X2

Welcome to our FIRST Ride Review. What other ride than the world famous X2 could we start of with…

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After making the walk past Six Flags Plaza, riders make their way up to the Baja Ridge section of the park.  This area houses Revolution, Viper as well as the famous X2.  To enter the line you must pass over a bridge that crosses over the walkway that leads up to top section of Baja Ridge, viewing X2 and Viper staring back at you.  The first part of the line are switchbacks, that go through a tree covered shaded area, with signs asking if you are type A or type X.  After the first set of switchbacks, the trees open up to show Viper’s batwing on the right, and X2’s lift hill on the left.  After the second set of switchbacks, you are separated to either the left or right side of the station.  The left side has a ramp that leads up to the station, from which you can see some of the park.  The right side features a more shaded stairwell that faces out to the valet-parking lot, and the general parking lot entrance.  Once riders enter the station, they are greeted by a large screen showing what seems to be a magma covered waste land that X2 has grown from.  It also features signs that boast 4 of the rides slogans “Behold the Thunder” “Here You Stand, a Gladiator in the Coliseum of Thrill” “Total Sensory Deformation” and “Closing Your Eyes Won’t Make it Go Away”.  Once seated in the 20 ft. wide train, you hear voices whispering the rides name, followed by a louder voice asking if “everybody is in” and then that the “ceremony is about to begin”.  The rides seat stabilizers release, and and the seats slowly move until riders are on their backs.  Then the ride exits the station to a loud bell noise.  Turning a corner from the station towards the lift hill, the classic jazz song “it had to be” you performed by Frank Sinatra.  Once heading up the lift hill backwards, the seats rotate more upright and riders get a panoramic view of the park.  The original song breaks away and gives way to an instrumental version of enter sandman by Metallica, with lines such as “are you ready” “the truth you can’t handle the truth” from Jack Nicholson’s character in a few good men, and “who’s idea was this”.  There is then a countdown followed by go go go go go, then nothing but a heart beat three time.  The the music kicks in with lyrics from Aerosmith’s love in an elevator as riders go over the first small hill and then up and over the edge of an 88.5 degree hill flipping the riders’ seats head over heals into a monster Raven Turn.  The ride then dives back to earth, passing a camera, then flipping the seats 360’degrees once again while experiencing 0 G’s in a camelback, into an overbank turn.  The ride then hits a Lie to Fly turn, flipping the seats from an inverted position to a laying position whilst the track turns upright as well, this is turning riders backwards again to see the rides fire effect coming right at them.  The ride then hits another smaller Raven Turn, to end in the station, where it finishes by stating that the ride was “one world crazy insane experience just like jeckyle and hyde you know”.

The fire blasts into the faces of the riders as they approach the second Raven Turn
The fire blasts into the faces of the riders as they approach the second Raven Turn

The ride offers a unique experience that is totally worth the lines the ride normally has. The best time to visit X2 is around 2-4 PM. It seems that most guests have found their way to the other side of the park, and the lines can get really short, even on busy days, to a wait of a bout 20-25 minutes. X2 is crowded and has crazy lines for the first 2-3 hours of operation, and the last 2 hours ofoperation. The first hours of its operation, people try running to X2 first thing, because they want to avoid the lines for this immensly popular ride, this ends up causing long lines, because most guests think the excact same. If you are entering the park 15 min or later after opening we advise you to not even try, and wait until 2-3PM. X2 has long lines in the evening due to the ride’s special effects (mainly the Flame Throwers) being very popular in the dark, and the ride offers a totally different experience at night. When you visit in the winter, lines may seem short, but can be awfully long since Six Flags Magic Mountain often only runs 1 train in the winter while the other trains are getting refurbished.

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X2’s pre-drop is a small bump before the actual big drop. This scares many first-timers since they think that it’s the actual drop, but the opposite is true, riders go up, and the seats rotate having all riders face the ground while they are in free fall, until the seats rotate, and you are suddenly laying on your back, sky rocketing upwards into the giant Raven Turn.

After the little pre-drop, riders face the ground far beneath them while starting the big drop.
After the little pre-drop, riders face the ground far beneath them while starting the big drop.

In this Raven Turn the riders are on the inside of “Half Loop” looking element, as where at the last Raven Turn they swing on the outside. When riders past the photo cameras they will experience a short period of weightlessness while rotating 360′ degrees backwards to then enjoy the view of the park before swinging around the corner where you will see the massive structure that you will be chasing by next. The Fly to Lie turn is a movement that leaves every one confused. You start hanging with the track above, then you end up on the opposite side with the track below, whilst on the opposite position of the train. Then the last Raven Turn is a little rough, and was designed to be the intense ending, and it definetly is. When seated on the outside of the trains on X2, your ride experience will be a bit more rough, and a little more extreme, as where the inside seats offer a more smooth ride. So we advise first-timers or smaller passengers to ride the inside seats on X2. If you are a larger guest, we advise you to ride in the outside seat since there tends to be more room, for a comfortable ride.

Here you'll see both Raven Turns, notice one has the track+ riders on the inside of the "Half Loop" structure, and the other one, the small one, on the outside.
Here you’ll see both Raven Turns, notice one has the track+ riders on the inside of the “Half Loop” structure, and the other one, the small one, on the outside.

X2, together with Tatsu and Full Throttle, is the park’s most popular rollercoaster, and you shouldnt be surprised that when you leave the park an hour after closing, you’ll still see it run as you drive by. X2 is located on the side where all cars arrive for either drop off or parking, and you can’t do anything but stare at the super structure that delivers thrills for the real thrill seekers. The red and black giant started its life as X, the world’s fist 4D coaster, and closed without warning or announcements in 2007. The park announced it would become X2 for the 2008 season adding all kinds of effects, installing new trains, and a repaint. The Fog-effects are no longer in use, but it doesn’t affect the ride experience much at all.

This is the unique Fly to Lie turn as described above.
This is the unique Fly to Lie turn as described above. This is the last movement before the Flame Throwers blast fire!

If you have a chance to ride X2, do not be afraid as it is said to be more of a unique experience rather than ultra-extreme. And these rides are very rare, so unless you travel to Japan or China very often, you won’t experience anything else like it. For the shortest wait and the optimal experience at SFMM, please see the part above describing the lines. X2 is the world’s only 5D coaster (named that way because of effects such as audio and fire), and is definetly a ride YOU need to experience.

 

2 Replies to “X2”

  1. X2 is one of my favorite coaster experiences out there! I’m blown away each time I ride, and I always come off not knowing which way’s up or down. Don’t forget to mention that during the main fast parts of the ride, the song playing is ‘Sabotage’ by the Beastie Boys. What’s a little disappointing is sometimes when I ride, the audio is disabled. When that’s the case, it might as well be just X.

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