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Old 09-03-2010, 02:23 PM   #271
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It's possible. My husband weighs 275 lbs at 6 foot and carries the weight in his tummy. His legs are as skinny as Banks' legs. You can't really see Banks' stomach so he may be the same way. My husband got 3 clicks with a little effort, not as much effort as Banks had to get though.
Yah, I suppose I was feeling residual sour grapes in my prior post. It's been nearly a month since my 5-8, 260ish-lb frame failed to get even one click at FJ. (Only in the test seats, to be sure...never made it to the loading platform.) The explanation must be that the weight is mostly in the "wrong" place for purposes of the safety harness. I can't remember weighing less than 250 going back at least to high school, so the future appears to be bleak.

I did try chanting "Corpus reductio!" next to the door leading to the fatso corridor. However, the puzzled seat-tester advised me that magical chants don't work in real life.
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Old 09-03-2010, 04:46 PM   #272
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I was an XXL, around 6'2 in height, and I had to drop to an XL before I could fit.
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im a baggy to filled out xl, better get running & walking more before the nights draw in
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Old 09-04-2010, 01:26 PM   #273
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Hubby is 6'5" and weighs 255 pounds. His shoulders are not broad in any sense, he has skinny legs and a small behind, but he does have a rather large man tummy (or at least I think it's large).

I'm not really worried about his tummy so much, it's his height I'm worried about. Do you think he'll be able to ride, or is he too tall?
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Old 09-04-2010, 02:17 PM   #274
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Hubby is 6'5" and weighs 255 pounds. His shoulders are not broad in any sense, he has skinny legs and a small behind, but he does have a rather large man tummy (or at least I think it's large).

I'm not really worried about his tummy so much, it's his height I'm worried about. Do you think he'll be able to ride, or is he too tall?
I do believe that another person that height reported back that they could ride.
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Old 09-04-2010, 06:17 PM   #275
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Just back and would like to report my experience.

I was worried I'd have a hard time riding but no problem in the test seats. My husband is 6'3", 220 lbs and has a broad chest. He had no problem fitting (well, it was a bit tight in the thighs he said but plenty of room in the chest area.

From my experience it's all about the tummy and thighs. I saw three women try the test seats, they all had big bellies and none of them fit. I am about 45 inches in the waist, and as I said, I fit.

I know a lot of people are worried about being too tall or broad chested to ride, so I hope this helps!
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Old 09-04-2010, 07:01 PM   #276
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Just back and would like to report my experience.

I was worried I'd have a hard time riding but no problem in the test seats. My husband is 6'3", 220 lbs and has a broad chest. He had no problem fitting (well, it was a bit tight in the thighs he said but plenty of room in the chest area.

From my experience it's all about the tummy and thighs. I saw three women try the test seats, they all had big bellies and none of them fit. I am about 45 inches in the waist, and as I said, I fit.

I know a lot of people are worried about being too tall or broad chested to ride, so I hope this helps!
How far along were those 3 women? 5 months or 9 months? Were they carrying low or high? I don't mean to be cruel, especially since I have my own bundle to carry around, but the description would be helpful, don't you think?
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Old 09-04-2010, 08:20 PM   #277
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How far along were those 3 women? 5 months or 9 months? Were they carrying low or high? I don't mean to be cruel, especially since I have my own bundle to carry around, but the description would be helpful, don't you think?
Hmm... let me try to guess. They were all on the short side, about 5'4" average. And I would describe them as round all over, not to be mean because I have a lot of weight to lose myself. I'd say they might have been about 53 inches in waist measurement, if I had to guess. The harness came down half way and rested there on their belly. Then the employee said, "No, sorry." (I felt very very badly for them!) On me it came down all the way, and the employee asked if I was comfortable and I said yes. As I said I'm about 45 inches at the waist.
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Old 09-04-2010, 08:40 PM   #278
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Hmm... let me try to guess. They were all on the short side, about 5'4" average. And I would describe them as round all over, not to be mean because I have a lot of weight to lose myself. I'd say they might have been about 53 inches in waist measurement, if I had to guess. The harness came down half way and rested there on their belly. Then the employee said, "No, sorry." (I felt very very badly for them!) On me it came down all the way, and the employee asked if I was comfortable and I said yes. As I said I'm about 45 inches at the waist.
Are you leaning back slightly.. not sitting straight up and down when they bring the harness over your head?
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Old 09-04-2010, 08:54 PM   #279
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Are you leaning back slightly.. not sitting straight up and down when they bring the harness over your head?
No leaning back at all. Your are absolutely straight up, with a big saddle like thing between your legs. It is hard to shrink into the seat. It's like you have arm holes to put your arms in when the harness comes down.

During the ride I could understand why they are strict about fitting. This ride would be VERY dangerous if you were not completely locked in. They have you turning on your stomach, back, every which way so your weight falls on that harness and keeps you from falling out of the ride.

I will add that the ride is the most awesome ride I've ever been on - a complete experience and I think if anyone thinks they are too large to ride it, losing weight for it would be well worth it.

It is intense. My 6 yr old rode and I was very happy that she kept her eyes closed during most of it or I can see her having nightmares for a while because of the imagery.
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Old 09-04-2010, 10:00 PM   #280
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I posted earlier last week excited because another member's father (I believe, forgive me if I'm wrong) was around 6'2" and 300lbs and was able to ride.

