Stratosphere "cliffhanger" ride.

Saturday, March 20, 2004 11:49 PM
I just got my Popular Mechanics magazine and I there was a picture of the new ride on top of the Stratosphere. Honestly, it is one of the most horrifying photographs I've ever seen in my life. I'd definately question my sanity getting on that ride. Did anybody see the picture? The chances of a brake failure I'm sure are non-existent, but call me an sissy enthusiast, I would NOT ride that ride!

Edit: Found some pictures of the constructed ride, not nearly as intimidating as the one in the magazine but I can't find a picture on the popular Mechanics website so this will have to do. http://www.vegas.com/attractions/on_the_strip/projectxsky.html?f=m0at&t=stripat *** Edited 3/21/2004 5:05:11 AM UTC by SFGAMDie HARD***

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Sunday, March 21, 2004 1:51 AM
If you would like to hear a review or two about the ride, check out the trip report section. I recently did a trip report that includes pictures of the ride in operation.

-Sean

. *** Edited 3/21/2004 6:52:13 AM UTC by Sean Flaharty***

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Sunday, March 21, 2004 1:52 AM
I have never seen any picture / never heard anything about that ride. Thank you for your lone knowledge =)
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Sunday, March 21, 2004 2:39 AM
I was looking at the same issue of PM at Barnes and Noble and came across the ride, too. I know the ride time looks short, but oh baby! Daddy needs a new pair of boxers (and money to go to Vegas).
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Sunday, March 21, 2004 4:48 AM
I love heights, so it's definiately my type of ride. Can't wait to get to Vegas sometime soon! The ride just looks sick. lol.

-Tina

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Sunday, March 21, 2004 1:00 PM
Some friends got to ride this during THEIR version of Coaster Solace...having the miniature version at Knott's break down on us didn't instill an enormous amount of confidence, LOL, but at least the magnets were working properly....;) so safety wasn't an issue (not that it COULD have been at 6' off the ground....;)

I'll try it out next time I make it to Vegas, but I'll follow the directions from the TZ:ToT crew..."I suggest you take the stairs"....:)

Edit: Tina, go back to BED, wouldya...geez, posting between 3am and 7am generally indicates insomnia...(and not the *fun* Dave Attell kind)...;)
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Monday, March 22, 2004 10:44 AM
We rode X-Scream during on trip out west for Solace. I didn't find it scary but my two riding companions did (they made me sit in the front by myself, whimps!). I have some pictures of it here. Page 3 and 4.
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Monday, March 22, 2004 12:20 PM
its got to be the scariest kids ride in the world, I just giggled but the people in row 2 were cussing a blue streak (not the coasters)
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Monday, March 22, 2004 12:23 PM
Nice pics, Loriu. I'd forgotten about ol' Zzyzx Road out there near Jean. Obviously someone in the Public Works department was bored that day.....
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Monday, March 22, 2004 4:57 PM
Isn't Zzyzx Rd., closer to Baker than Jean? If I remember correctly, Baker is around the half way mark between Vegas and L.A.

I remember the first time I drove from L.A. to Vegas and seeing the sign and wondering what the heck someone was thinking.

Lori,

What program(S) were they running on X-Scream when you gave it a ride? The first time I rode it, they were running it in "bouncing mode' where the ramp would bounce up and down very rapidly near the end. The second program I got was more of a back and forth mode with two larger drops.

-Sean

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Monday, March 22, 2004 6:48 PM
Sean,

We got the latter of the two. Back and forth, hold you for a little bit and then, wham, down you go. That got a pretty good scream out of everybody. LOL "Bouncing mode" sounds interesting. We were going to go back for night rides but the line was HUGE to get on the elevators and it wasn't one of the quickest procedures to go through, so we didn't bother.

Lori

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Monday, March 22, 2004 9:39 PM
I know this is a bit off topic...but

Zzyzx Rd. is located closer to Baker on the California stretch of I-15...

once upon a time it was a small town, but now the only thing there are some research trailers and what not...still an interesting site non the less...

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Tuesday, March 23, 2004 12:02 AM
Rode it this Saturday 3 times at different times of the day and it was always set for the 2 drops, which has quite an effect if you are not expecting it.

The front is at least 10 times better than the other rows, and I preferred the ride at night but there is a long wait. The wait kept me from losing more money at the Craps table though.

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Monday, March 29, 2004 4:47 AM
All I have to say about this ride is OH MY GOD! I know that if this ride wasn't safe that they wouldn't allow it to be open but GEEZ if something goes wrong, no matter how 'restrained' you are, you're gonna die. LOL Ok, now that my sensible side has had it's say........ I SO WANNA RIDE THIS THING!
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Monday, March 29, 2004 2:12 PM
---- From Dictionary.com ----
sensible

\Sen"si*ble\, a. [F., fr. L. sensibilis, fr. sensus sense.]

6. Possessing or containing sense or reason; giftedwith, or characterized by, good or common sense; intelligent; wise.
---- From Dictionary.com ----

Where in any of that did what you said fit the definition?

Annddd with that I'm an A$$hole... change sensible to General Public and you've got it :D . If i didn't know how the ride worked I'm not sure I could convince myself to ride it either. Looks awesome though.

-BB *** Edited 3/29/2004 7:13:16 PM UTC by BBSpeed26***

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