Is ridding with your cell phone out permitted in Germany or Europe?

Friday, August 15, 2014 6:46 PM
CoasterDiscern's avatar

I was streaming through some coaster videos like I always do when I'm killing time and seen a video showing a man not only using is cell phone while in his seat awaiting departure from the station, but also using it while the train is being dispatched out. No attempt at stopping the ride from any ride op or booth operator from what I could see. Is this permitted or just special privilege?

Last edited by CoasterDiscern, Friday, August 15, 2014 8:57 PM
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Friday, August 15, 2014 7:00 PM
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Sorry about that I was just trying to whip this up. Must have hit the "D" twice.


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Friday, August 15, 2014 8:58 PM
Jeff's avatar

I've done it on Disney rides countless times, and they don't seem to care. I did some fun reverse POV of my kid on Thunder Mountain.

I will always respect the park rules, but given the wide range they have, sometimes they seem arbitrary.


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Friday, August 15, 2014 9:36 PM
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Oh thats really cool. He probably loved it. :)

Well you learn something every day. I thought something like that would fall under the NO LOOSE ARTICLES policy everywhere. I'm actually pretty shocked Jeff I didn't think they would allow such a thing. If I ever make it to Disney again I may have to do it myself. Maybe even HULK at Universal if they would let it slide.


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Friday, August 15, 2014 10:00 PM
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I don't think Universal is as liberal.


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Friday, August 15, 2014 10:14 PM

Couple years ago we were at Universal waiting for Hulk. They stopped the ride as it was going up the first hill because someone had a phone out. Ride op ran up the hill and told the rider to put the phone away. They definitely are not as liberal as Disney on that issue.

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Friday, August 15, 2014 10:31 PM
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I was pretty weirded out by how ok Disney is with pulling out phones and cameras on rides.


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Friday, August 15, 2014 10:33 PM
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I have been stopped on the lift of Dueling Dragons for someone's cellphone. Before *the incident(s)* that led to them no longer dueling. I'd imagine they've become more strict since then, not less.

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Friday, August 15, 2014 10:56 PM

I've always been surprised at how Disney's safety rules and protocol seem to differ from just about everyone in the country. Not only do the cameras seem to be ok, but they often rely on guests to check their own lap bars, advising them to pull up to make sure they're locked. I think Soarin is one of the most precarious feeling rides I've ever ridden. Somehow I feel like I'm very high up there with nothing much to keep me in.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014 2:34 AM

Rules vary from park to park.

Some are liberal, some are not.


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Saturday, August 16, 2014 5:56 AM
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Richard Bannister said:

Rules vary from park to park.

I'd say they differ more from operator to operator. The only park I have seen consistently deal with phones is Alton Towers. They will pretty much stop any ride any place they can if they spot a phone.


Nothing to see here. Move along.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014 7:48 PM
Jeff's avatar

But here's the thing at Disney: Are self-checked lap bars less effective? (I would add that they visually confirm your check.) Are there accidents with phones on Thunder Mountain or backpacks on Space Mountain? No one has the scrutiny or throughout that they do, and their record is awfully good. At no time have I felt unsafe on a Disney ride.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014 8:11 PM
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I'm not sure there is enough ejector air on Thunder Mountain to remove a feather from the seat of the train. Disney rides do not have the extreme forces ( few exceptions) that many other rides do. While this makes them more family appealing it also allows things to be taken onride that would not fly elsewhere.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014 10:56 PM

The MillenniumRider don't you mean they allow things to be taken on ride that WOULD fly elsewhere? ;0)


But then again, what do I know?

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