Raise Your Hands!

Saturday, April 6, 2002 10:52 AM

About putting your hands up on coasters...

Do parks tell riders to hold on to the handholds? I'd think that the parks wouldn't, figuring "What's the use?" since so many people raise their hands anyway. I know that there is a warning that "Your arms must be down" on Hypersonic: XLC's launch, but that's because your arms could very easily get dislocated if they were up on that launch.

Also, for those of you who do put your hands up, do you keep them up the whole time (after the lift, I mean), or just put them up on the drops, or what?

By the way, I have not tried raising my hands on a coaster yet (I was gripping the handholds very firmly on Raging Bull and Viper), but I plan to try it on my park visits this year.

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*** This post was edited by Glidein on 4/6/2002. ***

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Saturday, April 6, 2002 10:57 AM
I keep my hands up on all coasters.. For woodies, from lift-top, to brakerun. For steel coasters, its about the same. Depends on the coaster.. If I can, I will do. But say its an arrow coaster, I dont think so ;) I play save the dome with hands deal :)

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Saturday, April 6, 2002 11:07 AM
Cedar Point is notorious for its "keep all hands and arms inside the vehicle" campaign. Even their promo videos and brochures stick to this for the most part. Their reason for stressing this policy so much? It keeps their insurance costs down.

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Saturday, April 6, 2002 11:09 AM

Well, it might keep their insurance costs down, but IMO it does little else. If a properly fastened restraint doesn't keep you in the car, your arms probably won't. Plus, in many cases, the handholds are on the restraints, so then they really wouldn't help.

Ooops, I just thought of another exception... Coasters that don't have restraints.

Oh, and just so you guys know, I got the title of this topic from a Bon Jovi song.

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RCT hypercoaster crazy!

*** This post was edited by Glidein on 4/6/2002. ***

*** This post was edited by Glidein on 4/6/2002. ***

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Saturday, April 6, 2002 11:19 AM
Glidein, I think a certain higher up in a certain Swiss coaster company would disagree with you on that point.

Anyway, I put my hands up when I feel like it (which is most of the time) and it's usually drop to brakes, unless roughness or headchoppers on the coaster dictate otherwise. There are *some* coasters, however, that I prefer to hold on while riding including any ride with G-Trains, Lightnig Racer and just about any Arrow looper simply because it's damn near impossible to put your hands up without encountering a *pinch point*.

And, for the record, you can easily keep your hands up during the H:XLC launch with no damage. You just have to be prepared for the 'jerk'. :)
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jeremy
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Saturday, April 6, 2002 11:58 AM
I have kept my hands up on every coaster except the woodies that have first drop head choppers. If it has a sign then theres gotta be a reason.
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Saturday, April 6, 2002 12:09 PM
my hands stay up on every coaster. period. i dont see why not to. but my bro and his girlfriend were going to hold hands on the MF and he ride op told them if they did there arms would break.

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Saturday, April 6, 2002 12:10 PM
I always ride hands up from dispatch to final brake run.
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Saturday, April 6, 2002 12:19 PM

Whlie at the Fright Fest photo-shoot this past October, we were told not to raise our hands up, actually.

Their reasoning, if I recall, was that Six Flags doesn't want to actively promote riding with raised hands, but they usually don't do much to stop it, either.

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Saturday, April 6, 2002 12:20 PM

My hands stay up through the whole ride, every ride. Even on my first ride on a coaster. The only thing that makes me put them down is a rough coaster.

As for the parks they probably know yer gonna put yer hands up but they probably just don't want you touching anything else outside of the train if anything is in reach.

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Saturday, April 6, 2002 12:34 PM
I put my hands up all the time unless the coaster is too intense or it's a very rough coaster. Even on most loopers I hold them up unless the person next to me(I don't mean to single anyone out, Corey) already has their hands up so I can't squeeze my arm into the space between my harness and the other person's arm.

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Saturday, April 6, 2002 12:35 PM
I keep my hands off the bars even with the headchoppers (EX: S:ROS), I just dont have them completely up.

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Saturday, April 6, 2002 12:40 PM

SWIMDEJ said:
I put my hands up all the time unless the coaster is too intense or it's a very rough coaster. Even on most loopers I hold them up unless the person next to me(I don't mean to single anyone out, Corey) already has their hands up so I can't squeeze my arm into the space between my harness and the other person's arm.

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lol, Oh quit complaining you'll get over it. Another bad thing about OTSR.

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Saturday, April 6, 2002 3:57 PM

I keep my hands up from ust before the crest to brakerun for me. It's a waste of energy during the lift up (and on the traditional chain lifts, can take a long time), but since I usually ride the last seat, I can admire the view and be ready when the train starts to speed up.

I have the same problems others do with regards to headbanging coasters (GASM at SFGAdv for example) or if the train is narrow and the person next to me has their arms in a tight spot (Arrows with OTSRs tend to be a problem here).

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Saturday, April 6, 2002 4:09 PM
I always have my hands up unless it is on an arrow or the exception of S:ROS @ sfdl's helix because of the g force it is hard to keep them up and sorta painful

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Saturday, April 6, 2002 4:15 PM
All depends on my mood. I will usually ride a new coaster first time hands down until I get the feel of it. There are a few coasters such a Phoenix with such amazing air time that I haven't been able to convince myself to keep my hands up all the way.
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Saturday, April 6, 2002 4:17 PM
I rememer a few years ago some kid had his arms out to the side on Viper in Great america and on the brake shed at the end of the ride his hand smashed into it and broke. But I still have my hands up all the time.
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Saturday, April 6, 2002 5:06 PM

They tell you not to so that they're not liable should you get hurt. It's all part of the parks basic policy to cover themselves legally. That kid on Viper was out of luck as far as claiming neglegence against the park is concerned. They told him not to raise his hands.

I usually hold on very lightly. Fighting the vertical and lateral g's is really not that fun and I still get lots of airtime!

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Saturday, April 6, 2002 5:12 PM

My contribution to this discussion...

From New York to Chi-caaaaaaaaaaaaa-go!

Sorry. I'm a Bon Jovi fan too.

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Sunday, April 7, 2002 3:19 AM
I think there maybe a reason on why they tell you to keep your hands down for saftey reasons. I always keep my hands down and I hardly put them up. I feel more secure when I keep my hands down.

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