any coaster that you're scared to put your hands up on?

Sunday, January 11, 2004 11:22 PM
Where do I start, the first ride I couldn't put my hands up was on MF. I was so ****ing scared on the ride because the way you started the lift and half way up the lift you start to go a little bit faster and then the 80 degree drop. I felt like I was gonna fall out if I didn't hold on. Just thinking about it gives me the chills.

Next was TTD going through that twisting drop and Batman&Robin: The Chiller Robin side going through the zero-g-roll forward and backwards. Simply crazy. Damn, I can't wait till Six Flags opens and Cedar Point again. *** Edited 1/12/2004 4:29:57 AM UTC by Starintraining***

Monday, January 12, 2004 12:49 PM
I see just about everyone lower their hands coming through the tunnel at the bottom of Goliath's first drop @ SFMM. It definitely looks close....
Monday, January 12, 2004 1:23 PM
There are no rides I'm "afraid" to put my hands up on, but there is one coaster where I'm cautious, at least. After the little incident on The Beast which nasai and company were witness to, I'll be making sure my arms are in during the helix tunnel of doom... ;)
Monday, January 12, 2004 1:48 PM
My first rides on the PNE Coaster and Silverwoods' Tremors I could not keeps my hands up. On the PNE Coaster I am now able to keep my hands up even in the last car of the train. I have ridden Coaster enough times that I know what to expect on each element of the ride.

Monday, January 12, 2004 2:04 PM
You do get used to it, don't you Ron? I feel the same about Coaster.

Greg, that was intense, and yes, it made me think a lot after that particular ride. I remember thinking "man, isn't he afraid of getting his arm dislocated?" ;)

Monday, January 12, 2004 5:41 PM
I have only been on one lap bar restraint coaster that I was afraid of putting my hands up on. That is the Scandia Screamer. Their handchoppers are legit.

But there are moments on many coasters where my hands come down (PR's drop under Thunderbolt, double down on the Jack Rabbit, the Beasts' double helix tunnel, let's just say most tunnels for me). But the only one where I hang on for dear life because of airtime is the Jackrabbit.

Greg, I was the one riding with you on the Beast when you got your injury. Seeing as how you are not an overly tall person, that is a serious handchopper.

Monday, January 12, 2004 5:42 PM
I don't put my hands up on Son Of Beast, but only because it is soo rough, I am not really scared except to get flung around in my seat!!
Monday, January 12, 2004 5:45 PM

Jeff said:
Viper at SFGAm. I find it amazing that ride hasn't tossed someone. Scares the hell out of me everytime, and my hands never leave the assist bar.

Yep. I'm 6'2". Tough to get the hands up on that one!!!

Other one is the Boss at SFStL. Not because of the headchoppers, but it's so rough that holding myself in is the only way to keep from getting a migraine...


Monday, January 12, 2004 6:33 PM
I know this might sound a little whimpy...

Roadrunner Express at SFWOA lol COME ON they have padding on the supports which
makes it look kind of unsafe?

Monday, January 12, 2004 8:47 PM
Phantoms Revenge for sure, it has the mother of all head choppers when it dives under the thunderbolt. Truly nothing like that. I think it's so much crazier than other head choppers one because of the 80MPH your going when you hit it, 2 because of the angle of your decent. Pretty dang steep there going into that head chopper under the Tbolt. From the top you'd swear your hands would get chopped off. Then it turns around and has another dang good head chopper. coming up out of the ravine. Amazing.
Tuesday, January 13, 2004 10:33 AM
I was so pumped up for my first ride on TTD I had my hands up in the station! I'm a dork! When I ride superman at SFA coming out of the helix I always put my arm down. Anyone notice that one beam seems really low.
Tuesday, January 13, 2004 11:28 AM
The first time I rode Magnum and Millennium Force, I was holding on for dear life. The second time around, I had my hands up the whole time on Magnum, but not for Millie till we got thru the first over-banked turn.

