I don't know if you would call them improvements at all but...
Over the summer the Express got new magnetic brakes on its midcourse and final brake run (they are almost completely silent now).
It also got a new lighting package on the side of its trains. They are blue/green flashing panels in the shape of flames...it looks really cool at night when it goes through the loops. Also the headlights and tail lights on the trains flash as well now. *** Edited 9/2/2004 9:43:55 PM UTC by haiderodes*** *** Edited 9/3/2004 11:43:57 PM UTC by haiderodes***
Wow, that sounds pretty neat. I haven't heard many people talk about this coaster fondly with the exception of the twist and dive. Nice to see some upgrades to an older ride. Magnetic brakes seem to be the way to go nowadays.
I'll never ride ME again, even if they're giving rides away. The fact that they charge $10-$12 per ride is almost criminal. It is, without question, the roughest coaster I've ever ridden. Putting a lighting package on the trains is kinda like spraying perfume on a big pile of dog poop...It might smell a little better, but it's still dog poop.
ApolloAndy said: Can the MCBR still stop a train if it needs to? Or have they reduced the number of trains on the track?
They still have friction brakes because you can still see air canisters along the MCBR railing. Whereas there used to be like 6 or 7 canisters, now there are two (from what I can tell). So I assume that it can still stop a train.
Unlike when it first opened, this ride rarely runs more than 2 trains because the demand isn't there. I remember when it was the hottest thing in Vegas and it was running 4 trains with a hour wait...minimal stacking too!