At the request of my DD8 (and thanks to advertising on the Magical Express) my family is headed to Typhoon Lagoon this summer. While looking at what slides are available, one of them started the hairs standing on the back of my neck.
About a year ago a liner posted a link on chat to the final report on the Kansas City Schlitterbahn water park death. It is a horrific read, not (just) because of what happened to that child, but because of the criminal negligence and indifference that lead to his death.
As I was looking at the different water rides at Typhoon Lagoon, the Crush’n Gusher was creeping me out because is uses a steel ring and net system that looked eerily similar to the ones used on the water ride that killed the boy. I was then really surprised to read that the designer of the Crush’n Gusher is actually the same designer of the deadly Verruckt and that both are (were) water coasters.
I feel strongly that no ride should rely on netting and steel rings to keep you on the ride. The physics of the ride should be designed to do that. I was also surprised to see that there are no weight limits for rides at the WDW water parks. Both DH and I are larger and are usually very conscientious of weight limits at water parks (especially on group rides). DH was injured on a ride with an unadvertised weight limit and I have been pretty diligent doing research since then.
I appreciate any feedback people can give me on the following or anything else you want to mention:
- Have you ever “caught air” on the Crush N’ Cusher?
- If you are heavier - are there rides at the WDW water parks where you felt you were more likely to “catch air” in a way that felt unsafe or uncomfortable. Or rides you would recommend just not riding?
- Even if you aren’t heavier are there WDW water parks rides you wouldn’t ride because they kind of hurt? (besides the usual small bumps etc)
I appreciate WDW accommodating of guests of all sizes, at the same time I feel that water ride physics may make those rides harder to accommodate and safety should always be first.
We know to keep our hands away from conveyor belts!
I drive myself and my child everywhere and I know driving is the most dangerous thing we can do. However reading reports like the Schlitterbahn one reminds me that, in the end, we have to rely on our own judgement to make safety decisions. I appreciate your feedback in help me make these decisions.