I wouldn't dare to put my hands up on TTD durn the launch, but on the way down...oh yeah :)

Another one would be Space Mountain at WDW. Those are some LOW tracks and I remember a friend from band when he went in 1999 hitting his head on one of the supports. Interesting, he wasn't bleeding or anything when we got to the exit station. *** Edited 1/13/2004 4:31:00 PM UTC by Jeff Rowe***

Tuesday, January 13, 2004 1:22 PM
Personally I find that the whole putting your hands up thing to be overrated. Everytime I do it I feel like Im concentrating too much on keeping them up to fully enjoy the ride. It really has no added thrill value for me, I prefer to have my arms limp or barely holding on to a support bar and letting them lift up on there own a couple of inches during airtime.

That being said, I am a tall guy and when I did do MF with my hands up I definatly did the elbow bend manuver through the two tunnels. I heard another employee braging to another employee (both were off duty in line behind me and I overheard this) that he had managed to "slap" the top of the tunnel after hill 2 earlier in the week so take it for what it is worth.

I would never even think about putting them up on any violent woddie (Viper, Beast, etc) and I know for a fact that Space Mountain has a history of whacking people who put there hands up on it.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004 2:04 PM
People, people.....we are not supposed to put our hands and arms in the air. It's not allowed and compromises the safety of the attraction. Please read and heed all safety requirements of a ride! ;)

That being said, on S:UE at SFWoA, How do you keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times like the stickers on the seatbacks warn? ;)

Wood - anything else is an imitation

Tuesday, January 13, 2004 3:05 PM
Usually, when riding most wooden coasters, my hands are too busy holding the lap bar UP, to keep it from stapeling me to the seat on the hills. Thank God for coasters like Swamp Fox where I can freely hold both hands in the salt air without the fear of being stapled on the first 5 drops.
Tuesday, January 13, 2004 3:50 PM
I can't think of a coaster i'm "scared" to put my hands up on, although I haven't yet put them up on the launch on TTD.

I'm generally pretty secure with my seatbelt and lapbar on most coasters.

But when it comes to the rough woodies (Mean Streak most notably) I'll keep my hands down now whereas I never used to.

Yeah...I think it IS old farts disease.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004 3:50 PM
I feel that if you can ride Phoenix with your hands up the WHOLE time, then you can ride anything with your hands up...

I actually hit my hand off of a bush on Top Gun at PKI, and my hand wasn't even outside the car. It only bled for a little while... :)

Tuesday, January 13, 2004 3:55 PM
I'm suprised that noone mention about Thunderbolt (Windstorm) at Celebration City. I am so frightend that the Extreme Lateral G Forces would slam my arm into the Supports, I am also afraid of some of the very low lying supports.

However I like what SDC/CC did with the coaster by puting on new trains with better lap bars on it. The old ones had the U shaped bar with no pading on it, the G forces kept on pusing against the metal on the lapbars and all you got out of the ride was bruised up legs. The New trains sports T shaped lap bars that are padded, your legs don't push against these types of lapbars, because your legs tend to spread out on a ride. The ride is alot of fun now with the new lapbars, but watch out for the killer brake at the end of the ride. You can chip some teeth if you have your arms up at this point of the ride.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004 3:55 PM
I survived nasai's PNE Coaster Challenge, the FIRST time....on the second trip, I *did* have to put my hands down, since I really did become a bit "concerned"....LOVE that back seat!

Good tunnels, a la Tremors or Goliath, will generally get me to at least LOWER my hands. I have also hit the walls on Beast, although thankfully not TOO hard, LOL.

A lower-than-normal brake shed can do it too....GASM-I, for instance...

edit: CC's Windstorm IS one of the best of its genre...LOVE the drop off the midcourse (ever-so-slight TAP on the brakes)...:)
*** Edited 1/13/2004 8:57:36 PM UTC by rollergator***

Tuesday, January 13, 2004 4:13 PM
Well, Bill, you're a nutcase. Corey, and Greg survived Coaster as well, so my challenge shan't go unnoticed (like I am gonna pay that $5? riiiiiiiiiight;)) That said, it's still a rough beast, and I love to watch people freak on it.

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