Published: September 13, 2007 at 12:49 PMI 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.
Published: September 13, 2007 at 1:01 PMfinally! I loved that ride but i didnt feel safe at all! good job ioa! =] Go Yankees!
Published: September 13, 2007 at 1:28 PMI 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.
Published: September 13, 2007 at 11:34 PMI 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.
Published: September 14, 2007 at 5:24 AMWhen 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...
She literally thought she was going to die... while this was not uncommon for her... I personally didn’t feel a shred of fear. Nor did I feel unsafe in anyway. I guess the problem is that soo many f us feel that because we are at a theme park, we are safe! Especially if it is a big name park like Disney or Universal.
Sadly these days we are hearing about accidents a lot more often. (This doesn’t mean they are happening more often... just that we are hearing about them now because somehow this is national new...) Statistically speaking a coaster must be safer than driving right? And even ripsaw falls must be safer than driving or hanging a picture frame...
Where am I going with this? Heck I don't know. I always assumed it was safe, even though I felt a little on the edge of my seat. The idea of people hitting their heads (on what by the way) or hurting their tailbones would have never crossed my mind.
A lap bar on a flume ride? What will they think of next???
Published: September 14, 2007 at 8:53 AMNever really gave the safety aspect of DDRF a second thought to be honest.
Published: September 14, 2007 at 10:30 AMBest part of the ride for me was feeling unsafe, and like Erik I'm tall, so my knees will be crammed in.
When did they do this work? Did it get closed or did they just take a few boats of at a tine?
Published: September 14, 2007 at 8:23 PMLapbars???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.
Published: September 14, 2007 at 8:46 PMI 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.