Thrilling new amusements in SoCal's theme parks

Thursday, June 12, 2008 4:58 PM
<sigh> Inaccurate reporting and sensationalism on the part of an ACEr. Par for the course, I guess.
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Thursday, June 12, 2008 5:09 PM
"I was sitting on the outside of one of the cars. As it flipped on the last turn, I partially flew out and ended up hanging on by my harness."

Wow.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008 6:11 PM
Everyone who knows I'm into coasters has been coming up to me and asking if I'm "excited about the new coaster at Magic Mountain?" I tell them that X2 is not a new coaster but rather the existing X coaster with a new paint job, trains, and effects. They respond, "No, the commercials say its new...are you sure?" I've had a difficult time convincing some of them that X2 is not a new coaster.

I can't help but thing a lot of people are gonna be pissed off when they discover what X2 really is.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008 6:31 PM
^Yeah its the new coaster at Magic Mountain. Anyone know whay happened to the purple and yellow one that used to be in its place? ;) *** Edited 6/12/2008 10:33:22 PM UTC by Audioslaved***
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Thursday, June 12, 2008 11:03 PM
Well it's not like most people aren't going to enjoy the ride anyway. In fact, considering it's history, most people still haven't been on X1, so it will be new to them. :0)
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Friday, June 13, 2008 12:11 AM
"Universal Studios has plenty of rides but no real roller coasters"

So much for accurate reporting.

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Friday, June 13, 2008 2:14 PM
From all i can see is that X2 is a big hit with the parkguests, not sure what's up with all this negativety around here when it comes to Magic Mountain

The new management does a amazing job, people notice and now they even give some love to Revolution for it's 30th anniversary next year. All good in my book

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Friday, June 13, 2008 2:21 PM
I never said the ride wouldn't be a hit with guests. I'm merely pointing out that the advertising campaign says the ride is "all new" when, in fact, it is not. Are you going to refute that, Alex?

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Friday, June 13, 2008 3:08 PM
The campaign says new X2, it does not say a brand new rollercoaster at Magic Mountain. Have not really seen a lot of posts on messageboards all over the internet with people being dissapointed as they thought this would be a new ride. I think it is a non issue and we should rather focus on the improvements the park has had in the past year
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Friday, June 13, 2008 3:37 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZCXLw3mQOI

not "new"..."all new."

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Friday, June 13, 2008 5:15 PM
I dont see a big uproar of people thinking this is a new ride, it is ALL NEW, new trains, paint, effects e.t.c. You are the only one who makes a big deal out of it while others just enjoy the ride and have a good time at a vastly improved park
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Friday, June 13, 2008 5:24 PM
So the track is new, too?
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Friday, June 13, 2008 5:31 PM
Christ, Moosh we ALL know X2 isn't "all new." But you of all people should know that marketing is marketing. I find it ridiculous you guys are even having a little scuffle about this. GET OVER IT. It's an ADVERTISEMENT.
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Friday, June 13, 2008 5:50 PM
Did you not read my first post? Of course *I* know it's not all new. I would expect most enthusiasts know it's not all new.

But let's think outside the enthusiast world for a moment. Are you going to tell me the only people in Los Angeles who have been duped by the commercials into thinking X2 is a brand new coaster is limited to the friends, family, and coworkers who have asked me about it? I had one friend ask me if they built X2 right next to X! As funny as that sounds it can't be a question only he had on his mind!

I work in advertising...I know all-too-well about marketing claims and hyperbole. And in my opinion their all new ad campaign crosses the line.

Obviously YMMV.

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Friday, June 13, 2008 8:35 PM
Crosses the line? lol, what are they supposed to say. Come to Magic Mountain and look at the new trains? I dont see a big uproar about it either. They invested $10 million to improve an existing ride and make it even more memorable, in that regard the improvements are "new".

You are the only one who seems to have a problem with it.

It's not like you dont see the ride before you enter the park, so if someone expects a brand new coaster would easily see that it is not. Why so negative? Makes no sense

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Friday, June 13, 2008 9:03 PM
Actually, I have a problem with it, too. I am just not as vocal as 'moosh. It is false advertising.
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Friday, June 13, 2008 9:47 PM

Mamoosh said:
asking if I'm "excited about the new coaster at Magic Mountain?"

I think that's pretty telling of the SoCal marketing push and how well it's going over for SFMM. If non-enthusiasts are aware of "something new" and are asking their known coaster expert about it, the campaing is working.

A direct lie? No. Deceptive? Perhaps. Effective? Absolutely!

At least SoCal has something marketable as "new" unlike Denver. Nothing to see here, move along... *** Edited 6/14/2008 1:48:46 AM UTC by Soggy***

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Friday, June 13, 2008 10:44 PM
Most folks I've talked to didn't have a clue what X was. So for them it *IS* a new ride at Magic Mountain, which I think is what they are going for with the ad. It's only misleading if you had ridden the original. I'm sure there are even people who knew about X but hadn't actually ridden it.

Bottom line: If people are that unaware about a ride, they're not going to feel mislead. How do they know it's *not* new track as well?

It just doesn't feel like an issue to me. Perhaps it's just an issue for YOU Moosh. ;) *** Edited 6/14/2008 2:45:23 AM UTC by DWeaver***

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Saturday, June 14, 2008 2:45 AM
This discussion is kinda funny to me as i have not heard anyone saying they were "duped" into Magic Mountain by there advertising. It is what it is, a great "new" experinece of an 6 year old ride. People love it, so let it be. Besides this messageboard i have not seen one bad response on what the park has done with the ride and neither anything about there advertising for that matter
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