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This $10 million investment features completely redesigned, sleeker trains and introduces all-new, innovative state-of-the-art visual, audio and sensory effects. X will move from the 4th dimension to the 5th and become X2!
That pain you feel - it's just a sensory effect! That's how fun feels!
I understand the new trains, but you don't need to make your most exciting coaster, especially with the low capacity and downtime issues it already has, any more appealing. I find it hard to believe that these new trains will bring capacity to the level it needs to be at, and eliminate downtimes. If it does great. Still its already a ride that brings the people in nothing else needs to be done to it.
Whose paying this 10 million? Doesn't seem like the amount of money that Six Flags would be investing into a ride like that at this current time. This is the most money that the new regime has spent on a coaster since taking over, and its not even new...
But, as Intaminhater said....all those enhancements sound great, but if the darn thing still only hits 400-500pph, so what?
I personally hope the ride quality is improved. X ranks up with a specific year 2000 SOB ride as the worst beating I've received on a ride.
edit: Oh yeah. I love to see them making this coaster better. So often we see people just ripping out rides or leaving them suck. So, it's a nice change to see a company sticking with something to make it the best it can be. *** Edited 11/1/2007 6:17:23 PM UTC by halltd***
They're taking a very popular/unique ride that pulls in crowds, but its performance was never that great. What does SFMM do, they are going to try their best to fix the performance and best of all re-market it as a brand new ride.
While this idea probably doesn't go over well with Coasterbuzz members, the public doesn't know any better. I really think it's a great move and will allow them to get a little spike in attendance to make up for the cost of repairs.
I'm very impressed by the route SFI has taken. Kids area galore at every park clearly shows they understand what the company lacked. It just never gets said enough on here because everything usually revolves around coasters.
"Gee, I rode this ride last year and it sucked. Now it's got lights and music...and still sucks. But I love Six Flags!"
How stupid do you think people are?
Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."
Removing and/or improving rides that aren't reliable, or for that matter fascinating. (Deja Vu's, Chiller, improving X,)
Then replacing them with new family attractions reduces maintenance while balancing out the "thrill" aspects of the park with the "family" aspects the park draws now. If only they knew this in 2000... =o)
*** Edited 11/1/2007 6:33:31 PM UTC by xX eNeRtIa Xx***
Train improvements on their own ain't especially sexy except to nerds like us. :)
My hope (guess?) is that SFMM already knows that the capacity will be greatly improved on re-opening. Maybe I just have THAT much faith in the new GM? Seems plausible... ;)
For me (and probably some of you), it might have been better had they spent half as much returning Revolution back to its former glory...but for MM's regular guests, this is probably the smarter move.
Do I really sound like one of those commercials for Frosted Mini Wheats? :)
Do you think that S&S could be picking up the tab for X2? I just don't see Six Flags putting this much into this ride. How much of that 10 million do you suppose are for the trains alone? How much of the ride will be "tunneled"? Do you think the audio will play on the trains? Does the term launch being repeated over and over in everything they write about the ride for 2008 hint to any new ride features?
Good move on the re-theme imo, it's about time they do what Disney has been doing so well with the Space Mountains, POTC. Plus, it's not like nearly all the rides at SFMM couldn't use some theme elements.
*** Edited 11/1/2007 9:54:14 PM UTC by DBJ***
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