X-Coaster

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Not to be confused with the design of roller coaster by Maurer Söhne.
X-Coaster
Magic Springs and Crystal Falls
Coordinates 34°31′04″N 93°00′55″W / 34.517867°N 93.015141°W / 34.517867; -93.015141Coordinates: 34°31′04″N 93°00′55″W / 34.517867°N 93.015141°W / 34.517867; -93.015141
Status Operating
Opening date May 27, 2006 (2006-05-27)
Cost US$4 million
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Maurer Söhne
Model SkyLoop XT-150
Height 150 ft (46 m)
Drop 150 ft (46 m)
Length 492 ft (150 m)
Speed 65 mph (105 km/h)
Capacity 500 riders per hour
X-Coaster at RCDB
Pictures of X-Coaster at RCDB

X-Coaster is an Maurer Söhne SkyLoop XT-150 roller coaster at Magic Springs and Crystal Falls in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

History[edit]

X-Coaster opened at Magic Springs on May 27, 2006 and became the park's 6th coaster and the first of its kind in North America. X-Coaster was Standing but not operating during the entire 2009 season, before reopening in 2010.[1] On October 5, 2012, Magic Springs and Crystal Falls announced that X-Coaster will be removed at the end of the 2012 season and that they plan on expanding Crystal Falls water park in 2013.[2] Despite this, however, the ride has continued operation into the 2013 season with its removal being delayed.[1] Although Maurer Söhne is considered the manufacturer of the ride, the track for X-Coaster was fabricated by Dynamic Structures,[3] and the ride was constructed by Martin & Vleminckx.[4]

Ride[edit]

A model of X-Coaster.
See also: SkyLoop

After the train departs from the station, it immediately begins to climb the vertical (90 degree) lift hill. Upon reaching the top of the lift, the train turns 45 degrees backwards putting the train and its riders in an upside down position. Then, as the train exits the lift, it goes through a heartline roll before going down the only drop in the layout of the roller coaster. The train speeds through the station going back up the lift. Once it lost momentum the train then returns back down passing through the station again. It then proceeds back up the drop and partially into the heartline roll before once again losing momentum and returning to the ground. After passing the station for the third time, the train is stopped near the top of the lift hill. The train is then lowered back down to the station where the next riders board the ride.[5][6] The XT 150 has the option of sending riders around a second cycle at the operator's discretion. When the train stopped on the lift hill at the end of the ride, instead of lowering slowly back to the station, the chain would raise the car up and send it through the ride again.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Marden, Duane. "X-Coaster  (Magic Springs and Crystal Falls)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Magic Springs Planning New $2 Million Attraction". KARK 4 News. October 8, 2012. Archived from the original on 2013-01-17. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Products". Dynamic Attractions. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Maurer Söhne". Martin & Vleminckx. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sky Wheel Front Seat on-ride HD POV Skyline Park, Germany". wwwCOASTERFORCEcom (YouTube). October 10, 2010. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  6. ^ Siegmeier, Melinda (September 16, 2011). "New Dreamworld ride a real Buzz". Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved September 1, 2012.