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Magnum XL-200
Website: Cedar Point Homepage
Ride Type: Steel Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.3704
TPC Overall Rank: #78 out of 2933 rides.
Reviews: 217
Last Review: 10/18/2014 9:06:00 PM
In User Top 10: 317 times.
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4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up shag9004 on 9/23/2008 9:52:00 PM
Date Ridden: Numerous times since 2006. Times Ridden: 16 currently.
As most coaster enthusiasts are aware, Magnum was the first coaster that broke the 200 foot barrier back in 1989. At that time, I was a junior in high school and was not aware that the Coaster Wars had begun between Cedar Point and Magic Mountain in California. The building of Magnum was the first shot fired which led to other larger and faster coasters such as Superman: The Escape, Goliath, Millennium Force and Top Thrill Dragster. However, Magnum started it all and is arguably still the best of those listed above in the minds of many. Magnum is still smooth with an abundant amount of airtime, particularly on the bunny hills leading back to the station on the return trip. The view of Lake Erie cresting the top of the lift hill is gorgeous and the speed (over 70 mph) is still top notch. The kidney shaped turnaround is probably the least enjoyable element has it is a very awkward transition and way of turning around a train. One word of advice. Magnum gets some bad reviews due to what many riders &quot..roughness&quot... I can offer some agreement with these statements however I think I have discovered the problem. When entering the station, you will that the train are designed to hold three rows of two seats per &quot..car&quot... The back seat in each of these cars has a steel box in the floor. These boxes, according to a ride operator, contain the wheels. It is in these cars, riding directly above the wheels on the track, are the places of some of the roughest rides I have had. I recommend therefore, to avoid the third row in each car which includes the very back seat on the train: one of the most popular seats on large hyper coasters. So keep in mind when you enter the station, do not sit in any of the third rows of seats on the train. The other seats are much smoother and offer just as much airtime without the jerkiness riding above the wheels gives. Lastly, Magnum is a great coaster to close down the park on. As crowds thin out, the middle rows of the train are normally blocked off since the very efficient station crew always runs three trains and the ride is not as popular as it once was. When the car is not full, the opportunity is there for the mid-course brakes to not kick in leading to an insane second half of the ride. That happened to us once and was one of our best coaster rides ever. The bunny hills were literally throwing us out of the seat since the train was only half full and the brakes did not slow us down at all. Zipping through the cool night air and flying over filled hills at well over 50 mph is an awesome way to close down Cedar Point. Despite many coasters which may be considered &quot..better&quot.., Magnum still holds a place in the Coaster Reviews Top 20 and should stay there for many years to come. It is a fun ride which started the wave of giant steel coasters we still see today.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up weaver23 on 7/25/2008 8:11:00 PM
Magnum XL 200 is a coaster often over looked at Cedar Point with new bigger faster better rides being put in every year or two. But it certainly should NOT be overlooked for it is once crazy ride. ALthough there are claims of Magnum being rough I found no such roughness what so ever. The coaster begins it 200+ foot ascent slowly with a traditional click clack chain that gives you alot of time to take in the view you get from the coaster. But don&#39.t look for too long because after that you plummet 200 feet down to the ground and back up into a massive hill which treated us with some great floater air. The hill turns slightly to the left and back down again into a tunnel and upinto another airtime hill which provided some more great floater air. We then continued on into the very forceful yet shaky pretzel turn. After the turn came the most intense set of airtime hills one could experience, some immersed in darkness and some flying high into the sky. It seems as if with every passing hill magnum increases its speed adding to the insane upward thrust the ejects you from your seat, although insanely fun the airtime can hurt a bit with those restraints. Magnum never lets up in this array of turn plummeting extreme airtime hills. Overall Magnum is a classic coaster that has and will thrill riders with intensity and airtime for years to come.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up racerdog45 on 6/30/2008 1:29:00 PM - User's Top Ride #5
A great coaster, destined to be a classic in the many years to come!

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up immelman on 12/22/2007 8:46:00 PM - User's Top Ride #9
I think of Magnum as a modern day classic coaster. I like it because it reminds me of a steel coaster trying to be a wooden coaster. It throws you around enuough to show you whos boss, but overall it isnt that bad. If theres a weak spot, its the turnaround pretzel which just isnt as much fun as the rest of the ride. The bunny hops in the tunnels are the best, great air time each ride!

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up T-Rex on 12/14/2007 9:58:00 PM
Magnum was a great first hyper coaster, but not as amazing as it used to be. The first drop still is a rush and it gives some great ejector air for backseat riders. The following few hills gave some good air as well. However the pretzel turnaround was rather slow and rough. Finally, the bunny hills gave some great air as well, but they were a bit painful.

