Off season? Tell that to Knott's, Magic Mountain and Disneyland

Posted Monday, December 31, 2001 6:49 AM | Contributed by James Disney

At the end of the year, while most parks are dormant waiting for the beginning of a new season, Southern California parks are springing to life!

Knott's Berry Farm is still receiving parts for its new coaster, Xcelerator, and improvements are taking place around the Boardwalk area. The Disneyland Resort is getting ready to bring in the new year as they always have, but this time there are two parks.

And finally, Magic Mountain is previewing X to its season passholders. Thankfully, the reviews have all been pretty stellar!

Link: WestCoaster.net

Monday, December 31, 2001 7:30 AM
Now that I've seen all of the extreme close-ups of the trains, I have to ask... would it have been possible to make the trains any lighter? Those things are built like tanks!

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Monday, December 31, 2001 10:25 AM
remember it's the olny one of it's kind but I'll bet it won't be the last so I'm sure in time they will tweek em up a bit
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Monday, December 31, 2001 11:31 AM
What amazes me is how small the riders look in relation to the train.  That is one serious piece of machinery.
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Monday, December 31, 2001 12:55 PM
what amazes me is how every CP fan out there has to find someway to insult X ('trains too heavy' for instance). So what if they are built like tanks Jeff? Go ride it and see how much you care about how big the trains are...
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Monday, December 31, 2001 1:10 PM
I don't see how that is an insult, I took it as just an observation, and a correct one at that. That said, I personally don't see how the trains could have been much different than they are. Especially given the stress they will endure over the years. Any insight RideMan?

They are huge and bulky, but absolutely incredible looking up close.

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Monday, December 31, 2001 1:20 PM
True, It was an observation, but a negative one at that. It just seems anyone who hasn't ridden is looking for anyway at all to pick apart the ride negatively...
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Monday, December 31, 2001 1:27 PM
Well I've noticed that too on occasion. Guess it goes with the territory. Doesn't change the fact that this is a mind-blowing ride. :)
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Monday, December 31, 2001 1:40 PM
Actually, I made the same observation after looking at the pictures over at Westcoaster and I'm no where near CP and nor am I a fan of CP...I'm only a mere 8 hrs. away from SFMM. The trains are huge and built like tanks. I wouldn't consider that an insult, just a simple observation that I'm sure a lot of people will make the first time they get a close up look at the trains. Besides, I wouldn't think that it would matter that much...it runs and works right?

All I can say is that all the more, I'm looking forward to riding X in March when I make my first trip to SFMM for 2002.
Oh, does anyone know if there was an opening date set for Xcelerator?

edit 1/1/2002
guess I'll plan around May since that's when I also plan to hit DL.
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Off season too long...can't go on...must ride coaster...


*** This post was edited by decoy on 1/1/2002. *** *** This post was edited by decoy on 1/1/2002. ***

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Monday, December 31, 2001 2:33 PM
PxPxPunKrAwKeR: What the hell are you talking about? Most every CP fan, myself included, has asked when we can have one. Keep your judgemental crap to yourself. I made an observation, and I'd add it's one similar to those made in many of the trip reports from people who have been on it. It's a big train, and because I think so you interpret that to mean I don't like a ride I've never been on, and somehow it's all rooted in some kind of Cedar Point bias?

What planet are you from? Your ridiculous statement is like interpreting "the ride has yellow supports" to be negative.

[Ed. note: The above poster was recently banned for other violations of the TOS not related to this topic.]

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"As far as I can tell it doesn't matter who you are. If you can believe, there's something worth fighting for..." - Garbage, "Parade"
*** This post was edited by Jeff on 12/31/2001. ***

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Monday, December 31, 2001 2:39 PM
I would consider the "built like tanks" think a compliment, since tanks are long lasting and cOoL. You really don't get much of an insight to how large the car truly is when you are waiting in line. They don't seem as large since you only get a side profile.
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Monday, December 31, 2001 8:06 PM
This is a bit off topic, but can someone tell me why it is that only the Californian parks open all year round?
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Monday, December 31, 2001 9:05 PM
Maybe because Southern California does not have harsh winter weather such as snow, sleet, and freezing weather.
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Monday, December 31, 2001 10:49 PM
I think that the size of the train does not matter. Although large, the X trains are impressive pieces of machinery. I like the tank comparison, and I would only add to that by saying that any military that rides in a tank should feel a lot more safe, as should riders of X. Disneyland for new year's eve was interesting to say the least. I went to DL a few days before Christmas, and they had already begun to set up things for the one night event. Pretty nice. Xcelerator should and probably will be an awesome ride when and if it opens in May at Knott's. The last few ride additions ot Knott's were a thrill, as I'm sure this one will be too.
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Tuesday, January 1, 2002 1:56 AM
To answer Decoy's question about Xcelerator, Knott's is hoping to have Xcelerator open by May based on the official statements made in the press releases for the ride.  No exact date has been set.  Hope that helps...

JD
http://www.westcoaster.net

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Tuesday, January 1, 2002 5:27 AM
it says on rcdb.com that Xcelerator is planned to open sometime in May of 2002.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2002 5:35 PM
ZZtopless (great name!), the reason that the "rest" of us in the states don't ride in the winter is because a) We've had enough of that cold stuff during Halloween at the park b) Ice and track not a good combination, unless you're on a bobsled c) Warm heavy jackets make it even harder for some enthusiasts to fit in seats

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Wednesday, January 2, 2002 11:34 AM
Who really cares what a coaster train looks like... it's new years no need for everyone to get uptight... They may look like tanks, heck they may look like semi's who cares, it's not like any of us designed or payed for the ride.... :)
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Thursday, January 3, 2002 8:22 AM
Uhhh...this is a coaster chat site? Uh...things like how the rides are designed are of interest???
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Monday, January 7, 2002 8:21 PM
Hey! That's me in the very last picture!!!

http://www.westcoaster.net/images/updates/122801-x/122801-sfmm060-lrg.jpg

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