PKI 10/11: Height Restrictions suck!

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Sunday, October 12, 2003 3:43 PM
PKI: Fearfest
Date: October 11, 2003
Weather: Not a cloud in the sky. It was even a little hot.

Ever since I decided to go to the University of Kentucky, I have wanted to take a trip up to PKI. I finally found a Saturday when a couple of my buddies from school and I were free to take a trip to Cinci.

We planned on getting out of here by 8:00 so that we could get PKI by 10, although the girls were late so we were a half hour late. I had never been to PKI so I didn’t know my way around the park very well although one of the girls I was with was fairly familiar with the park, although she is not an enthusiast and had never been on The Beast.

My first order of business once inside the park was to get to The Beast as I saw that it was not in the front of the park and I thought that the crowd would probably not be there early. I was right as we got 2 walk on rides. I loved it, and it was way better than I expected. The helix at the end is amazing and it is one of the best rides I have ridden. My only other goal was to get a night ride later in the night.

Next we went to tomb raider which I thought was pretty neat, although it took a lot of our early time up. Even as a walk-on, it took 15 minutes because they made us wait for a fairly full load. Also the video takes up a few minutes. I actually enjoyed Tomb Raider. I really enjoyed seeing this in person. It was better than I expected also.

Next we headed to vortex and scored a front car walk-on as it was still early. Some of my friends really enjoyed it although they had never been to CP and weren’t spoiled. I enjoyed it although I chose not to re-ride.

Next on the list was FoF. I once again sat in the front car after about a 5 minute wait. I usually sit in the front car or at least the front seat of an individual car because at 6’7”, I have to be careful where I sit. I loved FoF also. Similar to RnRC, although in my opinion, it’s not as good because there is no music in your ear.

When we were done with FoF, we headed to Delirium. On the walk there, I remembered that it was Fear Fest for the first time because I saw a sign for a haunted house. The decorations throughout the park are very minimal. We waited in line for delirium for about 45 minutes and the lines were never much shorter than that for any ride after that. When I got to the front of the line in Delirium I was told that there is a height maximum. This is the first I have heard of this because I don’t usually have to check a ride to see if I am tall enough, or in this case, short enough to go on it. Apparently Delirium is not safe for anyone over 6’4”. I was pretty mad about this and I probably owe the attendant an apology for being an ass. I asked her why there was a height restriction and she really couldn’t give me a legitimate answer, though it was not her who made the rule so I shouldn’t have been so rude. I still would like to know why there is a restriction on height. I could clearly fit into the seats as I found out when I tried in the test seat in the ride entrance, and surely there is no chance of me hitting my foot on something as the ride appears to clear everything by at least a few feet. Either way, I was disappointed about not getting to ride Delirium.

To add to my disappointment, the next ride we rode was SoB. I have never completely disliked a coaster before this one. The seats were nearly impossible for me to fit into, although somehow I managed to cram myself in. I would have enjoyed the ride if the trains weren’t so poorly designed. The majority of the ride was spent pushing my knees away from the metal handle bar that stuck out in front of me. I hated SoB and I will probably never ride it again.

After I ate some food and had a great ride on Drop Zone, I stopped feeling sorry for myself for not getting to ride Delirium and hating SoB and headed over to Face Off. The line was too long, but I waited for it anyways because my friends wanted to ride it. We had a front/back seat and I thought it was pretty fun, although not at all worth the 50 minutes we waited for it.

Next was The Racer. I rode in the back although it would be the front on a normal train because we were riding backwards. I thought it was great. Probably the third best coaster after FoF and Beast.

After we were done with racer we decided to hit up one of the haunted houses. It was about 3 o’clock and we remembered seeing a sign for the mirror maze opening at 3. We waited in line for about 45 minutes before our group of 6 went in. I thought it was fun and we did get lost a couple of times. One of the girls we were with got really scared by the actors so it was fun to mess with her.

We then walked through the Nickelodeon area, and we decided to ride the suspended single rail thing because we saw that they were testing the empty trains and we would probably be able to walk ride on. I think we all looked pretty stupid on this because we were all too big for it.

