Height Requirements on Enterprises

Monday, July 2, 2001 3:44 PM
Why are the height requirements on Enterprises restrict anyone usually under 4½-5 feet tall. Also, this is the one ride where every model has a diff height requirement.
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Monday, July 2, 2001 3:55 PM
i use to operate the enterprise at dorney
that was the one ride where everyother person liked to yell at me cause they didnt understand the height reiquirements.
basically its (in my opinion) the way the ride is designed. Some have smaller gondels and some are bigger. The manufacter wants the riders legs to bealbe to reach the feet rest, so that way they dont slide around all over the place while the ride is in motion. its hard to explain, but next time you get on one of those rides try to ride with your legs crossed and not holding on, most likely you'll bang around alot.

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Monday, July 2, 2001 4:08 PM
More than one firm built/builds Enterprises. They may look alike, but there are minor differences in the size of the cabins and how the restraint systems work. Then the insurance companies put their two bits worth in. That's why you get "Whadaya mean he's too small!!!!!!!!! He just rode one of these at the fair last week!!!!!!"
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Monday, July 2, 2001 4:10 PM
oH my god memories thats exactely what they said
lol

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Monday, July 2, 2001 5:57 PM
For the most part, these rides also don't have lapbars, seatbelts, or other restraints, so the stability of the rider is based a lot on their height, thus making the height requirement taller.

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Monday, July 2, 2001 6:26 PM
I see, because when I was younger, I would bounce around in them, a problem I do not have anymore.

Also, is there a reason there is NO safety restraint system
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Monday, July 2, 2001 9:37 PM
One problem is that the Enterprise does not have a height requirement from the manufacturer; it has an AGE restriction, which is typical for Huss rides. Then, there is the difference between the Enterprise and the Skylab. Skylab is a bigger ride, but has a lower age requirement (12 vs. 14 to ride unaccompanied if I remember correctly).

The ride has no active restraints on it because it doesn't need any. :)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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Tuesday, July 3, 2001 5:34 PM
Actually, in Europe they do things,for the most part, by age. They figure that a person a certain age is going to be within certain parameters as far as height,weight,etc. What we're finding out here is kids are increasingly getting bigger for their age as compared to say fifty years ago. Ergo the height instead of age requirement. The problem with that is the maturity level of the child. They may be big enough, but can they emotionally handle the experience?
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Wednesday, July 4, 2001 4:28 PM
I was talking to an upper management at CP once while I was an employee and I asked about the height requirements like that, and they agreed that it is also the maturity of the rider that's a concern. Not so much can they handle the ride (more afraid of them freaking out and being too scared) but how mature will they be in a 2-3 hour wait without annoying the rest of the line! Of course, it's not a perfect system.

The height part is not set in stone, because for individuals that are below the height requirement but are adults with not physical restrictions, you can get a special pass at CP (similar to the handicapped passes) that shows you can ride anything, regardless of the height requirement (no special access, just you don't have to argue about it with the entrance host). Mantis might pose a problem, of course, but the rest of the coasters aren't a problem.

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