Japanase Age Restrictions for Coasters

Thursday, July 25, 2002 10:37 AM
Does anyone know if they had any. I'm sure Dodonpa with that launch would have to be pretty high. Also could someone please tell me the restriction for Dodonpa.

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Sean

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 12:13 PM

When I was there I think the age restriction was 45 or so for Fujiyama/Dodonpa, etc. It's like that at most parks. The only park I didn't see an age restriction at was Disneyland. Every park has different rules over there about age

Are you planning a trip there and afraid you're too old? If you are going, good luck riding Dodonpa...5 of us from this site have been there and 0 of us got to ride it.

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- Peabody

*** This post was edited by Peabody on 7/25/2002. ***

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 1:19 PM
45? That can't be right. Im 13 anyway I might go there in about 3-4 years.

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Sean

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 1:21 PM
No, I'm pretty sure he means 45 as the maximun age...?

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Raging Bull= 100

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 1:25 PM
Does anyone know the minimum age?

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Sean

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 1:26 PM
There is no minimum age, just height. But, if you are over 45 years old (yes....45....fourty five), you can't ride.

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- Peabody

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 1:28 PM
Even though I think 45 might be a little too low, it's nice to see that some parks care a little more about health and stuff like that.

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Raging Bull= 100

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 1:29 PM
Why is that? It doesn't make sense to me to have a max. age. Could somebody please explain why they do this?

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Cedar Point-America's Roller Coast.

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 1:30 PM
Peabody do you know the height minimum.

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Sean

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 1:30 PM
It's their culture. They build extreme rides (more extreme than over here often) and don't think that older people can safely ride them. When I was there everyone at the park seemed to be in their 20s and 30s who was ridingg the coasters.

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- Peabody

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 1:32 PM

I forget the height minimum, it's probably the same as Hypersonic.

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- Peabody

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 1:59 PM
That guy riding Steel Dragon in those Discovery productions, he must've snuck in. That guy had to be over 45. But, like they say, it's a different culture. I would have to be sure to forget my wallet if I was older & there, LOL. Black hair dye, something. Youth remedies, I can't stand the thought of not being an old rider, I'd drink some nasty stuff if it kept me young looking & on the coasters.
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Thursday, July 25, 2002 3:08 PM
Well, that guy riding was Dana Morgan, right? IOf course they let him ride it :) They probably let them/park execs/media, etc. ride!

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- Peabody

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 3:11 PM

Thats crazy that there is an upper age limit. Someone in their 30s could be in much worse health than say a 60 year old.

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Rob


"Some people spend an entire LIFETIME wondering if they made a DIFFERENCE. The MARINES don't have that problem." -President Reagan 1985

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 3:18 PM

How can they prove that your over 45? Do they check your ID or something?

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 4:22 PM

I don't think they check ID. It may not be actively enforced everywhere....no carding of people. However, I do remember reading about a lady (maybe in her upper 50's) in an ACE magazine who rode every coaster in Japan over a 6 month period or so....I remember hearing of her troubles getting on many rides. (I think she had a prepared speach in japanese stating she was much younger than she actually was). This arcitle was in Rollercoaster 4 or 5 years ago.

The safety signs I saw weren't in English, so I can't tell you the exact rule.

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- Peabody

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Friday, July 26, 2002 3:11 AM
That 'rule" would last about 5 seconds in this country before a lawsuit was filed. :)
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Friday, July 26, 2002 4:56 AM

Not to mention it's the dumbest rule I've ever heard. Is 45 old in Japan?? Average life expectancy is 80+ here and probably higher there. Also, what does that say to the public about how safe they feel the coaster is?

I think the height minimum is low because Japanese people don't reach 54" until they are about 25, which gives you 20 years to enjoy coasters, LOL!

Maybe we should drop another nuke on 'em and bring them back to their senses.

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Friday, July 26, 2002 5:02 AM

I think this is ridiculous. I don't have any plans to go to Japan but if I did, being 47, I wouldn't be able to ride. I know I'm not in the best physical condition but I certainly can handle any ride that's currently out there.

I wonder if this is more of a cultural rather than physical thing. Maybe they feel that it's undignified for an older person to be at an amusement park. Just a thought.

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Friday, July 26, 2002 5:05 AM

the thrill said:
Maybe we should drop another nuke on 'em and bring them back to their senses."

Boy, just when you think you've heard it all...


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