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Too large for Kings Island rides?

Kings Island: Will it be worth the trip? Don't want to go and not be able to ride anything or be embarassed.

From Ali Crank
Posted July 10, 2011 at 10:40 AM
I am wanting to go to KI soon. I however am afraid of being too large to ride. I am 5'2 and weigh about 270. My weight is fairly distributed I however do have a large chest. Does anyone have suggestions. Will it be worth the trip? Don't want to go and not be able to ride anything or be embarassed.


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From steve lee
Posted July 10, 2011 at 6:17 PM
Well, have you been to any other parks recently that we can use for comparison? Knowing what you've been able to ride in the past will make it easier to determine answers (though truth told it's going to be educated guesses more than factual answers)

From Margaret Pearce
Posted July 11, 2011 at 11:53 PM
I would suggest going to the Wiki pages of the rides, and looking up the manufacturer. I do that a lot. I'm 5'2", 100 pounds, so have to be concerned in other ways. I use my experience with the manufacturer's other rides to get an idea how the seat will work for me.

I know Invertigo (Vecoma) use the same seats as The Crypt(Huss). Me and the girl across from me thought the Invertigo chairs were roomy enough to be scary, especially when facing downward. They are over the shoulder, belt attached at the bottom, with hand grips. The shoulders where very high for me.
The Beast is roomy lap bar wise, Though I've heard people say the chair might be a little tight. The Beast and Racer have Philadelphia Toboggan cars, well padded.

The Flight of Fear(Premiere Rides ILM) lap bar pulls in tightly. It seems to suck in right next to you no matter what your size. You don't place your hands on it right in front of you, you more... cross your arms over it until you get into the speghetti bowl. It has a belt that clips onto the lap bar's outside, also.

Diamondback has B&M clamshell.

Firehawk(Vekoma) is an odd configuration, at times, you are kneeling. It flips you over face down. I was holding myself up with the handgrips,the over the shoulder harness was too large for me to just lay on it.

Backlot Stunt Coaster's(Premiere) lap bar isn't as tight as FOF. I can't remember if it's a seat lap belt, or a bar belt right now, I'm sorry. Since it doesn't invert, maybe that's why it's not as tight.

I haven't ridden the Vortex(Arrow)since I broke my nose on the over the shoulder bar. I think you'll be able to hold yourself better than I did. I let myself get banged around too much.

Adventure Express is also made by Arrow, seat belt and lap bar, roomy. Flight Deck(Arrow) has over the shoulder harnesses.
Haven't ridden the Windseeker(Mondial),but the chairs look like Invertigo's.
I hope this helped and didn't add to the confusion.

From steve lee
Posted July 12, 2011 at 4:53 PM
Do note that Diamondback's restraints aren't the same as what folks are used to on older B&M hypers. If you have thick upper legs, you can have problems (while someone with a massive beer guy can easily flop their belly over the restraint). Intimidator has similar restraints and I couldn't ride, but Goliath at SFOG was no problem at all the next day...

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