# 1 coaster fan
Thursday, July 19, 2001 8:39 PM
How small can trains get these days. Does KI think at all about the people that are are bigger than others? The ride IMO could of been more better of the trains were a little bit bigger. What do You think?
Thursday, July 19, 2001 11:09 PM
I agree whole-heartedly. I'm only 6'1" and I was terribly uncomfortbale for my rides. It's not so much that the trains are small it's that the metal plates that rise up in the cars cramp up the available space. I still was able to enjoy the ride but it would've been a lot better with roomier seating.
Friday, July 20, 2001 3:16 AM
I'm 5'10" and find it uncomfortable. That is one of the reasons it does not make the top 10 list.
Friday, July 20, 2001 3:58 AM
I would guess the reason for the tight seating is to keep you in! Remember these cars are designed with only lap bars. I believe the raised floors are to keep your knees at a certain height to keep your body in a position so the lap bar works. If you weren't complaining about the tight cars, you'd be complaining about the otsr's.
Craig the Coaster Freak
Friday, July 20, 2001 4:30 AM
True super7, I find the problem within the train design itself. People don't like getting bruises though.
Craig, nearing 1,000
Friday, July 20, 2001 4:44 AM
The trains have insufficient padding to begin with and have their grab bars too low to be useful (you can only reach them by reaching OVER the lap bar). Then for this season they raised the floor in the car in an effort to make sure that all riders are forced into a knees-bent position under the lap bar. Trouble is, it's a terribly uncomfortable position which causes your knees to bang into the grab bar (which, as already noted, is poorly positioned) and which tends to drag the rider right off the seat and tip him backwards, meaning you're sitting on the base of your spine rather than on the back of your thighs. Quite frankly, the design is a royal mess.
By comparison, the Flight of Fear train uses a similar concept, but first the seat cushion is angled rearward and downward, so you can actually sit on the (upholstered) seat rather than on the (molded and utterly useless) crotch bump). Then, instead of raising the floor, they installed the ankle bars on the lap bars to force you into a sitting position, a design which is far more tolerable even though it means more direct contact with the lap bar.
If Sonny's seats were more like the Flight of Fear seats, it would be a far more comfortable ride!
--Dave Althoff, Jr.