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Re: Hey Fatties! LISTEN UP!!!

Postby coasterBro » Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:09 pm

JG-77 wrote:^Tip for SFA’s Superman since you mentioned it: The front row of each car has these black things in front of you that make it hard for some people’s legs to fit. If for whatever reason you have trouble getting into the seats with those things, then take the back row of the car, which doesn’t have them. Wish I had a picture to show what I’m talking about. My dad (~6ft, >300lb) couldn’t fit the seats with the black things but had zero problem in the ones without them. Idk if other Intamin rides have those as I’m not too well traveled.


I ran into this last week. I was really confused why I fit fine on my first lap but then couldn't fit when I got back around to ride again. They put me in the seat in front of me and then I fit with plenty of clearance to spare.

This kind of thing is what's so frustrating. When a ride isn't consistent from seat-to-seat or when the test seat doesn't match the actual ride. Or when the park keeps changing seatbelt lengths and buckle positions (lookin' at you, Wicked Twister). Or when a park has unusually short belts when compared to other comparable rides (a la CGA).

I've ridden over 600 coasters, and I've never not fit on a coaster I've been trying to ride (5'7", 250lbs). That being said, I'm certain there's no chance I'd be able to fit in Wicked Twister now because of the new belt configuration. And I'm right on the threshold of being good in the standard B&M OTSR's vs needing the big-boy seats (and the difference can often be how late in the day it is and how much I've had to eat/drink throughout the day).

I had in issue with El Toro this weekend where I fit, but the lapbar dug into my gut in a way that was quite painful during the ride and kept me from at all being able to enjoy the ride. And I don't think there's any fixing that short of simply losing weight.

The scary thing to me is how many children's coasters I've been able to ride with restraints that really should be designed to keep a small child in place, not a chunky adult. And many of these rides have single-position lapbars. If the lapbar locks in a position where it's fitting me, there's no way in heck it's holding a kid securely. I get that the idea is if you're riding with your small child that you'll keep them from doing anything stupid, but I'm honestly surprised we haven't had more issues with kids getting loose from kiddie coaster restraints.
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Re: Hey Fatties! LISTEN UP!!!

Postby fraroc » Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:37 pm

I haven't been to Hersheypark in 2 years, and I'd like to say I'm around the same weight range than I was last time, I'm currently 46-45 inches in waist and weight 285lbs..Should I still be good to go? Did they make any seatbelts shorter?

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Postby robbalvey » Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:58 pm

fraroc wrote:I haven't been to Hersheypark in 2 years, and I'd like to say I'm around the same weight range than I was last time, I'm currently 46-45 inches in waist and weight 285lbs..Should I still be good to go? Did they make any seatbelts shorter?

I didn't have any problems with any of the rides at Hersheypark, but I'd still follow those bits of advice I posted on the first post.

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Postby PKI Jizzman » Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:03 pm

fraroc wrote:I haven't been to Hersheypark in 2 years, and I'd like to say I'm around the same weight range than I was last time, I'm currently 46-45 inches in waist and weight 285lbs..Should I still be good to go? Did they make any seatbelts shorter?


The inner seats of the front row on Skyrush should be avoided. For some reason they weren't giving the green light as the rest of the seats were. It was as if they were the opposite of big boy seats. Skinny bitches seats? :lol:
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Postby robbalvey » Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:15 pm

PKI Jizzman wrote:The inner seats of the front row on Skyrush should be avoided. For some reason they weren't giving the green light as the rest of the seats were.

Are you sure? I had no problem with the front middle seats on Skyrush and neither did some of our other bigger riders during ERT...
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Re: Hey Fatties! LISTEN UP!!!

Postby PKI Jizzman » Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:37 am

robbalvey wrote:
PKI Jizzman wrote:The inner seats of the front row on Skyrush should be avoided. For some reason they weren't giving the green light as the rest of the seats were.

Are you sure? I had no problem with the front middle seats on Skyrush and neither did some of our other bigger riders during ERT...


I'll eat my words, my brain must have been melted at that point! I just remember a seat playing red light green light with a few people. But yeah - all worked out in the end!
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Re: Hey Fatties! LISTEN UP!!!

