X - Magic Mountain's 15th, is truly Xtreme

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Saturday, January 19, 2002 6:01 PM
Today, on Saturday January 19th, I headed out to Six Flags Magic Mountain on a almost clear/light sunny day with a chilly breeze. I arrived at the park about an hour after opening (11 am) and headed right for the bridge leading to X's queue. I've been to the park when Déjà Vu and X were not open yet, but I've always had a respect and intimidated feel of the massive size of both rides.

 The line of waiting guests for X spilled out about 50 feet out of the start of the queue and gave everyone a nice and previously unseen view of Viper. I took a couple of good shots of Viper which I will post up soon along with the rest of the trip photos. The queue for X was quite nice, a well-themed/landscaped southwest middle of the desert look to blend in with Viper and the Baja Ridge motif. Mild volume techno/trance tracks were looped over and over from hidden speakers near bushes and cacti and was not really a problem listening to. I waited a total of 3 1/2 hours in the non-Fast Lane™ lane and 20-30 minutes of that wait consisted of down-time, which I did not fuss over by the way. It's a prototype so I just did some ride watching while it was down. :).

Another thing I should mention is that about a few groups of people ahead of me in the Fast Lane™ queue was none other than Ric Turner of ACE and Alyssa from themeparkreview.com along with a few buddies of theirs that I did not recognize. I thought about catching up to them after my ride and asking them a few questions, but the Fast Lane™ queue moved much more faster than the regular queue.

But onto the ride itself. Believe everything good you've heard about it. Because it's true. This ride is nothing but a spectacular assault of mind bending unsuspecting twists, flips, turns, and drops. It lives up to its advertising because it is one XTREME mother___. I sat in the inner seat on the 5th car (start the count from the way the cars leave the station). The unique 'butterly' restraints as the PA system called them pulls down right over you shoulders so your head is not centered between the OTSR. And the seats are very comfortable. The lift is loud and pulls at a medium pace and offers a wonderful view of the whole park as the train is pulled upwards. You can feel the lift accelerate as you near the dip and *WAM* you're seat suddenly gyrates you face down 215 feet and you 360° the whole way around and up and into the raven turn with your back facing it. The rest is a mind boggling maze of intense (But not one bit disorienting or sickening) track-work that left a lot of guests saying comments I was suprised to hear, and some that weren't.

Some of the comments came from people that seem to have visited other parks, and three that I remember of was a mid-aged man talking about "The Titan" at the Six Flags in San Antonio (the funny GP they are!), another about "The Batflyer" at Six Flags America, and the big one was a tall big built man and said that "X-treme" blows "Millennium Force" at "Cedar Park" in Sandusky right off the map.

The rest of the day, I managed to slip in a no-wait rides on Batman The Ride, one 40 minute wait ride on The Riddler's Revenge, and one 40 minute wait ride on Goliath.

The weather was shift shaping a lot throughout the day. While waiting for X, the hot summer-like sun pierced waiting guests in parts of the queue that were not shaded (which isn't a lot because the queue is nicely covered by desert trees), but later on, calm, but icy air chilled by whole body while riding front row on Batman The Ride and The Riddler's Revenge. My last ride was at night, in the dark and finished off in time with the park's closure (6 pm) and was Goliath 2nd row last car (I would not let my face be torn off the way Goliath does with front row riders, in chilled air especially).

Overall, it was a nice trip. Despite missing most of all the other park biggies, I was satisfied as I finished by agenda of the day - get my first rides on X and Déjà Vu. Ninja was the only roller coaster not operating today. Yes, Flashback was actually running, but I've ridden it before so I didn't make it a top priority to ride. Thrill Shot was closed and I make a safe assumption that it is because of the Cedar Point VertiGo toppling incident. That's about it for this TR. I will be back Magic Mountain!

Saturday, January 19, 2002 6:12 PM
Besides X, the rest of the park wasnt to crowded? GOOD! cause I'm going tomorrow, and Sundays usually have about half of the waits Saturdays do, so that means 20 mins on Goliath, and Riddlers, and about 90 for X (I went on it with a 20 min wait for the season pass holder event, so if its over 40 mins Im not going on) How long was Deja Vu?
Saturday, January 19, 2002 6:39 PM
I did one ride for Déjà Vu and it took about 1 hour or a bit more than that. The Ridder's Revenge saw 30-50 minute lines and Batman The Ride saw no more than 5-10 minutes late in the day. But I had no idea about the morning and afternoon on Batman queue because I was in the X queue for 3 1/2 hours! Goliath had a 40 minutes -1 hour or more the whole day. Revolution was walk-on, same with Goldrusher. Ninja was closed. I have no clue about Superman The Escape. Psyclone had 5-15 minute lines. Flashback with 5-10 minute lines (yes it was running!), Viper had around 20-35 minute waits and Colossus had a maximum 15 minute wait. These are all approximate though, but close. But basically, the whole deal was around X. It was most crowded in Baja Ridge earlier in the day.
Sunday, January 20, 2002 9:42 PM
I finally took my first ride on X today and it was way more than I expected!  By the way, anyone else think that the front train was kinda bumpy?
Sunday, January 20, 2002 10:51 PM
Now the question is did your ride on the inside or the outside.  No i didnt find th front bumpy.
Sunday, January 20, 2002 10:51 PM
It's worse in the back.
Joke: Why does Riddler's line move so slow?

Answer: It's sponsored by AOL.

Sunday, January 20, 2002 11:54 PM
I sat on the outside.  The ride was still a lot of fun.
Monday, January 21, 2002 11:29 AM
The outside seats tend to be bouncier and rougher than the inside, especially in the back.


Tuesday, January 22, 2002 7:59 PM
But no seat is THAT rough.

Not worth complaning about....  There are several other coasters at Magic Mountain of which to complain about roughness.  X isn't one of them!

0-82 in 2.3 seconds! =Wow!


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