Weight limts for coasters at BGE

Busch Gardens Williamsburg: I am about 5''5 and 190lbs and was just wondering if I would have any problems riding ANY of the coasters at BGE.

From Christy Shuman
Posted June 6, 2007 at 11:17 AM
Hey guys,
I am headed to BGE this sunday, monday, and tuesday. I am about 5''5 and 190lbs and was just wondering if I would have any problems riding ANY of the coasters at BGE. I noticed B&M dont really make their seats very wide. I rode Top Gun the jet coaster at Carowinds and fit fine but was a bit tight feeling in the hip area. I'm not really top heavy at all as far as the restraints fitting over me, its my hips I'm worried about. Thanks guys

From Erik Yates
Posted June 6, 2007 at 3:15 PM
I dont think you'll have a problem...most of the coasters are B&M and they have a reputation for being wider than the rest. I myself am 6'0 tall, and about 180 lbs....its all in the hips....belly...ya know...I'm big. But I had no problem at all fitting into the regular seats on Griffon at BGE, and the modified seats were perfect for my slightly obese friend Matt. Most all B&M's have at least one row where they offer the "modified" seating. Griffon offers one seat in every row. Top Gun also has modified seating in I think the 6th row...it says it right up front.

From Christy Shuman
Posted June 6, 2007 at 6:15 PM
Thanks Erik, I have never had any problems before, I'm just paranoid, I guess.

From Chuck Campbell
Posted June 6, 2007 at 7:26 PM
Alpengeist's larger seats for the "full figured" are in the middle of the trains--just look for the "diamond" sign in the loading station. I don't think you'll have any real problem, but here's a tip for Apollo's Chariot--if your wallet is in your front pocket, put it in your back pocket for a "skosh" more room for the restraints.

Have fun.

From Kelly Smith
Posted June 6, 2007 at 9:04 PM
I can help! I am a size 22, and I went to BGE last October. I was just too big to ride Apollo's Chariot -- save yourself some potential worry and use the test car at the entrance if you are worried.

I had no problems with any other rides, although I did have to use the "big boy" restraints on Alpengiest. I haven't ridden Griffon yet, but it seems that it also has larger restraints, if you are worried.

From John Waters
Posted June 7, 2007 at 2:39 AM
B&M coasters are boring! None of them are thrilling!

From John Waters
Posted June 7, 2007 at 2:41 AM
OOps sorry, i been on MF, TTD, Maverick, and more, and you haven't. Your a loser, my bad!!!

From Erik Yates
Posted June 7, 2007 at 6:01 AM
And here I thought John Waters was cool. With movies like Pink Flamingoes, you couldnt go wrong....but I guess we were wrong.

From Adrian Walker
Posted June 7, 2007 at 11:14 AM

My tolerance for this trash is starting to infuriate me but I am tired after arguing with the other idiots who can't contribute positively to other threads.

John Waters, you got off lucky from me.

From Christy Shuman
Posted June 7, 2007 at 1:12 PM
Kelly, I am a size 16, and not really top heavy, and never had a problem with restraints, its fitting in the seats that I worry about, even though I have never been forced off a ride. Do you think I will need a big boy seat at a size 16?

From Kelly Smith
Posted June 7, 2007 at 1:16 PM
Probably not! You should be fine, don't worry about it. In fact, the only reason I couldn't ride AC is that I am apple-shaped.

Like I said, if you are at all worried when you get there, try the test seats out front. But from what you've said, you have nothing to worry about. Have a great time! BGE is an awesome park.

From Christy Shuman
Posted June 7, 2007 at 2:42 PM
Thanks alot Kelly, I cant wait I ams so excited, 3 more days, oh if I could only make it!!!

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted June 8, 2007 at 9:44 PM
The 'big girl' seats on Alpinegeist are either rows 4-5 or 5-6 I forgot now but I used them & was fine. They ARE marked though as someone pointed out so that's what I went by. I'm glad I forwent AP coz just from looking at the restraints, I didn't think I would fit. It's good to know I was right. I've gone down to a sz16 so hopefully by the time we get to go again, I'll be my normal size again but at least being a little smaller, I can hopefully ride AP this time. As far as Griffon, I heard that the larger seats are on all rows in the middle I think. I'm not sure so if anyone wants to clarify, be my guest, lol. ;)

From Erik Yates
Posted June 9, 2007 at 6:23 AM
On Griffon there are two seats in each row, and they are in the dead middle.

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted June 10, 2007 at 9:59 PM
Thanx Erik. I thought so, somewhere I read about that but it's always nice to know what's correct:).

From Christy Shuman
Posted June 15, 2007 at 4:26 AM
thanks guys, I just got back from BGE and no problems at all, just paranoia problem on my part. lol

From Tyler W.
Posted June 15, 2007 at 12:21 PM
-chanting- trip report! trip report!

From Tyler W.
Posted June 15, 2007 at 12:25 PM
nevermind, i'm blind

From Drew Petzold
Posted November 2, 2007 at 6:28 PM
BGE is actually my "home" park, as I live about 30-45 minutes away. Here are some other hints:

For Apollo's Chariot, the size issues are more in the thighs than anything else. Also, if you cannot fit in the seat, and you are seated in a middle seat of a row, and you were close to being able to ride, ask to be placed on the end of a row. For some reason, you may be able to ride sitting from an end seat (I come close every time, and I have always had problems when sitting in the middle, but when sitting on the end, I do just fine).

For Alpengeist, that has already been discussed in previous posts. However, the larger seats are available in rows 4 and 5, and there is one larger seat in each of those rows per train. The larger seats are not on an end of a row.

Now, for Griffon, this is a bit different. Both Alpengeist and Griffon say you may need to be seated in the larger seats if your chest measurements approach 52'. However, if you have ridden Alpengeist, tried seating in the regular seats, and unable to do so, if you were close to seating in a normal seat at Alpengeist, you may actually be able to be seated in a regular seat on Griffon (Again, been there done that, lol).

Big Bad Wolf and Loch Ness Monster are older coasters and do not have larger seats. These two coasters are easier though to be seated if you are in the front row of any car of a train.

Anyways, I hope this helps. :)

If you have any questions, I'll do my best to answer. :)

From Christy Shuman
Posted November 3, 2007 at 6:48 AM
Oh thanks for the response, but I have been to BGE about 6 times now and I have had NO problems fitting in any of the coasters.

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