The last time I was at SFMM was in 2003, and it wasnt running that reliably. Is it running any more reliably, or is it still a maintenance nightmare? WIth Shapiro's recent removal of many rides that are popular, but have high maintenance costs, do you think X is on the way out as well?
X has been running at its best this season. The only real big foreseeable problem they have with the ride right now is the low hourly rider output.
With the confirmed new vehicles on the way to the park in the next few months and rumored redesign of the loading and unloading track sections and station platform, capacity should be improved a good amount.
I just hope the new trains work on X than on Eejanaika. I rode it today and it was horrible. I had an inside seat, 4th row and the thing just wanted to rip itself apart! Loading also was a mess. They had 4 areas with lockers on each side. They send 10 people to one, they lock their stuff and once the other riders are out of the station, you have to go to your seat. The fact that they have 3 seatbelts per seats to buckle and check means that they dispatched the one train every 6-7 minutes... So, it had a 2 hours and half wait in the afternoon. Luckily, I did it earlier with an hour wait.
Will the trains and loading procedures the same for X? *** Edited 10/3/2007 1:12:07 PM UTC by Absimilliard***
Hopefully the new trains work, along with any other improvements they plan on making to the ride. I'm really hoping that it works out because we all know what happened to Chiller after they put all that money into it. However, since X, unlike Chiller, is the park's star attraction, maybe SHapiro will give it a little more time than he gave Chiller. *** Edited 10/3/2007 1:50:57 PM UTC by Goliath Freak***
^^Not to mention that Chiller's biggest problems were electrical, design, and engineering!! While X's biggest problems are train weight, capacity, and maintenance...with the latter more due to the former!!
And while new trains are sort of the "next step" in the line of chances, so to speak, I feel good about this one!
I don't think X is a coaster they want to take down anytime soon. Why would you? So, it doesn't have the greatest trains. It runs two trains, and it works most of the time just like any other coaster. Why in the heck would you get rid of it?