Ride Restrictions @ Cedar Point

Monday, June 6, 2005 8:44 PM
First time poster, long time viewer;-)... I was just wondering if anyone can tell me the true height and weight restrictions for rides like Millenium Force and Top Thrill Dragster, I am 6-3 and 295 lbs and i was wondering is that to big, should I even bother going? Now that I embaressed myself in front of every reader of the forum... i would just like to thank ya'll
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Monday, June 6, 2005 8:55 PM
I think you wil be okay, don't let that prevent you from going if thats where you want to go.
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Monday, June 6, 2005 8:59 PM
#1, go anyway and have a blast. No embarassment.

However, and it's unfortunate (on Intamin's part, not yours), but there's probably no chance you will fit on MF with the rediculous new seatbelt rule from Intamin. Many people with 40" waists are being turned away. It's not a weight issue, just size...and it's rediculous.

However, you should be fine on Dragster :)

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Monday, June 6, 2005 9:03 PM
I have a 36" waist and was not-so-politely informed that if I hadn't ridden the ride this season that I needed to sit my fat ass in the test seat.

Just a heads up.

[Edit: "Which ride" you ask? Well... that'd be Millennium Force. What's the matter? Can't you read my mind!?]

*** Edited 6/7/2005 1:03:53 AM UTC by Michael Darling***

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Monday, June 6, 2005 9:04 PM
I just read that they have changed the 1 inch slack rule to a half inch slack rule. Can anyone confirm this?
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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 9:52 AM
While not related to cedar point, I found the claw at Heshey Park and Revolution at Dorney Park to be a tighter fit. Go to cedar Point and have a great trip!
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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 10:07 AM
I am pretty sure I overheard a rideop say to a guy behind me on MF "pull on the belt, I need to see a 1/2 inch of the belt."

So I think it is 1/2 inch now.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 11:06 AM
The problem is, height/weight say nothing about how or where you carry your weight. For that matter, nor does your 'waist' these days.

I had '36-inch' waist pants I could wear when I was in the 230s, '34-inch' pants I could wear in the 220s and '36-inch' waist pants that fit just right at a little over 200. I can't blame the clothing manufacturers one bit: If you can wear a Brand X size labeled smaller than Brand Y, which one will you leave the store with?

Of course, that still says nothing about the girth (or lack) of the belly above it, which doesn't matter when you're standing up but makes a world of difference when seated for a coaster ride.

Long story short, your mileage may vary. Even the test seat (by some reports) won't tell you the whole story.

Give it a try and good luck.

-'Playa

*** Edited 6/8/2005 3:07:56 PM UTC by CoastaPlaya***

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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 11:25 AM
When I rode Millie in August last year (after the rule was instated for 1 inch), I weighed (still do:() 250lbs and am 6' tall.

I'm not hugely overweight by any means, I have a nice sized (non) beer gut that I'm working on right now. I personally was able to ride because the way my body is was fitting to the ride. I was comfortable, but I can't imagine someone with much larger a waist than me (between 36-38) riding the ride.

Regardless, go and have fun anywho. I know you probably don't want to go and not be able to ride, but Millie is (more than likely for most) hardly the best coaster in the park. I'd rather sit on Gemini all day than an oversized (albeit fun) kiddie coaster.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 11:29 AM
I got on MF this year. I have 36" waist and had about 3 inches left over. I think the waist size was not the determining factor though. It is the hip and thigh size.
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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 11:31 AM
I would take the advice of ops of they ask you tyo to try the test seats. I had this problemlast week with my friends. They were asked and then went through the line to see they couldnt fit on dragster. Which kinda meant no millie ride for them either. It can also get downright embarrassing. But hey make sure you fit first so you dont have to go through all that pain. Get to the ride and not fit. I hope that you get the rides on them though so heres to some luck for you.
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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 11:53 AM
Yes, returned from there 2 weeks ago. Rode both MF and TTD with not too much of a problem (5'10 215).

