Biggest Loser for Coaster Enthusiasts, So They Can Ride Again It goes without saying that safety’s important when riding roller coasters. If restraints like lap bars and over the shoulder harnesses do not fit correctly, riders would be in danger. Add the U.S.’s growing obesity rate and you have more and more theme park guests getting turned away just as their about to enjoy a great coaster.
For example see Cedar Point’s “Guests with Exceptional Size” section of their Rider Safety Guide: “Due to rider restraint system requirements, guests of exceptional size may not be accommodated on some of our rides. This may apply, but not be limited to, guests who exceed 6’2″ or those who exceed 225 pounds, have a 40″ waistline or 52” chest or females who exceed 200 pounds or wear a size 18 or larger.
Our larger guests may experience difficulty on Blue Streak, Chaos, Corkscrew, Disaster Transport, Mantis, Maverick, maXair, Mean Streak, Millennium Force, Mine Ride, Power Tower, Raptor, Skyhawk, Top Thrill Dragster, Wave Swinger and Wicked Twister.”
I’ve ridden with people who have had to take the ‘walk of shame’ and were asked to get off the train. Another positive for my beloved B&M coasters is that they typically have trains with a few larger seats for just this reason. I wonder if they have these special seats on their European and Asian coasters. Hmmm…. Having to get off the train and move to another seat must still be embarrassing. One of the guys over at CoasterCrew was unable to ride Millennium Force and now he’s decided to do something about it. They’re working on starting a Biggest Loser-type competition to help the enthusiasts on the site get back into riding shape again. Good for them. Any excuse to get in shape and adopt a healthy lifestyle is great. Especially if it allows you to enjoy one of your passions.
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