"When the end of the world comes, I want to be in Cincinnati because it's always twenty years behind the times." - Mark Twain
Love that Tennessee Tornado, though. Bigger inversions, wider curves. That's all it took.
"Best thing about X: shorter lines for Goliath, Riddler, Tatsu, Ninja..."
Bolliger/Mabillard for President in '08 NOT Dinn/Summers
I think that it is a gimmick ride and I was highly disappointed riding this but, I now thinking back on it I should of expected the Arrow roughness, but I guess I had hope that it wouldnt be a typical Arrow.
How is X a gimmick ride? I don't believe you actually know what you're saying. It's probably the most technologically advanced engineering we've seen on a roller coaster in decades.
Stand-up coaster: Gimmick.
Floorless coaster: Gimmick.
Top Thrill Dragster/Kingda Ka: Gimmick.
Am I close Audioslaved? *** Edited 6/12/2007 2:01:15 PM UTC by Lee Grant*** *** Edited 6/12/2007 2:03:51 PM UTC by Lee Grant***
No, it's not. People have long been complaining of the ride's roughness.
1. an ingenious or novel device, scheme, or stratagem, esp. one designed to attract attention or increase appeal.
2. to equip or embellish with unnecessary features, esp. in order to increase salability, acceptance, etc. (often fol. by up): to gimmick up a sports car with chrome and racing stripes.
kRaX is thinking along the lines of definition 2 making X sound like a needless complication that draws attention (i.e., "all hat, no cowboy").
Looking at the other posters' responses, it looks like most other people are going with definition 1, which IMO is way closer to the reality of X. It is a *spectacular* innovation, and for me at least, TOTALLY changed the way I saw rollercoasters. I love *and* hate the ride - but is it truly "radical"? Oh, yeah, it's a whole new WORLD of riding. It still needs further modifications and tweaking (the new train increasing capacity is a HUGE step in the right direction, for instance). But regardless of how enjoyable or rough you perceive the ride (both, IMO), Schilke deserves an incredible heaping helping of praise for turning the entire coaster world upside-down.
I had three laps on X yesterday, in rows 2 and 5 - the ride is run efficiently but shakes+jerks terribly.
The best ride was in row 5 inside seat.
The jerking behavior was not consistent from ride to ride.
The layout itself is magnificient - the elements are fantastic, some of them pure genius (first drop, flying section after first raven turn, and of course the last raven turn) but the shaking and roughness is unbearable and is worse than most Vekoma SLCs at times. (it keeps you "fighting" with the coaster the entire time)
X in this state is not the revelation it deserves to be - the jolts are mostly back-front vibrations when the seat motion starts/stops.
Especially the last raven turn and the half-half before the breaks were hard to like.
I had my head banged seriously several times and both my lower legs hurt all day after the second ride.
(luckily, no bruises developed though).
*** Edited 6/26/2007 12:58:18 AM UTC by superman***
That is a fair assumption. I for one, totally wanted X to be the greatest thing ever. All I walked away with was a savage beating and killer headache.
Oh same here. I only got *THAT* headache after the second time. My first reaction was "WTF......was......THAT???" ;)
In the nice pile of junkmail today, I get an ad from SFMM - "For every 10 tickets bought, get one free". TEN? Really? Shapiro comes from a LARGE family, huh?
But anyway, on this nice glossy color ad, the following attractions are mentioned and shown. Written about: Tatsu, Bugs Bunny World, Batman Begins Stunt Show, fireworks, Hurricane Harbor. (Sounds good, all the *family* stuff and the big new coaster). Pictured: Kids at play on a beach (HH), Tatsu, and and S&S tower (conveniently located in SoCal next to some flat heavily-wooded land, LOL).
We always like a good laugh like the S&S tower (looks like it's a S:TOP, maybe oT's). But I guess I find it weird that promo stuff coming out of SFMM would *completely* fail to mention the star attraction, X. Maybe that bridge was just burned too often by poor capacity, enormous downtimes, and its (relative) age? Can't really proclaim "five hour waits now down to less than two", can you? ;)
Anyhow....good deal on tickets, even if you're not buying them by the dozen. $25/day. That's right, $25 gets you into SFMM. The $17.50 figure on HH seems almost "pricey" by comparison, LOL. Much more in line with what other waterparks charge, anyway. Seriously, that's a little more than a THIRD of a day-ticket to DL, right?
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