk and the queue was a party. The DJ was spinning some great tunes and someone brought a beach ball to toss around. People were dancing and the atmosphere was something I've only seen while waiting for the last night ride on Raptor in '97 and MF early in the 2000 season.
That's the 2nd to last time I've ever seen Magnum's like completely full, and it seemed to go surprisingly quick. The queue's atmosphere has never been quite the same since MF was built, unfortunately.
As for the ride, I feel that it gets better with every year of operation. I especially like it whenever I get a ride with a little (or a lot ;)) or room between me and the lapbar. I have a knack for getting monster airtime without getting beat up and not having my seatbelt really tight. If you ride in the last seat and you get a trimmed ride I recommend looking behind you on the return hills for a cool ride. If you ever have an untrimmed ride though, get ready for an ass-kicking! :)
*** Edited 2/17/2005 6:15:45 PM UTC by CPgenius***
Upstop PADS huh? Sounds pretty bad. Very interesting pics and opinions though, thanks. My first ride was in 97 or 98 (my first hypercoaster), and it was incredible. There was, as someone originally put it, a certain party atmosphere in the queue I had never experienced until a night visit in raptor's line. And why did they take the fog machine down? I love effects like that, even though it always made me choke a little.
I rode Magnum during its first year of operation. I fell in love with the ride and roller coasters right then and there. I loved the effects in the tunnel with all the lazer and fog. I never thought the ride was rough nor painful. The best part of the view was and still is the beach near the pretzel. The atmosphere was more of a party atmosphere, but the wait was extreme. Yes, I waited all the overflow queues and then some. The entrance was the other side of the bathroom then. I still consider Magnum as my favorite. I rode Magnum about 150 times last year.
I used to enjoy the chasing lights on the lift at night, and couldn’t believe how small Gemini looked in comparison. That commercial where the train is making the 205 ft ascend (POV) also comes to mind. Wasn't it was something like, "Well, well, well. Look who's riding Magnum....”?
A portion of Camper Village used to extend adjacent to Magnum. I remember camping in that area and hearing the train and screams roar by. I thought, and still to this day, the design of the trains was so cool. :)
Up until Magnum (maybe even Mean Streak) each coaster at CP had its own dominating terroritory in the park, if you can understand that thought. It was very unique. Now of days there are multiple coasters occupying each of these “territories.”