Mr. Freeze latest Premier coaster to get lap bar treatment

Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2002 4:53 AM | Contributed by Jeremy Ross

Mr. Freeze, the Premier Rides LIM-launched ride at Six Flags over Texas, will spare riders of endless head banging with new lap bars, replacing the over-the-shoulder restraints. The ride opens again to the public this friday.

Link: SFoT Coasternet

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Tuesday, April 9, 2002 5:41 AM
There was a time when the Chiller was scheduled to open on opening day...all the best to SFOT if they can open it on scheduled time without any problems. I definately look foward to when I can finally go through a tophat with lap bars =)
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Tuesday, April 9, 2002 5:42 AM
i know Vekoma Overhead restraints (or whatever there called) and i hate em !

is this lapbar and seatbelt ?

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Tuesday, April 9, 2002 6:18 AM
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Actually, the belt is there in case the restraint fails. It attaches between the seat and the bar on one side, so it doesn't actively secure the person, only the lap bar.

The one serious problem with this arrangement is that you have to be a contortionist to get the damn thing, and they're nearly unreachable by ride ops. It would've made more sense to me even to put them in between the seats.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2002 6:22 AM
Actually, Jeff, I think the reason they put them on the outboard sides was to make them more accessible to the ride ops. I think that was the idea, anyway...

The hardware was changed a little on Flight of Fear for this season. Now they've added a barrier...a diamond-plate toe-board...behind the ankle-bar so that you can't put your legs through the bar above the ankle bar. Trouble is, it's close enough in that people with long feet who could ride last year were having trouble last weekend.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2002 7:36 AM
I was under the impression that the belt was there as a sort of "measuring device" to ensure that the bar was down a "minimum" amount.

But in anycase, the belts are *MUCH* easier to work with than the stupid "eyebolt and clip" system they had on FoF @ PKD last year!

Oh and the ops @ GAdv on Robin last year were pretty good at latching the belts.
lata,
jeremy
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Tuesday, April 9, 2002 7:43 AM
This worries me.... I would think that, without OTSRs, going backwards at 90 degrees would be bad. Wouldn't you be inclined to fall forward and smash your teeth on the front of the car?

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Tuesday, April 9, 2002 7:49 AM
No. The launch sends your body backwards into the seat, not forwards.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2002 8:36 AM
Having worked at Chiller with lap bars, the only purpose for the seatbelts is a measuring device, it has nothing to do with securing you in or backing up the lap bars. They are definately a hassle, as many people don't know how to put them on since they assume the seatbelt somehow goes across them instead of directly in front of them. That, added in with many people not fitting, and the restraints being lower to the ground, contribute greatly to making the capacity much worse than it was with the OTSR's.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2002 9:04 AM
Great...just one more ride impossible for tall people to go on.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2002 9:23 AM

Den: TThis worries me.... I would think that, without OTSRs, going backwards at 90 degrees would be bad. Wouldn't you be inclined to fall forward and smash your teeth on the front of the car? ---------------------------------------------------

Intamin Fan: No. The launch sends your body backwards into the seat, not forwards. ---------------------------------------------------

Actually, I think Den was referring to the backward free-fall after going up the tower, not the initial launch of the car. (Please correct me if I'm wrong, Dan. But that's what I took your question to mean.)

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Tuesday, April 9, 2002 9:52 AM

Yes, I was referring to the climbing of the vertical tower into the top hat on the return trip.

I was thinking this was the reason that Robin got lap bars and Batman didn't on the Chiller. Robin is the one with the cobra roll, right?

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Tuesday, April 9, 2002 10:58 AM
THe main point of the seatbelt is a measurement device, the term which we use for the seatbelt is a Go/ No go belt.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2002 11:15 AM
Batman Chiller was in the process of recieving lapbars lastyear. That's why it was closed lastyear towards the end of the season. After riding Robin with lapbars continuously at Coaster Celebration 6, I'm definitely looking forward to my first lapbar ride on Batman!

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Tuesday, April 9, 2002 2:08 PM

The Batman side of the chiller is actualy already back and ti think they tested it a few times but it keeps getting stuck betweent he tophat inversion and the barel roll. I have pictures of the train with lapbars and if your intrested in seeing them just email me at woodencyclone@aol.com

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Tuesday, April 9, 2002 2:13 PM
Is Six Flags St. Louis's Mr. Freeze getting lap bars also?

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Tuesday, April 9, 2002 3:02 PM
As far as I know it did

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Tuesday, April 9, 2002 3:31 PM

Is Six Flags St. Louis's Mr. Freeze getting lap bars also?


Yes it did and one train will be ready for April 20th the parks opening day. As far as the second car I have no idea.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2002 4:48 PM
does anyone know if flight of fear at pki is going to receive their third or fourth train this season? I know they were only running two last season.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2002 5:20 PM

I am going on Saturday and I'm kinda nervous on how it wil be going backwards down the spike & backwards up the Top Hat inversion.

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Mr.Freeze Laps(With OTSR's):31

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