Towers' height restrictions

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  1. Skyscraper

    Skyscraper TowersStreet Member

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    Looking at the height guide on Towers' website, three rides have a max height restriction:

    Spinball Whizzer- Maximum Height 1.95m (6ft 3)
    Rita- Maximum Height 1.95m (6ft 3)
    TH13TEEN- Maximum Height 1.96m (6ft 4)

    Slightly worrying, as i'm 6ft 2!
    Does anyone know why the above rides have these restrictions, and not other rides?
     
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  2. jwewan

    jwewan TowersStreet Member

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    I'm 6'2 and there's no issue lol. Also it's so you don't hit your head I think not sure to be honest
     
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  3. Kraken27

    Kraken27 TowersStreet Member

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    It all depends on how your height is made up (i.e. long legs / short legs / long torso / short torso etc) as to to whether the harness will lock. The guideline max heights Towers quote are doubtless taken from the manufacturers as average heights.

    I remember back in the late 1990's / early 2000's when Towers had the Barney & Friends show in Cred Street, the actor who played Barney (he was a Dwarf - a term I use with no offence intended, more an accurate description) wanted to ride Nemesis. He clearly failed the 1.4m height restriction, but a team leader (as they were back then) over-ruled the height restriction on the basis you are held into the seat by your upper torso & dwarves have pretty full upper-bodies which the harness is more than capable of holding in safely.

    Of course, this would never happen now in the post-Smiler crash era, but it did happen some 18-odd years ago.
     
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  4. Burbs

    Burbs TowersStreet Team Team Member

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    I must say I've never witnessed anybody being height checked for being too tall... at any park... ever.
     
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    I'm 6ft 4 and have no issues on any of these rides whatsoever.
     
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    Error TowersStreet Member

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    Could you clarify please?

    Are you slightly worried because you may not get on?
    or
    Are you slightly worried because you may make the phrase "Headchopper" a true to the word element?
     
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  7. spinba11

    spinba11 TowersStreet Member

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    I’m sure it wouldn’t of happened pre-smiler crash.
     
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    Thomas5 TowersStreet Member

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    Just a few weeks back, queuing for Rita, my daughter and I saw a kid who clearly came up to under 1.4m on the big ruler thing, *was wearing high heels (I kid you not)*, but was still let on - because the adult with her (her teacher) told the ride assistant in a gruff voice that she had measured higher than 1.4 at school.

    Go figure.
     
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    rob666 TowersStreet Member

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    I'm 6 foot 4, never checked at towers, checked once on Infusion, so I made all the ride staff give him a round of applause for his thoroughness.
     
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  10. Skyscraper

    Skyscraper TowersStreet Member

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    I've been on Thirteen, so I know I fit on that, but I'm concerned about not fitting on the others as i'm tall, with long legs (leg room could be an issue).
     
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    Don't worry @skyscraper. My Dad is 6ft 6in (1.98m in metric) and he fits fine on Thirteen. Granted, he normally gets kicked off Spinball Whizzer, though. Besides, a quick Google search shows that in metric, 6ft 2in only comes to 1.88m, so you are way off the maximum heights on those rides. Apparently, the maximum height for all these rides (1.95/1.96) comes to about 6ft 5in in the imperial system.
     
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    I once went on a Go Gator that was pretty cool I guess...
    Leg room is only an issue on the RMT and Octonauts, everything else has more than enough.
     
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    Spinball is a tight fit, I've seen several tall people take the walk of shame.
     
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    Doesn't do long legs and a healthy gut.
    Only time I have to breathe in.
     
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    Skyscraper TowersStreet Member

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    I'm surprised that Spinball doesn't have a test seat.
     
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    I think it would be hard to replicate the circumstances that cause some people not to fit unless you had a fully mocked up car.
     
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    Well, i guess i won't risk it then.
     
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    My partner is 6ft 3in and has never had any issues on those rides. Did have a bit of an issue on Spinball but just about got on.
    Don't think Merlin could afford hiring two members of staff all season required to act out the whole pinning you down into the seat and jumping on the lapbar to squeeze you in.


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