KINGDA KA -- one flaw

Wednesday, May 25, 2005 3:38 PM
There is a weight requirement of 150lbs!!! grrrrr. It's now my excuse to pig out for the next week. Only 20 lbs to go!
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Wednesday, May 25, 2005 3:42 PM
Minimum weight of 150? Is that a joke or are you serious? There are a LOT of people, particularly women, who wouldn't be able to meet that requirement.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2005 3:43 PM
there is a weight requirement?? but i dont want to have gain 35 lbs just to ride it!

i dont think that is the case------there were people getting off the ride(while i was in line before it shut down:( ) that were smaller then me.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2005 3:52 PM
I highly doubt this. Why would you need to be at least a certain weight? It makes no sense to me.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2005 3:58 PM
I only weigh 140lbs and I rode it 4 times Saturday so I don't know where you get your information from but its wrong.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2005 4:03 PM
I am jealous Ajrides-------------i was in line on sunday for about an hour an then it shut down. I called on monday before heading down and they said it was not running and i later found out that it started up after 4pm. I would be there right now if the weather was nicer :(
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Wednesday, May 25, 2005 4:04 PM
I saw 3 little kids not more than 80lbs ride lastThursday. I do know for a fact that there was a lot of rumors going around from a certain nj radio station.

Test Dummies not coming back. Train gets stuck at the top for 2 or 3 hours at a time. The launch will knock you out. Maybe this is just anther rumor.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2005 4:08 PM
How would this be possible? Put every rider on a scale?
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Wednesday, May 25, 2005 4:12 PM
Whoever started all of this is a moron. People have been asking me all the time about the test dummys and the weight requirement. How can people actually believe this stuff?

From the mouth of a 130 pound 2 time rider.

BTW, where are all the scales?

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Wednesday, May 25, 2005 4:19 PM
I think the weight thing actually might be because the trains are weight each time. I heard a gentleman talking on Thursday about how each train is weight to make sure its got the right amount of launch power. Not sure if its true or not but maybe thats where it came from.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2005 4:38 PM
How is each train "weight"? What does that mean?
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Wednesday, May 25, 2005 4:44 PM
I know on media day they were very fussy about making sure both trains were filled before dispatching them. The one rollback was with a half full train that was loaded in the front.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2005 4:49 PM
This is 100% crap. Along with the other 30 or 40 rumors.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2005 4:54 PM
I don't know if what he said was true but on Media they were assholes about having every train full with no empty seats.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2005 4:58 PM

Crashmando said:
I don't know if what he said was true but on Media they were assholes about having every train full with no empty seats.

They do that so that there are no empty seats appearing in the photos taken. There is no minimum weight requirement.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2005 5:03 PM
No, they probably do it so 200 people aren't waiting for the front and back row while the other 3,000 people in line can't even get in the station, ya know?

-CO

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Wednesday, May 25, 2005 5:04 PM
I have noticed that on Dragster when the trains are less full or empty and weigh less there is an increased chance of a rollback. Maybe the 150lbs thing is that the train has to average 150 lbs or so per person. I remember reading before that each train is weighed before the launch.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2005 5:07 PM
Assuming that Kingda Ka's launch works the same way as Dragster, the trains are NOT weighed for the launch. It's much simpler than that.

On Dragster, the ride launches, monitoring the speed of the train as it goes down the launch track. Once the train reaches the necessary speed, the hydraulic flow is simply shunted back to the tank, bypassing the drive motors. The train's progress down the launch track before the system cuts out is monitored, and the system is automatically adjusted after each launch in an attempt to get enough speed out of the system on each launch, but to maximize the distance required to reach that speed.

It's all related to train weight, but the trains are not weighed to get the proper results.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2005 5:11 PM

Crashmando said:
on Media they were assholes about having every train full with no empty seats.

Will you take that into consideration when deciding whether or not to attend the next media day you're invited to? *** Edited 5/25/2005 9:12:08 PM UTC by bigboy***

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Wednesday, May 25, 2005 5:27 PM
Actually Media pic where on the other side of the station. My side of the station had about 15 people waiting for the front row but they kept sending people over to the other side. So they yelled at everyone in the front row. And the guy was a complete asshole about it. There was no line what so ever. 20 people in ourside of the station and 400 on the other side. They said they run them full or empty no inbetween.

I wasn't invited to the Media event I went for the season pass sneak peak. I don't know if I would do it again. *** Edited 5/25/2005 9:28:42 PM UTC by Crashmando***

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