East coast parks with lots of <54" height req.

Thursday, December 19, 2002 7:16 PM

I'm going to take my daughter on a coaster trip next summer but she will be only about 52 1/2" without shoes. A couple of years ago we went to Cp and PKI because of all the coasters with less than a 54" height requirement(She only missed out on Face Off, Mantis, FOF, Raptor).

I want to hit parks east of Michigan. I was thinking Hersheypark and Kennywood. Are there any other good parks with a variety of coasters that the height requirement is less than 54"?

Thanks

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Thursday, December 19, 2002 7:20 PM

I dont know of any rides with a requirement of more then 54"

As for under 54" you can't go wrong with the PA Parks.

The only iffy ones would be Talon and Great Bear. You would be good to go at any of the other ones and I would suggest Kennywood, Knoebel's and Hershey.

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Thursday, December 19, 2002 7:49 PM
I don't know much about the east coast parks, but i just wanted to give you kudos for respecting the height requirements. Yes, some of them may be a little overkill, but as a ride operator, I really respect you for putting your daughter's safety above all other things. You have no idea how many people would rather feel that they got their money's worth out of a park admission than care about their kids' safety. If every parent were like you, my job would be a lot easier.

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Thursday, December 19, 2002 8:20 PM

Dorney may be a good choice. Only about an hour from Hershey (my driving at least :) ) and the only coaster with a 54" requirement is Talon. Even Dominator (S&S Tower) only has a requirement of 52".

I'd also like to echo Mustang's praise. It's nice to see a "where should we go" post as opposed to the "how can I add height to my kid" post.

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Friday, December 20, 2002 4:18 AM

I too have been looking at what parks would be good to take our daughter to next year. She's 41.5 inches now with shoes so we are hoping she'll hit the 42 inch mark by next summer. If she does, we will be taking a trip to Hershey (5 coasters w/ 42" requirement), Knoebel's (3 coasters) and Dorney (another 3).

Kennywood, Hershey, Knoebel's and Dorney would all be good for your daughter. There would be only two (Talon and Great Bear) that she wouldn't be able to ride. You might also want to throw in a trip to Conneaut or Lakemont if your time permits.

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Friday, December 20, 2002 6:04 AM
Hershey is excellent choice, she can ride everything but Great Bear. As far as i am concerned, it is the best thrill ride park to take kids to because they have so many rides they can actually ride if they are not tall enough.
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Friday, December 20, 2002 8:53 AM

Thanks for the advice. Dorney Park looks like a good choice. If CP's new ride has a 52" or lower requirement I'll be going back, especially with Wicked Twister being 52".

Loriu, your daughter will be fine. Kids grow at about 2" per year in the early years. My son is 41 3/4" in shoes. I'll be taking him to BGT next year for the River Rapids ride and Scorpion. He'll have to want to get on them, though.

I think driving or flying from Florida to try to cheat the height requirement is ridiculous. Even at a park nearby, there are plenty of other rides to go on for kids.

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Saturday, December 21, 2002 10:43 AM
I thought only B&M's were 54".

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Saturday, December 21, 2002 11:12 AM
Some of Vekoma, Intamin, and Arrow coasters have the 54" height requirement to.

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Sunday, December 22, 2002 8:50 AM

@ Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Loch Ness Monster 48" Big Bad Wolf 42"

Wild Maus 42" Alpengeist 54"

Apollo's Chariot 52"

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Sunday, December 22, 2002 5:54 PM
I would like to echo the praise from earlier. I have met a lot of parents who would rather have their kids ride the big coasters (even if they are screaming to get off) than to think of their kids safety. I wish the entire GP had a chance to read this, it might teach them a lesson or two. Speaking of which [hits print button] this might come in handy when PKI starts back up :)

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Sunday, December 22, 2002 6:24 PM
Don't forget Carowinds! That is, if you plan going South a little. Carowinds has all kinds of great stuff. They're getting Runaway Reptar next summer, which is a mini-invert just in case she can't get on Top Gun. Not to mention Super Saturator and Gold Rusher. They have plenty of fun stuff there and they make sure that little kids have as much fun as the older thrill-seeker, if not more fun!
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Sunday, December 22, 2002 6:41 PM

the thrill 2 said:

I'm going to take my daughter on a coaster trip next summer but she will be only about 52 1/2" without shoes.

Considering that you said your daughter is that height without shoes, she probably wont have a problem getting on the 54" coasters with shoes on. That is how they measure children when getting on coasters so next season should be all good with getting on everything.

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Monday, December 23, 2002 10:11 AM

Inverted and Standup rides are usually 54", due to the restraints (to be able to reach the ground in the station on inverted, need to be big enough so you can use the adjustable seats on standups so your feet touch the floor).

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