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what restraints are used on these rides? larger rider needs some help

Kings Island: can anyone tell me what restraints are used on the following rides and if any have test seats

From Heidi Barrett
Posted April 17, 2008 at 7:03 PM
I am heading to KI in June and am worried about not fitting on certain rides with my daughter. i am 5'3 and weigh about 340. Most of the weight is carried in my breasts and belly. I was wondering how well others fit on certain rides and if anyone can tell me what restraint systems are used on the rides in question? i am worried about Beast, Son of the beast,racer, flight deck, reptars revenge, adventure express, shake rattle and roll, italian job and viking fury. I have heard some of the coasters have lap bars and seatbelts that need to cover both people and others have told me that each person has their own lap bar and no seat belt.Also, do any of these rides offer test seats before waiting in the line just to find that I won't fit.Thank you for any help.


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From candi ferguson
Posted April 29, 2008 at 2:16 PM
I haven't ridden any of these in about 3 years, but last time I did, Beast and Son of the beast were individual lap bars, I think the racer is individual lap bars, flight deck (formerly the Top Gun ride) has chest restraints.
Reptars revenge is in the kiddie area, I wouldn't try to fit a large size adult into most of those rides. Adventure express was a lap bar last time I rode it, but it's a really boring ride, so I wouldn't wait more thana few minutes for it anyway. Shake rattle and roll I've never ridden but I think it is just a lap bar, and the cars only hold one person. Italian job is now called "Backlot stunt coaster" or something like that, and I think it has a chest restraint, but I've never ridden it, so I'm not sure. Viking fury has a lap bar that goes across several people, and when I rode it with my little nephew sitting beside me, I held onto him the entire time because I was afraid he'd fall out, since the lap bar wasn't even touching him. There's a cool version of viking fury in the kiddie land called Avatar- it goes back and forth like the boat, but it also spins around and moves along a track. It has individual lap bars, but the seats are molded plastic and they are uncomfortable if you have any kind of junk in your trunk. But it's worth the ride.

I'd avoid the Drop zone ride- my friend's husband wasn't allowed to ride b/c they couldn't fasten the restraint over his belly. Also, the Firehawk ride is tough to fit in if you're big- it has a lap bar with leg restraints, and a chest restraint, but it's totally worth the ride if you can fit.

From robert w
Posted April 30, 2008 at 7:13 PM
If you are marginally close to being able to ride, but just can't squeeze in, I have found that a Back Brace, like the kind you get from the medical section at Target or Walmart can be used like a girdle to tighten things in.

It can make the difference between watching a ride and experiencing a ride.

From Derek Potter
Posted April 30, 2008 at 7:37 PM
Beast, Son of Beast, and Racer all have lap bar restraints. Racer and Beast trains are decently roomy but have seat belts and seat dividers. SOB trains are ok, but restraints are a little more rigid. Italian Job and Adventure express have lap bars. Flight deck and Reptar are shoulder harness. I believe Viking Fury is a seatbelt, and not sure about Shake Rattle and Roll. I don't recall any of the rides having test seats. For someone of your proportion, it really is a toss up on some of these rides.

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