It's still a "child required" ride anytime during the day in season, except for those first few rides. Once there is ANY kind of line, they start enforcing the rule again...get there EARLY, you can get a ride. If the park is *completely* empty, you should be able to talk your way on...but that's not something you can depend on, and almost never happens until schools are fully cranked up.
They never did take me up on the 2-across seating idea - it's such a cool ride, but capacity is an absolute nightmare.
I'm bitter. :)
it's very short, but very fun! It starts out slow, and gets faster and faster, ending with a very sharp and fast turn at the end.
Imagine what a bitch it is to work at the ride. Try to explain in many different languages that the ride is for children, but if you are an adult or a kid over a certain hight, you can accompany a kid. Only 1 adult of kid who is too tall per child. After all of that, tell them in whatever language they speak that the line is 2 hours long. Ugg! The nightmares are coming back as I type this...
I had a silly game I played to try to communicate who could ride with who when a huge group of tourists came to the entrance of the ride. Holding the hight stick up to each person, I would form two lines across from each other. One line had kids and adults who were to tall, and one had kids who were small enough. I would then pair a person in one line with a person in the other line.
They couldn't understand a word that I was saying and I couldn't understand a word they were saying, but the bystanders who did understand me got a real kick out of it.
I won a free meal or something because I came up with an ingenious idea. My idea was that they could put the hight requirement on a sing in many different languages so the poor entrance person wouldn't have a nervous breakdown. Did I mention that the idea was ingenious?
As of leaving employment with the park due to moving back north in November of '01, I hadn't seen my idea become reality. They said that they were having trouble figuring out how to describe the policy in so many different languages. Does anyone know if did it yet? lol.
Anyway on my first visit to IOA, I was aware about children policy, so I came up to the guy, he said no at first. I was six feet two. Then I simply explained that I'm a roller coaster enthusiast and want to get credit for it, he paused for few seconds then let me in.
I had friends pissed at me since they cant ride it while I can, oops.
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I will say that the fact it's such a rare credit does make it a little more intriguing.
I'm not really a credit person. The parks I don't go often though, I want to remember if that coaster was good, great, or it stunk so whether or not I should waste my time on it the next time I go there. That Fairly Odd Coaster was another awesome one. Imo, much better than Beast, or Son of Beast. PTC rules!
Nevertheless, scoring a ride on Pteranodon Flyers is actually well worth doing; it's a lot of fun.
Richard Bannister said:
it's the best coaster in the park - enjoy it
Yes. Obviously. It's WAY bettter than Dueling Dragons ;)
The last time I rode the Flyers the ride ops insisted that adults could only ride if accompanied by a child. So we gathered ourselves into a suitable group consisting of 2 adults and 2 children (one aged eight, the other ten). The ride ops then insisted that the two children ride together in one car and that the adults ride together in the car behind them! How does that work then?
I loved working that ride, and this thread has made me miss it a little. I met Tony Hawk and his son twice on that ride. Tony winked at me after I told him to enjoy his ride...lol.
Josh Ryan Evans, the little person who was on the soap "Passions" loved the ride. (He also played the younger Grinch in the Jim Carry movie.) He was too small to ride P-fliers, but the park let him anyway. It was probably one of just a few rides he could ride. I saw him there about once a month. I would always pick him up and set him into the front chair. We chatted once while I worked at entrance and he was one of the nicest and coolest people I've ever met. Sadly, he died shortly after I left Florida.
There were many other, more popular, celebs I came into contact with, but Evans was my favorite.
"Another kiddie credit" describes the Vekoma rollerskaters (which can also be pretty cool: see the duo at USF/IoA). Miler kiddies can deliver some great rides...but PF is a one-of-a-kind.
Wish I'd gotten to ride Spellbreaker at Legoland, a similar type of ride. These weird "kiddie suspendeds" seem to have short life-spans, kinda surprised PKI's lasted as long as it did. Horrendous capacity, recommended for the small parks only.
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