First loop help.Six Flags Magic Mountain: any help,tips, advice?
From Sheldon GelI will be attened six flags magic mountian in a couple of weeks and have never been upside down or on anything 2 bad. I've been wanting to get it over with and i think i should ride the revolution because its one loop. What do you think i should do?
Posted May 30, 2009 at 10:26 AM
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From Eli KatzmanI've never been to SFMM (I WOULD LOVE TO!!!), but I know a bunch. I would recommend the revolution, because it's not that fast (I'd say a little bit too much for a beginner), but it does have a good "gain" to the loop, very traditional. Have fun! If you start to love that, ride X2, Tatsu, and Rideler's Revenge.... I wanna go so bad!!!!!!!
Posted May 30, 2009 at 12:03 PM
From Derek Potterjust ride something...my advice is to simply get in line and ride something. My first looper had 6.
Posted May 30, 2009 at 2:28 PM
From Nick MarkhamI would go with the first ride that comes to you with a loop. the only problem with revolution is its roughness. But it really doesn't matter how rough or how many loops. I rode almost an exact copy of laser except with 2 loops instead as my very first roller coaster when I was 6. I have heard of people who started with coasters like Kumba!
Posted May 30, 2009 at 2:31 PM
From christian giovanniniMy first looper/corkscrew was talon and hydra at dorney park.... i was so scared but now i love coasters
Posted May 30, 2009 at 8:52 PM
From Sheldon GelHey Eli I did'nt get what u meant by to much 4 beggingers wen u said i should ride it lol.
Posted May 31, 2009 at 9:08 AM
From Eli KatzmanSheldon, I meant a nervous beginner might get scared by the speed and slight roughness.
Posted June 1, 2009 at 6:58 AM
My first COASTER in the US was Twister and then Phoenix at Knoebels. Then, I went to KD 2 years later and my first coaster besides those was Shockwave. (So that was my first looper, I guess.)
From Beth BickarWhen you're inside the loop, just look up. Focus on the front car and it will feel like you're not upside down. My dad taught me this trick when he took me on my first looping coaster - The Super Duper Looper at Hershey Park. Now I'm a coaster fanatic - can't get enough inversions. Enjoy!
Posted June 2, 2009 at 12:29 AM
From Michael OwenMy first Looper was Kraken, I loved it.
Posted June 2, 2009 at 1:51 AM
My advice would be to let yourself be scared, let yourself worry a little, panic a bit on the way up the lift hill (Though not too much!). Then, when you finally go through that first loop it will be all the more fun.
From Sheldon Geli like beths idea i hope it works=)!
Posted June 2, 2009 at 4:46 PM
From James RaoMy first looper was Tidal Wave at (then) Marriott's Great America. It was 1977 and I was 8 or 9 and I closed my eyes the whole time, but then I rode it again, and again, and again.... Once I got that first ride out of the way, everything else was a breeze. A few years later in 1980 they opened The Demon at that same park, and I thought it was the greatest coaster in the world. It had/has four inversions! Man, that was big time back then!
Posted June 2, 2009 at 7:22 PM
Ahhhh, I sure love taking a walk down memory lane.
From Sarah MeeksMy advice is to just ride everything. Especially X2, Tatsu, Viper, and Terminator Salvation: The Ride! You will love Magic Mountain. I go a lot because I have a season pass.
Posted June 2, 2009 at 6:51 PM
From rick stevensMy first looper was the Corkscrew at Knotts, but my first real loop was Revolution. I say just go for it. It is a bit rough, but that adds to the experience. After you ride that one, go wild and try them all. If you are so inclined, think of all of the rides as Physics experiments. Inertia, Force, Conservation of energy....might help.
Posted June 2, 2009 at 7:32 PM
From James RaoRick, I was too short to ride the Corkscrew when we went years ago... man, I cried my eyes out that day. My older brother, who did ride Corkscrew, was a good soul who lied and told me the Calico Mine was a better ride, just to make me feel better. *Sniff*.
Posted June 3, 2009 at 3:08 AM
Looking back now, Calico Mine probably was the better ride, as it has stood the test of time, however, back then, when loops were still new and exciting, well, the Corkscrew was THE RIDE, and missing it caused me some years of pain! I have always made sure to let my kids know ahead of time what they can and cannot ride, and will avoid any visits to the major coaster parks (Cedar Point, Magic Mountain, King's Island, etc), until at least two of my kids are 54" tall, and the third one is at least 48". I refuse to let my kids feel that kind of pain! ;)
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