Millennium Force/TTD seat belts

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 2:33 PM
Hey guys, wondering if you could help me out. I am 6-0, 240 lbs. When I went to Cedar Point in 2004, i almost didnt fit in the MF seat belts, and I dont remember how big i was then. Do any of you know if there is a target waist size that would guarantee me to fit in the seats/seat belts. Just wanna know if I gotta diet before I go there in June cuz I gotta ride the Force and TTD! Thanks!
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Tuesday, February 28, 2006 2:41 PM
I think that your waist has to be less than 39-40 inches or so but don't quote me on that. I think that alot of it depends on the shape of you body. For example a 200 lb woman is more likely to fit than a 200 lb man because the excess weight of the man is located at his waist. I'm sure someone else can answer your question better. I'm pretty sure you won't have a problem on TTD.

Try a search on pointbuzz.com too!

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Tuesday, February 28, 2006 2:47 PM
Word on the street is that the belts will change again this year, and for the better. The routing of the belts will also be better.

That's just what I hear. Sometimes I hear things that aren't true.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2006 2:50 PM
Sweet. Im still gonna shed a few pounds to be safe, but thats good news. If anyone one else has more info, please share! Thanks everyone.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2006 4:02 PM
Ride of Steel I have observed that the opposite is true. A heavy man is more likely to fit because of his "gut" which rides above the lap bar/belt area. A heavy woman has more problems fitting because her weight is most likely in her hips and thighs, which is the area that the belt goes across. I might be wrong, but this is what I've typically observed in the station.
Jeff Reim it is hard to give you a yes or no answer because it depends on your body type. In all honesty, I would definitely shed a few pounds before the trip just to be safe. :)
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Tuesday, February 28, 2006 4:23 PM
Well I for sure hope that you hear right Jeff. If for anything it would have to make those MF lines move faster, eh? Lines that I remember looking at knowing that they should have only been 30 minute waits often turned into 1 hour waits.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2006 11:41 PM
The easiest way to tell if you will fit on MF (at least I think) is to measure around the hips, not the waist. If your Hip Measurements is less than 43” loose, you should be fine. 44”is questionable and anything over 45" i'd say no way. The old seat configuration could accommodate riders up to 46” in “girth”, but take a few inches of that for now.

In general though for men with less than a 38” waist you won’t have huge 44”+ hips, so waist measurements do have some merit. It’s the hips though that counts.

Dragster is much more accommodating as the seats are deeper and take out some of the hip.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2006 1:35 AM
Here, let me be a judge. Last year, June 29th, 2005, I was 225, 38' waist. I did NOT fit Millennium Force, but did fit Dragster, see profile for pic. So take that as you will.

Hopefully a mixture of dieting and plently of water will see me fit in that seat come season.

-nesdude

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Wednesday, March 1, 2006 2:35 AM
A few years ago in 2003 I rode both rides with at least 6 inches of slack. I have heard they made the belts smaller but I have lost some weight since then so if I go back to Cedar Point I am very sure I can ride them both. If not no big loss as I would still be able to fit on my 2 favorite rides there, Maggie and Raptor. Back when I fit on the ride I weighed 230 and had 42 inch waist. I have slimmed down some to 210 and went down to a >40 inch waist. I hope to lose more this Summer. Doing Winter hobbies like Geocaching and sledding (which only occurred once due to lack of snowfall) helps with that.
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Wednesday, March 1, 2006 2:43 AM

Jeff said:
Word on the street is that the belts will change again this year, and for the better. The routing of the belts will also be better.

That's just what I hear. Sometimes I hear things that aren't true.


I heard that too but I find it hard to believe. Last summer they acknowledged the problem and that they wouldn't do anything about it.

There is no reason that Dragster's belts have to be routed over the bar.

Millennium Force could be routed in such a way, but I doubt that it will happen.

In the end, who knows, maybe they will fix the problems afer several years.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2006 6:58 AM
I hope the word on the street is right about CP changing the seat bealt for MF & TTD. I am a big guy and I used to fit in both MF & TTD, untill Intamin made CP change there seat belts because of what happend on Super Man ride of Steel at SFNE in 2004.
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Wednesday, March 1, 2006 8:12 AM
My brother-in-law is about your size. He has fit for YEARS there and then when the fiasco started he got in line and was not allowed to ride. But he only tried one seat. I suggest if you dont fit once try another seat in another row. I think they said front row seatbelts are longer. Yet if they change them again we shall see.
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Wednesday, March 1, 2006 8:44 AM
I was wondering if there were different lengths for various seats. I forget which seat but I fit comfortably one day and was able to buckle myself. The next day was very snug and a ride operator had to help.
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Wednesday, March 1, 2006 9:01 AM
It really can have more to do with your hips. I've seen women who are not overweight by any standard have a harder time just because they have hips. Damn those curves! ;)
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Wednesday, March 1, 2006 9:21 AM
Hopefully they can make the belts the same length on all seats, on all trains!

It sucks to get one of the seats with a short belt and have to get off when you have ridden several times already that day.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2006 11:07 AM
Why the hell is this even an issue? Why are the seatbelts so un-accomodating? Other coasters I can fit fine, but Intamin gives me problems. Does anyone know the reason for the ridiculously short seat belts? *** Edited 3/1/2006 4:08:00 PM UTC by Jeff Reim***
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Wednesday, March 1, 2006 11:21 AM
Jeff, that can be answered in three words.

Fear of lawyers.

Why? http://www.coasterbuzz.com/2004-247-498715.htm

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Wednesday, March 1, 2006 3:43 PM
Waistline doesn't have a direct effect with it.

I'm 6' 2", 185 lbs..not skinny as a rail, but not too big. I have a 31.5 inch waist. I can get about two inches of slack on the belt, which is less than one might expect from someone of my size. This comes from my thighs. I've been a baseball catcher for years, and by thighs a lot larger because of this.

Anything like that can have an effect.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2006 6:28 PM
I'm 170 at 5'8'', but with a 36'' waist. I fit perfectly with slack in both TTD and MF.
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Wednesday, March 1, 2006 8:50 PM
Last year I was able to ride. I am 6 feet tall and 224 pounds with a 42 waist. However, it was close at times. So it really depends. I have heard of men with a 38 inch waist who could NOT ride.

It is most frustrating, because I can fit on all kiddie coasters, all B&M's every woodie I have ever ridden, and so on. I have ridden over 100 coasters in the last two years, and the ONLY ride I come close to NOT fitting on is MF. (Since it is so close, I worry each time that I will not be able to fit, although I always have so far!) They really do need to fix that some. It slows the queue line terribly, and I have seen people who are really not overweight at all not being able to fit because of large hips or thighs. I love Intamin coasters, but this seat belt thing is really unfortunate...

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