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Some updated ride requirements was just posted on the Universal Orlando App.

Minimum height requirement is 51 inches.

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Physical Requirement - Guests with a waist 40 inches and larger may have difficulty riding.

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Disability Requirements

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Wow, 51 inches is such an odd number. I never realized that Intamin managed to bump it down a bit. I picked a good time to lose some weight. I would have been cutting it real close, but should have plenty of room now.
I'm really struggling in trying to decide when to plan my Florida vacation in June- given Universal's history of crowds for opening attractions.
 
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Wow, 51 inches is such an odd number. I never realized that Intamin managed to bump it down a bit. I picked a good time to lose some weight. I would have been cutting it real close, but should have plenty of room now.
I'm really struggling in trying to decide when to plan my Florida vacation in June- given Universal's history of crowds for opening attractions.
I would guess that universal wanted the hight to be as low as possible, not just the common heights, which would be 52". Who knows about how many kids would be ruled out because of that 1 inch.
 
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Wow, 51 inches is such an odd number. I never realized that Intamin managed to bump it down a bit. I picked a good time to lose some weight. I would have been cutting it real close, but should have plenty of room now.
I'm really struggling in trying to decide when to plan my Florida vacation in June- given Universal's history of crowds for opening attractions.
The height limits to an extent are a proxy for age and child maturity than for size to fit in the harness - size still matters and they of course have plenty of size slack built in for safety. A couple rides I can think of with limits down at 48” are Twisted Timber’s (family RMC) and Millenium Force (family giga).
 

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The height limits to an extent are a proxy for age and child maturity than for size to fit in the harness - size still matters and they of course have plenty of size slack built in for safety. A couple rides I can think of with limits down at 48” are Twisted Timber’s (family RMC) and Millenium Force (family giga).
Yeah, but not really. It's all about the size of the seat and harness. If a child cannot wrap their legs around the end of the seat, it is too big for them and they could be at risk. This is why parks have special harnesses for amputees that do not meet the normal ride restrictions. It is an extra safety measure to keep the rider from falling out if the lap harness won't fit properly. I would say kids have a less of a risk than amputees, but if the harness does not fit properly, the ride is unsafe for them. Height restrictions are a general guideline that manufacturers give to say that all riders over this height should fit the harness properly and will be able to ride safely.

Side note, I thought MF's was 52", is it 48"? Not that it matters to me though.
 
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Part of it is the harness, but the age/maturity of the rider matters. Even if the harness fits, you wouldn’t want to evacuate a 3 year old who cant follow directions well from a big coaster.
 

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Yeah, but not really. It's all about the size of the seat and harness. If a child cannot wrap their legs around the end of the seat, it is too big for them and they could be at risk. This is why parks have special harnesses for amputees that do not meet the normal ride restrictions. It is an extra safety measure to keep the rider from falling out if the lap harness won't fit properly. I would say kids have a less of a risk than amputees, but if the harness does not fit properly, the ride is unsafe for them. Height restrictions are a general guideline that manufacturers give to say that all riders over this height should fit the harness properly and will be able to ride safely.

Side note, I thought MF's was 52", is it 48"? Not that it matters to me though.

Interesting - never saw an adaptable harness for folks with odd body dimensions though I think R75 had an ADA device on the platform for awhile to assist with load/unload.

As far as MF, I recall seeing that CP worked with Intamin to get a lower height restriction limit recommendation because they were able to prove the smaller guests were safe - the 52" was more about the ride forces being potentially too intense for smaller guests than the harnesses not being able to keep them securely in place.

 
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Part of it is the harness, but the age/maturity of the rider matters. Even if the harness fits, you wouldn’t want to evacuate a 3 year old who cant follow directions well from a big coaster.

I don't want to derail this too much. But generally it is based on size. For the kiddie rides with a smaller height requirement (see: Woodstock Express, Great Pumpkin Coaster, Grover's Alpine Express, Apple Zapple, etc) you will see a supervising companion policy to assist in this exact issue. They're there, yes, to ensure they are secure, but also to ensure they don't do anything else BUT ride the ride. (Not unbuckling themselves from the ride, trying to climb out, being escorted down steps in the event of an evacuation). This is generally why the supervising companion must meet a certain age requirement to be a supervising companion.

Interesting - never saw an adaptable harness for folks with odd body dimensions though I think R75 had an ADA device on the platform for awhile to assist with load/unload.

If you look at a B&M train, you will see (usually towards the center of the train) some red clips near the chassis of the train where the special harness can clip onto. When I get home, I can try to look for some photos. Also Racer 75, Grizzly, and Woodstock Express at KD have these metal transfer devices to assist the transfer between wheelchair to train as the trains are very low. But this device is not an actual accommodation in the restraint system. Just there to make the ride a bit more accessible for those that meet the ADA requirements, but might still need some assistance.

But to circle back to VelociCoaster, I guess this height requirement is no surprise as Taron from Phantasialand also has 51" height requirement. So I imagine Pantheon will be 51" as well (the park can require a higher limit if they would like).
 
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Interesting - never saw an adaptable harness for folks with odd body dimensions though I think R75 had an ADA device on the platform for awhile to assist with load/unload.
All parks are different. B&M has standard issue ones that come with most of their rides. Parks like BGW have special harnesses for each coaster.
 
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Just received this email from Universal:


Passholder Exclusive Access to Jurassic World VelociCoaster
Passholders will receive an exclusive opportunity* to experience VelociCoaster before the attraction’s grand opening at select times on the following dates:

• Sunday, May 2
• Monday, May 3
• Tuesday, May 4
• Wednesday, May 5

Where: Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Registration is required. Due to limited capacity, we cannot accommodate non-registered Passholders. There will not be a standby line.

AND the RSVPs are already closed in less than an hour...
 
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I have a reservation for that afternoon and just booked my flight down for that morning. Should be a great day of riding the newest Universal Orlando coaster!
 
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