From my knowledge, no. I doubt that any device has been installed to prevent this. Since MF opened, people tell me not to open your mouth at night unless your like a blue whale and screen out little snacks with your teeth. If MF doesn't have anything to prevent it, TTD will most likely not have anything either.
I can tell you one thing though, you won't see Fabio riding TTD! ;)
It seems that at the speed most coasters travel it would be a serious problem to get hit in the eye even by a bug. I wear glasses, so this probably minimizes the danger. I've never heard of any bug-in-the-eye experiences, although it must happen.
Speaking of bird incidences. About 10 years ago I was at a bird show in Universal Studios Orlando. At one point during the show the whole audience was asked to whistle so that this one bird would come out of his box and down to the trainer. But instead of one bird, 100s of birds came down. Well, I didnt realize it at the time, but one of those birds took a huge dump on my shoulder. I have no idea how I didnt feel this, but my friends got a good laugh over this for the rest of the day.
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I think a hit by a bird could easily be fatal at those speeds. 120 mph is the fastest freefall can get so hitting a bird at 120 mph would be comprable to falling a mile and hitting some softer type of ground head first. It would be the definition of a freak accident if that would happen. I hope Cedar Point is doing something to prevent birds flying by.
As for bugs, I thought of this when the ride was first announced and I think it would probably be a sting but wouldn't really take away from the ride experience.
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People on rides definitely get hit by birds more often than you think. I've seen it happen. But it does raise a valid question..... it could be horrible if someone got hit by a bird during the launch on TTD.
I do have a hard time imagining that Intamin and CP sat down and designed the front of the train in order to deflect birds or bugs. I think the only thing they probably concentrated on when desinging was making it arrow-dynamic (no joke intended) and suitable for the theme.
As for Cher and Joan Rivers not visiting CP... I would think they would be drawn to the "instant" facelift on TTD. Then again.... Joan is already pulled pretty tight. So tight in fact, I'm pretty sure that when she blinks it pulls her pantyhose up.
Proud A-lister! *** This post was edited by Shaggy 5/8/2003 4:04:14 PM ***
Funny you mention Arrowdynamic train design, Shaggy! Just watching riders on Dragster indicates that there is no wind break on that ride at all (unless somebody farts...) and riders are hit square in the face with a 120-mph wind. More if the wind is blowing off the lake as it often is. Likewise, my experience with Millennium Force is that you get a 92-MPH wind in the face (more if the wind is blowing off the bay).
But Magnum is a different story. The Magnum train has that nosepiece on it, and oddly enough, if you sit in the front seat, most of the wind on Magnum comes from behind you instead of hittiny you square in the face at 72 MPH.
Is this the difference between rides designed by civil engineers and rides built by aeronautical engineers?