Ripsaw Falls finally gets lapbars
According to Screamscape... Dudley Do-Rights Ripsaw Falls
at Universal's Islands of Adventure now has lapbars.
I was personally ecstatic when I read this because I have gotten hurt on that ride before due to the lack of lapbars. I will definitely be looking forward to the next time I ride this and for the first time not be afraid of ending up with a bump on my head. Kudos to IOA and safety!
The pictures that were linked to the story did look a little crammed so this ride might become a problem for riders with wider dimensions. And to those that liked feeling like you were going to fall out of the log... that feeling is no more. But at least we know now that IOA does care about our safety. :)
[Editor's note: Check out TPI's list of reported injury accidents at Dudley's Do-Right's. This ride developed a reputation among some insiders for injuring individuals who were light enough to be lifted from their seats by the double-dip at the end of the ride, yet old and heavy enough to be injured by being driven back down into the seat.]
I have ridden Ripsaw Falls a number of times and always had a blast. I never even thought about getting hurt because of the lack of lapbars and I didn't realize that others had been injured. I don't think most flume rides have anything more than a lap belt so this puts Ripsaw Falls pretty aggressively on the side of caution now. All in all, it certainly sounds like a positve change. Glad to hear Universal took action to prevent more injuries.
finally! I loved that ride but i didnt feel safe at all! good job ioa! =] Go Yankees!
I rode this on Saturday, and quite frankly, I dont feel any safer. I always had a good time on dudley, but this addition...its not good for us folks of a larger frame. My knees were upto my neck, and very cramped.
Yeah, it seems to need improvement.
I personally, have never felt unsafe on this ride. Do I welcome the lap bars though? Yes I do. I think they add more safety to the atraction without detracting from the ride experience.
When last I went on this ride... my wife absolutely lost her mind. I made her sit in the front row on my lap. She wanted me to sit on hers so that she would feel safer, but I would be embarrassed to be the man and sit on her lap...
Never really gave the safety aspect of DDRF a second thought to be honest.
Best part of the ride for me was feeling unsafe, and like Erik I'm tall, so my knees will be crammed in.
I have a question on the whole "log flipping over scenario."
Lapbars???They're ruining a great ride. Been on it a bunch. Besides getting wet, nary a bruise or butt chaffe. It just another example of how loud irrational people have too much say, when everybody is afraid of getting sued. Lapbars??? are you joking? They must be for kids trying to surf. Well, they get what they deserve if they try to stand up on a ride.
I must admit to being a bit bummed about the lap bars (especially with the longer load time mentioned previously). However, I do remember going on with my tiny, 5'6" dad and he did fly quite high up over the second drop. It's my favorite flume ride in the US. But, safety is important especially after what happened at SFKK. So...if lap bars make it safer, I'll still ride.
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