Now before you start laughing, I WAS able to fit on every ride in the park. Actually, today's events made me feel thinner.
But I'll admit the dudes in our group were pretty big. Picture a pack of big Hispanic dudes running around trying to get on roller coasters and you will have a pretty clear picture of my day today.
Ever since that woman fell out of Perilous Plunge Knott's has been going crazy with the size requirements on rides. I'm not entirely sure that the extent they are going to minimize their chances of lawsuits is even necessary.
There was one guy in our group who could not board Xcellerator because the seat belt would not fit. Now I understand the need for size requirements. But the lap bar appeared to fit just fine for this guy, and I would bet a million dollars he would have never fallen out. He doesn't weigh 300 pounds or anything like that woman did, but the seat belt barely missed its mark.
There was this spinning ride where you had to push the restraint down until the light turned green. Even women who didn't appear to be that heavy had trouble getting the light to come on. One guy in our group, who actually was able to get on Xcellerator, Silver Bullet, and Supreme Scream, was denied the opportunity to ride that one.
We even had trouble on the Dragon Swing thing, a tame ride by current standards. The snug fit they want you to endure takes all the fun out of these stupid rides. They even added something to Supreme Scream's seat belt that sorta shortened it.
Is it really necessary to go this far in minimizing the risk of lawsuits? One woman falls out of a ride because of her weight and it changes the whole dynamic of the park. I'm not sure, but I'm saying they overreacted. I am confident that these guys would be able to ride pre-Perilous Plunge death without incident. They were no where near the size of that woman.