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(LA Times)   Magic Mountain roller coaster riders get the special "tree branch on the track" experience   (latimes.com) divider line 53
    More: Scary, ninjas, climbing specialist, Ninja roller coaster, Los Angeles County Fire Department  
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2014-07-08 03:24:54 AM  
They are now naming roller coasters after dense symbolist tomes?

Good.

Ride the Moby Dick!
 
2014-07-08 12:39:24 PM  
At least they didn't go on the Candy Mountain ride.
 
2014-07-08 12:42:01 PM  
Mickey did it!
 
2014-07-08 12:43:21 PM  
"The safety of our guests and employees is our No. 1 priority,"

Then how did a branch make it ANYWHERE near the track? Trees grow rather slowly in those parts.
GOOD DAY.

/got my GED in California law. I was last in my class.
 
2014-07-08 12:44:39 PM  
Still a smoother ride than the Ninja at Six Flags over GA.
 
2014-07-08 12:48:29 PM  
Could have been worse.  Could've been the Matterhorn with that f*cking music.
 
2014-07-08 12:50:46 PM  
I dont understand why they allow trees to grow so close to the track that this is possible at all.
 
2014-07-08 12:52:36 PM  
Waiting for a coaster called The Barf Bag.
 
2014-07-08 12:52:37 PM  

Alonjar: I dont understand why they allow trees to grow so close to the track that this is possible at all.


Because Evil runs the place, and the "groundskeepers" are actually retarded, pugnacious security contractors.
 
2014-07-08 12:53:58 PM  

funzyr: At least they didn't go on the Candy Mountain ride.


//Wanted for questioning
 
2014-07-08 12:54:24 PM  
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Unavailable for comment.
 
2014-07-08 12:55:49 PM  
About two dozen people were trapped for nearly three hours on the Ninja roller coaster at Magic Mountain and four others were injured


This implies that the four others were not trapped for nearly three hours. Poor writing.
 
2014-07-08 12:55:50 PM  
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Farkin' image drop...

/Still wanted for questioning...
 
2014-07-08 12:57:11 PM  
In the Six Flags Magic Mountain
The tracks are full of trees
and the little streams of human blood
Come a-tricklin' midst the screams
 
2014-07-08 12:59:04 PM  
High speed roller coaster? I am a big fan of the Arrow Dynamics suspended coasters (Ninja, Big Bad Wolf, XLR-8, Iron Dragon) but "high speed" is not a proper term to describe them.
 
2014-07-08 12:59:20 PM  

thamike: Could have been worse.  Could've been the Matterhorn with that f*cking music.


Do you mean the yodeling in the chalet part of the queue? I don't remember there being any music on the ride.

/permanecer sentados por favor
 
2014-07-08 01:00:20 PM  
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They run the Viper in reverse.
 
2014-07-08 01:04:38 PM  

jst3p: About two dozen people were trapped for nearly three hours on the Ninja roller coaster at Magic Mountain and four others were injured


This implies that the four others were not trapped for nearly three hours. Poor writing.


Maybe the four others fell?
 
2014-07-08 01:06:24 PM  
Whenever I ride Ninja I'm always surprised at how mellow it is. It's a pretty short ride too since the station is basically at the top of the lift-hill.

After you ride for 45-60 seconds you slowly get cranked back up the hill into the station.

The first time my wife rode that coaster with me and we stopped at the bottom of the lift-hill at the end of the short ride, she asked if we were picking up more passengers before the ride really started. :)
 
2014-07-08 01:07:18 PM  
This is why I don't do coasters. I seen too many incidents from working in an amusement park to where I do not trust things like that.
 
2014-07-08 01:07:26 PM  

thamike: Alonjar: I dont understand why they allow trees to grow so close to the track that this is possible at all.

Because Evil runs the place, and the "groundskeepers" are actually retarded, pugnacious security contractors.


img.fark.net

They could be drunk.
 
2014-07-08 01:08:07 PM  

jst3p: About two dozen people were trapped for nearly three hours on the Ninja roller coaster at Magic Mountain and four others were injured


This implies that the four others were not trapped for nearly three hours. Poor writing.


They could have been onlookers on the ground complaining about a strained neck.
 
2014-07-08 01:10:33 PM  
It's a small world after all.
 
2014-07-08 01:14:37 PM  
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Better than Lumpy's roller coaster.
 
2014-07-08 01:14:55 PM  
TFA says that after a study of 2,000 accident reports.... that accidents are rare.

...maybe they are using the eBay version of the term "rare". Got it.
 
2014-07-08 01:14:58 PM  
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Hey Californians:  Trim your Bushes
 
2014-07-08 01:20:02 PM  

Solty Dog: This is why I don't do coasters. I seen too many incidents from working in an amusement park to where I do not trust things like that.


