Posted Thursday, July 21, 2005 10:33 AM | Contributed by supermandl
An 8-year-old girl with no legs was denied access to even kiddy rides at Busch Gardens Tampa. The park says it was adhering to the ride manufacturer's guidelines.
Read more from The St. Petersburg Times.
The reason isn't always about being able to be restrained either, it has to do with their ability to evacuate a lift if there was a mechanical E-stop. It's not safe for someone to have to piggy-back while they are walked down the stairs. This is also why CP requires people to take their shoes with them onto the Thunder Canyon because the lift catwalks have sharp metal edges that stick up and are meant to create friction with your shoes so you don't slip even if your shoes are wet. But that same effect isn't so fun when you are barefoot walking down the same surface. It's understandable why people are upset about not being able to do certain things at parks, but if they were explained the safety situation about walk-downs I'm sure they would be more understanding.
The situation with the girl sucks, but there's not much the parks can do about it since the ride manufacturers dictate who can and can't ride because of certain disabilities.
If a ride requires legs as a bracing extremity, then there's not much you can do. However, if the ride in question was something like a Hampton kiddy circular, I'd have a problem with that. Doesn't sound like that's the case here, though.
It does appear that there would have been no problem if she had brought her artificial legs from home.
Park strictly follows the ride manufacturer's guidelines to insure safety and prevent accidents from occuring. Park discriminates, is uncaccomidating, etc. Everybody should boycott the park in protest.
Can parks ever win when it comes to these issues? I understand where the family is coming from, but I gotta believe the park is looking out for the best interests of both themselves and the safety of others. On a side note, it's refreshing to see this young girl take the cards she's been dealt and make the best of it (with the olympic swimming and all).
I think the parents should let this one go. The park refunded their money, what else do you want them to do?
I couldn't agree more.
It just blows my mind that parents these days will parade their little girl around so they can pick up a big, fat, easy check. Makes me sick.
What's wrong with this world?
Goliath Freak said:
It is a shame, however it is impossible and/or impractical to design rides that can accommodate everyone who walks through the front gates.
I couldn't help but notice the irony because the girl DIDN'T walk through the gates, she rolled.
While it is unfortunate that she can't ride, it is understandable why they wouldn't let her. At the very least, she knows to bring her legs with her next time. Also, I'm rather suprised that the ACLU hasn't jumped all over this and butted in.
The parent in question could have called the park before hand to see if there was anything she could herself to make it a better experience. Honestly, if the park refunded her money, it should be dropped. The park was nice enough to do so, and they didn't have to.
I feel bad for this little girl, she has had to deal with so many things happening to her at such a young age, but if she didn't have a prosthesis, then the park did right.
Most parks now have rules posted on websites about being able to ride, for example Kennywood. I think it's a great thing, it's posted and people can read and call the park for anymore questions.
The park refunded their money which I thought was a nice gesture.
Parks have rules for safety and I see no wrongdoing on their part. Having her wear a "Boycott BGT" piece of paper is just wrong. I am surprised the ACLU hasn't jumped on this as well.
The reason why it's "news" is because the press LOVE stories like this.
How many times have you seen parents fuss at ride ops because their kid wasn't tall enough to ride a coaster? They were obviously more concerned with getting their kid on the ride than their safety. I know it's not the same and I feel terrible that the girl had to go through that. The mom just needs to drop it and in the future CALL the parks beforehand so her daughter will not be disappointed like that again.
*** This post was edited by coasterqueenTRN 7/21/2005 2:07:58 PM ***
Sounds like handing this information out to this group would have helped a lot.
Rider's Guide, go to pg. 31-32 to see what I mean
*** This post was edited by Blaster_1578 7/21/2005 2:28:08 PM ***
I know it's not the same and I feel terrible that the girl had to go through that. The mom just needs to drop it and in the future CALL the parks beforehand so her daughter will not be disappointed like that again.
Any parent that puts their 8 yeard old daughter outside a park holding a sign is disgusting in my opinion.
I feel bad for the kid too...it's not her fault, but sometimes people just need to suck it up and go home. Heck, they got free tickets for not understanding the rules! We can't make exceptions for every little incident...because, THAT, would be ridiculous.
*** This post was edited by InversionMike 7/21/2005 2:43:23 PM ***
I understand both sides, but you guys are starting to sound silly (and angry).
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