Postby Ape » Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:31 am

I have used all of the tips mentioned in the past. I would be very unhappy to not be able to ride the coasters I love it just means too much to me to be okay with missing out on. Changing my diet was done for many reasons but as nerdy as it sounds when I am struggling on a distance run or feel my diet slipping I think do I really want to miss out on riding this awesome coaster? no I need to push through to make sure I am not too big.

Some may have followed in the weight thread on the random section but for those that haven't since our Disney trip with all the pictures of me being at my heaviest I have dropped 50 pounds. Fitting on coasters and having the bar go down multiple clicks and not worrying about if I will fit has been incredible. Hell I fit on Wicked Twister again finally.

If you're close to not fitting think about how awesome it would be to go into a trip completely stress free and not only having the bar come down with ease but actually being able to leave some room for airtime. That should be a good motivator for an enthusiast.

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Postby SaraAB87 » Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:36 am

My park (Darien Lake, now Six Flags Darien Lake) has weight limits of 170lbs on some adult rides, as in 170lbs per seat on the swing ride. This is an adult swing ride designed to hold adults and I believe has a 48 inch height limit. I have a slight suspicion that quite a few adults are over 170lbs and are still very healthy and of normal size. I haven't encountered what I consider extreme weight limits at any other park and not even cedar point has limits so extreme. I am not sure how to deal with this, as I don't care immensely about the swings but most other similar swing rides cap around 230lbs or 220lbs like Cedar point's which needlessly to say accomodates quite a few more people than a 170lbs limit. Many other rides at this park have weight limits of 200lbs, or weird limits like 197lbs. The other parks in my area do not have posted weight limits, Waldameer, Seabreeze etc, I checked all of them. This is excluding water park limits, as I didn't go over those too well but all parks seem to have those and I haven't seen one under 200lbs yet so that should cover at least the majority of guests. Its completely possible for a person to be healthy and fit at 180lbs and even 210lbs but now they are not able to ride these rides because of the limits. Now they don't weigh you at the park and I am sure the operator of the rides does not care that you are 175lbs and getting on the ride, but the limit is still posted and is there. This park also ironically hosts the UB bulls which is a college football team each year and invites them to go to the park as kind of an inauguration to the team.

I would never yell at a ride op for a problem that is clearly with myself even if the weight limit was something like 170lbs on an adult ride as I won't say how much I weigh but I weigh quite a bit less than I used to and I do fit into the higher end of most park's size guide so theoretically I shouldn't have fit issues but yes it can happen (I haven't actually had to take a walk of shame on any ride and I have been on rides that people normally have fit issues with like the KMG fireball when I was much heavier than I am now) and I am certainly not going to be rude about it, I am sure if they are working a ride that they know doesn't accomodate too many big people that they get yelled at a lot. I would probably tell them ahead of time if I thought there would be a problem.

If your body is to the point where you have to use a scooter to walk around for the sole reason that you are too fat to walk, then you can't reasonably expect a theme park that you know, is an activity that in general requires some amount of walking to bow down to your every need. I have a bad ankle and I know what I am getting into when I go to a park, and I don't expect the park to fix that problem for me or make special arrangements because I have a problem with myself that might prevent me from walking a long time. I understand people with medical conditions that cause them to gain weight but I think if you have a medical condition like that you probably should not be on rides and its simply not possible for a ride to accomodate all individuals regardless of disability, height, or other factors.

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Postby tinaalsgirl » Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:25 pm

The only Walk of Shame I've ever had to do was for the Superman tower and Batman at Six Flags St. Louis. And both of those was because the OTSR's wouldn't come down far enough to latch. Anyone have advice for a gal like me with a large bosom? I haven't had the chance to go back since then, so I haven't been able to try the only thought that has come to mind so far: a control-top or sports bra.

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Re: Hey Fatties! LISTEN UP!!!

Postby rollin_n_coastin » Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:52 am

These tips work. There was a point where I couldn't fit in Wicked Twister for the first time and El Toro was almost an issue. With El Toro, I moved bunched up clothes and pocket contents out of the way and it was good, after a few more push downs. Other trips, I just planned to use a fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo, ditched the cargos and wore thinner material shorts or pants.

My measure of how I was doing weight-wise was the old Rotor during annual fall visits to Lake Compounce. If I stuck the wall, things were good. If I slid down, I gave myself a flashing yellow light lol
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