Thorpe Parks add bigger seats to rides to accommodate bigger guests

Posted Thursday, September 29, 2011 10:00 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Bosses at Thorpe Park have equipped their Nemesis Inferno attraction with the bigger chairs and plan to install them on all the others in the next year. The two extra large, double-buckled seats – designed for people with a chest of 51 inches or more – are positioned in rows near the front of the white-knuckle ride.

Read more from The Mirror.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011 3:47 PM

I'm surprised Nemesis Inferno didn't have the larger seats when the ride was first installed since I thought almost all newer B&M invert and floorless coasters had them.

It should be interesting to see how they modify the other coasters, especially the 2 Intamin's and Swarm. Maybe B&M figured out something to make the seats larger for Swarm since I read a few months ago that Raptor at Gardaland was more restrictive than other B&M coaster types.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011 6:24 PM

This is Thorpe Park we're talking about...about which I view all press releases with a certain amount of skepticism...it says they have added larger seats to the ride, it doesn't say when they did it...and the photo shows a conventional B&M "more accommodating" seat.

Do we know for certain that this is a *new* addition to Nemesis Inferno, and not merely a feature that has been there all along, but that they decided to billboard because they didn't have some oddball attention grabber to talk about?

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Last edited by RideMan, Thursday, September 29, 2011 6:26 PM
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Thursday, September 29, 2011 6:48 PM

It's always had them, unless they've added more this is the usual Thorpe Park rubbish.

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Monday, October 3, 2011 1:35 PM

Actually, having gone back and read the article, I'm not sure that it is so much the usual Thorpe Park stuff. Was this a Thorpe Park release, or was Thorpe merely a more-than-willing contributor to a wire service fluff piece on how the UKnians are getting to be almost as big as Americans these days...

In any case, it seems that my usual reaction to any story regarding Thorpe Park was still appropriate... :)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Monday, October 3, 2011 2:13 PM

Perhaps Rupert Murdoch's greatest "contribution" on both sides of the pond is that the puffery is now more the point itself than being TO the point? All hat and no cowboy? ;)

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