Sunday, October 1, 2000 3:50 AM
Everyone knows that you have to be so tall to ride,but have yo ever heard of too tall.i went to SFO yesterday and couldnt ride Texas Twister be cause any one over 6'5 couldnt ride plus they need to make more room in them Villian trains,my knees got beat to death.i do love rollercoasters but the manufacturere should think about the tall people too.does any other tall people feel this way?
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Sunday, October 1, 2000 7:05 AM
I'm 6'4", and have never been refused a ride on anything. But, I sure get the knee bashing quite a bit, usually on woodies with PTC trains. The least amount of leg room on a coaster (not counting kiddie coasters) has to be Montezooma's Revenge @ KBF. There is padding for the knees, but I literally have to wedge myself in. And, due to the restraint, you cannot cross your legs. At least I am in no danger of falling out!

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Sunday, October 1, 2000 9:52 AM

S:ROS has a height limit as well. They have a short stick AND a tall stick. The tall limit is 6'5". My 6' 6" friend slouched a LOT and got on, but barely.
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Jason
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Sunday, October 1, 2000 6:21 PM
im 6' 5 and ive never been denied a ride and ive rode the texas twister. but i can relate to the leg room thing. Were gonna have to get knee pads or something. i think the big dipper is the worst.
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Sunday, October 1, 2000 6:41 PM
I saw two height sticks at S:ROS at SFA. I think the max. height is 6'4" could be wrong though. I think it's due to the low clearance after the first helix on the straight away. It has some REAL good head choppers there. I guess if your too tall it counl be hand choppers instead. :(

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Sunday, October 1, 2000 7:25 PM
I dont know what they are putting in the Wheaties these days but it seems I am looking up at more people than I ever did in the past. And I am not short, 6ft 2in. Thats probably why I love B&M coasters because there is plenty of leg room for the tall folks. Arrow loopers make my knees ache.

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Monday, October 2, 2000 3:08 AM
WHich S:ROS do they have the height restriction on--or do they have the restriction on all 3 S:ROS's? My boyfriend is 6'6" so we will want to avoid making a special trip to that coaster.
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Monday, October 2, 2000 5:49 AM
I have posted about this several times in the past....I'm 6'9", and run into this every time a ride coaster! Some folks have fear riding a coaster for the first time; I have fear of NOT being able to fit into the darn car!

Most coasters are really tight (Villian, Beast, MF), but I will accept coming away with briuses and I manage (I have to; the above 3 are AWESOME).

Coasters I cannot ride:
Disaster Transport
Son of Beast (HORRIBLE restraints, way too narrow)

I am a coaster fanatic, and wish some of these rolling stock manufacturers would build in more room (if even for just one of the two or three seats in a car)....

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Monday, October 2, 2000 6:04 AM
As for S:ROS, I know for certain they use the height stick(s) at SFA. I was with shorter friends at SFNE & SFDL so I didn't pay as much attention.

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Jason
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Monday, October 2, 2000 7:06 AM
Oh it's time for me to re-tell one of my favorite memories from my ride op days at CP. Back in 1981 (yep it was that long ago)...one afternoon while I was enjoying my time off in the park, my area manager saw me and said, "hey follow me you'll like this"...so I followed along with him until he stopped a group of "guests" on the midway...the area manager then proceeded to tell this group of "guests" that he was sorry but they must refrain from riding the roller coasters for the rest fo the day...due to their height it was taking to long for them to enter and exit the rides thus causing the rides to "set up" which endangered other guests...The shortest guest said what about me and the area manager said, No you are ok...so this short guest danced around the group sing songing, "I can ride you can't"
This group of "guests" was...Erving Johnson..aka Magic, Herb Wiliams, Jay Vincent, and one other NBA future star...(come on some one help me, what was the name of the "star" from DePaul in the early 80's...Mark something). After they stopped riding the coasters they went over to the midway games and dropped "big money" winning alot of plush....
BTW, the "short guest" was Isiah Thomas...:)
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Monday, October 2, 2000 9:41 AM
Could that have been Mark Aguirre? He was a DePaul star in the 80's and went on to the NBA.

Good story.

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Monday, October 2, 2000 11:38 AM
BINGO DEK....That's it Thanks...
Also, I'm 6'5" and have "no trouble" fitting into any coaster I want to ride. Part of that is because as I wait to board I check out the trains and PLAN how I need to sit...legs folded in half (lol) or cross the ankles (ala Mine Ride at CP).
This past week I even squeezed into the Wildcat at CP. (If you think the Mine Ride is tight...try Wildcat!) *** This post was edited by The One The Only Coaster God on 10/2/2000. ***
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Tuesday, October 3, 2000 5:59 PM
Son Of Beast is hard to get into for anyone that is over 6 feet tall or so. I am 6 feet tall myself and find it very hard to get into the trains because of the U-Shaped lap bars on it. I rode with my friend who is about 6'3" or 6'4", and he almost didn't get in. I agree that ride manufacturers need to think about the taller people too, but I also realize that there isn't too much they can do, because you can't please all of the people all of the time. Although Son Of Beast is the only coaster I have problems getting into, this could be easily remedied by a T-Shaped lap bar (like the ones on Millennium Force), but I don't know how something like that would work on this coaster. Anyway, if I get any taller I'll bring a tub of Crisco, and enjoy the ride.
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Tuesday, October 10, 2000 12:01 AM
B&M thought of you guys.Normal(hate that word)size people can not reach the floor of Apollo's Chariot BGW:).I asked the guy sitting next to me if his feet could touch the floor and he replied "no".The only restraint for this coaster is a triangular lap thing.No,not really a bar, wich also might be more comfortable for you all.It reminds me of a lifesaving device because there are two handles at the top,one on each side of this fat,plastic triangle.A couple of people got off this ride and really complained it was sooo uncomfortable to them because of the freedom or lack of restraints.This coaster was advertised as the coaster you could finally put your hands up on.I think it was the local radio advertisement last year when it debuted.It is awesome for me to ride this coaster because at 5'3/4,I do not reach the floor .:)My homepark is now building one that is supposed to be similar to Apollo.One rumor is that it might top 300 feet."If" it was true,could you imagine the MF drop with this Apollo type seat!:):):):)

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Tuesday, October 10, 2000 5:40 AM
Spaces after commas and periods would really make your post easier to read.

Is this the latest trend? Now online conversation is too good for the space bar?

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Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
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Tuesday, October 10, 2000 6:09 PM
With the subject of being too tall this is on area that I'm greatful for being somewhat short. (However my build has been classified as extremelly average by some.) At 5'9" and 160 pounds I'm just happy that being too short for basketball leaves me the right height for coasters ;).


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