^Its really not the drop (which is fantastic with the lake and all) but the back half that makes Magnum my favorite hyper coaster. After that amazing near stop 2nd hill, the 3rd hill delivers your first bit of airtime, and is the only one that delivers "floater" air. After the turnaround the rest of the hills deliver some of the most intense ejector air I have ever experienced (only ride that beats it is the Phantom's Revenge, no other ride comes close.)
Its also one of the best night rides too, Lake Erie is a black hole to one side and there is very little spots on the layout. Finally, if you are lucky you will get a trimless ride, which is insane.
Three cheers for Magnum, the granddaddy on the coaster wars :).
Best ride I had on Mangum was one day ehen a storm was comming in. I looked off to the left and all I could see was BIG BLACK clouds. They actually had use get off before the station on the trasfer track.
^^^With the trims on Magnum is tied with Maverick as my favorite steel. With the trims off, however, Magnum is hands down my favorite. The airtime is wickedly powerful for that return trip...couple that with good ol' 1-3 and you have a winner!
I don't have a copy of my old manual in Michigan with me, but I can tell you that Magnum had just under 1.9 million riders in its first season and has been between 1.9 and 2.2 million riders every year since then up through 2004. From memory, I believe the biggest year was 1993 with 2.21 million.
Over the last couple years, they've made some questionable operational changes and weather policy changes that have really hurt capacity, resulting in lower numbers. Last summer, I waited a lot longer for Magnum most times than I had in recent years. The lift was also running really slow for a part of the season.
If you're looking for any kind of slow downward trend, you won't find it unless you only use the last three years and I think that's due mainly to the operational changes. I believe 2001 was either the second or third highest all time and the ride was in its 13th season.
It's also worth noting that despite the lower numbers the last couple years, Magnum actually was the most ridden coaster at CP during these seasons. Previously, it had been behind Gemini and often Raptor. Goes to show that the numbers have dropped all over the park in the last few years.
That's interesting to hear the numbers went up and then stayed fairly consistent, because it seems like there is never a huge wait for the ride anymore. I waited an hour or more every time in 1990, but from about '98 on, it's usually only about a 10-20 minute wait and Raptor routinely has an hour-long wait. It makes sense that the waits would go down with more coasters to choose from, but the ridership numbers seem to not reflect that.
I personally don't enjoy Magnum anymore. The first drop is great, but then the train starts bumping and vibrating. The airtime just doesn't make up for the pain! (And some of the pain is caused from the airtime ;))
Wuss. :) The first drop on Magnum is boring, especially in the front of the train. It's all about the second hill, third drop, turnaround, and everything after the turnaround.
If you're getting hurt, try: a) Snug up your seat belt as you go through the turnaround b) On the return run, grab the lap bar and lift up. Not too hard, you don't want to damage your arm! But you want to hold yourself down in the seat so you don't crash into the lap bar. c) Try not to get your lap bar too tight before leaving the station. When you leave the station, the lap bar should be just about level with, NOT digging into, your thighs.
Charles Nungester said: The great lakes have only been shrinking since the glaciers that once came down to MORAINE ohio (Just above Dayton) have been receding.
It's called the end of a ice age.
Your statement is not necessarily accurate:
Currently, Lake Erie’s water level is slightly below the long-term average (Figure 1) andstill coming down from historic highs seen in the 1980s. The rate of decline in annualwater levels in 1998-1999 was similar to that seen in the early 1930s, which was theperiod that established historic low-water levels. Lake Erie water levels have reboundedslightly to 174.2 meters until 2005. Through July 2006, Lake Erie water levels wereslightly below those seen in 2005. In May 2007, Lake Erie water levels were slightly abovethose seen in May 2006. Projections for June-December indicated that lake levels were
expected to be at or below (by 0.3 m) mean lake levels in 2007.