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As for ride names, I don't know what's wrong with a simple name. "Green Lantern." Good enough for me.

 

It'll just be one of those names like:

Batman: The Ride

Superman: Ultimate Flight

V2: Vertical Velocity

 

Technically those are their names, but everyone just says Batman, Superman, and V2, and Im sure everyone will just say; Green Lantern.

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^There's also this little park you may have heard of called Disney.

This is actually funny because last few times i've been to the parks, there were camps for 6 year olds and they were going on Goliath, and colossus, and all the rides they were tall enough to ride! There not kid - friendly rides, but some kids sure do enjoy them... for what they CAN ride at least.

 

The number of 6-7 year olds that are A) Tall Enough B) Brave Enough to ride most 48" rides is less than the kids who aren't tall/brave enough. So to call any of those rides "Family" or "Kid-Friendly" is wholly inaccurate.

 

I would certainly call Ninja or Gold Rusher family friendly rides, but the height requirements on those rides (especially for Gold Rusher) should remove them from that list. I suppose you could count Log Jammer/Jet Stream since they really are 2 of the very few rides that an entire family can (comfortably) ride together.

 

When you think about Disneyland there are really only 7 rides in the entire park that have a height requirement (Space/Big Thunder/Splash Mtn, Indy, Matterhorn, Star Tours, Gadgets Go Coaster). The rest of the rides in the park do not have a height requirement.

 

So for SFMM to say they have the most family friendly rides in SoCal is calling for some gross exaggeration on their part.

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But that has to do more with the restraint system than the actual ride.

 

Exactly. Jaguar's (KBF) height requirement used to be 42" but because of the lap bar design Cedar Fair bumped it up to 48"

It wasn't due to the lap bar design, it was just because of Cedar Fair. At the same time they raised the height restriction, they ADDED seat belts! They raised several height restrictions throughout the park during this time. Almost every 42" ride they had at the time became 48" and I believe Bigfoot Rapids went from 36" to 42"

 

The same ride (although not exact layout) still operates with the same 42" height restriction at Mall of America.

 

--Robb

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I'm not so sure height restrictions do anyone any good on Jaguar or Orange Streak with the lap bar design. Anyone else get a kick out of the fact that a single rider can easily slide out of their seat on top of the lapbar beside them?

 

Interesting thing about Cedar Fair is from while working at Cedar Point, I was told by very reliable sources that their seatbelt addiction doesn't do anything for their insurance rates (as many people who work there theorize). It is part of their "commitment to safety". I call it a commitment to overkill in some cases.

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But that has to do more with the restraint system than the actual ride.

 

Exactly. Jaguar's (KBF) height requirement used to be 42" but because of the lap bar design Cedar Fair bumped it up to 48"

It wasn't due to the lap bar design, it was just because of Cedar Fair. At the same time they raised the height restriction, they ADDED seat belts! They raised several height restrictions throughout the park during this time. Almost every 42" ride they had at the time became 48" and I believe Bigfoot Rapids went from 36" to 42"

 

The same ride (although not exact layout) still operates with the same 42" height restriction at Mall of America.

 

--Robb

 

I remember when the height requirement was 42", because I'd ride Jaguar end on end because I couldn't ride Montezooma, Boomerang, etc. because I hadn't gotten to 48".

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Interesting thing about Cedar Fair is from while working at Cedar Point, I was told by very reliable sources that their seatbelt addiction doesn't do anything for their insurance rates (as many people who work there theorize). It is part of their "commitment to safety". I call it a commitment to overkill in some cases.

 

And what I don't get is they went in and added them to basically all Arrow trains in the company, but Iron Dragon does not have them. This allowed them to still operate it with three trains with almost no stacking when I was there in May, but it seems like such a double standard to say they are necessary on another ride in the same park that has the SAME restraints.

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^They probably just say that to keep the GP off them, I don't know how many times I was asked working at Six Flags if the restraint on the coaster was the only thing keeping them in. The ride has four (two of which that are in plain view to the guests) restraint mechanisms.

 

Interesting thing about Cedar Fair is from while working at Cedar Point, I was told by very reliable sources that their seatbelt addiction doesn't do anything for their insurance rates (as many people who work there theorize). It is part of their "commitment to safety". I call it a commitment to overkill in some cases.

 

Or commitment to paranoia maybe. If only most GP knew how to buckle their own seatbelts I'm sure the ride crew could fly through checking the train and just give a quick tug on the end of the belt.

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Jaguar is a great "beginner" coaster for kids

So was Revolution before the OTSRs. It had a 42" height requirement and I was able to take my then six-year-old nephew for his first ride on it. *SIGH* Those were the days.

 

Eric

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^ In 1990, they installed these weird seats that had you feeling like you were sitting in a bucket, but still only had lap bars.

 

In 1991, they installed shoulder belts that were pretty much like the ones in your car.

 

In 1992, the same year that Flashback arrived, the current OTSRs were added.

 

Eric

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Jaguar is a great "beginner" coaster for kids

It is...it's just too bad it doesn't have a height restriction that allows for it to be a beginner coaster. Think about it, but the time a kid is tall enough to ride Jaguar, he's probably have been on Big Thunder, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Matterhorn, and Tower of Terror "eight inches" ago. (2+ years before.)

 

So when they are 48", and they can ride Montezooma, Boomerang, Ghostrider, and basically everything else in the park EXCEPT for Bullet and Xcelerator, Jaguar doens't look so appealing anymore.

 

I have the same issue with Gold Rusher at SFMM. That ride should be 42". It's the perfect family coaster. But by the time you're tall enough to ride Gold Rusher, you've got X2, Terminator, Revolution, Goliath, Colossus, Superman, and now Green Lantern you can ride. Most people just ride Gold Rusher because the line is short, not because they find it very thrilling or fun any more. But to a 42" kid, that would be a BIG RIDE!

 

I mean, really, how do you explain to a 42" kid that they can ride Tower of Terror, but they can't ride Gold Rusher or Jaguar ... for at least ANOTHER TWO YEARS!!!

 

Oh well....

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^ Haha yea all true. I have a 4 year old that I'm going to have to explain this to soon.........I'm dreading the day. My daughter looooooves Camp Snoopy @ KBf so I know she's going to be into bigger rides as soon as she possibly can. I still don't understand how a child can have all their teeth knocked out of their head on Ghostrider but can't ride Silver Bullet. I hated those complaints as it was hard to explain that to a guest with a 50" tall child.

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^ haha yea all true. I have a 4 year old that I'm going to have to explain this to soon.........I'm dreading the day. My daughter looooooves Camp Snoopy @ KBf so I know she's going to be into bigger rides as soon as she possibly can. I still don't understandnhow a child can have all their teeth knocked out of their head on Ghostrider but can't ride Silver Bullet. I hated those complaints as it was hard to explain that to a guest with a 50" tall child.

Aren't all B&M's standard with a 54 inch height mark? I could be wrong on the hypers though.

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