- "Most impressive, executives say, will be an on-ride audio system that "makes the one on [Disney's] California Screamin' sound like AM radio," General Manager Tim Burkhart (from article, link at the bottom of page) http://www.sixflags.com/magicMountain/assets/images/gallery/x_dummy3.jpg
- The trench in which the first drop levels out in will be filled with fog, which is designed to created a "vortex-effect" as the trains pass through that section.
- Flame throwers go off after the second Raven turn.
- Riders will be "cooled off" after the flamethrower blast by misters, which will be blown at riders in the final block section before the unloading area.
- Newly designed wheels for the coaster are much more durable and stronger, which have lasted hundreds of test runs, compared to the wheels on the first generation trains, which had 18-20 wheels replaced EVERY SINGLE DAY that it operated.
- "We took more than 20,000 pounds out of each train," he said. "A Goliath train weighs 18,000 pounds, so we took the equivalent of the weight of an entire Goliath train out of each train on X." - General Manager Tim Burkhart (from article, link at the bottom of page)
The last one was the one that astonished me the most, while the on-ride audio system (reportedly 24V compared to California Screamin's 12V) sounds the most intriguing feature yet. It's incredible how they were able to reduce so much weight, yet create a more rigid train structure though. A whole Goliath train! Amazing how much technology can progerss in just half a decade.
Car comes in, seats rotate down, people get out, seats rotate up, car moves ahead, seats rotate down, people get in, seats rotate up ... and in between that comes all sorts of problems with restraints etc., and etc., and etc. (and etc.). I really love this ride, but that part just makes me nuts, especially when there was only one car running.
I haven't seen anything about any change in regards to any of that, but I would have a hard time believing that they wouldn't realize this would be the time to address that problem as well. Especially with three cars running - what good is that if the loading/ unloading platform hasn't changed it's timeframe of getting people on the ride quicker.
The Fire effects were partially working as it is windy in this part of the country today(freak storm for this time of the year here) but when i experienced it, it was definatly noticable. You will feel the heat and see the fire while on the ride
The Fog effect after the first drop was very cool aswell. There is a big and i mean BIG screen TV in the station now, only one loading/unloading station so that should cut down on time.
The trains are cool, not that much smoother(if you need a smooth ride, inside seat should be your choice)
Here is a link to the official prnewswire link( http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/sixflags/33242/)as i know we can not post other websites on here that have excellent coverage already online about todays events. Flamethrowers on a coaster makes this ride though. Good times! *** Edited 5/23/2008 5:21:27 AM UTC by Alexatucla*** *** Edited 5/23/2008 5:24:52 AM UTC by Alexatucla***
Three major theme park attractions opening up within a one hour's drive of each other within a span of two weeks. The Simpsons Ride, Pony Express, and X2/Thomas Town.
And then a few weeks later I have Toy Story Midway Mania! to look forward too.
The best part is that I don't have to drive more than 50 miles to get to each of those! :) :)
So did the Crystal Method/New Order station music go away?
And how do people exit the station if it's just one block? Do they just shuffle them all towards the back?
Other than improved maintenance, what was the point of the new trains?
Do you need more of a point than that?
But it's still an Arrow ride, and will ride like one. Love it or hate it.
Tim Burkhard stated during West Coast Bash that the reason for the new trains were reliabilety and maintenance not to make the ride smoother.
They had to change the wheels on X after each and every day of operating the coaster. Since they tested the new trains and wheels they did not had to change them once.
For some reason X was fairly smooth at the end with the old trains and nothing compared to the violent days 2004-6. Not sure why that is or what they have done. It is not B&M Smooth, but tolerable. Great ride and i am sure millions of more people will be able to enjoy it now
(insert rim-shot here)
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