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Is X2 as good as it looks on video? an is SFMM near vegas


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I was browsing through some ride videos, i was never really interested in X2 but after watching a POV on youtube it looks amazing, rides normally look boring on video but that thing looks insane i really want to ride it now, is it as good as it looks? also i am planning to fly to Vegas at some point next year to watch a boxing fight is SFMM anywhere near that area?

This is the video i saw

 

ADMIN EDIT! LINK REMOVED BECAUSE THE VIDEO WAS SHOT WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE PARK!

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You really would need to ride X2 and judge for yourself. I know people who have it as their #1 coaster in the world, and I know people who hate it.

 

SFMM is quite a bit of distance from Vegas. I'd say you're looking at about a 6 hour drive each way.

 

Hope that helps!

 

--Robb

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cool i am coming over from the UK and i dont really know much about that area I will prob watch the fight and then get a hotel nearer to the park a few days after. Yeah i normally watch on ride videos and they always make rides look slow and a bit boring to me but X2 is one of the few rides i have seen that looks great from a POV, i heard some people say its a bit rough that sort of thing has never bothered me probably because i have done a bit of boxing lol.

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I've heard a lot of people complain that it's rough/painful, however I've only had great rides on it (granted I've ridden less than 10 times). Following the advice that many people have given me, I typically only ride in the first 3 rows.

 

I'm still holding on to the hope that some bright engineer is working on a way to make this ride system affordable, reliable and consistently smooth.

 

Cameron.

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personally, i thought it was just quite a rush. It was the only coaster i've ever felt legitimately scared on. I was facing the ground one minute, then all of the sudden i was flying through mist, then i felt and saw this huge flame in my face, then it was over. I had no idea what had just happened, but all I know is that I would have done it again if it weren't for the hour wait!

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X2 is a great ride, and yeah I'd say it is as good as it looks on video. If you want the best/most enjoyable/smoothest ride possible I recommend sitting in the first few rows on an inside seat. I've ridden the ride towards the back in an inside side and it was rough, and I've ridden the ride on an outside seat in the font and it was rough.

 

Just don't make the mistake I did and watch a ton of POV's. When I first rode the ride, it was great, but there was no surprise as I knew exactly what was coming when.

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If your'e coming from Vegas, might want to check out airfares from Vegas to Burbank. They frequently run specials between the two cities, especially on Southwest. From Burbank to SF, is 20 minutes. Gas here in Socal is 3.15 or so per gallon, probably higher on the way to/from Vegas. So maybe after doing the math, the time & cost savings might be worth it to fly?

 

X2 is a great ride. I've been on it when it has been extremely rough, and have had smoother rides on it as well. It really varies actually.

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It was one of the weirdest ride experiences I've had. Kind of like a tripping Chance Zipper on crack on fire.

 

Toward the front of the train on the inside seats, the ride was relatively non torturous. In the back on the outside it was that amazing "please can I have death instead" but fun kind of a thing.

 

Also, I thought it was the most fun at night, but a lot of that was because of the excitement generated by being on the West Coast Tour and getting a surprise extra night at SFMM that we hadn't planned on. A bunch of us in line together had never been on it before so it was just a really amazing atmosphere in general.

 

The first drop is definitely worth any suffering that may or may not come after it, IMHO.

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X2 is definitely awesome. Granted the flipping doesnt feel as weird as it looks (though that's a good thing), that first drop is seriously a ride and a half. I've never had a huge problem with its roughness (I rode it 7 times in one day too) and always make it a must ride when I go.

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X2 is definitely a must ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Although it isn't the best ride in the park (mainly due to roughness), it is unique and gives a good ride. The first two cars usually give the smoothest ride, especially in an inside seat, but be warned that when the park is crowded they sometimes assign seats. No matter where you sit, you will have an awesome ride. However, it can get long waits so you should go there first or save it for last.

 

By the way, the park is about a four and a half hour drive from Las Vegas with no traffic. This is rarely the case, so if you plan to drive plan for six hours each way. It's up to you as to whether it is worth doing, but personally I would wait and visit the park when you're in Southern California for something. I've heard they are going to be getting a couple new coasters over the next few years, so that might be worth waiting for.

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It certainly is a fantastic ride. Sure it beats you up (it's rough, but if your in the wrong seat I describe it as the ride's "beating you up"). I had my first ride at night (with TPR on the West Coast Tour) so we were hyped and ready to go. We were on a natural high, and that hour line that we were in did not seem like an hour at all.

 

Anyway, I was luckily enough to have the front left side (park side) inside seat, and boy was my first ride on it ever so smooth. So if your able to, give that seat a try, as it was fine for me.

