Xcelerator Height Limit

Saturday, July 6, 2002 8:56 AM

On www.twistedrails.com Karl was talking about how if your head is above the headrest then you can not ride Xcelerator. Does anybody know just how tall you have to be to not be allowed on the ride?

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Saturday, July 6, 2002 9:40 AM

If you are taller than 6 feet, 2 inches, you cannot ride.

They check everyone who looks questionable at the entrance.

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Saturday, July 6, 2002 10:22 AM

What? What is the deal with some of these coasters today with low height maximums? I thought Deja-Vu was pretty bad with a 6ft 4 in. max.

Do they not realize that more people are growing over 6ft these days?

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Saturday, July 6, 2002 10:33 AM
Hopefully this problem is isolated to just Xcelerator, and not future Rocket Coasters.
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Saturday, July 6, 2002 10:38 AM
Ahh.. the luxuries of being 5'2"... :)
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Saturday, July 6, 2002 10:39 AM
:( I guess I will never ride it, Why is this rule a bunch of bull crap. I don't want to be any taller now as I can only make it by 2 inches.

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Can we change the name of Top Gun to your mom so no one wants to ride your mom?

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Saturday, July 6, 2002 11:08 AM

It is obvious that it is related to a safety issue.

If your head exceeds the top of the headrest, you will no doubt be at risk for neck or head injuries. The 2 G launch (0-82 in 2.3 s) will definetely do some painful damage if your head has nothing to press against.

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Saturday, July 6, 2002 11:11 AM

There is a pretty decent reason why it is so low. Its all about the headrests. If the headrests were higher, the height requirement would be raised. Its already 52 inches.

If the headrests were lower, they would impose a lower height maximum.

It seems to be going by averages, and trying to place the headrests at a height so that the majority of people can ride.

Believe me, you want your headrest on this ride!

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Saturday, July 6, 2002 11:19 AM

Yes, I fully understand the safety issue. My point is that the ride should have been engineered to accomadate the taller guest.

Having a maximum height limit of 74 in. just seems a little low.

Of course some of you that are nowhere near that height arent going to care.

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""To be the man, WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!, You got to beat the man""!!!

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Saturday, July 6, 2002 11:27 AM
What's silly is it's not even total height, it's upper-body height. They should have a seat you can sit in outside the line and if your head is above a certain mark, THEN you can't ride. Someone can be 6'5 and have a short upper-body, and vice versa.
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Saturday, July 6, 2002 11:44 AM

B&M Webmaster: They do have a test seat outside of the ride to check with.

As for the height issue, I don't understand why they couldn't have had at least two seat (maybe the rear 2 seats) with a larger headrest.

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*** This post was edited by Karl DeAngelo on 7/6/2002. ***

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Saturday, July 6, 2002 11:50 AM
I have had enough of this. So much for ever riding Xcelerator! Couldn't they make a head rest that was taller? I mean come on, every new ride that comes out these days has some ridiculous height limit. If 6'4'' on Deja Vu and Thunderhawk isn't bad enough now 6'2''? I have a feeling some ride companies/parks are going to be getting some very nasty letters...from me if no one else.

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Saturday, July 6, 2002 11:54 AM

That stinks.

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Saturday, July 6, 2002 12:00 PM
See im about 5 ft 11 but my legs are very long. My upper body is very short. some people that are 5 in. shorter than me are about the same size when i sit down.
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Saturday, July 6, 2002 12:05 PM
This situation is becoming ridiculous. This makes two new Intamin coasters in the US just this year that I can't ride because of height (6'4")! Overweight people can control their problem by losing weight if they are not allowed to ride. What can tall people do? The most annoying thing is that it is a clearance issue which could have been completely designed around. What a shame.

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Saturday, July 6, 2002 12:17 PM
I'm going to straighten things out after having rode xclerator.

Test it before making judgements. The 6'2" limit is not a limit at all, it's a guideline for all of Knott's rides.

"All passenger restraint systems, including lap bars, shoulder harnesses and seatbelts must be positioned and fastened properly to allow guests to ride. Due to rider restraint requirements (those listed above), guests of exceptional size may not be accomodated on some of our attractions. this MAY apply, but not be limited to, guests who exceed 6'2" or those who exceed 250 lbs, have a 46" waistline or 54" chest. Extremely large or small individuals, guests who have a history of heart, back or neck trouble may be affected by the requirements needed to inure these systems operate properly."

The sign on every KBF attraction and also on the map. As it says, everyone is different and you should test the restraints to ensure a proper fit before riding. Also keep in mind these guidelines are for every ride, not specifically for xcelerator, and you really need to be big bird to go past xcelerator's headrest, as my 6' dad rode and his head was smack dab in the middle of the headrest. those over 6'5" may exceed it, however. it is my opinion that the 6'2" height was created for bommerang.

there is a seat outside the queue, headrest included, to test yourself on (the ride op will make you if you look very tall or small). i've never heard of anyone being turned away, but someone who called himself a freak of nature said they had to test him.

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Saturday, July 6, 2002 2:25 PM
Karl - it's good they have a test seat, but that's not how they measure people, right? It sounds like they measure them standing straight up which doesn't have an exact correlation to the seat. Oh well...
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Saturday, July 6, 2002 4:45 PM
Thanks for clearing that up for me speedy. I'll get off my stack of phone books now.

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Saturday, July 6, 2002 7:24 PM

In this TR someone was able to ride it at 6'6".

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