Now this I am glad to see!


#1

I am so glad they are doing this. It truely is for everyones saftey. Don’t know why it was never done in the first place.
Splash Mountain reopens at the Magic Kingdom, now with lap bars


#2

[QUOTE=mousemom;1066194]I am so glad they are doing this. It truely is for everyones saftey. Don’t know why it was never done in the first place.
Splash Mountain reopens at the Magic Kingdom, now with lap bars[/QUOTE]

Must be my warped mind but I was thinking Lap Bars in MK? Now I get it:redface::redface::redface:

and agree, should have been there from the beginning.


#3

This would not be the first ride that has had its restraint system modified or even added.
In all its time in operation, I can not recall any reports of a Splash Mountain rider being thrown from the ride on its single big drop. If you’ve ever ridden Matterhorn in Disneyland, you’ll recall that the only restraint is a simple leather belt that hooks onto the side that holds two riders in place. The Schwartzkopf looping coasters around the world were built with only simple lap bars that held riders in place, even on loops, but over time several (and certainly all at Six Flags parks) have had the dreaded over the shoulder horse collar added. Watch Vacation or Rollercoaster and you’ll see Revolution (the world’s first vertical looping coaster) was originally built with just lap bars, but today they have the horse collar. And consider these, when first built, ToT had a single lap bar that held everyone in the row in place and that has been replaced with individual lap belts (at least I think I remember there was once a lap bar), and RnRCoaster only has the horse collar where most coasters of its type have a lap bar or lap belt AND the horse collar. Many wooden coasters that once had only a lap bar have had lap belts added while retaining the lap bar.
And in the end, the new lap bars on Splash Mountain won’t do as much as you hope if you are sharing the row with someone who is “wider” than you are. That’s because the lap bar will only go down to the first point of resistance. I’ve been on Big Thunder and also on Spiderman where I’ve been in the row with someone who was “girthier” than I am and I’ve slid all over the place.

Though I have also wondered why there was no restraint system on Splash given Disney’s mania for safety.


#4

I have never riden on a water flume ride that had a lap bar, and don’t understand why they had to put them in.


#5

Several years ago we were in the last two rows of the log - a mother (for lack of a better word) and her little girl (about 4 years old) were in the front seat. This child continually stood up during the ride. Her mother was so oblivious that we were constantly telling the child to sit down. Then - you guessed it - the child stood up at the top of the drop! The four of us in unison screamed at the mother and my daughter managed to grab the back of the little girl’s shirt and yank her down just in time. It was terrifying - if that child had been standing, she would have been thrown out of the log. (after all this the dopey mother still studiously ignored us and the child continued to jump up and down after the drop. For this reason alone I’m glad they’re putting in lapbars. You just never know what kind of a situation can happen.


#6

Exactly. For this very reason is why I am glad they are doing it also. I am sure it happens on a daily basis that kids stand up in the log. It just needs to be more safe for kids because for the very reason of standing up at the top of the drop would terrify me to know end. I cannot imagine how you felt to see that.


#7

People like that should be tattooed across the forehead with “I’m too stupid for Disney” and be escorted permanently from the park.


#8

[QUOTE=dixie;1066204]Must be my warped mind but I was thinking Lap Bars in MK? Now I get it:redface::redface::redface:

and agree, should have been there from the beginning.[/QUOTE]

Dixie !!! Must I speak to your mum!!! How shocking!!!


#9

I would have been happy to personally do the tattooing and escorting.:dry:


#10

Ugh! What is wrong with that mother?!?! This woman is the type of person who would also file a law suit too if something had happened to her child.


#11

Really??? There’s been rumor that they were going to add lap bars for years!

I’m not exactly excited about this… I think it takes away a bit from the scary factor. But it’s physically impossible for one to fall out of the log on the drop (well, as long as they are sitting down). Actually, I think the girl could have made it down standing… unless she jumped right before the drop. It would be the jump, not the standing, that would throw you off.


#12

I think it is a great idea as well and I am surprised Disney did not do this years ago. Never take people’s inherent stupidity for granted


#13

[QUOTE=LittleMissMagic;1066314]Really??? There’s been rumor that they were going to add lap bars for years!

I’m not exactly excited about this… I think it takes away a bit from the scary factor. But it’s physically impossible for one to fall out of the log on the drop (well, as long as they are sitting down). Actually, I think the girl could have made it down standing… unless she jumped right before the drop. It would be the jump, not the standing, that would throw you off.[/QUOTE]

We were teetering on the top - those couple of seconds before you drop - and this little thing didn’t weigh anymore than a minute. She would have been launched out of that log. It would have been her, not Tinkerbell, flying from the Castle. It was one of the scariest situations I’ve ever witnessed. If a lapbar can keep one child safe, it’s worth it.


#14

When you all got off the ride, you should have identified the mother and child to CMs.
I hate to say this, but they should have been ejected from the park for endangering everyone’s safety and Disney would have been right in doing so.
Maybe then they would have learned their lesson, though I doubt it.
To them it would have been your fault and Disney’s fault.


#15

They generally don’t.
The ride physics don’t really call for them because you aren’t doing a series of rapid ups and downs like a coaster at speed. Most of these rides are just like Splash/POTC with very small drops or no drops at all except for the big plunge and so long as you keep yourself seated (and if you need, to hold the handlebar) and your body will stay safely inside the boat.


#16

I read somewhere (although can’t remember where, sorry) that part of the reason for the installation was that people were getting out of the logs at different intervals on the ride - can’t imagine doing that but, in light of earlier posts, I see it’s certainly possible!


#17

Oh my goodness Janice I would have died- what an awful situation to be in. Thank goodness you guys were behind, as who knows what might have happened. I guess the lap bars are for people just like those, who, although a minority, need to be ‘assisted’ in their ride etiquette and behaviour.


#18

I should have said earlier regarding parents that allow their children to stand up and jump around on rides are proof that we shouldn’t put lap bars on the ride and instead allow Darwin to rule the day.:rolleyes:

The animals in the wild aren’t the only ones that need to “thin the herd” from time to time.:angel:


#19

love this comment!


#20

[QUOTE=Soundgod;1066323]When you all got off the ride, you should have identified the mother and child to CMs.
I hate to say this, but they should have been ejected from the park for endangering everyone’s safety and Disney would have been right in doing so.
Maybe then they would have learned their lesson, though I doubt it.
To them it would have been your fault and Disney’s fault.[/QUOTE]

You’re right. We should have. I think we were all too stunned. But no excuses - we should have reported it.