Denied access due to size!!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2001 11:29 PM
Well, I never thought it would happen to me, but it finally became a reality. I posted a SFGAm trip report and could not ride V2. I was greatly disappointed because I have never had a problem in the past. Being a big guy(not a fat slob) made me think that I would never have a problem to access of a ride. I didnt want to be stapled to the point of being in pain so I could not ride V2. I also noticed before my time to ride that about 7 people were denied riding V2 also. Is this an Intamin restraint thing that is more strict with bigger riders? I read in the past of people that werent fat being denied access to Hypersonic at PKD. I feel that ride designers should move forward and not backwards in accommodating bigger than normal people. This experience actually threw me for a loop. SFGAm doesnt have the B&M restraint design for larger people and I still have no problem riding on them. What is going on?

"SAVING THE WORLD BEFORE BEDTIME" Powerpuff girls *** This post was edited by Chitown on 5/23/2001. ***
Wednesday, May 23, 2001 2:44 AM
Yeah, my fiance couldn't ride S:UE last year. But he also can't ride B & M's unless they have the "big boy" seats. So you can ride B & M's (minus the big boy seats) but not V2? That sucks.
Wednesday, May 23, 2001 3:30 AM
Yea, S: UE and V2 have funny seats. They dont dip in the seat. Thier like a flat chair. My mom can ride but every time I got to push the restraint a little bit for her. But she still has to ride in the big boy seats on B&M! But when we tried. We got In line for front. And she couldnt fit. So we have to ride the special seats now on. But Were going to try back seat. Cause the front car does feel smaller than the rest. Is this true? For Floorless coasters?
Wednesday, May 23, 2001 5:04 AM
Weird, I've seen some pretty tall people squeeze into S:UE. In fact, I didn't even think the Intamin OTSR's were really even that confining.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2001 7:02 AM
Amen Chitown. I've been saying the same thing to myself for years. Being tall absolutely stinks for riding non-inverted coasters anyway. No legroom whatsoever on almost any ride. I want to be short!

Oh, I just read your TR Chitown. I am startled on how not large you are and you still not fitting. I am as of now 6'5" 235 and have very broad sholders too, so unless the line for S:UE is real short I don't think I will even try it this year. Heck, I fit in the regualr seats on B&M's with two clicks to spare. :(
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*** This post was edited by Joe E. on 5/23/2001. *** *** This post was edited by Joe E. on 5/23/2001. ***
Wednesday, May 23, 2001 7:34 AM
Chitown: Thanks for the "heads up" because I think we share about the same bodily dimentions. I can fit in a standard (NON "big boy") B&M seat, but there's not much room to spare. If I plan on hitting V² (SFMW) this summer, it looks like I will have to hit the gym again.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2001 8:02 AM
Well since Intamin is a European designer, they are probably designing for European body dimensions. In other words they're are for the most part thinner than us. I think the only solution for some people is what a man told us at SFA two weeks ago. He said he lost 75 lbs. just so he could fit in the seats. A fellow enthusiast pointed out to me that a lot of the other enthusiast are overweight which seemed odd to us considering the amount of walking involved at most parks. But, we figured it must be the oh-so healthy in-park meals that might be adding the pounds.
Wednesday, May 23, 2001 8:06 AM
The priority off all ride designers should be to prevent smaller people from falling out of the ride. Usually 54" is the highest minimum height requirement, so rides are designed with the safety of the people of minimum height in mind. If rides were designed for large people, the minimum height standard would disclude even a higher number of park patrons than designing them for smaller guests.
Wednesday, May 23, 2001 9:08 AM
Joe E. don't worry about size on SUE. I'm quite a bit taller and heavier than you and had no problem whatsoever on it. In fact, the "snugness" was kinda welcomed, because when you're 150' in the air paused and looking straight down, it gives a slightly increased feeling of security.

Do watch out for the Villan, though, VERY small rolling stock, but the ride is so awesome, I force myself in the car to ride....

As I've stated in other threads, I'm more worried about XFlight than anything else... *** This post was edited by Doug Rowe on 5/23/2001. ***

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