Disney Lapbar Checking

Wednesday, August 29, 2001 10:21 AM
I went to Disneyland and DCA this weekend. I noticed that the operators did not physically tug on the lapbars for any of the coasters. I never noticed this before (not that they ever did...I just didn't notice). Does anyone know why this is?

You'd think that Disneyland would be the kind of place where they would actually tug on it two or three times. Perhaps they don't want to alarm us?

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Wednesday, August 29, 2001 10:42 AM
Even though they should, it drpends on a ride if it was the simulator or those other Disney moving rides you won't be going any where high or going to fast. On Cali Screamin it is an Intamin and thier hydraulic restraints don't open, unless 300+ pounds is applied.

I would prefer if they did check the restraints, though the chance of me getting hurt is low, it would make me feel more at ease.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2001 11:44 AM
I know the rides aren't spectacularly violent or anything. I just thought it was common practice. I noticed that they didn't check on Mulholland Madness, which on account of its being a mouse, needs secure restraints.

I always check my own anyway, but not everyone does this. And just because you need to apply 300+ pounds to get out of the Intamin restraints when it's locked, what if it isn't locked? And if they have a smart system that won't let the train go unless the restraints are down, they must really trust it.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2001 12:52 PM
They also don't check restraints on Rock 'n Roller Coaster at the studios.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2001 10:23 PM
Perhaps we need a new thread to remind people "always check your own restraints".  The again, WE already know that.  Always surprises me when they're not checked.  Two folks on Double-Shot almost got sent up this summer with no restraints right in front of me!  People in line were screaming to stop the ride.  Ride-op at board heard in time.  The people on the ride, NOT sure what they were thinking...ALWAYS check your own restraints, but ONLY if you value your life.  It's kind of similar to buckling your seat belt, good standard practice.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2001 11:14 PM
Yea you have to check yourself! Me and my freind always check each other then purselves. i was on the wildcat and the ride op check us and where checking the rest of the train and i pushed on my freinds lapbar to check it and it poped right open! i was liek oops better pull it down and check it again! then it locked and stood the second time. scary stuff thou. im ganna ride my first flying coaster later today (leaving soon) and im ganna check myself but since im not firmiluar with the coaster i mgith need op assitance, i think since somtimes people dont know what how the ride works they dont check themselves and the ride op think they will. i was on MF and they dident check me or my mother! i was so upset so i check her and check myself. (nuthing hard about it) and we where off but its scary to think what if im rding a coaster and due to lack of safty my lapbar poped open!  not a very good situation. well im off . and i will be checking my restrainets today. =)
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Thursday, August 30, 2001 3:26 AM
There is not a ride in disney that you would "fall off of" if your lapbar released (and you knew it was released, of course). You could hold yourself onto the bar next to you and you would easily finish the course (and make a ton of cash after you sue disney).

I would be more worried about being in Space Mountain rather than any other ride there, however, since the supports are extremely close to the car. Go to a few WDW/WDL sites and you can easily find pictures of the ride with the lights on. Its more scary than it is as a dark ride. :)

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Thursday, August 30, 2001 1:19 PM
Huh? Disney doesn't check lapbars? Mabye thats the explanation for all th accidents.
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The Marshmallow Man Is Coming....
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Thursday, August 30, 2001 3:22 PM
If you allow yourself to be launched on a ride without checking to see if you're secure on your own, well, that dosen't say much for the grey matter between the ears.
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Thursday, August 30, 2001 3:26 PM
I always check my lapbars, even if someone already does it. But like, I think you're right about what you said. With the gray matter thing.
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Thursday, August 30, 2001 3:33 PM
Perhaps they are more worried about capacity than safety. That just doesn't seem right though. They must really trust their equipment though.
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Thursday, August 30, 2001 6:52 PM
    I noticed this as well and I'm guessing they are hoping to spot a problem if there is one. Maybe not the safest but checking restraints may get people nervous, while for me not checking them gets me nervous. I myself always check my restraints just in case. ;)
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Thursday, August 30, 2001 7:02 PM
Now that you mention it. Last summer when I rode Aerosmith Rock N' Rollercoaster, I don't remember them checking the over the shoulder restraints. I always give them a good tug to make sure.
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Thursday, August 30, 2001 8:22 PM
Lap Bars don't need to be checked sometimes, on Mailiboomer(S&S Triple Shot) They really tuged on your seat belt and OTSR. I love how at Disney they don't even come close to stapling you, I have had my Lap bar at mid thigh when they check it so they don't staple me, they really don't check much, but I always push it down, you really don't need a lap bar that bad on Space Mountain, except for keeping you from Standing. Hell On Matterhorn you can un doe your seat belt and no one would care!
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Friday, August 31, 2001 1:39 PM
I noticed this at Grad Nite back in June. Interesting?!?!? They just make sure they are down then give the signal. The only rides I actually went on that they checked was Indiana Jones (they have sensors in the seats like Imax rides so they all have to be on or that seat must be empty), Pinnochio, and Snow White.
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"ok everyone go ahead and pull down on your shoulder restraint so you feel nice and stuck!"
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