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X, Six Flags Magic Mountain - Review

Ride Facts and Info

X is the world's first 4th dimension coaster. Riders sit perched on seats protruding from the 20-foot wide train, each of these seats spin and rotate 360-degrees forwards and backwards independent of the train! The ride features a 200-foot sky dive drop, two Raven Turns, two Back Flips, and one Twisting Front Flip.

The station has to be the biggest I've ever seen, and the trains are absolutely massive, measuring in at about twenty feet wide. There is a loading and an unloading platform which does help with capacity a little. The trains look like they are on the track backwards, as the seats face the opposite direction to which the train leaves the station. This is quite confusing the first time you enter the station since it is not very clear which is the front and back of the train. The queue divides underneath the station to form two separate lines for either side of the train.

The seats are very low to the ground, and feature butterfly shoulder restraints that you place your arms through and pull together. The restraints lock into place and fasten together with a seat belt at the front. They then slide down and lock into place so that they rest above your shoulders, similar to a stand-up coaster. This means that your head shouldn't have anything to bang into, and it can rest comfortably on the padded headrest.


Ride Layout

The seats then rotate backwards to leave you at a 45 degree angle. The train then takes a small drop out of the station, which seems quite fast, particularly in the back of the train. Just before the train climbs the lift, the seats rotate to a 90-degree angle, you then travel backwards up the lift, which gives you the opportunity to get some good views of the park. At the top of the lift, the train takes a small drop, followed by a small climb, which leads into the first drop.

I was quite surprised by the first drop, as I expected the trains to be traveling up the lift forwards, and then rotate to go down the near vertical first drop head first. However, the seats were facing backwards, and I went down the first part of the drop legs first before flipping forward head first and plummeting to the ground. The train then rises up into the Raven Turn. The Raven Turn is like a vertical piece of track with a quarter loop on the top, and then a flat piece of track leading into the second drop.

The seats rotate again to face forward as the train travels over another hill and into a right-hand turnaround. It is here where I think the train really needs to make another rotation to make this part of the ride more exciting. The train makes another drop and enters a twist on which the seats make a backwards rotation; this is another intense part of the ride, especially in the back of the train.

After the twist, there's another drop down to the ground, which leads into the second Raven Turn. This Raven Turn is a lot smaller than the first, and the train travels on the outside. The train then rises up into another flip, and makes another rotation before reaching the block brakes.


Ride Evaluation

After my first ride on X, which was on the outside front seat of the train, I was slightly disappointed by the ride! It was more enjoyable than I had anticipated, but not as intense! I really thought I was going to go down the whole drop head first, and I thought the seats would rotate more, but they didn't. Oh well, I was still blown away by the ride, and it is unlike anything else on the planet!

I decided to give it a spin in the back seat! The line was now over an hour, with an average five minute dispatch time between trains. The back seat was far more intense, even though I was sitting on the inside. The first drop was wicked, as the flip was so quick and so powerful. Coming out of the Raven Turn you're facing straight down, I tried to keep my arms in the air, but the forces were throwing them all over the place so I put them down. To add to it there was also some airtime, and my bottom and legs left the seat several times.

Wahoo, X is a great ride! It is intense in parts, but not throughout, and totally disorientating, but not in the slightest bit nauseating. There is no headbanging whatsoever, and the ride is smooth, although there was a little bouncing during the first twist, particularly on the outside seats. It is a little short and could do with a helix at the end, and obviously the capacity is horrible. Other than that, X is one of the most exciting and insane rides I've ridden, and it rocketed straight into my Top 10 favorite coasters, but it didn't quite make the number one spot!

Related Links
  • X - Stats / Pictures
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain - Park Info
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain - Pictures
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain - Review

    Scoreboard
    Ride Experience:  10/10
    Theming:  5/10
    Landscaping:  6/10
    Queuing Area:  7/10
    Station:  9/10

    Overall: 

    10/10

    Information
    Times Ridden:  5
    Best Seat:  7:1
    Best Part of the Ride:  All
    Popularity:  100%
    Satisfaction:  98%
    On-ride Photo:  Yes

    Riding Sensations
    Airtime:  Low-Medium
    Lateral G's:  Low-Medium
    Positive G's:  High
    Out of Control:  High
    Intensity:  High
    Discomfort:  Low-Medium

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