Last year I was on Batman and Robin the Chiller and i was looking backwards and then all of a sudden they say "Yal need a countdown? I didn't think so" then they launched me and I banged my head and got it badly bruised. Has anyone else gotton hit on the launch of a coaster.
Not to be mean but they ask you to keep your head back. I've never been hurt on it but my cousin did. He had his head forward trying to wave at people. Ouch!
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I have been on a lot of rides that are rough. There are certain ways that you can make yourself more comfortable. If you keep your head back on the Great American Scream Machine at SF Great Adventure, your head bounces around alot. The solution is to put your head forward off the head rest. On rides like the Mind Eraser at SF New England, if your sitting on the right seat, you have to push your head to the right of the restraint, and your head won't bang around. Vise Versa. Its all about knowing why you are getting beaten up on the ride and how you can prevent it.
While I wasn't injured, I was quite surprised to see what the ride operators do during the last ride of the night on Speed.
Throughout the day we were told they had to wait a minimum of 5 minutes between launches to cool down the LIMs. Having ridden it over 25 times that day, I wasn't expecting anything out of the norm for the last ride. We were launched as usual and completed the ride. Just as we were pulling into the station slowly, I looked up and noticed a kind of smirk on the ride operators face.
The second we stopped at the end of the ride, we were then again shot out for another ride. This caught me and my friends off guard. What a way to end the night.
If they want you to keep your head back for the launch, they do need to at least let you know when the launch is coming. Some rides ops seem to think it's funny to deliberately fool peoplt to catch them off guard with the launch.
hey Sean F. , that sounds awesome! imagine if they did that with the chiller?! people wouldnt come back to the station with a brain. The chiller is extremely intense. 1 ride is enough for hours, its a great ride too. I just cant wait for the Batman track with lapbars.
I hate to say it, but a park could get sued for a ride op doing this.
I know that it is the riders responsibility to keep their head back, but if they don't know when it will be launched and they hit their head, it is a pretty easy call for who's at fault, at least as a GP jury in court sees it.
I know how it should be: people always should follow the rules, but I think there would be no question who would be ruled at fault if a case like this was taken to the courts.
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Well, it's pretty much impossible for me to get caught off guard on the Premier launched coasters. You can usually hear when the brakes open on the spaghetti bowl coasters and you can *feel* the brakes release on Freeze (StL) and Chiller. Admittedly, I'm more experienced than the average rider, but I also belive that they tell you to keep your head back *at all times*. To me, that imples that the second you sit down, you should be prepared to go.
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I totally agree with you 2hostyl. They have signs posted that tell you to keep your head back at all times. For that reason, the opperators should have to tell you to do that, or even say when the ride will start. As I see it, you should be ready to go the minute you step foot into the car. And a good rider can sence when it will happen( as you said), but i think that anyone can if they are aware.
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I've sat in launched coaster for 5 minutes and more waiting for a launch when there were techincal difficulties (FOF, Robin:TC) or when there were walk on conditions (JJ). Under those circumstances, very few people are going to keep their heads against the headrest the entire time. I have also observed ride opps deliberately trying to fool people about when the launch will occur. Ride opps need to tell people when the launch is going to occur for safety's sake.
If parks put a sign up that says "Keep your head back at all times" and posts it in several places on the ride, I believe it technically waives them from legal liability in that case. However, I'm no legal expert, but I know it definitely lessens their culpability.
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Yall might not care but anyway I went to the Six Flags official website and went to park info and went down to where they describe the rides and I went to chiller and it say riders are secured by lap bar restraints and safety strap but they say riders still have to remove their earrings and ear studs. I guess the over the shoulder restraints isn't the reason to take your ear studs out but the force of the launch is another reason to take them out. Capacity is probably still going to be a issue but not as much as before with the new restraints. Well anyway back on subject it is best for you to face forward before you regret it especially now there is no shoulder restraints from holding you down. You can get a serious whip lash with the lap bars if you don't sit properly.
*** This post was edited by jay_rider on 3/26/2002. ***