Something I saw at Dorney made me wonder what S&S was thinking. One of the posted rules is that people who have a fear of heights are not allowed to ride. Note, I didn't say shouldn't ride. Isn't the whole point of the ride to thrill (and possibly scare) because of the height obtained? Isn't that what you're forking $5 over for? How would you qualify a fear of heights? Some people on this site have mentioned that they can't ride a drop tower like Drop Zone at PKD/PKI, but can ride any hyper/giga coaster.
I always laugh when they say there will be no drinking or eating while on this ride. And the ride is maXair. Who the hell would attempt to eat or drink on a ride. I guess the lawyers covered all fields.
I work the TurnPike(antique cars) ride at Kennywood and you would be surprised how many people like to eat and drink on a ride, even tho it may not go to fast it still isint allowed. It's also surprising how much people lack common sense. For instance while waiting in line for TurnPike there is a sign posted on the pole about having to have a partner to ride. Once they get up to the front about to board the ride there is another one on the gate as well as in the general ride sign saying all the safety restrictions. People still say "I'm riding by myself"! I just feel bad for Kennywood because they spend money to put of those signs and no one pays attention to them anyways. Another thing is cell phones. Why are you talking on the cell phone when your sopossed to be enjoying the ride? Did you pay $20+ to sit down and talk?
Back to SS now...
The ride is called "Screaming Swing", if you weren't afraid then you wouldn't scream and the name would make no sense.
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By "fear of heights", they probably don't mean those who are just nervous about going high up in the air. Every thrill ride gives a feeling of uncertainty.
But then there are those who are so afraid of heights that they might panic and maybe even try to get off the ride while its in motion. It's probably not a good idea for them to try to conquer their fear on the Screamin' Swing.
Two boys are in the queue line for the ride. One boy says to the other, "Man, I am really scared to ride this thing!" The ride operator hears this, approaches the boys, and asks, "You're scared? Are you scared because of the intense swinging and rocking motion that will give you periods of extreme weightlessness? Or are you scared because you'll be hanging a few stories above the ground, looking down at times?" The boy says, "Hmm... probably a little of both." Ride operator: "Well, which one are you more scared of?" Boy: "I'm not really sure...." Operator: "I can't let you ride until you answer the question." Boy: "Ok, I'm scared of the height then." Operator: "I'm sorry, I cannot let you ride. You must exit the queue area immediately."