Japan's parks age restriction on coasters?

Thursday, January 9, 2003 7:48 PM

Fuji-Q's web-site states that people over a certain age (54 for Fujiyama, as an example) are not allowed to ride. Is this to prevent the increase of risk of personal injury and death that occurs more frequently with the elderly? Take a look for yourself...

http://www.fuji-q.com/fuji-q-en/main/images/coaster-03.jpg

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Thursday, January 9, 2003 8:37 PM

Yep, but there are ways around it. It's not as if they check ID. I remember an ACER in her early 60s spent a few months over there in a senior citizen cultural exchange program. She managed to ride about every coaster that existed there then (1998 or so) She just learned how to say she was younger and "play dumb" so she could ride!

I think it is a legal thing to protect themselves. Just like saying that you shouldn't ride if you have a heart condition, etc. Although the nice Japanese operator's didn't card me :) I'm not sure they actively enfoce it.....Nasai??? What do you know?

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Thursday, January 9, 2003 8:37 PM
As far as I have heard, only Fuji-kyu has this going on. My wife has never heard of this, but we don't go to parks on a daily basis in Japan ;) Cmiesen told me that he was happy that he was young enough to go on Dodonpa, and I thought he was kidding, so that should tell you that it isn't a standard.
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Thursday, January 9, 2003 8:45 PM
Come to think of it, I only heard of it at Fujikyu also, hmmm. I guess I assumed it was "common practice:" Good, I can ride SD2K and White Cyclone again when I'm 90 :)

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Friday, January 10, 2003 8:37 AM

Then again, this could explain why nobody rides the Jet Coaster at Takarazuka familyland;)
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Friday, January 10, 2003 8:41 AM
I read that a couple months ago when I was looking at Dodonpa and thought "sheesh! You mean I can't ride the caosters in Japan because of my AGE?" Not that I'm likely to get there anytime soon. I'm glad it's limited.

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