Does Height Really Matter?

Friday, March 29, 2002 10:58 AM
I was thinking, does height on a coaster really matter? I mean, I think it would be more of an issue of weight distribution than height. For the life of me I cannot think of anything on a coaster that has to do with height. Can someone explain?

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Friday, March 29, 2002 11:23 AM
Maybe speed?

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Friday, March 29, 2002 11:26 AM
But how would speed and the height of a person relate?

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Friday, March 29, 2002 11:31 AM
Your thread is getting confusing.

Height of coaster is crucial for speed, but I don't believe that height is entirely neccessary for a 'good' ride. Correlation doesn't equal causation I once learned!

There are plenty of small or short coasters that pack big punches.

Conversely, Millenium Force, the tallest coaster in N. America, is very popular because no one has experienced such height and speed combined. So, yeah, it counts.

*** This post was edited by coasterfreaky on 3/29/2002. ***

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Friday, March 29, 2002 11:34 AM
Agh....I'm sorry....I meant like height requirements on people.

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Friday, March 29, 2002 11:35 AM

Here's an idea, Glenn. Explain what you are asking for in a more detailed fashion. I, too, thought you were referring to the height of the rollercoaster, not the height of the riders...

As far as height of the riders, it makes a difference as to how the restraints fit. They base it on the average body dimensions of the average person of a particular height. If a ride has a min height restriction of 48" the restraints can adjust further downward (in theory) than a ride with a 54" minimum.

I know others on here can explain this more succinctly than me, but that is the general gist of it.

*** This post was edited by redman822 on 3/29/2002. ***

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Friday, March 29, 2002 11:37 AM

What they base height requirements on is if you could easily get out of the restraints. They look at average height, weight, and size of different age groups. Then make their decision based on those factors.

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Friday, March 29, 2002 11:38 AM
Thanks Redman, that clears it up for me.

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