Wednesday, July 26, 2006 1:36 PM
I was browsing the SF website for kicks and giggles and I noticed that the three Superman Ride of Steel coasters have a minimum height requirement of 54" and a maximum of 76".
Was this always the case or did these height requirements change after the death on the one SROS? I just find it odd because Millennium Force's height requirement is 48" and no max height.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006 1:38 PM
Is it for clearance reasons?
Wednesday, July 26, 2006 1:39 PM
This has been since day one I believe....yes, for clearance issues. *** Edited 7/26/2006 5:40:19 PM UTC by Peabody***
BATWING FAN SFA
Wednesday, July 26, 2006 1:50 PM
Actually SFA's changed to a minimum of 52 inches a couple years ago...don't know for certain if they changed it back though.
I only noticed the max height resetriction of 76 inches last season but Peabody's right it's for clearance issues...the entrance & exit to the helices sure make for some good handchoppers.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006 4:38 PM
Either clearance issues or they don't want your neck to get snapped on the headrest. *** Edited 7/26/2006 8:54:18 PM UTC by Marky Mark***
Wednesday, July 26, 2006 5:44 PM
What headrest? None of the SROSs have headrests--MF does, but not the SROSs.
I think it's because of clearance issues--at least on the ones at SFDL & SFA. The exit of the first helix and entrance to the second come close to supports. I guess they don't want people to reach out and touch them. Of course, if you were under the height limit and had long arms, I guess this is a moot point.
As for SFNE's SROS, I don't even know why. *** Edited 7/26/2006 9:45:08 PM UTC by rablat5***
Wednesday, July 26, 2006 6:03 PM
Oops, my bad. I thought all those seats were of the same design.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006 6:25 PM
That's odd that they would have a max height for clearence issues, when on MF you can reach out and touch the support in the first turn (even though they have cut it out, it's still possible). (Not that I've done it, or plan to do it, but it IS possible)
Thursday, July 27, 2006 12:49 AM
I almost got turned down at DL for it's ROS... But I just "bad postured" myself, because I know when to pull my arms in... ;)
I wont even bother anymore with those old style trains... Err, any of the ROS. Poor height requirements, awful and uncomfortable "shin" holders (bruise mania), and well, im 6'5" or so and will be "too tall".
Thursday, July 27, 2006 2:31 PM
Opening year for Millennium the height requirement was 54 inches, but for 2001 the seats were changed to accommodate 48 inch riders.
Ride of Steel
Thursday, July 27, 2006 2:35 PM
Superman at Darien Lake was 48" up until the 2004 accident at SFNE.
Millennium Force was 54 inches and changed to 48" for the 2002 season. The reason I say that is because I have a discovering channel video and the ride op interviewed was checking heights and the requirement was 54 inches, and that was filmed in 01'.
The seats WERE NOT changed, however.