X... OR ...Bad NEW Coasters?

Wednesday, April 3, 2002 5:23 AM

No no no... I'm not saying X is bad! I just had two ideas for a post that I decided to combine into one.

First: I'm curious... how many people on this list have gotten to ride X? Have there been any negative comments from anyone in the industry yet? 3 hour line sounds like it's doing really good, but any new coaster generally draws that crowd.

Second: So does anybody remember a NEW coaster opening that everyone hated? Or does it just gradually happen that people don't care much for a certain coaster as technology changes and new coasters are better than ever?

I can think of some newish coasters I don't care much for; but they are generally standard clones that lose their spice quite quickly. Boomerangs and Mind Erasers and such...

Sara

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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 5:25 AM
Son of Beast has gotten more negative press than any new coaster I can think of. btw, did you base your screen name on your profile photo???

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He let the contents of the bottle do the thinking; can't shake the devil's hand and say you're only kidding.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 5:27 AM

I loved Son of Beast. :(

I've been away from the coaster world for a while... focusing on school. How is SOB doing? Point me to a thread somewhere?

My SN is based on the fact that I play the sax.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 5:35 AM
Son Of Beast is my second favorite ride at PKI. Sure it hurts a lil bit but hey what coaster doesn't! X does sound fun, but I'd rather get to go up to CP and SFWOA then just go out SFMM. I'm sure I'd have more fun staying in Ohio. Although there are girls in bikinis up there... ::books 2 tickets to Cali::
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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 5:35 AM

Uno: I've ridden X, and it's the most *unique* ride I've experienced. I have no idea if there have been any negative industry reports, as I'm not really in the habit of chatting with amusement industry types on a daily basis. ;) I haven't read or seen any press for the ride that was overtly negative, and the reaction from park guests when I visited was 100% positive. Even with the 3 hour waits, people agreed that the experience was well worht it.

Dos: As Den pointed out, SOB got a bunch of negative press and bad reviews upon opening.

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"He's blazin' away like the stars in the universe.." A. Vega + M. Rev "Ghostrider"

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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 5:38 AM

SOB - But when you go to SoCal, you're not just going for SFMM. You're going for Knott's (worth the trip by itslef), DL, DCA, and Adventure City (If you feel so inclined).

I'm already getting amped for my return in November, as I didn't have enough time to squeeze in DCA and DL in February.

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"He's blazin' away like the stars in the universe.." A. Vega + M. Rev "Ghostrider"

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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 5:44 AM
Grizzly at (then) Great America - it didn't exactly fare well with the enthusiasts or the newspaper reporters, to say the least.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 5:47 AM

My boyfriend is in the great state of California until June on co-op for school. I was hoping to get to some parks when I was out there seeing him.... but then I discovered how long Cali is! He's in Sacramento... which is 380some miles from SFMM.

I did get to visit though... and we went skiing at Lake Tahoe... which was incredible and made up for missing out on coasters.

Now I understand why everyone says Southern California.

Sara

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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 5:50 AM

X has got a few negative comments....Load times anywhere from 6-12 minutes....Slow lines (which there is no reason to complain about)

I think a lot of people thought Wicked Twister was going to be a failure, but once people have seen the finished structure they have changed their mind.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 5:50 AM

Well, here is the way I fell about it.

I LOVED Son of Beast, yet I HATED the trains. The ride is completely awesome and totally unique, and I have nothing bad to say about the ride itself. The trains are what ruined the experience for me. Seeing as how I am about 6'2", those handlebars on the front of the car, and the little platform you have to put your feet on really, really hurt; heck, I ended up with bruises on my knees!

I know that there is a solution for PKI to get a new type of trains for SOB, I know that some people like the trains, but the biggest complaint seems to be how people don't like the trains. Maybe PTC could manufacture new SOB trains. Pretty much ever coaster train maker and coaster company has the technology to make the trains that SOB requires. But hey! This is just my opinion :)

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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 6:22 AM

Windjammer Surf Racers was only a few years old and just about everyone hated it.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 6:22 AM
There has been a lot of negative comment in the last year about new coasters that don't operate. At least some of these are liked when they do function, people are just frustrated that they don't so often. IE. Vekoma Flying Dutchmen, Vekoma Giant Boomerangs, Hypersonic XLC.
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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 6:27 AM
Speaking of new rides..... anyone want to start a pool on exactly what hour and minute the first TR:TR report will show up today?

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He let the contents of the bottle do the thinking; can't shake the devil's hand and say you're only kidding.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 6:41 AM
Viper at Gadv had bad reviews.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 7:16 AM
The response to X has been overwhelming, and it is an incredible ride. I remember SOB, the delay and finally the collective yawn when it opened. I don't hate the ride, but when I visit PKI, I do tend to skip it in favor of multiple rides on Papa Beast.
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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 7:50 AM
One ride I remember being an extreme disappoint was Iron Dragon at CP. The first time I rode it, the line was almost 2 hours long. As the trains where returning to the station, people on the ride where booing and telling the people in line that it wasn’t worth the wait. Not what you want to hear after waiting 2 hours. And the ride did turn out to be very tame.
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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 8:08 AM
I think OF:FOF didn't get possitive reviews when it opened. I Just rode The Grizzly on Mon. Why is it so hated? Yeah theres no airtime, it
s heavily braked, but it has some length to it and I thought it was quite good! The roughness bounced me around like a basketball making it feel like airtime! I guess someone has to enjoy it!

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So what is better? SFMM or CP? I don't care! They both have 29 coasters between them that they build so we can have a good time!

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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 8:23 AM
X has generally been met with stellar reviews. Sure, there are some who don't prefer it, but the general mass seems to like it. I, myself, had the opportunity to ride X this February after eagerly watching its construction on TwistedRails.com (thx Karl). I was never so excited about a new ride and could only let myself down. I watch test runs and opening ceremonies over and over. I knew ever twist and turn of the ride without ever seeing it in action up close. When I finally rode it, it was like sensory overload. The first drop in indescribable. The rest of the ride is very good, but not as insane or out-of-control as it looks. The extra rotations actually seem to counter act the forces of the train movement. Hard to explain. I surely rank X in my personal top 5, but #1 and #2 are still Millenium Force and GhostRider, by far.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 10:08 AM

X is my favorite ride at the moment, but my only complaint is that SFMM won't run it if there is any sort of rain at all. I went the last weekend in January and it only opened for about two hours. Right before we hopped into our seats, I saw that it was beginning to drizzle outside. I'm telling you, the whole station was silent. There were many prayers taking place at that moment :). Soon after, it was closed for the day.

-Adam

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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 12:41 PM

Well, it's not raining in so cal from May-October, so that should not worry you anymore. Also, X ride dipatch time is nowere near 6-8 minutes, maybe that was the case in the first week @ the season pass preview. I went last week and they got a train running every 2 - 2 1/2 minutes. The reson the lines are so long is that X is just incredible and people want to ride it.

On the pro side with almost everyone locked up in either X or Deja Vu lined, the rest of the, do I mention , not to shabby World Class Coasters like Goliath, Batman, Riddler, Viper are either Walk on or less than 20-30 min waits!

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