After this we were getting kind of tired so we decided to go to the area of the Christian Rock Concert that was going on. After we sat down we noticed that many of the people who were there had tickets, so I think we actually unintentionally snuck in. We just thought it was free. Anyways, it was a nice break just sitting there for about an hour and eating some food.

After that we set off to find another haunted house. None of us knew anything about any of the haunted houses, so we decided to follow a sign to rout 666. The line for this was, as my friend said, “longer than any line I have ever seen for anything”, so we decided to take a night ride on The Beast instead. Its way better at night and by for the best coaster at PKI.

After that we headed over to FoF. That area was a mad house. There were lines for 3 haunted houses plus the people going to and from FoF. I had to basically push through the crowd to be able to move. It was like people exiting a stadium after a game. They should probably do something to fix this area for next year, or if they are good, next weekend. We waited for about an hour for FoF this time.

After that I convinced my friends to ride the Rip Cord (or whatever PKI calls it) with me. We bought our ticket, and then saw that there was an hour and a half wait for it. I have never had to wait for a skycoaster so this was completely unexpected, but we did wait and it was fun. The downside of this was that we gave up 2 extra rides on beast and 10 dollars a piece to sit next to a group of about 30 extremely loud jr. high kids who, in my opinion, didn’t deserve to go in front of us. ;)

When we were done with the skycoaster, it was 12:15 and it was time for us to make the 2 hour trip back to UK and back to my uncomfortable dorm mattress.

PKI was a very good park and I hope to go there sometime again when it is not Fearfest and not a Saturday.
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*** This post was edited by Word 10/12/2003 7:51:31 PM ***
*** This post was edited by Word 10/12/2003 8:06:36 PM ***

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Sunday, October 12, 2003 4:08 PM
I'm planning on heading back to PKI next weekend and I can definately relate to you about SoB. I want to love this coaster so much. I really really do, but my legs just can't handle it. After BeastBuzz I swore I would never ever ride the coaster again, unless the trains were alterred. *sigh*

I'm still surprised that you fit @ 6'7". My advice to you is to stay away from the GIBs. I stand around 6'3" and have never been so scared on a coaster, than I was on Vu @ SFGAm.

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Sunday, October 12, 2003 5:30 PM
It's strange that my favorite adult coaster at PKI is Son of Beast and my least favorite is The Beast (tied with Face/Off). I would even take Adventure Express or The Racer over The Beast any time. Riding The Beast at night with friends does have the potential to insert itself into a much, much higher position than that though. Sorry you didn't get to ride Delirium, but that gives you another reason to come back! Nice TR and I'm happy you had a great time overall. The crowds yesterday were some of the biggest I've seen all year.

-Danny
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Sunday, October 12, 2003 5:53 PM
Always great to hear a TR from a first timer to PKI. I agree, that the park was extremely crowded yesterday. They had cars parked to the south of the parking toll booths. I arrived around 8:50, hoping to catch at least Route 666 and a couple of rides. The line for Route 666 started back by Paradise Island and seemed to move pretty fast, although it was slowed down by line jumpers immediately ahead of, who later left after someone in my group told the only employee patroling the line. (the group left before security showed up, incidentaly, the security guard later kicked out another group of four or so for line jumping.) While in line, a worker by the handicapped entrance said that there were about 35,000 people in the park. I agree that the park has done little this season in terms of theming for FearFest. I also agree they need to fix the midway back by Flight of Fear, though they apparantly fixed Pyscho Path`s line to prevent as many linejumpers as there were last Saturday.

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Sunday, October 12, 2003 5:54 PM
Well, unless I shrink, I don't consider Delirium to be a reason for me to go back to PKI. I don't think that you read the whole TR,(not the I blame you. It is really long.) because I explain how I was too tall for Delirium. I don't know why you hate The Beast so much. I know it lacks airtime, and it is heavilly trimmed in the first part, but I thought the finaly of the ride was great. Even better than someone hitting my knees with a metal club. ;)

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As Mitch always said, "2-in-1 is a BS term, because 1 is not big enough to hold 2. That's why 2 was created.."
-Tomas

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Sunday, October 12, 2003 6:33 PM
I agree with Danny soooooo Much. I love long....Long... rides , and SOB did just that. A LOT of the beast's ride time is taken up from the station to the top of the lift , then add the fact that there's no airtime(one of the only things that I care about) and tons of laterals(something I hate dearly) make da beast crud in my eyes. The fact that it made my elbow bleed didn't help. SOB just has So much more.

