Ride, Coaster, & Park Height Restrictions.

Tuesday, April 17, 2001 6:34 PM
I was wondering...

What parks have height restrictions that prevent certain rides from being over a certain height, and what is that height limit??

Currently, I only know of Alton Towers... which explains why half of their coasters are either underground, or in trenches (which has helped, not hampered, their overall effect)!

Besides the parks having height restrictions,
The main question is... WHY???
Is it because of the location (near an airport)?
Is it because of state law? (are buildings excempt from this law?)
Is it because of local ordinances?

Hope you can help! :)
Tuesday, April 17, 2001 6:38 PM
I think it has to do with location and or law. Millennium Force has a light on the top, like some towers and tall buildings do, so an airplane won't crash into it!

Steel- 1.Millennuim Force
Wood- 1.The Beast
"We're not worthy, We're not worthy!"
Tuesday, April 17, 2001 6:39 PM
Dorney and Busch Gardens Williamsburg have to worry about housing developments right next to the park. We all know how long it took for Dorney to put Steel Force in.
Tuesday, April 17, 2001 7:06 PM
There are two common sources for height restrictions. The FAA has restrictions that apply to structures located near airports. Local jusrisdictions such as counties and cities may also have restrictions.

Sic Flags America is limited to 200 feet by Prince Georges County.
Tuesday, April 17, 2001 7:08 PM
In the case of airports...
What is the radius for the those structures from airports? 5, 10, 20 miles??

What's the height limitation within that limitation (in general as a estimate)? 100', 150'?
Tuesday, April 17, 2001 7:43 PM
It almost always has to do with local jurisdictions. Most of what you hear is crap. If there's money involved, the park will do its best to overcome the restrictions.

In the US, local zoning code tends to dictate what you can and can't build. Regardless of restrictions in place, they aren't set in stone. Anyone can request a variance. I seem to remember reading about the variances granted to SFGAm and SFA for their new rides this year.

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