I had ask another park goer why the flyer had not run for over five minutes. They said a blind kid was on the ride and did not get off. He apparently went on three runs before they stopped anyone else from boading until he exited the ride. When he returned for anouther ride he was refused by Mr.Nelson. When asked why he said "because you are blind." I witnessed that confrotaion from outside the exit ramp. Now I saw a legally blind woman ride with no issues whatsoever. I think the kid should have been denied re-entry for his previous failure to follow the rules. Unfortunately the wrong thing was said.
Mr.Nelson was trying to use a "park rule" that the ride may be unsafe for a blind person not knowing when to brace for directonal changes. Story was on Fox 66 news at ten and is not online yet. www.yourerie.com is their website.
Beyond that at 4.50 a ride, I say the kid stole 9 bucks from charity.
If sight is so important while riding a coaster, why don't parks advise you not to close your eyes? Why do parks run coasters at night or indoors in complete darkness? While you'll get a bumpier ride if you aren't able to see the track ahead, I sincerely doubt that the effect is significant enough as to be a safety issue. If the kid was banned from the ride for refusing to get off, that's one thing, but it's a huge mistake if it was because he was blind.
I don't see any reason why a blind person shouldn't be allowed to ride though. As long as they can board the ride and safely fit in the restraints, they should be fine.
It's also apparent that the park is at no fault for this since it states that the ride's manufacturer is the one who put this stipulation in place.
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I'd wager that a vast majority of those who are blind are capable of grabbing onto a handrail and walking down a set of stairs. This isn't Mt. Everest we're talking about, lol!**
I don't see any legitimate reason for barring anyone who is visually-impared from enjoying any amusement park ride. I find it hard to believe any park would have such a restriction.
It sounds to me like there is more to this story than, if you'll pardon the pun, meets the eye.
(**by the way, a blind man has climbed Mt. Everest...twice!)
Given what blind people can accomplish (aka the aforementioned climbing Mt Everest) in what way is it dangerous to ride RV2?
I have interacted with many handicap people in my lifetime and I never treat them any differtent than anybody else. This kid is one of the few that expects preferential treatment untill someone calls him on it. Then he throws the disrimination card. What a shame. *** Edited 5/19/2008 3:30:44 PM UTC by rsscbell***
There probably is a lot more to the story than we're reading now. But at first glance it sounds like the kid wants it both ways. You can't keep me from riding because I'm no different than anyone else-- but I shouldn't have to get off the ride and go back through the queue because I'm different from everyone else.
As stated, there must be more to the story.
Honestly. I've never seen blind as a restriction. Im sure it is for some rides at some parks but Im almost certain it isn't for most coasters at most parks.
Stuff like Prior Injuries, health conditions (High BP ect) Sit upright and be able to hold on or the norms.
If it's not posted anywhere that he couldn't ride being blind, UHT OH!
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