I've had a much smoother ride on Magnum in the middle row on just about any car -- that is, off the axle. No more paint shaker feeling! Toward the front of the train is comparatively slow and uninteresting in my opinion, so I prefer middle to back. I'll admit I was never particularly endeared with Magnum until I started going for the middle row of the car, but now I love it.
I prefer the "reverse-ejector seat" aka last car, row one. For one being in the back means Im whipped off the first drop making it an airtime moment, and two it has more leg room. Other then that I swear the airtime is the same in either seat, and I cant think of a reason physically that it wouldn't (its the same distance from the middle of the train.)
I prefer the second to last row. I feel its a little smoother than being over the wheels as birdhombre points out. I love being pulled through the pretzel and whipped into that first tunnel on the return trip. This is especially great and punishing when the trims are light going into the pretzel.
RideMan said: 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.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
IMO, if you have to TRY to ride comfortably, it's not a good coaster ;)
Because every coaster should be a B&M hyper where you can fall asleep on it because it's so comfortable in order for it to be a good coaster... I'll take Magnum throwing me around over Nitro's completely controlled blandness any day. Most overrated B&M ever.
With Magnum it's really a draw... some of my rides have been painful, but the vast majority have been amazing. My tips (as someone who has operated the ride and ridden it practically every day for two months straight): ride in the front (row 1) of a car - any car - since they have much more legroom, and don't let your lap bar become too tight. *** Edited 4/15/2008 5:01:24 AM UTC by Dusa65***
Ride Operator Summer/Fall 2004: Escape From Pompeii @ BGE Summer 2006, 2007 and 2008: Wicked Twister, Millennium Force, Skyride, maXair, Disaster Transport and Magnum XL-200 @ CP Fall/Winter 2007: Rock 'n' Rollercoaster @ DHS
If Nitro had one spot of ejector, it would be a FINE ride. As it is, I'll take Maggie over it any time. Maggie could certainly use better trains/restraints, but the layout is right on target. IMO... ;)
Good Ole' Mags. She defiantly is a beauty. Even though I hate the restraints. They are really hard or something. Anyways, The first time I was on it, my friend brought a drink on board, it was one of those souvenir cups, yeah. (I think they made us take it with us or something) Anyways to make a long story short, It went everywhere on my clothes. Haha. It was great!
But the belts prevent the pain! Tighten the belt, let the bar hit your lap gently and you will have a nice ride. I don't understand the need to fly out of your seat on a ride like Magnum, the rest of your body does it for you.
^Can't speak for 8.3, but I know what I'd recommend for Maggie. Intamin-style trains with a low-profile and stadium seating. Basically, just the trains from MForce would be super...it's not like they're providing airtime over on that side of the Po!nt... ;)
I love Magnum's trains, other than the leg room being a little tight for my long legs. I have no trouble with the lap bars. The last row is where it's at! I love the intensity. Over 400 coasters later, Magnum's first drop is still my favorite.