Having just coming back from a trip to Orlando for the first time in about 5 years, I couldn't help but notice a disparaging difference between rides of the same manufacturer having trains that range from badly designed tight fits to exceedingly roomy and comfortable... and I'm curious as to why that is.
Case in point, Revenge of the Mummy. If I'm not mistaken, this is a Premier ride (and I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong) and the first one I could ride that I didn't feel like I was being squeezed into a sausage casing. Now maybe it's the four-across seating, or maybe it's because of the ride being in Orlando (where the consumer base is wider and they have more money to spend to cater to it), but I'm not sure why a ride like that feels so much better to ride, than say Italian Job (which is of the same manufacturer/restraint system). It's not as if Mummy and IJST are that much different from each other that they require trains that don't feel the same (and I understand that PKI/PCW wanted to have mini cooper cars and that restricts the seating by that alone). I just don't get why there's such a huge difference. Every Premier ride I've ever been on has felt extremely restrictive, except for this one.
The same could be said for Vekoma and Expedition Everest. Those trains are like the Rolls Royce of coaster cars. I don't think I've EVER take a ride in such accomodating cars that had storage compartments, nothing blocking your feet, lapbars with side room to spare, etc., etc. Those trains are incredible, but yet, I never see anything like that outside of Disney/Universal. Other than cost, and ride size restrictions, I'm not sure if I get why this is the case. Anyone better versed than I know more?.... Dave?
I really don't like the Vekoma OTSR setup. Maybe it is just that my head is too fat, but getting other peoples sweat all over my ears never appealed to me.
I really do like the B&M trains for comfort, but I don't think that they alot enough room for airtime. Nothing like the way the seats do on the Intamin hypers. *** Edited 4/20/2006 3:54:02 PM UTC by kirkout321***
The Intamin trains are comfortable for the most part, after an hour on the launch pad of Dragster, not so much. B&M trains are always great (not counting Stand Ups), and Lightning Racer's Mill Flyers are heavenly.
B&M hypers are easily the most comfortable I've ever been in. So much space, reclined seating, a rather comfy restraint, ah...no wonder some people say Nitro is like getting pushed around in Lazy-Boys.
I love the intamin hypers, but the train--the restaint is a little uncomfortable for my long legs, but the same goes for Premier's trains. Now if only they could put the Gio restraints on the Intamin trains. *** Edited 4/20/2006 5:29:41 PM UTC by Acoustic Viscosity***
Im a sucker for the B&M trains on Psyclone. Thick cushioned headrest and nice leg room.
As for those Premier rides with the lap bar retrofit, it seems like too much restraint in too small of an area. Wheras the OTSRs could lift up and out of the way, the lap bar AND foot bar means more cramped quarters. I assume it was on purpose however.
Speaking of ride vehicles, I have never seen the restraints on the Journey to Atlantis boats (never ridden either one). Can someone describe them to me?
How could this tread gone so far without mentioning Togo's fantastic stand up seat? It is by far the best train on steel today ;)
On a more serious note, one of the most simple train designs, the PTC is still one of the most confortable seats (especially when they dont have a seat divider) on the market, and up until the advent of the MF the best train on wood.
I'm glad to see someone mentioning the NAD trains. Don't gte me wrong. PTC's are one of the better trains made today, but I love the airtime and heavy duty feeling of riding a NAD train. (Of course, the track doesn't always like that feeling...)