X: Is Six Flags full of crap, or is there a good reason?

Wednesday, November 29, 2006 11:34 PM
^They aren't going to keep it down for a year (next year). They still want to make money next year. They are selling season passes for next year already on there site.
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Wednesday, November 29, 2006 11:57 PM
Lol...Astroworld's site had season passes for sale *AFTER* they closed. One thing's for sure...ain't no guarantees in the amusement park business.
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Thursday, November 30, 2006 1:48 AM
^ Can this get anymore sad?

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Thursday, November 30, 2006 2:08 AM
^^^
They are selling the season passes at the gate as well - an OK deal at 59.99, I find.
I was there last Sunday, I think the park looked better then ever for the time I have known it, which is since 1999.
But, we'll have to see.
Also, the parking lot entry prices deserve some attention.
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Thursday, November 30, 2006 1:55 PM
Lift motor being down? Yikes.. That alone can take awhile. I remember a couple years ago when Steel Force's lift motor died @ Dorney. The ride was closed for a while.

Also IIRC there was something with the chain this year that had it closed for a couple weeks - and this was AFTER the off-season rehab.

So it's definitely possible/plausible/likely that they are indeed waiting on a (multiple?) major part(s) that take a while to manufacture/ship/assemble and not just lying to us.

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Thursday, November 30, 2006 2:16 PM
some quotes from the website

- This next generation, Suspended Boomerang roller coaster is the world's tallest and fastest of it's kind.

- X is the world's first and only 4th dimensional thrill.

- The largest looping roller coaster in the world - towers 188 feet high!

- The first looping roller coaster ever built.

*snip

X is currently undergoing rehab. The process involves a long lead time on a major component. X is scheduled to reopen at Six Flags Magic Mountain in mid January 2007.


;)

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Thursday, November 30, 2006 2:43 PM
It's a month away, not really anything *too* major. It just seems odd to think of 2007 being so close.
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Thursday, November 30, 2006 7:44 PM

Peabody said:

Chitown said:


"screw it, we will fix it when we are good and ready".


Isn't that their new motto?


LMAO!

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Thursday, November 30, 2006 8:55 PM

superman said:
some quotes from the website

- This next generation, Suspended Boomerang roller coaster is the world's tallest and fastest of it's kind.

- X is the world's first and only 4th dimensional thrill.

- The largest looping roller coaster in the world - towers 188 feet high!

- The first looping roller coaster ever built.

*snip

X is currently undergoing rehab. The process involves a long lead time on a major component. X is scheduled to reopen at Six Flags Magic Mountain in mid January 2007.



The ones in bold are true though. :)

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Thursday, November 30, 2006 9:28 PM
^ Well.. I'd say they are half-true.
Deja-Vu has been cloned quite a few times, so there are several "of this kind" around that are exactly as fast+tall - ok, you might still they together are the fastest and tallest.
And there have been looping coasters around before Revolution - even though they supposedly made people sick.
I was acutally surprised that they don't really go into boldly lying in their advertisements - there still is some truth to what they are saying, and I was looking through their propaganda for a while to find the expected "biggest and fastest in the world" comment.
:)
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Saturday, December 2, 2006 1:30 PM

rOLLocOASt said:

jive2 said:
I remember reading that X was going to get new trains.

Honestly, with all the problems X has had, would new trains really help the ride? Would a huge investment like that for a 6 year old ride plagued with problems really payoff?

Somewhere a few years ago I remember hearing that B&M had helped rebuild one of the trains. Now given it was only an unfounded rumor, but if it was true, the "excuse" could be legit...

Just throwing that out there.


I think that the trains were the problems from the start, so yes it would pay off because first, it's supposed to be an amazing experience, and second Six Flags is finally learn to take what they already have and make it better.

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Sunday, December 3, 2006 9:04 AM
Lift motors are hard to fix and take a while. I remember when Shivering Timbers went down for 2 weeks because of it.

KRaxleridah said

X is the tallest looping coaster in the world at 188 feet. IF so where does that put Viper which is also 188 feet. And the first looping coaster was in 1890 at a fair. The car was not hooked to the track and when it whent threw the loop force held it to the track. but 4 years later it was tore down because it was not profitable due to low capacity.

Some one turn on the light switch.

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Sunday, December 3, 2006 11:39 AM

Coasterkid85 said:
Lift motors are hard to fix and take a while. I remember when Shivering Timbers went down for 2 weeks because of it.

I don't know about that... we've burned up obsolete motors that literally have no replacement parts anywhere.

We'll send it out to be rewound and baked, maybe build up the rings and get new brushes. The ride's usually only down for two days. The day of the breakdown it's sent out immediately as a priority case, second day they continue working, third day they send it back and we reinstall it. Usually it's done before we open, but maybe the ride opens a little late.

Sure, you pay more for a rush job, but it's worth it in customer service.

Maybe MiA just needs a better motor repair shop.

As for X, I can definitely see it down this long if it's a total reworking of the trains. If the weight is overburdening the lift mechanisms, and probably the track and supports as well, this one fix (albeit expensive) could very well solve all the problems. What's the old phrase? Temporary inconvenience for a permanent improvement? Sounds logical to me. Quit trying to fix the result of the problem, and fix the cause once and for all.

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Sunday, December 3, 2006 12:25 PM

kpjb said:

Sure, you pay more for a rush job, but it's worth it in customer service.

Isn't that SF's new corporate motto? ;)


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Sunday, December 3, 2006 5:57 PM
^^With all that weight I'm suprised the lift chain hasn't snapped yet.

I believe they need to redesign the trains so that the seats are directly over the spine instead of being entirely off the track...granted loading might become a little more complex but it's nothing that can't be fixed by adding a floorboard to the trains & it would also make for a more traditional loading sequence as well.

Instead of having to load from both sides of the platform they can just load from one side & unload from the other.

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Sunday, December 3, 2006 9:17 PM

Coasterkid85 said:
Lift motors are hard to fix and take a while. I remember when Shivering Timbers went down for 2 weeks because of it.

KRaxleridah said

X is the tallest looping coaster in the world at 188 feet. IF so where does that put Viper which is also 188 feet. And the first looping coaster was in 1890 at a fair. The car was not hooked to the track and when it whent threw the loop force held it to the track. but 4 years later it was tore down because it was not profitable due to low capacity.

Some one turn on the light switch.


Uh. I never typed any of that. Who the hell are you quoting?

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