X Coaster

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X Coaster
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Magic Springs and Crystal Falls
Location Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA
Status Operating since May 27, 2006
Cost $4,000,000
Height restriction 52 inches (132 cm)
Statistics
Manufacturer Maurer Rides GmbH
Product SkyLoop XT 150
Builder Martin & Vleminckx
Designer / calculations Dynamic Structures
Type Steel
Riders per train 12
Hourly capacity 500
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Area 196.8 feet × 49.3 feet
Height 151 feet
Top speed 65.3 mph
Length 492 feet
Inversions 2
Duration 0:50
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X Coaster is a Maurer AG built sit-down roller coaster located at Magic Springs and Crystal Falls in Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA. The ride was installed by Martin & Vleminckx.[1]

History

The addition of X Coaster was announced on September 19, 2005.[2]

When X Coaster opened on May 27, 2006, it became the park's 6th roller coaster and the first and only SkyLoop to be built in North America. X Coaster did not operate during the 2009 season, but was running again for 2010.

On October 5, 2012, Magic Springs and Crystal Falls announced the removal of the roller coaster at the end of the 2012 season to make way for expansion plans for the Crystal Falls water park for the 2013 season.[3] Problems with capacity and down-time were also likely reasons that the ride was closed.

Despite this, the ride has not been removed and continues to operate, apparently due to the discovery that large parts of the ride had been welded together.

Design

Elements

Trains

Single train with 2 cars. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows, for a total of 12 riders per train.

Accidents

On June 9, 2007, 12 riders were stranded upside down 150 feet in the air for 30 minutes due to a power cut.[4][5]

References

External links


Articles on Magic Springs