X-Flight Commercial Shoot (5/17/00)

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Friday, May 18, 2001 5:46 PM
It's a hefty drive (or ride) from the home base to SFWoA, and getting to the park by 8:00 wasn't easy. A 4:00 rise-and-shine was required before we could get out on the road at 4:30.

3 hours later, we arrived at Six Flags Worlds of Adventure. We were told to be at the coaster by 8, and did get there on time.

...only to wait something like three more hours before we actually got to ride the thing. A little annoying, but I didn't get that worked up over it.

The coaster itself, I thought, was fabulous. The crew (which, as noted, consisted of a few Vekoma employees) was a tad on the slow side, but considering the circumstances, I could understand. The seats reclined in the station, not on the lift as previously announced. I only got one ride (I'll explain below), but that one ride stuck on the lift. It was a nice opportunity to look up and get a view of the place. Then we started moving again.

...and all hell broke loose. The flip was insane, like nothing I've ever experienced on a coaster. I was amazed at how secure I felt in the restraints. The loop is filled with tons of G's, probably the most I've ever felt in one inversion. It is weird looking at the other riders through the loop. I was in the extreme back (which a few people actually expected to be the front ;)), so I saw the people in the front of the train. The two whatever-they're-called flips before the final helix were pretty smooth; I hardly even noticed I was going upside-down through them. The helix is cool, where I really got the flying sensation.

After one ride, they directed us back to the park entrance for lunch. Not my favorite food, but good. We (Joe Cernelli, a member of this site, and myself) were pretty exhausted, even after eating. That, combined with the Pittsburgh Penguins game we both wanted to see (and actually ended up stopping into the 'Burgh to see what was goin' on) starting at 7:00, led us to the decision to leave.

So, to summarize:

X-Flight = Awesome. Sunburn = bad. Free tickets = good! (Coaster count = 31 ;))

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Matt Lynch
Co-Webmaster, Kennywood Boulevard
http://kennywood.coasterbuzz.com
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Friday, May 18, 2001 7:29 PM
Nice to see that everyone at the fillming enjoyed themselves. Too bad about the sunburn, though.

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WARNING: Teenager engaing in free thought. His opinions may not agree with those preprogramed by society.
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Saturday, May 19, 2001 7:05 AM
I, personally, didn't hear anyone say anything bad throughout the day (though, yes, my day was shortened.) The long wait at the beginning of the day was starting to bother some people, but just as it did, we were herded over to the "set." ;)

And I was really surprised about the sunburn, since it was a pretty overcast day.

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Matt Lynch
Co-Webmaster, Kennywood Boulevard
http://kennywood.coasterbuzz.com
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Saturday, May 19, 2001 9:16 AM
The overcast days are sometimes the worst. UV rays can filter down through the clouds, but people usually don't think to put sunscreen on if the sun isn't "out".

I got a tad burned, as well, but not too badly.


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--Greg

http://www.pobox.com/~gregleg/
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Saturday, May 19, 2001 9:20 AM
why did they say that X-Flight would recline going up the lift if it won't. will it be like stealth and recline in the station for the rest of its life or will they change it? also how is that dual station working out?

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"ok everyone go ahead and pull down on your shoulder restraint so you feel nice and stuck!"
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Saturday, May 19, 2001 2:10 PM
I've heard they're supposed to get it to recline on the lift, just didn't have that element working yet.

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Matt Lynch
Co-Webmaster, Kennywood Boulevard
http://kennywood.coasterbuzz.com
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Saturday, May 19, 2001 2:31 PM
The dual station was not being used during the shoot.

Like I said before, operating conditions for the shoot were NOT like normal operations. The seats were reclined in the station, not on the lift; Vekoma people were running the ride, not SFWoA employees; one train was being used (the 3rd looked like it was still being ASSEMBLED on the transfer track, actually)



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--Greg

http://www.pobox.com/~gregleg/
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Sunday, May 20, 2001 2:31 PM
Is the lift hill loud?
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Sunday, May 20, 2001 5:57 PM
It's not quiet, but I didn't think it was "loud" at all. My personal opinion, though.

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Matt Lynch
Co-Webmaster, Kennywood Boulevard
http://kennywood.coasterbuzz.com
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