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Re: Rita - Shorter Straps HELP!

Mon May 09, 2011 5:29 pm

How come Rita has suddenly become 'too' expensive to run?

Much smaller parks seem to be able to cope with running there Intamin Accelerator.


And do we mean the black straps or the seatbelt?
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Re: Rita - Shorter Straps HELP!

Mon May 09, 2011 5:48 pm

I can only think that this was a silly mistake. Alton wouldn't deliberately install smaller straps, would they? :?
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Re: Rita - Shorter Straps HELP!

Mon May 09, 2011 6:28 pm

Guy, I think people are blowing this out of proportion. This is hardly Alton trying to annoy everyone, it is probably just a simple mistake which is what I was hoping to convey in the original post.

They probably don't even realise, the techies who have done it.

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Re: Rita - Shorter Straps HELP!

Mon May 09, 2011 6:58 pm

Fanta strikes again.

Or something.
 
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Re: Rita - Shorter Straps HELP!

Mon May 09, 2011 7:50 pm

I think it's happened before, if not on Rita something else, Nemesis rings a bell for some reason.

Probably is just a honest mistake, unless Intamin have decided on tighter size restrictions or something.
 
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Re: Rita - Shorter Straps HELP!

Mon May 09, 2011 8:18 pm

It's the kinda responses this topic has received that makes me think the whole "Help Us Help Alton Towers" will be a complete waste of time. There is criticising actual problems and there is Alton Towers/Merlin bashing. This is bashing!

Astrodan simply raised issue, which is likely a genuine miss-understanding/mistake and then everyone jumps on the 'another major cock up' band wagon.

If you actually expect the park to take the petition and campaign seriously then some of you need to think seriously about the way you carry yourself when commenting on, and/or representing this forum.

Rant over/

I noticed this today when riding RITA. I'm not slim jim but I've always found Rita one of the most forgiving coasters in terms of restraints! Yet today my heart jumped a beat when I nearly couldn't get the belt to fasten and there were plenty of catches left on the restraint!
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Re: Rita - Shorter Straps HELP!

Mon May 09, 2011 8:42 pm

I am quite stocky and tall. The main problem for me is when I have a wallet in my jeans getting the restraint over my thighs it just gets stuck. It makes riding uncomfortable. The restraint can be 3 inches off my chest yet crush my legs.

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Re: Rita - Shorter Straps HELP!

Mon May 09, 2011 11:21 pm

Desert Race at Heide Park had masses more freedom than Rita for some reason (not to mention the ride was silk smooth). It would be good if Rita was the same.

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Re: Rita - Shorter Straps HELP!

Mon May 16, 2011 8:43 pm

I remember last year when Rita's Girl said they had done this on Oblivion. people said it hadn't happened. Theres no way I can get on Rita now. Im cancelling my annual pass as this is another thing which has annoyed me in the last year.
 
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Re: Rita - Shorter Straps HELP!

Tue May 17, 2011 6:43 pm

But Havn't they fixed it on Oblivion now and installed larger restraints?

I'm sure they'll do that with Rita if and when they realise the mistake. It's not like they're doing it on purpose, the chances are Intamin sent out the wrong size by mistake or there was a mess up at the manufacturer or Alton accidentally ordered the wrong size. It's not like Merlin/Alton are on a crusade to annoy people or anything.
 
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Re: Rita - Shorter Straps HELP!

Tue May 17, 2011 6:57 pm

Oblivion with bigger restraints? :shock: When did this happen? I felt insecure in them in the first place! :cry:
 
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Re: Rita - Shorter Straps HELP!

Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:00 am

Just had to swap seats on Rita. The belt was 2cm too short. On regular straps, I have 2cm of slack!

Intamin fail and embarrassing to boot!

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Re: Rita - Shorter Straps HELP!

Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:52 am

"AstroDan" wrote:
Just had to swap seats on Rita. The belt was 2cm too short. On regular straps, I have 2cm of slack!

Intamin fail and embarrassing to boot!

:(

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Hmm, so I take it there was a decision to install smaller restrains, and not just some mess up in the ordering process?
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Re: Rita - Shorter Straps HELP!

Sun Jun 05, 2011 12:18 pm

I believe it is the manufacturer, not Alton towers. I have left some friendly feedback!

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Re: Rita - Shorter Straps HELP!

Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:27 pm

Could have been worse, you could have been asked to get off Ripsaw! Now that is embarrassing!
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Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:32 pm

I manage rippy no trouble. Rita is just a bit of a nightmare. Must affect their throughput too.

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Re: Rita - Shorter Straps HELP!

Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:35 am

Oh dear, im 6"1 and weigh 15 1/2 stone. not looking forward to that struggle next visit. :oops:

anyway, im off to thorpe park on saturday so i shall let you all know if its changed across the intamin range, i.e stealth.
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Re: Rita - Shorter Straps HELP!

Wed Jun 08, 2011 12:26 pm

"haydn!" wrote:
Could have been worse, you could have been asked to get off Ripsaw! Now that is embarrassing!


I have on numerous occasions had to ask people to do the walk of shame (Btw, that was just the name it had and not that you should be ashamed you didnt fit on!). Dont like doing it, but its just the way the harnesses worked back then. Apparently the new system on Ripsaw is better and causses less issues than it did back then.
 
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Re: Rita - Shorter Straps HELP!

Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:04 pm

"Big Dave""][quote=""haydn!" wrote:
Could have been worse, you could have been asked to get off Ripsaw! Now that is embarrassing!


I have on numerous occasions had to ask people to do the walk of shame (Btw, that was just the name it had and not that you should be ashamed you didnt fit on!). Dont like doing it, but its just the way the harnesses worked back then. Apparently the new system on Ripsaw is better and causses less issues than it did back then.[/quote]


It was quite possibly the most embarrassing moment ever! Though, I had ridden it about a week earlier when I last visited. This time though, the person sat next to me was of equal size and our shoulders overlapped. Unfortunately mine were at front and therefore it was my restraint which wouldn't come down!

I was more annoyed by the fact that on the queue jumper ticket I got, one of the four rides I could choose from was Ripsaw! lol
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Re: Rita - Shorter Straps HELP!

Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:35 pm

Yeah standard practice is to just give out a 1.4M exit pass. Also the harnesses are all different, well were. They are fixed in pairs, with odd numbered seats being further forward than even, meaning you have a tiny bit more room. I know they have done work on the harnesses though, so might have changed since.

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