Petition to SFGAm about V2 restraints.

Wednesday, May 30, 2001 10:38 PM
When I posted my trip report about V2 and my disappointment about the restraints and not being able to ride, I thought I would be in the minority here, but I have read alot of reports of people being denied to ride or having people push down on the restraints to get locked in(which results in being stapled). Like I have said in my previous posts that I am not a fat slob, can fit on every other coaster in the park except V2. To me something is wrong here. All they really have to do is make the side seatbelt on the OTSR just a little longer. That is all it would take to accomadate the larger rider. I plan on emailing SFGAm about the concerns of V2 and possibly changing the belts which would be a simple and inexpensive process. Who is with me to send them a message to make this change?

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""Coaster riding is a disease and SFGAm is the cure!!!!!!!""
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Thursday, May 31, 2001 2:09 AM
I'll send one in.
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"We are no longer the knights who say Ni! We are now the knights who say eckyeckyeckyeckypakungloopoingengzourjin." "Ni"
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Thursday, May 31, 2001 2:54 AM
My fiance will because he couldn't fit in S:UE and I want to be able to ride with him!
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Thursday, May 31, 2001 3:13 AM
I will! my mom can bearly fit in S;UE!
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Thursday, May 31, 2001 3:44 AM
Sorry!, but I do not think the park will do anything. Maybe you should write to the manufacturer who designed the trains.

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Thursday, May 31, 2001 4:32 AM
I'm in too. I haven't ridden it yet, but I have a feeling I'm going to have trouble "fitting in" too (I've never had a problem with any other coaster, but I just have a feeling).
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Thursday, May 31, 2001 6:11 AM
What is the email address? I will send something in as well. I barely fit in the restraints and had to be assisted. Since more of America is overweight (especially in the Midwest) than not, they should make the restraints large enough to hold the fat slobs of the world (apparently me) since we do have disposable income and may choose to take it elsewhere if not accommodated.

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Beat the Sixers!!!

Hurry up and open Delay-ja Vu
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Thursday, May 31, 2001 6:21 AM
Well I do know that on Volcano: The Blast Coasta (that's how they say it in the station :)) that have little extension belts that give an extra three or four inches to the belt. I'm sure if enough people tell GAm about them, especially noting that they are already being currently used on an Intamin LIM Inverted coaster, then they will at least explore the option.

As for getting a train redesign, while not out of the question, I can say with a fair amount of certainty, as long as the majority of people keep coming and riding, it aint gonna happen.

But push for the extender belts!
lata,
jeremy
--I dont wanna be a freak, but I can't help myself!
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Thursday, May 31, 2001 6:45 AM
Count me in. Just need to know where to send it.

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Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." - Albert Einstein
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Thursday, May 31, 2001 6:58 AM
I don't evenb think a redesign of the trains is needed. I think all that is needed is to make the belts longer or add another latching mechanism to the seats.

I was looking at the seats (sorry no pictures) and there is a series of holes along the edge where the current latches are bolted on. They could just add an additional latch in the "higher" section of the seat or, just move the forward latch to the same place (there are two latches on every seat currently).

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"It's Deja Vu all over again." - Yogi Berra
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Thursday, May 31, 2001 7:10 AM

2Hostyl said:
"...Volcano: The Blast Coasta (that's how they say it in the station :))"
"Loose ahticles ah not permitted..." :)

I find the whole thing weird, because I haven't seen anyone get turned away from the ride at Geauga Lake. Scott (ShiveringTim) has been on that one, and he's a seriously tall guy (whose last name is ironically Short).

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Jeff
Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
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Thursday, May 31, 2001 7:20 AM
Just a suggestion here...

Instead of just e-mails, you all should try writing actual letters to the park. For some reason actual handwritten letters seem to carry more weight than e-mails. People see that you took the time and effort to put your words in writing, even if the words are exactly the same as in an e-mail. It just seems more professional.

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"X" marks the spot in 2001!
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Thursday, May 31, 2001 8:27 AM
Unfortunately, SFGAm (or any of the other SF parks to my knowledge)does not publicize its e-mail address. I guess they are afraid of hearing from us. I have e-mailed several other parks (HW, PKI, Knoebels) and have always received prompt replys. C'mon SF, what are you afraid of??

Mike
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Thursday, May 31, 2001 8:37 AM
I agree totally... While I don't have problems with OTSRs, I did have a problem on the GA. Cyclone @SFoG..The seat divders are too narrow. I'm not a huge fat person, but when they make seats and restraints, they should keep in mind that riders come in all shapes and sizes, and to have a person not to be able to ride cuz the seats are too small, and have that person feel so humiliated when they have to get off of the ride in front of everyone ? That is just wrong, it isn't that diffucult to make slighlty larger seats..
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Thursday, May 31, 2001 8:42 AM


They do have a "Comment Line" voice mail.

I called and complained about the fact that my Season parking Pass was not good at the other Six Flags parks, and that they didn't tell me that when I bought it.

Believe it or not, they DID call me back on the issue. I called last Friday, and they called me back yesterday.

I was really ticked off about it at the time, especially seeing as they let me use it the first day of my 2 day visit (this was a SFGAm Parking pass being used at SFStL). Now I've pretty much gotten over it (but thinking about it again is starting to get me riled up ;)).

I wouldn't have cared so much if I had known ahead of time. When I bought the pass, it was with the intention of using it at other parks, because I travel a lot for work.

That's something else we should petition about ! They really should have parking passes that are universal to all parks. Especially if the admission passes are.

Btw, I do not have the number for the Comment Line, as I was connected to it from the main office for the park. However, I do have a number that they gave me yesterday - 847-249-2133 Ext. 4625. Supposedly, this is a direct line to an actual person (this is for SFGAm only).

Good luck ! I fit in the V2 restraints at this time, but I imagine I'm not to far from not fitting. Hopefully they fix it before it becomes a problem for me too.
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Thursday, May 31, 2001 9:19 AM
Actually all they really have to do is move the buckle one notch forward and that will make wonders for the ability for bigger people to ride. Next time take a look on the side of the seat where the buckle is. There are many more notches forward. It would take nothing for them to move it forward and walla more room in the restraint.

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What is life without it's ups and downs
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Thursday, May 31, 2001 10:32 AM
Exactly what I said, Beast! I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought of it.

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"It's Deja Vu all over again." - Yogi Berra
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Thursday, May 31, 2001 10:37 AM
when i bought my parking pass i asked the lady is this good at all six flags parks and she told me that it was i will definitly have to call and complain.
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Thursday, May 31, 2001 10:41 AM
Does V2 have two seperate seatbelts?
S:UE does, and Its tight on me.
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Thursday, May 31, 2001 10:47 AM
I agree. All of us "fat slobs" (Thanks, Chitown!) should.
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