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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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+3 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Timberman on 5/9/2006 1:05:00 PM
If Top Thrill Dragster is like Axel Rose -- showing up briefly or not at all, capable of blowing your mind but more likely to leave you angry and disappointed by its inability to perform -- then Magnum XL-200 is like Alice Cooper: revolutionary in its day, now sturdy and dependable, often imitated but rarely equaled, and blessedly free of the prima donna histrionics that plague its descendents.

Magnum combines the best of whats old and whats new. Its bread and butter are the classic three chords of the roller coaster experience: steep drops, ferocious airtime, and relentless pacing. Its genius, however, is melding these elements with the height, speed, twisting dives, and swooping directional changes that only steel can deliver. The result is a hybrid that defies easy characterization. Its a steel coaster that traditionalists can love, while giving generation B&M a taste of the hard-rocking past without leaving them too traumatized to enjoy the rest of their day. While most modern hypers glide, Magnum barrels. It tracks flawlessly but puts you in touch with the wheels beneath you, pinging and echoing up its long, shallow lift hill and rumbling resonantly over more than 5,000 feet of track. Tunnels have become sort of a cheap diversion on many roller coasters, but here, they are deployed to their maximum psychological effect. To say more would be spoiling the fun for the uninitiated. Also deserving of special mention is Magnums archly retro rolling stock: big, boxy, shockingly white, and hilariously appointed with a front windscreen and steel discipline bars, with which your thighs will become very familiar. I suggest starting in the very front seat to take in the amazing views of Lake Erie and the surrounding park, and then moving to the very back, where the increased sensations of speed and airtime will make you feel like youre on an entirely different ride.

Im happy to report that as of opening day 2006, Magnum had a fresh coat of bright orange paint and was running with its customary, untamed vigor. Thanks to its temperamental brethren down the midway, the lines for any seat on Magnum rarely exceed 15 to 20 minutes. By all means, roll the dice on Top Thrill Dragster. Youre at least guaranteed a suntan and lengthy conversation. But when you tire of the on-again, off-again theatrics of the billion dollar babies and youre ready to raise your fist and yell, you cant do better at Cedar Point then Magnum XL-200.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up buckeyefan on 1/19/2006 3:09:00 PM - User's Top Ride #6
Better than Millenium although it is starting to show its age. The bunnyhills through the tunnels are the best, especially at night, and how do you not love that first hill.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up calla999 on 1/15/2006 9:23:00 PM
This is a great ride all around. The lift hill seems to never end. When you do get there, you are up for a wild ride. The first drop is absolutely fabulous. The second drop into a tunnel that looks like the size of a quarter from the top of it. The helix at the far end is the only downfall. It seems to turn to wide and have very little force. I think the large bunny hops coming back to the station are the highlight of the ride. One is completely enclosed in a tunnel. This ride is great. Enjoy it over and over. My home park in Kansas City has a Morgan hypercoaster also (but ours is better [shameless plug])

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up leezer1204 on 11/30/2005 3:35:00 PM - User's Top Ride #2
The Magnum is still an awesome ride even though the Millenium and Top Thrill Dragster are much higher. I first rode the Magnum 15 years ago and I fell in love with it. Ultra smooth and a breathtaking view of Lake Erie at the top of the first hill and the entire ride(you feel like you are riding right alongside). Everytime I get off of this ride to this day I jump out forgetting to unbuckle my seatbelt. Sheer excitement. Great job Arrow Dynamics!

5 Rating
+2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up RCGenius on 7/29/2005 6:15:00 AM
Magnum XL-200s definitely a hyper worth mentioning. It may be only 1/2 the size of TTD & 105 ft. shorter than MF, but dont let that size fool you b/c it packs one heck of a punce. Going up the 205 ft. lift hill was soem else b/c the view of Lake Erie was beautiful. I actually thought that I could see my home state, PA, from it too. The first drop was great. The airtime was so extreme & I loved all of the airtime hills, especially the last hill in the tunnel as it always catches me by surprise. Going through the pretzel loop was very intense & unique. Definitely ride Magnum XL-200 when youre at CP b/c Maggie shows you a ride that started the whole hypercoaster craze & can still compete w/modern hypers today. Maggies definitely Top 10 Material on any coaster enthusiasts list as it has made mine easily.

3 Rating
-2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up bunkleg on 7/19/2005 4:23:00 PM
I thought this would be a really smooth and fun coaster, but I was kinda mistaken. The loading station is really messed up. Cedar Point should really do something about it. Well, there was some air, but not as much as I expected. And it was rough! People say to sit in the back, because there, its not as rough. And, the tunnels made me really hot. I thought the pretzel thingy would be more intense than it was. I did like the views however. And, I really dont like the trains. They do not match at all! But, I think it was a good, not great, ride, so Ill give it a 7.

.:EDIT:. - I was sitting in what I thought was the ejector seat, 1st car, second row.

4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up hrrytraver on 7/16/2005 12:47:00 PM - User's Top Ride #8
i tell you what, i rode magnum for the first time in 2000, AFTER i just got off millenium force. and magnum kicked MF on the arse! to me, coasters are a poem for your nervous system. as you go through its course, you should feel the ride speaking to you, revealing its personality. a coaster with a strong first drop makes a fine impression, but a boring remainder does not endear one to a coaster. lack of substance and nuance is a regrettable trait. it is this reason that i went home thinking more of magnum than mf. mf, IMHO, was too contained, its persona a bit of a queen, frankly. perfect and powerful, but restrained and conservative. magnum on the other hand, actually kinda scared me in a few places. the design has plenty personality from the drawing board (read: bizarre arrow engineering), and it has also "aged" into some charactor as well. put simply, it is a righteously paced and fascinating ride! for instance, there is a mean little bunny hop inside of a tunnel near the end. its pretty nasty! as you finish in the station, you have the footprint in your mind of that unexpected pitch black airtime, and you find that you are breathless with a big smile on your face. the first and second hill were both fantastic, fun and fast. the bunny hills feel out of control and the shakey ride is out of this world. it feels somewhat like a woody. i think in fact the woody renaissance of the nineties was brought about due to this ride. this ride ended the dreadful eighties era of loops loops and more loops, bringing attention back to layouts, sheer drops, lap bars and negative Gs. as of now, magnum is the only thing calling me back to CP.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up SLFAKE on 6/25/2005 10:27:00 PM
While looking like its Pennsylvania cousin Steel Force, Magnum has quite a different disposition. The thing is, I like Steel Forces disposition a whole lot more than Magnums. Steel Force has a gracefull feeling with floating air time on all hills and strong forces in the helix turnaround. Magnum as "slam in your seat" air on the hills (especially the oversized bunny hops on the return trip) and a turn around that, while looking interesting, is relatively uneventful. Not sure if the painful air is a result of Morgans track transitions on SF compared to Arrows transitions on Magnum, or the design or the more comfortable design of the trains on Steel Force.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up magnumxl on 6/13/2005 1:32:00 PM - User's Top Ride #3
really fun! It has everything you would want in a rollercoaster! My favourite ride so far this year! Definately ride it if you go to Cedar Point!

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up cmciv on 6/12/2005 10:45:00 PM
Awesome coaster with rarely any wait. The history of this ride adds to much to the excitement factor for me--it was the first modern coaster by how I define it. I have been on this a countless number of times and I have yet to grow tired of it. The first drop still is powerful and full of speed. The ending, with all the bunny hops, is brilliant, with airtime everywhere. Really a masterpiece of a coaster that defines what the modern coaster should be.

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