Posted Friday, May 6, 2005 10:20 AM | Contributed by Jeff
PointBuzz has posted photos, video and reviews from this morning's media event at Cedar Point, covering the debut of maXair, a Huss Giant Frisbee.
Does that look like a longer ride cycle than PKI's Delirium? I'm counting 4 "big" swings on maXair rather than the 2 on Delirium. The Games section looks pretty bland compared to what it used to look like, but I like the new look.
I spoke with Monty Jasper for a few moments and he said they used a lighter floor and a more "robust" pneumatic system to raise and lower the floor, so it's significantly faster. I thought perhaps the ride parked faster than Delirium, but that was only the case when it was not fully loaded. Sean Flaharaty said that maXair indeed has two more full-height swings than Delirium. I'll take his word for it, because he probably rode it last week. The crew has apparently been hitting 800 pph, but they think perhaps they can squeeze a lot more out of it with practice. It's a very stupid-guest-friendly ride to load and unload.
I did five rides between six and noon. That was plenty for me.
Seats 1-8 are the money seats.
It seems that Maxair is the same: 3 big, and one decent swing on either end...
I know when I timed Deleriums cycle from when it started swinging until it stopped was like a minute and 5 or 10 seconds...
All in all, it seems the cycles are at least very similar..
Whichever seat is facing in whichever direction you perfer on whichever swing you perfer will be your personal money seat.
That said, I perfer seat 1-ish on Delirium.
You are correct. MaXair does indeed have a longer ride cycle than the one at PKI. MaXair not only has more swings taken at the highest point of the ride, but it has quite a few more "moderate" swings at the end as well. The time the ride takes to "get home" is less as well.
Besides the extended ride cycle, I think both rides feel the same although the seats on MaXair sit further off the floor so your feet can't touch the ground. The one thing that confused me about MaXair is the lack of a large queue. It only looks as if it would hold 100 people, if that. The park did mention they are bringing in temporary queues tonight.
The lighting package the ride has is pretty sharp. The whole area looks great with all kinds of different lights. The ride itself will look nice at night with strobe lights in the center floor area as well as the very top of the ride.
I got in over 15 rides today and what impressed me with the most was the views. Seeing Dragster and Power Tower upside down was cool but seeing the lake and shooting up towards Space Spiral in the money seats was very strange.
Now, please excuse me as I honestly have to get some sleep. Staying up for 36 hours and riding a Giant Frisbee over and over tends to make you see strange things.
We’ve been to the Point several times over the years, and I’m sure that Maxair would fit right in, especially with a slightly longer ride cycle.
By the way, the news reporter ride video was classic!*** This post was edited by Al Miner 5/7/2005 2:31:28 AM ***
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