Posted Monday, June 4, 2001 4:18 AM | Contributed by Karl DeAngelo
Construction continues at a tremendous pace at Six Flags Magic Mountain. X continues to rise skyward. A few new supports have also been added. Deja Vu now has a paved queue. Finally, there has been more clearing for the alleged S&S upcharge attraction. Pics are on Twisted Rails.
Deja Vu looks awesome, can't wait for one to open a bit closer to me. I heard the cars are four abreast, is that true, becuase if it is, capacity will be awesome! If it has 6 cars it will have 48 riders per run-through!!! Can't Wait!!
PS~~Anyone no where a picture of the layout is for X???? A link would be appreciated!
Deja's cars do sit four across but not four in a row. Rather, the two outside seats are set back about two feet from the two middle seats. The two outside seats are basically singles since they are spread apart by the width of the two middle seats in front of them. While this arrangement improves the view out of the side of the train for the middle seats it does nothing to improve the view forward since there are still seats blocking your view.
It will be interesting to see how the queue is set up. When riders have to make the decision to pick a row will it be for each grouping of four or will the two middle seats have a queue separate from the two outside seats?
While I have not experienced the trains yet it is not a configuration I particularly like. I would have preffered to see the four seats all in one row.
Thanks, Taipan, for finding pics of the DV cars. They're a bit difficult to exlpain so I appreciate the link you posted.
As for that capacity check my math but I came up with something completely different. If the estimation of 1,010 peeps per hour is correct then I get:
1,101 peeps per hour @ 48 peeps per train = 21 train loads per hour, or just under 3 minutes from load to unload. I'm guessing that unless they have a top-notch team of ride-ops dispatch intervals when the ride first opens will be more like every 5 minutes, bringing capacity down to 576 peeps per hour.
Darn, besides the colors theres one thing that dissapoints me about X. There are stairs on each side of the track going up the lifthill. I was going to enjoy being on the outside seat and looking between my legs 200ft straight to the ground, but oh well, I'll get over it. Theres nothing like being on the left side of Magnum and Millennium and having nothing to your side but air.
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even though the lift is almost complete it seems like construction is moving along very slowly. i dont know if its just me but thats how i feel. mabye they will speed up after the main drop. im just hoping it opens in early august.
Those aren't stairs. Those are safety meshes. Dont forget, the seat will be at the SIDES of the rail, not on it. They have safety meshes on all B&M inverted. Arrow's just looking after the safety of the riders.I dont think you'll want to dangle if something breaks down and they have to let you out.
First, it is very wise for Arrow and Six Flags to have those stairs or safety thingies goin up X's lift hill. Saftey always comes before thrills. Second, the position in which we enter the lift hill is goin to provide a spectacular view anyway. We're goin up backwards (probably inclined, but I hope not)and looking down at the whole park. Let us pray for the best.
I look at those stairs on the lift [and yes, they *are* stairs] in another way: imagine not being able to see the ground below you UNTIL you are over the top of the lift and tilted face first. THAT is going to be intense!