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up NxCWill on 10/21/2007 6:07:00 PM - User's Top Ride #2
Until the opening of the Maverick, the Magnum held strong as the best ride Ive ever been on. It might be important to note that this was my first coaster ever, back in 99 or so. The first time totally scared me to death! Being only 11 and not having ridden any real coasters before this, I was horrified to feel myself being ripped from my seat for nearly the whole two minute duration of the ride. I clutched to the ride bar as tightly as possible and found myself hurting badly after getting off the train (leg cramps!). The next year, I rode the Millennium Force and found myself suffering from the same problem. I did try the Magnum after that, though. Not wanting to cramp anymore, I just let myself go. It was possibly the most exhilarating experiences of my life! Now every time I visit Cedar Point, I make sure to ride this classic multiple times. It simply has so much air time, its unbelievable. To begin with, the trains are really neat looking, if a bit cramped. The lift hill pulls you along nice and slowly, building up your anticipation and offering a prolonged view of the lake. The view here is best at night. The first drop is amazing, as is the second. The pretzel turn around gets some flack, but its pretty intense and enjoyable, albeit a bit shakey. Again, this section of the ride can be a lot more enjoyable in the darkness of night. The hills after the turn-around throw the rider out of his seat with insane amounts of ejector air. The second tunnel here is really, really cool: nice and dark with a surprising hill. Whenever I pull into the station, I cant help but think about how much better than the Millennium Force the Magnum actually is. While not as tall, fast, or smooth, the Magnum provides more air time and more character. A lot of people throw around the term character with regards to this coaster, but its really true. The Magnum seems to have a lot more personality than most other coasters, almost as if its a living entity. (That sounds cheesy, I know, but ride it right after the Millennium Force to see what Im talking about.) For a steel coaster, it is a tad rough, but I simply cannot lower the score for this alone. At worst, your thigh may hurt from the lap bars. The airtime sure does make up for this rather small inconvenience. Youre not going to wind up with back pain or anything like on a deteriorated wooden coaster. What you get is a wonderful, forceful steel coaster with a personality similar to a woodie. Anyone who is a fan of coasters should ride this one. The lines usually relatively short, so if youre visiting Cedar Point for fun rather than credits, ride the Magnum multiple times. It sure beats waiting hours in line for a quick ride on the (inferior) Top Thrill Dragster or even the Millennium Force (but dont get me wrong, I love the MF too).

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up tauren_man on 9/2/2007 11:08:00 PM - User's Top Ride #4
This ones got a lot of historical value, being the first hypercoaster in addition to a renaissance classic. Also, the colors are quite striking and attractive, making it nice to look at in addition to ride. As for the ride itself-- the view of Lake Eerie was great, as was the airtime. However, I found it hard to appreciate such things while trying to stop myself from being rattled around. Being the first hypercoaster, it had not yet achieved the smoothness that others have. However, it is still fun, and loaded with personality. I guess Im just a bit spoiled on Phantoms Revenge, Millenium Force, and The Pepsi Max Big One.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up detroit_jc on 8/24/2007 5:12:00 PM - User's Top Ride #1
This is one of the best coasters I have ever been on. Also the tallest I have ever rode. The 1st drop seems like its never going to end. also a great view of Lake Erie. Excellent airtime. i was scared to ride this the 1st time as i really stapled my self in. just imagine this coaster with some buzz bars. would be incredible!! at first i didnt really like the trains, because im more old school ptc style, but now they aint so bad...i thought they were pretty comfortable. also not rough at all for me.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up alliu23 on 8/17/2007 1:14:00 AM
I really enjoyed this coaster. Its pretty intense and offers a good thrill. My only issue was when I rode it, going down the big hill I got a pretty nasty whiplash, as did everyone else riding with me.

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up ElTorobaby on 8/8/2007 6:19:00 PM - User's Top Ride #5
This is a wicked coaster. Standing at pretty much in a dead zone where hardly anyone ever goes to, it tends to have a really short line for one of the best rides in cedar point! Ive never seen the line get longer then 30 minutes and usually its a walk-on, xept for the crowded weekends. :o Anyways, this coaster is the coaster ive probably ridden the most at cedar point. (2nd most is the raptor cause i just simply love that ride) Last year i had a season pass so i rode pretty much in every row imaginable. And the last 3 rows are my favorite because you experience tonz of ejector air time on the final dips which is AWWWEESSSOOMMME. Anyways, heres the layout. You exit the station and get a surprising small dip and then a turn and youre heading up a lift hill. The lift hill gives great views of the water park from the right side. Then you reach the top and head down a really fast drop and up the second hill. At the top of the second hill you turn slightly and head down, experiencing some floater air time. Then you go through some trim brakes and into the turn around. (This part needs to be improved so you experience more gs in it) Then you head back through a lot of bunny hills packing intense air time. You could ride this someday 10 times for the amount of time you ride the top thrill dragster or maverick or raptor ONCE! This coaster is perfectly deserving its top 5 spot, probably shouldnt be #3 but it still should definetely be in their.

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