Screaming Swing–An unrealistic safety rule

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 10:52 PM
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.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005 11:30 PM
I've ridden a Screamin' Swing with someone who didn't have a fear of heights, and she got major vertigo from the ride. She has never had that problem before, maybe it's common with the ride design.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005 1:57 AM
I guess I'm not allowed on it when I make it to Dorney, then. Shame, I paid $5 to ride the one @ Knott's, and loved it. Guess they won't get my money at Dorney...
Wednesday, May 25, 2005 2:05 AM
I'm afraid of tornados, but I still experienced Twister at USF.

I'm afraid of snakes, but I still rode Viper at SFoG and SFMM.

I'm afraid of dinosaurs but I still rode CTX/Dinosaur! at DAK.

I'm afraid of dragons, but I still rode Iron Dragon at CP.

I'm afraid of the internet, but I still surf the web.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005 4:49 AM
I'm afraid of moosh but I...

Oh, nevermind.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005 8:06 AM
Thank you.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005 8:27 AM
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.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005 8:50 AM
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.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005 10:05 AM
^ Some people enjoy the car rides by talking on their cell phones. It makes the experience more like "real" driving....


Wednesday, May 25, 2005 11:04 AM
Are you sure it isn't a stunt to get people worked up to spend the extra cash?
Wednesday, May 25, 2005 11:27 AM
my favorite was while working at the Merrie Oldies last year at GL...people would always smoke while on the ride. GAS EVERYWHERE and yet they still smoke.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005 1:09 PM
how would they know if someone is afraid of heights? And if someone was afraid of heights, they wouldn't be getting on the ride anywayz.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005 1:30 PM
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.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005 2:31 PM
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."
Wednesday, May 25, 2005 3:47 PM
RS, with the S&S restraints it would be impossible to try to get off the ride.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005 4:09 PM
I was told there are 3 different ride programs for screaming swing. If the ride is an upcharge do you get to pick the program you want? You should be able to if your paying for it. Does anyone know?
Wednesday, May 25, 2005 5:50 PM

Raven-Phile said:
Some people enjoy the car rides by talking on their cell phones. It makes the experience more like "real" driving....

In that case, they should add a few kiosks to sell makeup and newspapers outside the ride. I see that a lot while driving for real too.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005 5:54 PM
The way Knotts' was run, getting off mid-ride would be nigh-impossible.

Wild Adventures, however, not so much...I actually tightened my restraints AFTER the op was done checking them.....and I *crave* airtime...;)

Thursday, May 26, 2005 11:15 AM
I'm glad the screaming swing that KW is getting next summer is included in the price. I mean it's probably gonna be a very popular ride and people wouldn't wanna pay for it everytime they get on it.
Thursday, May 26, 2005 12:02 PM
Why would you think that Kennywood would even consider paying that much for a ride with 32 seats only to charge for it?

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