Coincidentally, that's also why I don't do trees.
 
2014-07-08 01:23:12 PM  

Bowen: jst3p: About two dozen people were trapped for nearly three hours on the Ninja roller coaster at Magic Mountain and four others were injured


This implies that the four others were not trapped for nearly three hours. Poor writing.

Maybe the four others fell?


tarheel07: jst3p: About two dozen people were trapped for nearly three hours on the Ninja roller coaster at Magic Mountain and four others were injured


This implies that the four others were not trapped for nearly three hours. Poor writing.

They could have been onlookers on the ground complaining about a strained neck.


Could have been either. We don't know. Poor writing.
 
2014-07-08 01:23:22 PM  

special20: TFA says that after a study of 2,000 accident reports.... that accidents are rare.

...maybe they are using the eBay version of the term "rare". Got it.


If you would have RTFA linked in the TFA would have seen that motion sickness is also included in accidents. It's also the most common type of incident. So little Jr. mows a couple chilli dogs then immediately hops on the Puke-n-ator 3000 and ends ups spewing all over the ride, that counts toward the 2,000 total.
 
2014-07-08 01:24:54 PM  

Solty Dog: This is why I don't do coasters. I seen too many incidents from working in an amusement park to where I do not trust things like that.


You don't go on roller coasters but you drive a car because you fail at statistics.
 
2014-07-08 01:25:09 PM  

Alonjar: I dont understand why they allow trees to grow so close to the track that this is possible at all.


Because zipping through the trees like that has two effects.  It amplifies the feeling of speed and it makes the ride more exciting when you can't see what's coming.  Kennywood has good coasters for this.

The Mind Bender at Six Flags in Georgia does this well too.  That and having 3 loops without shoulder restraints which probably wouldn't be built in 2014.
 
2014-07-08 01:30:01 PM  
The tree branch had fallen onto the tracks...just a clarification

/doesn't excuse MM from being negligent in doing better inspections and what not
//maybe some sort of sensor or signal to the operator that tells them there is an obstruction someplace?
 
2014-07-08 01:31:56 PM  

jst3p: Solty Dog: This is why I don't do coasters. I seen too many incidents from working in an amusement park to where I do not trust things like that.

You don't go on roller coasters but you drive a car because you fail at statistics.


In my car I am not going 90MPH with 20 other people screaming in my ear, hoping that Lumpy the maintenance guy or Chet, the ride operator are doing their jobs properly.
 
2014-07-08 01:34:33 PM  
Ninja used to be my favorite coaster at Magic Mountain.  It's a nice smooth ride that feels faster than it is, but by todays standards is quite tame.  The only problem was hiking all the way up that damned hill in the summer.

Now this however, breaks my heart.  Good wooden coasters are hard to find.    http://www.latimes.com/travel/themeparks/la-trb-iron-colossus-six-fla g s-magic-mountain-20140612-story.html
 
2014-07-08 01:35:08 PM  

Solty Dog: jst3p: Solty Dog: This is why I don't do coasters. I seen too many incidents from working in an amusement park to where I do not trust things like that.

You don't go on roller coasters but you drive a car because you fail at statistics.

In my car I am not going 90MPH with 20 other people screaming in my ear, hoping that Lumpy the maintenance guy or Chet, the ride operator are doing their jobs properly.


So in your mind driving is safer, hence my "you fail at statistics" comment.
 
2014-07-08 01:36:13 PM  
Solty Dog:

In my car I am not going 90MPH with 20 other people screaming in my ear..

Clearly you haven't ridden with my grandfather.

/ {insert obvious joke here}
 
2014-07-08 01:38:35 PM  

Solty Dog: jst3p: Solty Dog: This is why I don't do coasters. I seen too many incidents from working in an amusement park to where I do not trust things like that.

You don't go on roller coasters but you drive a car because you fail at statistics.

In my car I am not going 90MPH with 20 other people screaming in my ear, hoping that Lumpy the maintenance guy or Chet, the ride operator are doing their jobs properly.


Fine.  You're only going 65, but you're still hoping that the 100's of other Lumpy's and Chet's in the cars all around you remembered to maintain their car properly, and are driving properly.   and are kind of watching the road as they text each other.
 
2014-07-08 01:47:20 PM  

jst3p: So in your mind driving is safer, hence my "you fail at statistics" comment.


Ok fine. I will take to local roller coaster on my commute to work.

But statistically, I may not get there as statistically it doesn't go by my house.
 
