Thinking about Dollywood

Friday, November 16, 2012 9:02 PM

Both myself as well as my brother are larger people. I am 6 foot 4 230 mostly stomach. My brother is 6 foot 2 and about 275 mostly stomach. We want to ride "Thunderhead" at Dollywood over Christmas time. Does anyone think that we will have issues here? Thank you for your responses.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012 9:02 PM

Why do I get "100" reads and no responses to my simple question?

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Saturday, November 17, 2012 10:05 PM
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I don't think people are being rude or anything like that. I just think that maybe there are not many people who can reply. I mean, how many people who post on CoasterBuzz are 6' 4"?

Even given the dimensions of you and your brother, no one can say for sure that you will face an issue with this ride. Everyone is shaped differently.

Have you ever rode a coaster with Millennium Flyer trains before? That would be a good place to begin finding an answer to your question. I'm 6'1" tall and had no problem riding Thunderhead when I weighed 280. I did ride Lightning Racers and Wildcat at Hersheypark a few months ago with my lower weight of 250 with no problems.

And that's about all I can say to help. Sorry. :)


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Saturday, November 17, 2012 10:32 PM

Ok, maybe because you asked the same question back on Nov. 10 in regard to Busch Gardens, which led to someone's suggestion that Dollywood might be a better choice for coasters this time of year. Not because it would be a better fit for you, but more because they would actually be open. Then, because you asked, Tekwardo (I believe) concluded on Nov. 11 with his opinion that Mystery Mine might be the ride at Dollywood that would cause you trouble. I cant speak for the 100 people who read this, but I for one thought you got your answer back then.
I'm not trying to be grouchy with you, but to be fair, it's a hard question to get an answer to when 1) Coasterbuzz isn't all that busy these days, especially on weekends, and 2) unless we're 6'4 and 230 lbs we really aren't in a position to say how comfortable you're gonna be. I can say with certainty that I'm 5'11 and about 230 and I got my "two clicks" on Thunderhead with a little tightness, but they didn't turn me away.
I'd imagine the best place to start with questions like yours would be with the park in question. They have all the information you'll need from operating schedule to their particular ride restrictions and how they're enforced, and they'll be glad to tell you.
On other forums I've seen questions like yours turn into a cruel discussion about how people of size just need to lose weight or shut up. Although i believe most C'Buzzers are nicer than that, consider yourself lucky someone didn't try to go there with you!

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Saturday, November 17, 2012 11:07 PM

Most of us try not to rag each other about weight.

On the other hand, 230? Mac, seriously? When did the bus route stop going past the gym?

:P


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Saturday, November 17, 2012 11:36 PM

Actually, Mike, funny you should ask. Someone from the gym called just the other day to remind me that my membership expired, and did I want to stop by to renew? I said "Yes, I'll be right down. Exactly where are you located?"
More accurately, I quit smoking.
Back to the gym is coming soon. One demon at a time, please.

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Sunday, November 18, 2012 12:49 AM
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Oh boy! A weight loss thread! :D

Just by drinking diet soda instead of regular and lots of water, I managed to lose about 30 pounds over the Spring. It took me only three months. I've gained about 5 of it back, but it that 5 pounds keep fluctuation up and down.

I got stuck at 30. I want to lose more, but it's hard considering that since I lost 30, I kind of feel like that's enough and why try to lose any more. As soon as I get serious again, I'm going to try to lose 30 more. It was pretty easy for me the first 30.

I have never had trouble fitting into rides, but I realized at one point that it was getting kind of close, and that's when I lost the weight.

I've heard that if you don't want it all to come back, the trick is to lose it slowly. I believe that to be true, because I didn't gain it all back like I thought I would.

Not that I ever looked like I needed to lose weight anyways. I'm kind of big, but not really obese. I'm still damn sexy. :p


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Sunday, November 18, 2012 2:24 AM
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If I ever got that heavy, I feel like the ability to comfortably ride roller coasters would be enough to motivate me to lose the wait.

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Sunday, November 18, 2012 3:02 AM

Today I saw someone who didnt seem that big got turned down for Tunderhead. I was able to fit fine but I had to push it down a bit because I was wearing a hoodie and a sweatshirt.That is something you are going to have into account, it is cold and you will be wearing layers ide assume. All i needed to get was one click on the lapbar and they let me go, which was great because after the lapbar clicks it comes back up quite a bit and left me with a lot of room for that great airtime. All I can say is go and find out, even if you dont fit you will still enjoy everything else Dollywood has to offer.

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Sunday, November 18, 2012 7:18 AM

bjames said:

If I ever got that heavy, I feel like the ability to comfortably ride roller coasters would be enough to motivate me to lose the wait.

I wish I could "lose the wait" on every coaster I ride.


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Sunday, November 18, 2012 8:20 AM

Fast pass is bariatric surgery for overwait queues.


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Sunday, November 18, 2012 10:03 AM
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The money that you save on food could be used to buy Flashpass! :D

Last edited by LostKause, Sunday, November 18, 2012 10:03 AM
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Sunday, November 18, 2012 1:10 PM
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November is the second slowest month for CoasterBuzz traffic. December is first. You can probably figure out why.


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Sunday, November 18, 2012 1:17 PM
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Just an FYI to the original poster, it all depends on where you carry your weight. I suggested Dollywood, but I guarantee nothing :-).


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Sunday, November 18, 2012 1:42 PM
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talon1189 said:

Why do I get "100" reads and no responses to my simple question?

Because your title is "Thinking About Dollywood." Lots of people think about Dollywood but don't know if you personally will fit. Would you rather have 100 responses all saying "I don't know"?

Try a more descriptive title next time.


Hi

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Monday, November 19, 2012 5:51 PM

My friend and I went to the Coasterbuzz event back in May and he was able to ride all the rides just fine. He is 6'6" and weights around 250 maybe more.


Collin Aynes

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Monday, November 19, 2012 11:31 PM
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Speaking of size, what do you call a psychic midget who escapes from prison?

A small medium at large. lol


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Monday, November 19, 2012 11:40 PM
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We definitely need a -1 button....

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Monday, November 19, 2012 11:53 PM

Jeff said:
November is the second slowest month for CoasterBuzz traffic. December is first. You can probably figure out why.

Why? *snicker*


"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012 5:21 AM

LostKause said:

Speaking of size, what do you call a psychic midget who escapes from prison?

A small medium at large. lol

4 Vote-Ups for a joke that's as old as LeapThe Dips???

(shakes head)


The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

http://support.gktw.org/site/TR/CoastingForKids/General?px=1248054&...fr_id=1372

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