Readers' Opinions

From Phil B. on March 16, 2011 at 6:39 PM
I'm digging the Fortress of Solitude Entrance, much more visually pleasing than other typical Six Flags attractions.
From James Rao on March 16, 2011 at 8:03 PM
Thanks for the review, Robert. Nice work yet again.

As for the revamped ride, it's still a one trick pony, but that one trick sure seems like a lot of fun for the thirty seconds you experience it!

From Anthony Murphy on March 16, 2011 at 9:26 PM
Maybe I don't know much, but is Six Flags Headquartered by Magic Mountain?

The only reason why I say this is because the "corportate" has never come to a SFGA opening (and they have had a bunch and significant ones). Especially with the Little Dipper, they could have made it into big positive press.

I would ride this attaction! Looks fun!

From Robert Niles on March 16, 2011 at 10:22 PM
SF HQ is in suburban Dallas these days.
From Joshua Counsil on March 17, 2011 at 2:11 AM
It's the little things that make it special. The red track to alert you of your impending drop, the symmetrical cars to increase your speed, the John Williams soundtrack to blow your mind. Nicely done, Six Flags.

However... I feel that a car with a curved back and a blunt front would work better. The curved back would be aerodynamically optimized for drag reduction so that less power is required to launch you from the station. The blunt front would increase drag, thereby slowing you down naturally without brakes as you return to the station.

Advantages:

  • Less power required to launch
  • Less braking power
  • Less launch track length
  • More guest throughput

Am I wrong on this?

From Robert Niles on March 17, 2011 at 7:03 AM
Okay, to be honest, the music was laid in on the video by my video editor. (Hey, he's 10 and has a firm sense of what he considers cool. But he cut together four different video feeds for this, which I couldn't do, so I defer to his judgment on these things.) You couldn't hear on-ride music on this ride if they had it, anyway, 'cause the air's so loud when you're riding this fast.

As for the car shape, let's remember that the train doesn't turn around at the top. What was the back of the train effectively becomes the front when it changes direction on the course.

From Daniel Etcheberry on March 17, 2011 at 7:29 AM
I would have liked to have just one point of view on the video; the point of view of the rider. That way I would know how it looks like to ride it from start to finish.
From 24.6.201.84 on March 17, 2011 at 5:35 PM
What an awesome job to have!
From Anthony Murphy on March 17, 2011 at 10:14 PM
I thought it was in TX.........

I am wondering why the big wigs made a trip to MM? I mean, don't get me wrong, the ride looks great, but I wonder why the trip, but never to SFGA or SFGAdv?

From Robert Niles on March 17, 2011 at 10:51 PM
Because bigshots prefer LA to Chicago or New Jersey? #startingaflamewarijustknowit
From Marc Ricketts on March 18, 2011 at 6:22 PM
Certainly appears to get much closer to the top of the tower than any time I've ridden in the past.