The seats on the Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey ride
When we personally visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter last week and rode the very rides in question, we watched as the couple in front of us was pulled aside for the random testing at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. They were confused, but went along as a ride employee instructed them to sit in the test seats. They were strapped in and asked if everything felt okay and secure. They then rejoined the line and were allowed on because everything did feel okay and secure. Surely if everything was not okay and secure, both rider and ride operator wouldn't want to risk "seeings how things go" by allowing a person potentially too heavy for the ride to be thrust about every which way in a pitch-black space at high speeds?
The seats on the Dragon Challenge ride
That said, there is one ride at The Wizarding World that works well for overweight riders: The Flight of the Hippogriff. It's a traditional coaster, with a latch bar that comes down onto your lap, but the molded seats are big enough for two riders, or one large one. Nonetheless, this is an issue at every amusement park that has rides better than the average up-and-down coaster. We've seen these same sort of random checks occur at Ohio's Cedar Point and Six Flags' Great Adventure in New Jersey.
Should roller coasters should just post signs stating "No riders weighing over 250lbs, depending on build?"
What do you think? Have you seen any of the random overweight rider checks anywhere? Let us know!
[All photos: Jaunted]