I'm ok with the lap bars. I may be in the minority, but I've been on Splash at least two times where an idiot decides to get out of the ride on another log right before the drop because they're scared. This causes lame delays that take away from the experience.
our logs at disneyland have a radically different design from those at WDW so it would be more difficult to add bars i'd think. im trying to think how they'd have the room to put individual bars in for each seat.
Widening the track is the least of your worries. You'd have to re-engineer much of the track and supports to deal with different loads and forces. Not to mention, it's possible you'd have to redesign several areas of the whole structure to fit new wider logs as well as the likely longer chutes after the drops.
It's like the issue of layering a mine train ride on top of GRR. You can't just stick it up there, you have to rethink all the structural and engineering issues.
my guess is that the only things being done on Splash are the "running gear" replacement and maintainance. All the submerged parts corrode and the smaller hardware is most susceptible to errosion in a shorter period of time.
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