Space Mountain at Disneyland pre-2005 renovation was really bad in terms of low supports. Anyone who rode that thing knows how close the train came to the ride's supports. There are rumors however that the new track system will have better clearances and result in fewer headchoppers.
Another one I was afraid of putting my hands up on was Xcelerator until I saw two guys put their hands up in the station prior to the train's launch.
Man, I was gonna say that earlier in this thread, however, I don't think Viper has scary air. The laterals are awesome, though! Still, I never felt as though I was going to be thrown, which is the only time I pull the reigns in. ;)
I do love that ride, though, and it's second on my list there at SFGam, right after Raging Bull, the ride everyone loves to "hate."
Yes, dawnmarie313, I am lazy. Why should I put my hands up when I can enjoy the ride without going through all that trouble? :) I ride coasters to have fun, not to show off how brave I am with my hands up.
There are a few place on coasters, such as the tunel after the 2nd lift hill on the beast and apollos chariot and such. But more and more lately, I have kept them up, even throught the head-chopers on wooden, and the tunnels and such on other coasters. I guess I feel secure that the park made sure that it is not possible to reach your handout at any time during the ride and hit anything, for the sole reason of dealing with lawsuits and just having that happen is not a pretty sight for the park. But I may be wrong, and their may be parts on some coasters that actually could take off your hand if you have them up or pushed to your side.
The Pepsi Max Big One - only the first drop though! There's something to be said about coming out of a 90-degree bend into a near 90-degree drop that really does make you hold on... as soon as you feel the curve let up a bit the arms go straight up!
Lets see rides I am a bit nervouse or afraid of injury on due to the extension of my arms above my head would have to be,
The Boss! Specifically in the valley! Ouch! That would hurt! I want PTC's for that ride so bad! :(
Mamba! Wow the head chopper on that thing is awesome! The supports keep getting closer and closer and your sure you are going to hit it and then sadly you exit the turn around/helix and finish the ride!
Buzzsaw Falls! On the drop the fake logs at the bottom seem a little close to me so I just can't keep mees arms up!
The Ninja! (SF.St.Louis) Wow the head chopper under the lift is insane! If they would put lapbars on that ride it would kick some Butt!
And the ride I most love to keep my hands up on is Mr. Freeze especially at night! Wow I LOVE IT! BEST ERT EVER! Those are my in state ride picks! I wont go out of state it would take to long! LoL
I will see you all at Coaster Con! Whooo! First time to CP! Yea I will finally be a real Enthusiast just like the blue fairy promised! YAY!
It is the Jackrabbit at Kennywood for me. The first time I rode it I was literally ejected from the seat and the only thing that held me in was the tiny little leather strap. My ride buddy actually grabbed ahold of me because he thought the strap would not hold. I must say, nothing I have ever been on has ever compared to that one single moment of intense air time! I always have to hang on when I ride that now just because I really think that if the strap was not there I would have been gone! I worry that a person much smaller then me could slip out of the strap someday. This whole incident makes me love those double dips even more though!