 

When we had ERT on it the next morning though, it was much rougher, trying various seats. Now mind you I was on the right side (so the highway side) but it was rough wherever I sat (I even tried the front inside seat, but it wasn't nearly as good as my first ride).

 

Roughness aside, it's absolutely excellent ride, and a very unique attraction. It has lots of "what the hell am I doing" moments, and the fire and mist just add to the craziness that is this ride. Don't expect to walk off the ride with your eyebrows in tact

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By the way, the park is about a four and a half hour drive from Las Vegas with no traffic. This is rarely the case, so if you plan to drive plan for six hours each way.

You would really have to be HAULING ASS and have no traffic to make it in 4 1/2 hours (even though Google Maps does say it's possible.)

 

Here is the route I would take:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Las+Vegas,+NV&daddr=34.524661,-118.006897+to:26101+Magic+Mountain+Pkwy,+Valencia,+CA+91355-1095+(Six+Flags+Magic+Mountain)&geocode=%3B%3BFfthDQIdi1bu-CGElmk5lCwapA&hl=en&mra=dpe&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=9&via=1&sll=34.309413,-117.561951&sspn=1.526785,2.458191&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=9

 

That Pear Blossom Highway route is 22 miles shorter and cuts out a ton of B.S. Los Angeles crap. I've taken it several times, and while no, it's not Interstate Quality, there is rarely any traffic and you're doing 55 the entire time.

 

Which is sometimes MUCH better than driving the Los Angeles freeways!

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I really enjoyed X2! Well I had ert on it with TPR If you sit in the front of train one on the inside it is very smooth. On any out side seat it can be rough. The on ride audio is AMAZING! I thought it was outstanding but you need to get to the park early because an hour after the park opened it was already a 2 hour wait!

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I definitely would say that it is as good as it looks in videos. It's definitely a unique experience that's now even better with the onboard audio and fire. I've never had a problem with roughness, though I will admit that it's not butter smooth. I'd definitely recommend riding it if at SFMM.

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X2 kicks @$$! I rode in the back and the front the first weekend of fright fest....it's the only coaster that made both my brother and myself nervous! I did find the back to be pretty brutal, but for some reason I enjoy a good rough ride...

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I have taken the Pearl Blossom highway route, and it is no way at all 6 hours! At most I would say 5. That is without any stops at all.

To be fair though, this is So Cal. And there are many unknowns here when it comes to traffic. I 100% agree with you that it should not take 6 hours, but that's a pretty good "worst case" if you had to plan.

 

For example, if you needed to meet someone at SFMM at 6pm, I would absoultely have left Las Vegas by noon...just in case.

 

But then again, I'm the type of person who does not like to be late for anything.

 

--Robb

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To echo a common sentiment, X2 is definitely a must-ride. It is definitely bumpy (really brutal in the back), but is reasonably smooth in the front...especially the inside seat. The first drop alone is worth the price of admission...especially disturbing if you don't know what to expect (like my first time). As for Las Vegas, yep, you're in for a long haul. Pearblossom Highway is definitely the way to go, don't even bother driving through LA! I've done it many times, it's smooth sailing the entire way. 5 hours is a reasonable estimate. If you're lucky and get no traffic at all, then you could possibly do it in less. But, if you're unlucky and hit traffic (certainly a possibility), you could be in for a 6 hour drive. Even if you don't get to SFMM, at least make the 30 minute drive west on 15 to Buffalo Bill's Resort and Casino and ride Desperado, good old-fashioned rough Arrow ejector airtime.

-Doug

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Thanks for all your advice about the trip, I am not 100% sure what I will do yet I might just go to LA and see the next big fight at the staples centre then go to Six Flags from there. I also have a free eurostar ticket for next year so I am planning to go to Walibi World in Holland followed by a few drinks in Amsterdam the next day, I am looking forward to 2010.

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I just rode it on Sunday and it was better than last time. I personally love it, to a point. The first half of the ride, riding an inside seat, is my all-time favorite ride. It is very unique and you just can't get the same feeling on any other ride. However, the second half can be either somewhat rough, or extremely rough, depending on the day. Also the wait times are ridiculous, and the workers, while working hard, just seem to be so slow! Because of those negatives, it just becomes a good ride. It's definitely one you have to ride at least once. Oh another annoying part is that you will be hearing X,X, X...2, 2, 2 the entire day.

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I'd definitely put X2 near the top of my list. Granted, I don't have the biggest coaster count, but it really is a unique experience. I personally don't have a problem with the slight roughness, I think it just adds to the intensity.

Whether you enjoy the ride or not, I think you could appreciate it based on the experience alone, especially with all the effects working (mist, fire, audio).

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