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Not going anywhere for a while… June 11, 2007

Posted by whatpushesmybuttons in common sense, critique, current events, funny, humor, nostaglia, opinion, photos, pictures, random references, sarcasm, world news.
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Grab A Snickers!

Remember those old Snickers commercials, where the person was placed in a precarious position, like hanging in a bear trap and was basically stuck and the voice over announcer would say: “Not going anywhere for a while…grab a Snickers”.

Well I’m sure the riders stuck upside down on the X-Coaster on Saturday won’t appreciate my humor and rightly so. Could you imagine the blood flowing to your head for 30 straight minutes? I’m just surprised no one passed out while stuck upside down on the ride!

Just looking at this coaster would make me think twice about going on it.

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The X-Coaster at Magic Springs

Doesn’t exactly look like the world’s safest ride does it? According to the theme park’s website The X-Coaster “shoots riders 150 feet in the air, flips them upside down and then sends everyone on a 360-degree corkscrew roll at more than 65 miles an hour.”

Nice. Sounds innocent enough. Especially during power outages.

This description of the coaster came from one of the park’s spokesman (courtesy of the Arkansas Times):


“This exciting new ride treats our guests to an upside down inversion at 150 feet, the highest in the world. What makes the ride unique is that a technological innovation leaves the riders inverted 150 feet above the ground without shoulder restraints.

When the riders leave the loading platform, they are taken for a vertical ascent of 150 feet, at which point the car performs a thrillingly slow quarter-loop backwards, which has the riders hanging upside-down. Then the riders are sent on a 360-degree corkscrew roll, followed by a plummeting vertical drop at more than 65 miles an hour.

At this point it appears that the riders will return to the starting station, but instead they rocket past the station, stop on the lift hill, drop backwards through the station at high speed, stop upside down and rocket forward through the station again.”

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Nice. I’m sure the riders who were “inverted 150 feet above the ground without shoulder restraints” appreciated feeling helpless when they were left upside down for 30 minutes. Nothing like hanging upside down by the thread of a lap belt for thirty minutes to make you feel “exhiliarated!”

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1. gary - June 11, 2007

ouch…that blows!

2. elyse - June 11, 2007

oh god! that would be terrible…i would have passed out in about 30 seconds!

3. roger - June 11, 2007

heard about that…i’m suprised more people didn’t throw up?

4. mr. blogger - June 11, 2007

it’s hard to throw up when you’re hanging upsidedown! hah….those people are very lucky though…surprised no one blacked out and fell from their seat!

5. trent - June 11, 2007

no fuckin way…that’s why i don’t do any of these new rides…too dangerous!

6. ric flair - June 11, 2007

the only ride worth taking is a ride on space mountain. it may be the oldest ride, but its got the longest line in the park!

Wooooooooooooo

7. dan - June 11, 2007

hahaha….awesome!

8. ethan - June 11, 2007

yankees suck! yankees suck!

9. candice - June 11, 2007

yeah…no way i’d even think about going on that ride!

10. trevor - June 11, 2007

What makes the ride unique is that a technological innovation leaves the riders inverted 150 feet above the ground without shoulder restraints.

That just oozes safety doesn’t it!

11. tiffany - June 11, 2007

yeah…hang me upside down for 30 minutes 150 feet in the air…please…pretty please!! those people have a nice lawsuit on their hands!

12. melissa - June 11, 2007

i’m sure they appreciated being stuck on the highest inverted coaster in the world! 🙂

13. jake - June 11, 2007

talk about gravity defying!

14. Alexander - June 13, 2007

So all you guys, who probably don’t know jack about the saftey measures involved in a coaster, are gonna say trash a great ride? Each ride in Magic Springs has to meet inspection by manufactures and independent safety crews. Everything abou that day was handled as well as it could, what with the employees acting as the calm and collected riot police. Please don’t trash a park because of a unforeseen circumstance, and furthermore grow up everybody is fine and no one was injured.

15. trevor - June 13, 2007

“FOX16 spoke with Jack Plummer, the man who had to be taken to the hospital. He said solid shoulder harnesses would have made it easier to spend that time upside down.”

That’s all I’m saying!

16. melanie - June 13, 2007

i know plenty about safety measures in coasters…i know enough not to go on them! heehee

17. bob - June 13, 2007

“Each ride in Magic Springs has to meet inspection by manufactures and independent safety crews”

seems like someone works at Magic Springs huh???? 😉

18. lolita - June 13, 2007

furthermore grow up everybody is fine and no one was injured.

someone’s got their panties in a bunch now don’t they! 🙂

19. dean - June 13, 2007

ha bob…you’re right…wonder if its someone from their pr/operations department attempting to spread the “good word”.

20. mr. blogger - June 14, 2007

cue James Blount song…

“So you had a bad day…you were stuck upside down…”

hahahaha

21. Anonymous - August 10, 2007

I was there when it happened and Im tired of everything saying it was only about 30 minutes. It was closer to an hour. And a couple of peope did throw up while they were up there.

22. jacob - August 10, 2007

Alexander: you’re an idiot…of course we’re gonna trash the ride because it simply isn’t safe. How can you justify that being safe? Just because it’s an “awesome” ride. just wait until superman or batman or one of those rides has an accident…that’ll be the end of free hanging coasters. Humans weren’t made to go 128mph+ without being in a bubble.

23. bill - August 11, 2007

Each ride in Magic Springs has to meet inspection by manufactures and independent safety crews”

What about measures to ensure no power outtages?!?!?

24. christina - April 22, 2008

I loved it


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