Theme parks and manufacturers differ on how to accommodate amputees on rides

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Jessica Cox, 33, has filed a complaint with the Florida Commission on Human Relations challenging Universal's policy banning visitors from rides if they don't have an arm or prosthetic device to "continuously grasp." She's not the first person with a missing limb to complain of discrimination at Orlando's big theme parks. Accommodating people with disabilities, particularly amputees, is a balance of safety and sensitivity for the attractions industry.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

The link for the Sentinel took me to a Miami Herald article on Mako.

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Try this instead:

Amputee article

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I hate when I can understand both sides of an argument. Sea World's harness system looks like it would work for most if not all amputees; is there a way for this to become the industry standard? Might even make the Sea World park systems a bit of extra money?

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loriu said:

The link for the Sentinel took me to a Miami Herald article on Mako.

Whoops! Sorry about that. Fixed.

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I know both Busch parks had special restraints for guests without legs in 2012. I remember them on Alpengeist and Montu. It is nice to see them expand it into a full-body restraint for the other rides.

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This is a standard feature on all new B&M's now. I know for sure it's on GateKeeper and Valravn. I'm fairly certain it's also on Raptor and Rougarou also.

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It was also added to one of Nitro's trains either last year or 2 years ago.

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I find that fascinating. I guess if it doesn't have a huge impact on wait times (it looks like most of the harnessing is done away from the train) or on safety (I assume that B&M knows what it's doing) then good for them. Now if Intamin was going to try something like this...

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I was talking to a German guy at Europa today and commented on how much of what they have would never fly in the US- most places aren't exactly accessible (that was the case at all three parks I visited here) and I explained our ADA and its requirements. He said their solution is to let disabled in for free with the understanding that they won't be able to participate in most attractions. Hmm.

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