X (previously known as X:\ No Way Out from 1996-2012) is a roller coaster located in the Lost City area of Thorpe Park, England. It was the park's first non-powered roller-coaster. The ride was marketed as the "world's first backwards roller coaster in the dark." It was built themed around the idea of 'being trapped in a computer virus', although nowadays there isn't much in the ride to accommodate this theme. Due to the loud dance music, low lighting and UV lights the ride can be related to a rave. The ride is situated inside a blue and terracotta pyramid. The ride once had a longer queue line, but this was modified to accommodate for the 'Hellgate' Fright Night maze and later "The Passing" maze. From 2011, the pyramid the ride is housed in has been partially been blocked from view by 'Storm Surge'. The original roller coaster had many sections of theming, but over the past few years, these have mainly been removed, or are simply not functioning. The ride originally had an on-ride camera, but this was removed at the end of the 2005 season. The ride had several modifications for the 2007 season, including improved queue line lighting, new video and sound effects, and a new control cabin. However, the queueline video ceased playing after a year and the television screens are now switched off. In 2010, X intermittently operated with the safety lights turned on, meaning the ride was sometimes run with the interior of the building being visible.
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