New coasters offer a thrill ride
In yesterday's edition of The Guide, the Times' Elina Shatkin reported on an outdoor recreational activity that warrants a little cross-posting here — riding Southern California's latest crop of roller coasters. Yes, it may be a little on the beaten path for some of you, but if Shatkin's reporting is accurate, it's sure to get your blood pumping.
Here's an excerpt from her review of a new Six Flags attraction built with "NASA-quality engineering":
Sweet merciful savior," I think, "it's nearly over." An old aphorism says that there are no atheists in foxholes. I'd amend that to include roller coasters.
I am near the end of my first run on X2, probably the most exciting (read: vomit-inducing) coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The signs in and around X2 have it right: Closing your eyes won't make it go away. I know. I tried. On my first ride, I kept my eyes open maybe 10% of the time. My second ride, I managed 20%.
Check out the unexpurgated article here as well a photo gallery and a sidebar on kid-friendly theme park attractions plus tips and tricks about getting the most out of your amusement park visit, a mainstay feature of the Travel section's amusement and theme park blog, Funland.
Photo of X2 riders by Michael Robinson / Los Angeles Times