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Sunday, October 12, 2003 6:39 PM
Nice trip report. I was at PKI on 10/11, and it was extremely busy. I can understand SoB being to small to fit in for someone being 6'7". I am 5'8", and I have to cross my legs to sit comfortably. I agree that PKI should re-design the trains although SoB is popular enough. The ride experience is quite intense if you can fit on the train properly. SoB is my second favorite woody after the Beast.

I am not sure about the Delirium. I believe the reason for the max height is the OTSR may cause the seatbelt to not lock. At least, this was what someone told me earlier this year. Apparently, PKI designed their rides for people between 4' to 6' in mind. Somewhat narrow window.

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Sunday, October 12, 2003 8:56 PM
Word, I won't lie to you. I "selectively read" long TRs and I'm sorry that I missed that extremely important part. I know Drop Zone has a height restriction for being too tall and I thought it was the same as the one for Delirium making me infer that you at least were *able* to ride both. I'll read more carefully next time. ;)

BUT I also never said that I hated The Beast. Do you know how much I love Adventure Express and how intense Face/Off is?? Big Bad Wolf is my least favorite adult coaster at BGW, but it still rocks!

edit: I'm pretty sure Huss designed Delirium, Premier designed the SOB trains, and Intamin designed Drop Zone, not PKI. People 6'7" tall would probably be taller than I might plan to design rides for. :-\

-Danny
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Sunday, October 12, 2003 11:56 PM

When we were done with the skycoaster, it was 12:15 and it was time for us to make the 2 hour trip back to UK and back to my uncomfortable dorm mattress.

I wish it was a two hour trip from PKI to the UK.
-R

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Wednesday, October 15, 2003 8:06 AM
I'm surprised they let you ride Drop Zone. Drop Zone has the same requirements as Delirium. I guess you snuck by on Drop Zone.
*** This post was edited by PKIDUDE 10/15/2003 12:06:49 PM ***
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Saturday, October 18, 2003 6:35 PM

Neuski said:


I'm still surprised that you fit @ 6'7". My advice to you is to stay away from the GIBs. I stand around 6'3" and have never been so scared on a coaster, than I was on Vu @ SFGAm.

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I'm 6'5 and had a ball on SFMM Deja Vu. Why were you scared (in relation to being 6'3, that is...)

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Saturday, October 18, 2003 6:41 PM
Perhaps the wooden valley platform?? Im barely 6ft. and that thing is a nice footchopper.

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Saturday, October 18, 2003 8:59 PM

thepinkdoomofmonkeys said:
I agree with Danny soooooo Much. I love long....Long... rides , and SOB did just that. A LOT of the beast's ride time is taken up from the station to the top of the lift , then add the fact that there's no airtime(one of the only things that I care about) and tons of laterals(something I hate dearly) make da beast crud in my eyes. The fact that it made my elbow bleed didn't help. SOB just has So much more.

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Danny, notice that I never said you hated it, either.

Wait, quoting myself? That's gotta' be against the TOS. :)

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Wednesday, October 22, 2003 9:43 PM

PKIDUDE said:
I'm surprised they let you ride Drop Zone. Drop Zone has the same requirements as Delirium. I guess you snuck by on Drop Zone.
*** This post was edited by PKIDUDE 10/15/2003 12:06:49 PM ***

Actually, Drop Zone has a maximum of 80", which is 6' 8".

I believe Delirium's maximum height is so nobody's feet hit the platforms. Something you can thank Huss for.

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Thursday, October 23, 2003 3:03 AM
Actually...the max height on standard Huss Frisbee's is 6'6". The restraint won't close properly if you're around that height....watch the attendants on your next time on a standard one. They have lights at the exits and entrance to the ride, which indicate if a particular restraint isn't low enough. The ride just won't run unless the restraint isn't down far enough.

I also think that the foot chooper idea is also viable. I bet its a combination of those two factors.

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