Perilous Plunge Restraint update?

Tuesday, December 10, 2002 7:30 PM
So, it's been quite a while since the 4-point seatbelts were installed on Perilous Plunge. Anybody have any word on how they're working out? I know there was lots of concern they'd be a pain and kill capacity, but is that happening?

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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 7:35 PM
It is horrible. The line doesn't move, they don't use the backrow, and it breaksdown all the time. I think they should ust get rid of it if they think running the attraction like that. I counted a dispatch every 10 minutes.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 7:36 PM

Well no one has flown out of Hydro at Oakwood over in the UK and that is the same basic ride. Heck tehy didn't put 4 point restraints on S:ROS after that similar incident.

The 4 point restraint is the most half a$$ed ridiculous stop gap fix ever.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 7:49 PM

Knott's didn't have a choice. Either they modified the restraint system or the California government thingamajig wouldn't approve for its reopening.

As for removing it, I don't think you would pull the plug on a $9 million dollar water flume with record braggin rights after only 2 some years since debut. Plus, it's a great ride and the general riding public absolutely love it.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 7:51 PM

The restraints are ridiculous. they wanted to make sure no one in a billion rides would fall out, and it just hurts sometimes. Dispatches are usually around 4 minutes though, never 10 when it matters (when theres a line). Its such a waste of labor now, there are over a dozen ops, and they're horrible and immature, they're the ones who are bringing the dispatch times down. If they worked rater than popping baloons, answering cell phone calls, and having pow wows in the ride ops booth they could get the dispatches down to 2.5 minutes. The restraints are so hard to put on though, seriously.

Still a great ride though, best drop ever!

*** This post was edited by Speedy on 12/11/2002. ***

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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 7:52 PM

They don't load the back row? Why the hell not?

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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 7:53 PM

They do, just not with fat people. They usually block those two rows off during days when there is no wait, though, but that is rare.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 7:54 PM

You can't tell me they had to come up with THIS fix.

This was a stop gap, easy fix. The cheapest way to comply with what they were told to do.

Whats next? Horsecollars for Monte?

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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 7:56 PM

Don't get so excited up there...

If Monte were to sport horse collar restraints, it would have been done at the start of the acquisition back in '97, or earlier than now.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 7:58 PM
Want to take bets on that? ;)

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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 8:00 PM

The Monte thing was pure sarcasm. As for PP I am serious.

Is this all the better fix they could come up with? I can't belive that.

PP Would be better off with Horsecollars then what basically amounts to a racing restraint without the crotch strap..

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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 8:02 PM

10 minute dispatches? Well, that's an improvement from when I visited the park during Con. They were sending a boat through every 15 minutes, I waited about an hour to ride with hardly anyone in the station.

And the restraints are total overkill and were way too tight. I loosened 'em a little on my way up so I still enjoyed the drop. Felt bad having to do that, but I'm also not a manatee so just the lapbar would have kept me in.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 8:06 PM

Because my first try at responding didn't work, here is the short version:

They were giving the speach on the restraints at least 4 times per dispach and didn't bother talking about it when the one boat was slowly approaching the station. And when I was there, they said "No riding in the backrow... that is prohibited by the park." No joke.

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*** This post was edited by GoliathKills on 12/11/2002. ***

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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 8:09 PM
No seriously guys how do you really feel about the new restraint system? ;)

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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 8:18 PM

The perilous Plunge ride attendents are just lazy and Immature. Don't take anything they say seriously. They begun placing high up ops there (Mandy Murray from Extreme rides 2002, heather, all the spies that report to the management), but they're afraid of them and do bridge and entrance control much of the time. They do usually use the back row, have you ridden more than once? That fat ride attendent is the worse theme park employee i have ever seen at any theme park. I bet it was him who made up that rule.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 8:26 PM
Yes I was going to ride again later in the day but then it broke down and I wasn't in the mood to wait for it. All day not one person sat backrow and this was just last week. Something I forgot to mention, they told us to not touch our restraints and that they had to "suit" us up. Lets just say that I have never been so stapled in my life.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 8:28 PM

They are pretty awful, but the only other alternative is horsecollars. I would certainly prefer this option.

If you haven't been on Perilous Plunge lately, this is how it goes. You put on all of the restraints, which I generally can't even figure out quickly. Then the op comes around, leans over you and pulls on them-hard. Once they cannot go any further, the op pushes the lapbar down (because riders aren't allowed to). You can imagine where this is going: they lean over you and with all of their weight, shove down the lapbar.

And here is the best part: it is policy to ask the rider to lean forward (to see if they can pull their back off of the seat). You can't. And if you can, they will pull your restraints tighter.

Don't get me wrong, the ride is incredibly good. In fact, it has the best drop in the park in my book, better than Xcelerator or Ghostrider even. But with those damn restraints...ugh. What a waste of space. Just give it Michigans Adventure, take off those silly restraints and forget about it!

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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 8:31 PM
It sounds like horsecollars would not be that bad of an idea then.

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- John
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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 8:35 PM
There wouldn't be any line. They could run all 3 boats in August. The PPH capacity is 1900. And BTW, don't believe whoever said dispatches were 15 minutes. 4 minutes is normal for 2 boats. sometimes they don't even stack much.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2002 3:28 AM

Well I think I'd prefer horsecollars, they would be quicker and allow more freedom of movement. Those seatbelts are the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen, and they tore my poncho which cost $10!

Great ride though!

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