HW Incident Affecting Other Parks?

Sunday, June 8, 2003 8:59 AM
I just made my first trip to MiA since the incident at HW. The Ride Ops were checking restraints more closely than in my 2 other trips to the park this season.

I usually go for 3 clicks on my lap bar (never less) on Shivering Timbers. Out 8 laps yesterday, 6 of them were pushed down by the Ops to 5 or 6 clicks. I had one 4 click ride and one 3 click ride.

Anyone else notice a change at other parks?

Sunday, June 8, 2003 9:19 AM
Well, its not pertaining to the death at HW, but after the death at SFGAm with a girl choking on taffy, Santa's Village (small park outside of Chicago) has put in new signs by their rides with big red letters stating "No gum or candy allowed".

If a park wasnt allowing 1 or 2 click rides to begin with, they have no need to change the rules.

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Sunday, June 8, 2003 9:24 AM
Right Chitown and I honestly don't know of any other parks that allowed this in the first place besides HW. I'm sure some parks will be enforcing the rules and making sure the guests *know them* well before riding.

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Sunday, June 8, 2003 10:41 AM
I always get one click rides on Phoenix here at Knoebels. ;) On a serious note, I don't really think many parks allow one-clicks either.

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Sunday, June 8, 2003 10:53 AM
I never mentioned one-clicks. Why is this being brought up here? I know where the lap bar hits my thighs on ST on three-clicks and, IMO, it's a safe, air time filled ride.

To push the bar down further was not needed and uncalled for. I attribute this to what happened last weekend. I can just about imagine the memo that went out to Park Leadership concerning restraints (in particular, lap bar placement and seatbelts).

Sunday, June 8, 2003 10:59 AM
Six Flags Worlds Of Adventure issued a re-training mandate for any ride with ratcheting lapbars. All seasonal employees are required to be re-trained by their leads or supervisors so that they know all lap bars must be A) as low as possible, and B) securely possitioned against the guests. In layman's terms, we have to (politely) staple everyone. I don't know if this was just our park that did this, our a Corporate wide mandate for re-training.

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*** This post was edited by Zero-G 6/8/2003 7:13:43 PM ***

Sunday, June 8, 2003 11:46 AM
I know safety comes first at most (if not all) parks. Interesting that Zero-G from SF was the first to respond to this. Especially with all the SF bashing that goes on around here.

Thank you for confirming my suspisions. I expierenced it for myself at MiA (a CF park).

Sunday, June 8, 2003 12:00 PM
I forgot to mention in my trip report yesterday about my visit to SFWoA, which was Wed May 28th, that I happily experienced no stapling whatsoever on any ride. So it would seem that what happened at HW did indeed change things at some parks. The very next day, even though I had never been to Indiana Beach, I could just tell things had changed. We were checked and re-checked after being stapled into HH, as well as CE.

I will say however, that I was quite surprised at the restraints on the Jack Rabbit at KW (report to come later). It will only take one person to undo the already ridiculously loose "seatbelt" for an accident. That coaster was throwing me out of the car, the Tues after the HW tradgedy. But then, that's a Miller for ya.
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Sunday, June 8, 2003 12:50 PM
Scott, I was at CP on Thursday the 6th, and don't recall being stapled. However, I generally keep restraints snug anyway, so I might not notice any difference.


Sunday, June 8, 2003 1:31 PM
Brian, You would have noticed a change, if there was one. I know I did at MiA. BTW: I was NOT disappointed in any ride that I took on Timbers! Most of the 5-6 click rides were still awesome.

The only ride that was less than I hoped for was in the mid to latter part of the train and that was expected.


Sunday, June 8, 2003 2:11 PM
I can understand where parks won't allow 1-2 click rides. Thats really unnecessary room. I think 3 clicks is okay if your body is bigger. I noticed Ride Ops at PKD enjoy a good stapling, when it really isn't necessary (before HW incident). When the lapbar is down three clicks, I'm comfortable, but down any further, and any airtime is more painful than enjoyable. If your lapbar looks to be down enough, and thats where you wanted it, they should let it be. Well, guess that means more slouching and inflation of stomach for me!!

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Sunday, June 8, 2003 2:52 PM
Knoebels actually dropped my lapbar another click on the Twister yesterday, which surprised me, but they did not staple.

Of course, I got one-click rides on the Phoenix all day. LOL

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Sunday, June 8, 2003 3:00 PM
Tuesday night on the Rattler @ SFFT, I was trying to untangle a severly twisted seat belt that wouldn't tighten down far enough for Fat Albert, when the ride op says "On this run we're leaving the lap bars up!"

He didn't have a clue...But he does now!

That was the only time I saw this week that the ops didn't check everthing very very well. SFFT,SW,SFAW,SFOT


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