Monday, February 20, 2006 7:49 PM
I am pretty tall, about 6'3 and most of my height is in my legs. On inverted coasters I like to stretch out my legs and in one instance my foot got stuck in the car in the row in front of me on Raptor. That scared me and I haven't done it since.

I was just wondering, how much clearance do roller coaster designers allow, in terms of height of a rider? Is it possible to hit a support or track nearby?

I guess I don't want to lose a foot or a leg. :)

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Monday, February 20, 2006 7:52 PM
Designers go to great lengths to ensure that enough clearance is allowed for anyone who is within the height requirements.

A clearance check is also performed after the coaster is completed before it opens to the public.

As long as you are riding properly you need not worry.

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Monday, February 20, 2006 8:45 PM
Right, you should be allowed to ride most major coasters.
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Monday, February 20, 2006 9:01 PM
I can safely say that Xander is incorrect.

You will have more difficulty riding some coasters but a few hints will help. Many rides you can cross your legs to clear the lapbar and otherwise fit in a unit. Usually the front seat or front seat of a car gives somewhat more leg room. The front row in arrow loopers give quite a bit of leg room.

Personally I'm 6'6. As someone who has grown too tall for many coasters over recent years I can safely say you won't find many coasters that you'll have much trouble with in terms of height. There might be a small handfull of rides you can't ride but they are likely to be kiddy rides. I couldn't ride Intamin inverts (Impulses) at just over 6'4 and B&M inverts or standups at 6'5. There are a number of factors, Someone my height that is thinner and carry more height in their legs might be able to bend or otherwise sqeeze the harness down harder to fit. That is just a couple examples

On the other hand, I can't fit in TTD or MF since I am no longer able to buckle the seatbelt.

I am just glad that I got the 452 rides on MF and 14 on Dragster while I could during 2000-2003.

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Monday, February 20, 2006 10:06 PM
^Yeah, I hope I don't grow anymore so I can still ride everything.

That sucks that you can't ride MF or Dragster anymore.

Just wondering, how much do you weigh? Can you not ride because of your height or because of your weight?

I weigh 175 so the only thing keeping me from potentially fitting could be my height. *** Edited 2/21/2006 3:07:56 AM UTC by baller24***

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006 10:46 AM

SteelMonsters said:
I can safely say that Xander is incorrect.

The first poster asked about hitting support or track, and Xander correctly answered that designers go to great lengths to insure proper clearance (although they apparently missed a support on Millennium Force).

I don't think he was asking about legroom inside the train.

I don't think you have anything to worry about on an inverted coaster no matter how long your legs are. You're not going to hit any supports or tracks. Touching the car in front of you with your foot (especially on a B&M) is another matter--even people of average height can do that.

*** Edited 2/21/2006 5:02:38 PM UTC by Jeffrey Seifert***

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006 11:54 AM
Tall people can ride MF they just should sit in row 1 of a car so as not to bang their knees on the seat in front of them. :)
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Tuesday, February 21, 2006 12:38 PM
Intamin Hypers (such as MF) constrain the position of the legs very much, with the knees in a angled position - there is not much room to move at all, especially with long legs.
I'm 6'4, but most of my height is in my upper body, I never had problems with my legs, but my upper body won't fit comfortably into Arrow/Vekoma trains.

Getting your foot stuck in the row in front of you on an inverter can sounds like a shocking exprience though.
How did you manage to get it stuck?

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006 4:36 PM
Superman, MF isn't a hyper, it's a giga coaster (correct me if i'm wrong anyone) ;)
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Tuesday, February 21, 2006 4:47 PM
Well technically any "giga" or "strata" coaster IS a "hyper" coaster, as they are all over 200-ft tall. ;)
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Tuesday, February 21, 2006 6:27 PM
Ive got the long upper body problem too, I can fit unconfortly into a BM standard, with ease on a big boy, and cant do Intamin horse collars due to my sholder height.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2006 10:17 PM

superman said:How did you manage to get it stuck?

I stretched out my legs in the vertical loop and it was right before the zero-g roll where I got it stuck between two seats in the row in front of me. It scared me and I pulled it out pretty fast.

I know an average person can touch the row in front of them. I guess I am the only jackass that tries to see how far I can reach. :) *** Edited 2/22/2006 3:19:20 AM UTC by baller24***

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Wednesday, February 22, 2006 12:58 AM
It's fun watching people freak out on Wicked Twister when they touch the seat in front of them with their feet. They don't realize there are two rows per car.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2006 12:58 AM
I'm confused, I thought it was a Stacey Keibler topic.
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Thursday, February 23, 2006 8:51 PM
Im 6'5" and hoping my extra inch grown over winter doesn't elimate me from some fav's...

MF was getting tricky for me as some belts offered me 2inches of slack, others 1/2-1 inch depending. Dragster was always easy with 2-2 1/2 all the time. Ive always been able to ride everything, but I know for a fact any premier with labars other then mummy is out of the question as the only one, and kiddy rides!

For any curious, im 6'6", big boned, and a little over 250lbs. I ride any B&M with slack in the belt and some rides I have to cross my legs, but other than that I been having good luck so far! Hopefully this year is good to me as I gained a few pounds and an inch or two ;)

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Thursday, February 23, 2006 9:27 PM
Thank goodness I never got that tall. I'm 6'4" and have to do some weird leg configurations on certain roller coasters to fit. River King Mine Train has to be one of the worst to contort into. I don't know about the other tall guys on here, but it gets annoying ever time you ride a HUSS topspin and have to be measured to make sure you aren't "too tall".

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Thursday, February 23, 2006 10:34 PM
I know that Dueling Dragons has a maximum height(maybe).
Im around ^6'2" and some rides do make my legs very cramped.
Sit downs are the worst ive noticed.
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Friday, February 24, 2006 12:14 AM
Swoosh, the kiddie mine trains are even more fun to contort into. :)
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Saturday, February 25, 2006 9:49 PM
Has anyone ever been denied a ride on Déjà Vu (specifically the one at SFMM) due to the max height limit? I’m asking because I’m about 6’3” and planning on going there this season. I’m wondering if I’ll get to ride it (if it’s actually open). Do they strictly enforce the height max? Also, what is the height max posted outside the ride? On one page on Six Flag’s site it says 75” and on another it says 6’4”. *** Edited 2/26/2006 2:50:42 AM UTC by person***
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Saturday, February 25, 2006 10:05 PM
Deja Vu, as is most Verkomas are very kind to big people. However, I seem to remember a max height for the ride at SFGAm, my dad is your height and wasnt stopped though so you should be ok.
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