2014-07-08 01:54:18 PM  
Meh. Some people EXPECT injuries from their parks.
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2014-07-08 01:58:06 PM  
Harrumph, back in my day the only real danger at Magic Mountain was the semi-regular knife fight or gang turf tussle...good times.  Has it cleaned up?  .....oh and riding the "spin out" when hungover, you stood up in a room size round cylander and it starts spinning pressing you against the side walls, then the the floor lowers down leaving you still plastered against the spinning wall .... really bad idea.
 
2014-07-08 02:12:44 PM  

Alonjar: I dont understand why they allow trees to grow so close to the track that this is possible at all.


When you hire your landscape crew from a parking lot at Home Depot, these things happen.

MM has a not great rep in the industry.
 
2014-07-08 02:15:10 PM  

sandiego1989: Harrumph, back in my day the only real danger at Magic Mountain was the semi-regular knife fight or gang turf tussle...good times.  Has it cleaned up?  .....oh and riding the "spin out" when hungover, you stood up in a room size round cylander and it starts spinning pressing you against the side walls, then the the floor lowers down leaving you still plastered against the spinning wall .... really bad idea.


Yes, they have clamped down on the gangbangers big time....not to say there isn't the occasional fight (gang related or otherwise), but there is a pretty heavy police presence all through the park.  Last time I was there (2-ish years ago), they were also not allowing people in with "colors" and it wasn't just Bloods and Crips, but bikers too....

/for some reason, it just struck me as hilarious that a group of Diablos bikers came to Magic Mountain for the day.  Cops met them in the parking lot and said they could come in if they removed anything that had the insignia on it.
 
2014-07-08 02:17:13 PM  

sandiego1989: Harrumph, back in my day the only real danger at Magic Mountain was the semi-regular knife fight or gang turf tussle...good times.  Has it cleaned up?  .....oh and riding the "spin out" when hungover, you stood up in a room size round cylander and it starts spinning pressing you against the side walls, then the the floor lowers down leaving you still plastered against the spinning wall .... really bad idea.


Was just there last week. It's not too bad anymore. Some obvious gang members but they were with their families and not entire crews running around like before.
 
2014-07-08 02:23:34 PM  

Rapmaster2000: The Mind Bender at Six Flags in Georgia does this well too.  That and having 3 loops without shoulder restraints which probably wouldn't be built in 2014.


The Mind Bender is a goddamn work of art, but even Anton Schwarzkopf would have laughed at calling a heavily overbanked helix a third loop.  That said, the nearby Dare Devil Dive coaster also lacks shoulder restraints (and is surprisingly terrifying).
 
2014-07-08 02:29:30 PM  

Rapmaster2000: Alonjar: I dont understand why they allow trees to grow so close to the track that this is possible at all.

Because zipping through the trees like that has two effects.  It amplifies the feeling of speed and it makes the ride more exciting when you can't see what's coming.  Kennywood has good coasters for this.

The Mind Bender at Six Flags in Georgia does this well too.  That and having 3 loops without shoulder restraints which probably wouldn't be built in 2014.


Schwarzkopfs (of which the Mind Bender is one) tended to be hit or miss with regards to OTS restraints.  The Tidal Wave at Six Flags Great America had them, for example, but identical shuttle loops in Europe don't.

There are still new coasters with inversions being built that don't have OTSs.  Goliath, at the aforementioned SFGam, is one.  Wooden, to boot.
 
2014-07-08 03:07:57 PM  
Wow, terrible ninja.

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2014-07-08 03:16:39 PM  
CSB:  Once was riding the Zambizi Zinger  at World of Fun in KC, when the ride came to a screeching halt right before the first drop, because a squirrel picked that fricken time to bounce around the tracks, and it's tail got stuck in a wheel.

The wait was agonizing not only because it was hot as Hades...but a squirrel screeching in pain is not fun to listen to while you're stuck on a roller coaster, pre-plunge.

However, the park did have a petting zoo at the time, and one of the staff vets came up with the technicians  to anesthetize the squirrel so they could take it back to their animal hospital and work on him.  (Apparently, squirrel lost most of the tail, but was otherwise fine.)
 
2014-07-08 03:33:27 PM  
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2014-07-08 03:35:33 PM  

BeatrixK: CSB:  Once was riding the Zambizi Zinger  at World of Fun in KC, when the ride came to a screeching halt right before the first drop, because a squirrel picked that fricken time to bounce around the tracks, and it's tail got stuck in a wheel.


I'm unfamiliar with that attraction, so I looked it up on Wiki:

"The ride was unusual as it did not have seatbelts or any lap bar restraint."

Oh, what the hell?
 
2014-07-08 04:09:06 PM  

Doryphore: [dl.dropboxusercontent.com image 850x637]


There isn't any symbolism in that picture at all...
 
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