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    Question Matterhorn bruises

    By reading the threads and posts here on Micechat I know that the Matterhorn has lots of fans, but I find that everytime I ride it I get bruises and bumps all over. Anyone else have the same problem? If not, how do you keep from getting thrown all over the seat? I've finally given up trying to ride it and just find a bench and wait for my family.l

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    Re: Matterhorn bruises

    Yeah, when i went this summer, I was at my thinnest in a few years, and I noticed my lower back and spinal chord area were bruised from the smacking of the back of the seat
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    Re: Matterhorn bruises

    It's a rough ride. As my mother told my cousin to soothe her before getting on BTM: "You went on Matterhorn, that's the toughest ride here!"

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    Re: Matterhorn bruises

    Move with the bobsled, not against it

    You also might want to take the Fantasyland side if it's that big a problem for you.

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    Re: Matterhorn bruises

    For some reason, we have never tried the Fantasyland side. Thanks for the advice. I will try it.

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    Re: Matterhorn bruises

    I've never gotten bumps or bruised but I did lose my brand new kate spade glasses that I see with. And the matterhorn has the least successful recovery rate. SO don't wear your glasses.

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    Re: Matterhorn bruises

    I lost a kidney, any one got one to spare??

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    Re: Matterhorn bruises

    It is the bumpiest ride in the park. Has been for a long time. Unless you count Big Thunder Mountain on its worst days.

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    Re: Matterhorn bruises

    I've never gotten bruises from Matterhorn before. Maybe it's just different for big guys, like myself.

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    Re: Matterhorn bruises

    I still think the ride just needs some softer seats and backs, then the ride would not feel so bumpy. Those seats are pretty darn hard!

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    Re: Matterhorn bruises

    I end up bracing myself with my arms to keep in the center of my seat. I'm guessing you'd get pretty bruised up if you just relaxed and took a beating.

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    Re: Matterhorn bruises

    I agree with pineapplewhipaddict, move with the bobsled. I make sure my seatbelt is pretty tight, bend my knees and brace my feet against the bottom of the bobsled. I hold on to the handles and move with the bobsled from my hips up. Kind of like riding a horse. The only bruises I've ever gotten from the matterhorn have been when I've been a klutz geting into or out of the bobsled.

    Of course, the fact that I have plenty of built in padding probably helps, too.

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    Re: Matterhorn bruises

    This is from a girl who is prone to brusing but loves the Matterhorn.

    1. Sit with someone else if possible!

    2. Buckle yourself up and sit up straight,curved back means you're going back harder.

    3. Move with the bobsled

    4. Hold onto the bars inside the bobsled
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    Re: Matterhorn bruises

    I film that ride every time so I haven't held on in quite some time now. Best way I've found is to put your feet into the front corners of the seating area and put your knees together. Push out with your feet to keep you back in the seat. Lean with the bobsled. If you're coming to a right turn, lean into it. Don't fight the hard turns... let them throw you a little bit ("tis better to bend than to break").

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    Re: Matterhorn bruises

    They are some pretty hard seats, mixed in with a killer track layout and fast speeds just isn't good on the body. All I can say is to ride the Fantasyland side, it's much more easier to ride then the other which is faster and harder.
    If that doesn't help, try moving with the bobsled and bracing yourself with force on every hard turn. Still, it may take a thick coat or pillow to line the seat with to help prevent any bruises.

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