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Nov 24, 2009
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snowman6996 said:
It opened back up around 7:45ish. At one point today 5 coasters were closed, bad apple, windseeker, and drop tower. It was a maintenance nightmare today.
Add Effiel to that, we got stuck there briefly when the elevator broke.
 
Feb 12, 2011
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It might be that this apparent new policy is a temporary "band-aid" procedure while they investigate what's wrong with the restraints and evaluate a permanent, more inclusive solution. I can only imagine that management is just as furious about this ordeal as snowman6996 and the rest of us are.
 
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Joe said:
It might be that this apparent new policy is a temporary "band-aid" procedure while they investigate what's wrong with the restraints and evaluate a permanent, more inclusive solution. I can only imagine that management is just as furious about this ordeal as snowman6996 and the rest of us are.
And that's a little issue with their restraints, there's a sizable difference between clicks. My personal "easy fix" (likely so simple it won't work) would be to put a thicker softer padding on there. That way if someone like snowman6996's son is on the ride that last click puts it on him, but someone who doesn't need that space has it have a little give.

Of course the other option is to re-engineer the gear to have more gears with smaller gaps. That would likely be an offseason project.
 
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Nicole said:
Adding padding would prevent people who barely fit right now from riding at all.  That doesn't seem like a fair alternative.
I did say it was likely too simple to work :)

I think a full fix is really an offseason problem though. Tighter gearing on the lap bar to put smaller intervals between clicks to make the bar more snug.

I know its a really different problem, but reminds me of the early issues with Skyrush. To make the lap bar work it had to be really tight, so people with the slightest gap had issues riding (pretty much were a no go on the wing seats). So they softened the restraints some, then the bar itself became a problem. They went with a harder foam inside, softer on the outside, sculpted it a little better, and created better tolerances for the restraint, and it's a little better.

I think if this issue continues to be a problem that they could be looking at a few trial and error times to get it right.
 

Zachary

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Honestly, RMC needs to massively increase restraint accessibility across the board. Even if this means making big and small seats or certain rows with Raptor-style vests, they NEED to do something.
 
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Im all for safety. But does that mean KD let my son ride 2 times earlier the same day NOT SAFE! That seems like a bigger issue. They are going to have to fix something, because even a kid that could ride dominator and I305 was also kicked off due to the new policy.
 
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Yeah I am not a fan of the RMC lap bars. The bar stopped before it even reached my waist in the test seat because the shin guards hit my shins already. I definitely would like to see some kind of redesign of their restraints even after I lose weight I still dont think the RMC restraints are going to be comfortable because of my height.
 
Feb 12, 2011
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When I showed up to the ride around 4 o'clock this afternoon, I entered the queue like normal and noticed, as others have pointed out, several smaller riders not being allowed to ride after being seated and not having their thighs touch the restraint.

When I came back to the ride around 6 o'clock, there was line at the entrance of the queue. Apparently, in that two hour span, a new policy had been created that all guests must try the test seat before entering the queue. When I returned around 6:45 and 7:45, two different attendants were doing the same thing and also said that mandatory use of the test seat was a new policy being enforced for all riders.

I noticed that several high ups were hanging around the ride all day, so I assume this decision came from them sometime this afternoon. I actually kind of liked this system, as it should nearly eliminate the frustration of waiting through a long line only to take the "walk of shame," since riders who are too large or too small can be turned away immediately. This also makes loading more efficient since these guests don't need to be removed from the train once seated. The location of the test seat in the secluded U-turn before the official queue entrance also kept the line fairly organized.

While this system is really more of a "band-aid" fix that merely mellows the problem rather than solving it, I appreciate the park's impromptu new approach to cutting down on Twisted Timbers' unfortunate accessibility issues.
 
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Zachary said:
Honestly, RMC needs to massively increase restraint accessibility across the board. Even if this means making big and small seats or certain rows with Raptor-style vests, they NEED to do something.
Oh please no. Vests would kill the airtime the ride is known for.
 
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Does anyone know why they can’t run the second train? Everytime in there they only have one train ops and it makes a 15 minute wait an hour. I heard it was because of the restraints not locking. I had the same problem today when I sat in the back row and almost left the station then my restraint unlocked itself. Had to completely close the back seat and alternate rows with the people infront of me. In fact the thing broke down twice while I was in line today.
 
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Joe said:
While this system is really more of a "band-aid" fix that merely mellows the problem rather than solving it, I appreciate the park's impromptu new approach to cutting down on Twisted Timbers' unfortunate accessibility issues.
Just got word that RMC has been at the park working on this issue. Hopefully they can fix this ASAP!
 
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pickles said:
Does anyone know why they can’t run the second train? Everytime in there they only have one train ops and it makes a 15 minute wait an hour. I heard it was because of the restraints not locking. I had the same problem today when I sat in the back row and almost left the station then my restraint unlocked itself. Had to completely close the back seat and alternate rows with the people infront of me. In fact the thing broke down twice while I was in line today.
Yes, they have been having issues with the restraints not working properly. When I was there Saturday, it seemed to be the second row on the blue train giving them particular problems at that time, but the problem does not seem to be limited to just one train. This is definitely a manufacturer issue that RMC needs to fix.
 
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Unagi said:
Joe said:
While this system is really more of a "band-aid" fix that merely mellows the problem rather than solving it, I appreciate the park's impromptu new approach to cutting down on Twisted Timbers' unfortunate accessibility issues.
Just got word that RMC has been at the park working on this issue.  Hopefully they can fix this ASAP!
At least one RMC rep has been onsite every day since opening making adjustments to the trains. Not sure how successful they've been.

CoasterChase said:
Holy crap MANDATORY test seat checks?  I’ve never heard of that before.
Six Flags over Texas required it immediately after their 2013 incident. They had a staging line prior to the test seats so that everyone would have to sit in it before riding, even Flash Pass and ADA.
 
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They also had both trains running yesterday, although one row in the blue train was closed off since the closed restraints never registered as being locked.

The park continues to add more theming to the queue and station week after week. This week, a somewhat elaborate setup of boxes, crates, and bushels of fake apples have been added to the station in the huge empty space where Hurler's initial "movie set" used to be, and three large boards with the ride's insignia have been installed near the exit staircase. More crates and fake apples have been scattered throughout the queue as well.

The more I ride Twisted Timbers, the more confident I am that it's my favorite coaster in Virginia. The pacing is nonstop, the airtime relentless, the strange weightless forces unique, and the smoothness unparalleled. I can't believe that this incredible new coaster is at my home park.
 

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They had both trains running eariler but have since pulled the green one. I heard s rumor that it was out of an abundance of caution after the incident will Steel Vengeance. I can't confirm that but it did happen right about the same time as I saw the first reports of the incident.
 
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You are correct. We went today and they were only running one train. I talked with the supervisor and he said steel vengence had an issue and that they would only be running 1 car until it is fixed. It was crazy crowded today and slow because of that.....
 
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