X (roller coaster)
- See X2 (roller coaster) for the steel roller coaster formerly known as X operating at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, USA.
X is enclosed in a large pyramid shaped building
|Park section||Lost City|
|Opening date||March 23, 1996 (March 29, 2013 as X)|
|Track layout||Modified Enigma|
|Lift/launch system||Drive tire lift hill|
|Height||42 ft (13 m)|
|Drop||32 ft (9.8 m)|
|Length||1,312 ft (400 m)|
|Speed||28 mph (45 km/h)|
|Capacity||700 riders per hour|
|X at RCDB
Pictures of X at RCDB
The roller coaster combines a variety of lights, lasers and sounds with a completely indoor ride circuit, featured inside a large blue and terracotta pyramid structure.
Riders enter the queue line inside the pyramid and proceed down a long and narrow corridor with neon lights and lasers in the ceiling. Loud dance music plays throughout the corridor. After turning a few corners, riders are asked to secure any loose belongings in a baggage area before proceeding into a large room with a segment of switchback queue line, which is put into operation on busier days. After queuing in this room, riders enter the station. After riders are seated and secured, the train exits the station into a tight right hand turn that leads up onto the lift hill. After reaching the top of the hill, the train plummets down at speeds of 29 mph into various helices and tight turns. Throughout the ride there are three mid-course brake runs where the train slows for a few seconds before continuing. While the ride negotiates its circuit, there are bright multi-coloured disco lights and laser effects that accompany the dance music heard in the queue-line, which is amplified inside the main ride area. The train arrives at an exit platform where riders disembark, before collecting their belongings and remembering outside.
The ride opened as X:\ No Way Out on March 23, 1996 as Thorpe Park's first non-powered roller coaster. It was marketed as the "world's first backwards roller coaster in the dark", as well as being originally themed to the concept of being trapped inside a computer virus. This theme lasted up until March 2013 when the ride underwent various changes. The roller coaster originally travelled the length of its ride circuit backwards, but this was altered in March 2013 along with the shortening of its name, simply to 'X'. The addition of lighting and lasers from 2013 onwards removes the pitch black darkness that riders originally rode in.
'X' originally had a much lengthier queue line, but this was modified and shortened to accommodate for the 'Hellgate' Fright Night maze and later "The Passing" maze. It also had an on-ride photo camera which allowed riders to purchase their on-ride photo, however this was removed in 2005.