But another in our party could not ride it. As said, it is hips and thighs not your belly size. If you dont fit one seat try another. Belts DO differ in lengths, maybe not much, but dont just give up.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 12:27 PM
I weigh 215lbs, and have a 37" waist. I have rode Millennium Force three times this year. I'm going back this weekend and hopefully I can get a lot more, if weather permits. :(
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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 5:05 PM
Peabody...why is the height/weight restriction Intamin's fault? Explain this!! The height/weight restriction is an old dead topic. It is there for safety reasons. Its not there to embarass or piss people off!

As everyone else has stated its a matter of where you carry the weight. I am 6'2, 240 lbs, 42 inch waist, and I fit nicely into MF. However, I have witnessed patrons who are sporting a major beer gut ride MF. So who the hell knows. I did make the choice to eat healthier so I could go on the attractions. I am still working on it.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 5:23 PM
It's Intamin's fault because they changed the restrictions mid-stream and didn't do a good job designing the restraints to begin with.

People were falling off coasters, falling off flumes (yes, plural) and then the manufacturer tightened them up in areas--the cheapest ones to modify, of course--that would exclude a good number of riders.

Just because I might fit doesn't mean I don't feel for those who can't. So be a little easy on everybody, okay? There's justifiable reason to be upset.

-'Playa

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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 11:37 PM

abandonedbob said:
First time poster, long time viewer;-)... I was just wondering if anyone can tell me the true height and weight restrictions for rides like Millenium Force and Top Thrill Dragster, I am 6-3 and 295 lbs and i was wondering is that to big, should I even bother going? Now that I embaressed myself in front of every reader of the forum... i would just like to thank ya'll

6-4, 260 here...

Can't ride the following (as of last year) at CP:
TTD (belt rule)
Millie (belt rule)
Mantis (height)

Everything else was fair game though, including (oddly enough) Wicked Twister.

It gives me reservations on making a return trip anytime soon, but you can still have fun if you enjoy the older rides.

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Thursday, June 9, 2005 10:17 AM

CoastaPlaya said:
It's Intamin's fault because they changed the restrictions mid-stream and didn't do a good job designing the restraints to begin with.

People were falling off coasters, falling off flumes (yes, plural) and then the manufacturer tightened them up in areas--the cheapest ones to modify, of course--that would exclude a good number of riders....(snip) There's justifiable reason to be upset.



I'm not Peabody either, but I did stay at Holiday Inn Express last night. Intamin *could've* just admitted that their original seats/restraints were less-than-adequate and re-designed the seats to make sure riders kept their butts DOWN and their thighs *perpendicular* to their shins and backs. (That's the Z-position we've heard so much about these past 10 years or so)...;)


Of course, had Intamin done that, the lawyers for those who WERE thrown from Intamin rides would've had a *litigation field day*...

If B&M would design rides and trains more like Intamins, with truly "extreme" forces, then it would be a different story....but Intamin is the one company that HAS "gone out on a limb" and designed for the real thrillseekers, so it's a shame to see them standing by their past mistakes without even the slightest hint of "catching a clue".

As always, IMO, YMMV, AFAIK, ERT, LOL, and lots of other "inscrutable abbreviations"...;)

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Thursday, June 9, 2005 10:40 AM
I will also agree that it all depends on your build. I am 6' 4" and close to 270lbs and I was able to ride TTD easily and just barely was able to ride MF. Most of my height is upper body so I can't ride some rides like MaxAir because they cut into my shoulders. If you want to get an idea if you can fit, http://www.nogodforme.com/TERA.htm has pictures of the test seat and a method of measuring if you might fit. Using their method I was able to 28" comfortably and 26" if I pulled the tape tight. I hope that helps.
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Friday, June 10, 2005 10:12 PM
people say that people "who can't control their weight" are the only ones that have problems...not so...I'm 6"2' 265 pounds and have a 45 inch waist, and I am in total control of my weight, I just have a large frame and broad shoulders. Often times getting on rides with OTSR's I have issues....why...not because of room down bottom, but room up top

kinda off....but I'm going up to SNFE this week, should I be ok on SROS

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Friday, June 10, 2005 10:22 PM
It isn't always about 'controling your weight' either. Some people have gland problems, eating disorders, and other reasons why they are bigger than some, so that isn't it.

But it is true, if Intamin would do a good job of designing seats/restraints, and Stengle keeps doing a good job of designing coasters, we'd all be a lot safer.

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