Plus-sized Problems in Harry Potter Theme Park?
HollywoodNews.com: It has been almost a week since the grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and the reviews from fans and critics alike have been mostly positive. Much has been said about the overall feel of the park, the authenticity and the care and detail that went into making the park a fully immersive experience into the world of Harry Potter.
However, there have been some reports from fans and critics in regard to the apparent size restrictions for the main attraction, the Forbidden Journey ride. The first known report came from HPANA fan site creator Jeff Guillaume, who commented that due to his size and stature he was unable to ride. This was followed by reports from other fans who stated that they, too, could not fit the rides. However, it has been difficult to determine just what the actual restrictions are: the ride itself only states a height requirement of 48″ minimum, and there has been no weight limit posted. The question of fitting into the rides seems to be a matter of girth around the abdominal area. There have also been concerns in various forums regarding women who are “top-heavy, as the ride employs an over-the-shoulder harness method to keep riders in their seats.
Riders can test the seats themselves; there are two “tester” seats within the queue for the Forbidden Journey ride, in which potential riders can check to see if the ride’s 3-lock safety mechanism will allow them to comfortably fit in the seat. It is not known at this time whether or not Universal will eventually adjust the seats to accomodate heavier patrons.
What do you think? Should the seats be adjusted, or kept as they are? I, for one, will be stepping up my exercise program for the next few weeks, as I will be visiting the park next month and have no plans to miss out on this ride.
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