Posted Friday, June 17, 2011 12:31 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Amusement-park-goers reported 284 issues that required medical attention over two years at Orange County venues and were investigated by a state agency, an analysis by The Orange County Register has found. Theme parks and venues with permanent rides, including Disney's and Knott's, are required under a 2000 law to submit state reports every time a patron seeks care beyond first aid for medical issues on rides. The state investigates the most serious reports, roughly two-thirds of them.
Read more from The Orange County Register.
Well, there's your information about why they neutered Ghostrider. What's ridiculous is that the real solution to me is to fix the ride, not slow it down. Does the park not have the expertise to maintain a wood coaster?
Actually, I looked in the Register's published database (link in the article) and looked up GhostRider. In the database, several of the entries indicate "changes made". On looking up the actual incidents, though, the following changes were noted:
• Replace track on a couple of turns
• Verify that seat foam is that specified by the manufacturer
• Repair and maintain seat dividers
• Collect accelerometer data
One of the incidents in 2010 had a result of collecting accelerometer data and noting that several areas were near force limits, but that those areas were scheduled for overhaul later in the season.
When I rode GhostRider in December, the train was being stopped on the mid-course, but the ejector airtime on one of the subsequent hills was unreal, which makes me wonder if slowing the ride down isn't a result of something that simply wasn't built right when they re-tracked.
The more i learn about wood coasters, the more convinced I become that slowing the ride down is almost never the correct solution to a problem.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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