Well, the weight loss goal took a small hit as a result of Thanksgiving Turkey (and ham, and stuffing, and potatoes, etc), and another just took a hit thanks to an email I just received from Six Flags Magic Mountain–
The transformation of X into X2 is currently scheduled to begin with the closure of the ride as of December 3, 2007. X will re-open as X2 in Spring of 2007 (exact date to be announced at a later time).
Criminy! Yeah, yeah, it doesn’t directly cause problems for my goal if taken literally – “Ride every roller coaster in California”, but it definitely harms the spirit of the goal. According to the L.A. Times–
Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia will spend $10 million to upgrade the thrill park’s most popular roller coaster, the Los Angeles Times has learned.
The 3,600-foot-long steel-track X will add sleeker trains, a new tunnel and lighting effects to morph the head-first, face-down coaster with 360-degree rotating seats into X2: Xtreme to the 2nd Power, the amusement park will announce on Thursday, Nov. 1.
X boasts wing-shaped vehicles that allow seated riders to rotate independently, head over heels, both forward and backward.
Six Flags decided to upgrade to the lighter, smoother redesigned X2 cars in part to address X’s continuing operational and downtime problems, Screamscape reported earlier this year.
So, while I don’t really know what exactly they’re changing, it’s got to be more than just new cars. $10,000,000 is almost enough to buy a new coaster entirely, and amusement parks don’t typically rename coasters for such a relatively small change. This means that there are only five operation days left for X (if you count the 3 1/2 hours left today). Not a good thing.