Owen wrote:Even so, I’d be very shocked if the majority of the 10% was down to bad weather. A good chunk maybe, but not the majority...
Owen wrote:Whatever you say, as others have said above other paths seem to be ok so I will remain understandably on the fence.
Is there anywhere that states the damage costs anyway? I would be interested in seeing that
abigsmurf wrote:They're are some PR images of the boats floating around now, it's interesting in that they've not got seatbelts. Does seem like they've paid attension to Drayton Manor though, higher seatbacks (looks like it's 'topple-safe' height for kids standing on a seat), meshing in the gaps and guardrails around the exits to prevent people switching sides.
Still means someone could stand up or shuffle around on the drop but I'd guess the drop isn't going to be intense enough to fling someone from a boat, I've never experienced a raft type ride drop that's has acceleration even comparable to even a mild log flume. Hoping this manages to topple Bluto's Bilge Rat Barges as my favourite rapids ride, always like it when parks try to push family rides to the next level.
It seems insurance companies became involved and the park was made to remove the VR gear. Despite running on the ride for about 8-9 months, a few issues came up with the mounting hardware added to the trains that needed to be dealt with. Along the way it was discovered that no engineering firm had ever “signed off” on the mounting system being approved for use on the coaster, and certainly not B&M themselves who had nothing to do with it.
You see, unlike other VR installations on most coasters that just headgear on the riders, Kraken VR was done with the intent of hardwiring most of the gear to the train itself to try and speed up the load/unload process. But unsanctioned mounting hardware would put the park at fault if something bad were to happen, like a mount failing and the VR gear flying off mid-ride, and now you can see why the park's insurance company has became involved. End result... No more Kraken VR. For the time being at least...