Published: May 13, 2008 at 11:58 PMit cant be any worse, the original X was fine, so X2 should be a lot fun. cutting 20,000 pounds sounds a lot, how much did the original trains weight?
Published: May 14, 2008 at 9:32 AMI agree. When we visited last year, the wait wasn't long and there were absolutely no problems riding this attraction. I don't know, maybe I happened to hit the park on a good day but I haven't experienced the bad things on this attraction or any other at this park that some folks seem to have experienced.
Published: May 14, 2008 at 11:04 AMOh, God. Finite Element Analysis. Is it sad that I know what that is and that I'm studying it? Quick, give me a beer, a sexy lady, and throw on the game so I feel manly again.
Still, this X2 definitely sounds promising. It's funny that the vehicles are often the problems in operations. For example, Test Track's cars to this day still experience problems more frequently than they should, and the Minis at Lights, Motors, Action! destroy their tires daily. Both rides were given custom tires to save time and money.
Published: May 15, 2008 at 9:02 AMWith X's First Debut, me & certain other enthusiasts thought we'd found our match. Each time I rode I swore never again. Though from that first season to the second, they'd alredy made improvements to take out some vibration that your shoulders just aren't used to handling once your weight is on them. then last year I'd finally been broken in enough to keep riding repeat, front seat, last seat, front seat, last seat. Unfortunately, while logic would say you build ride experience from coaster-light to X being at the end of the day, the way it was before DEMANDED you ride it first thing or else waste your day in line in the hottest part of the park! 3 trains, & dare I say it Front of the line priveledges(again MM is the ONLY park I know who makes that priveledge available on NEWEST coasters as well as the older ones). Though I am a little afraid that lighter means faster, & I don't know if I can handle any more G forces on that ride. Flames, I don't think this is a good element in the already hot valley. But history tells us that those kinds of elements are quickly shut down by fire marshals, or energy usage, or maintenance issues anyway. (Remember how Indiana Jones was forced to be altered(and diminished) after the initial opening once inspected by the Fire marshal?).
Published: May 15, 2008 at 10:34 AMIf it improves the rides maintenance requirements (ie changing wheels and such), than it's a good thing, although some of those cost savings will be offset by maintaining all of the other new things. The cost of the lighting, fire, mist...etc won't be small, but at least they are contributing to the ride rather than repairing it all the time. Sound systems don't behave themselves too well in an outdoor venue on a loud ride with fire and mist. Hopefully the speakers and amps will hold out. They should have taken the Hard Rock Park route and filled the supports with sand, reducing track noise and allowing the sound system to be heard a little better.
Disney's on ride sounds like an AM radio because with the wind and track noise, the only frequencies that really cut through are the hi-mids, which is what are prevalent in AM. The trick isn't just in the sound system, it's harnessing what other sounds one hears on the ride. A noise cancelling earphone system would be the trick, although that would be gross after a while with people sharing....unless they used the in-ear systems that are used by musicians on stage. They have removeable molds. Or they could install 1/8" headphone jacks and sell a pair of phones that would be safe to ride with. The headphone thing would need a solution that would satisfy safety (and health) requirements.
X2 will be an improvement... as long as they keep all of the bells and whistles operating properly.