I've been walking daily and went to completely water, 1200 calorie diet, etc. trying to lose weight before the trip, I went from 6'2" and 350lbs down to 288lbs, size 44 to size 42 men's pant. The problem is my chest is muscular, my shoulders are wide, and I've always had thicker thighs (I don't think they're really fat, granted they're not completely muscle either, but I have always had larger muscular thighs).

My wife was worried that we wouldn't be able to ride, she's 5'8" and like 210-215 I think (I hope she forgives me for saying that on here ). She got on no problem even though they kept telling her at the test seats that there's no way she'd ever be able to fit. She even got the three clicks herself with about 3 clicks to spare.

I however did not fit. An extremely helpful employee worked to get me the three clicks, and even lowered a seat harness three clicks beside me to see how close we were. We both guessed it was 1-2mm or less from clicking. (Something I forgot to add of note is that I was able to get 2 clicks with his help with no problems, and three would not have been uncomfortable to me).

The problem I had were my thighs in the end (although my shoulder/chest area, you know the area where those two sections of your body meet, was pressed pretty tight).

The seats are made in a way that forces your butt back and down, then the front part of the seat is sloped upward, which pushes your thighs up. As the harness comes down, it hits your chest/shoulder area, then your thighs. With the seat designed in such a way, as a poster above me said, it makes it hard to slouch or move dimensions around, and if your thighs are anywhere outside of standard (whether it be muscle or weight, or both), you'll just be sol.

Saying that, I highly recommend anyone find a male member outside if they can't get the outside seats to light up, and ask them to go with them to the test seat area if they're a little worried. I'm not being sexist, however the men generally aren't afraid to push a little and may get you the clicks you need (I had a couple tell me if they could get them on the test seat, no matter how hard they pushed, they'd go and load me themselves since they'd know what to do).

I had nothing but an excellent experience with the cast members I dealt with at the ride, they were all overly sympathetic, and they all seemed to be dealing with the brunt of this problem at the moment. I know it's disappointing to go and not be able to ride, but after speaking extensively to a couple of them, I have to ask on behalf of them that you at least understand their side of things and try not to get too upset with them.

I was also told for what it's worth, that Kuka didn't design the seats, it's a third party that Universal contracted out. Apparently this is the biggest reason that this has happened. Universal had to put the third party in touch with Kuka to make sure the seat design worked, and the third party is a manufacturer that apparently hasn't worked with Universal before. It was also my understanding that since this is the first Kuka arm ride, Kuka put stringent requirements on the seat builder for first runs to make sure that tolerances were strictly adhered to. Once they received enough test data from the ride system, they were able to better tell how it would handle oversized passenger seats (and more importantly, how safe the restraint system would be).

I can understand all of this, and since I haven't seen anywhere where anyone was able to receive this information in such great detail I thought I'd pass it on. I wasn't given any sort of estimated date as far as the new seats go, but I was assured that it is being worked on and should be ready before next summer.

Sorry about the long winded report, just had a lot of valuable information to share with you guys. Good luck to anyone planning to go, my wife said the ride system was more impressive than the ride itself, but overall it was totally worth any wait for someone that hasn't ridden it before. As for me, the queue line WAS actually worth walking through, and my interest in the movies is fairly small. That being the case obviously my interest in the books is even smaller.
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Old 09-04-2010, 10:22 PM   #281
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I was also told for what it's worth, that Kuka didn't design the seats, it's a third party that Universal contracted out. Apparently this is the biggest reason that this has happened. Universal had to put the third party in touch with Kuka to make sure the seat design worked, and the third party is a manufacturer that apparently hasn't worked with Universal before. It was also my understanding that since this is the first Kuka arm ride, Kuka put stringent requirements on the seat builder for first runs to make sure that tolerances were strictly adhered to. Once they received enough test data from the ride system, they were able to better tell how it would handle oversized passenger seats (and more importantly, how safe the restraint system would be).

I can understand all of this, and since I haven't seen anywhere where anyone was able to receive this information in such great detail I thought I'd pass it on. I wasn't given any sort of estimated date as far as the new seats go, but I was assured that it is being worked on and should be ready before next summer.
I am quite surprised to hear about any "new seats" coming to FJ. It had been my understanding that they weren't inclined to spend any more money on improving the ride, especially in the current environment, and that FJ debuted in its finalized version. However, I would definitely like to see such seats so let us hope for the best. Maybe they have been shamed into action by all the outraged internet chat.
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Old 09-05-2010, 12:04 AM   #282
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From your experience would you say someone who is 5'4 and weighs less than 200 pounds, is a size 18 in women's jeans, has a 40 D chest, and is over all pretty proportioned should not have a problem with this ride?

I'm just a little bit concerned that my breasts might get in the way of the harness going down enough. I'm a pretty typical "curvy" girl. Big breasts, wide hips, some extra tummy and thigh fat. But it's really the chest I'm worried about.

edit: apparently the word I used to describe my breasts before I edited the post wasn't appropriate! It was a completely g-rated word that they use on iCarly for goodness sake! =P
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Old 09-05-2010, 08:18 AM   #283
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So if you can get in the test seat outside you will beable to ride? I have heard people tried the test seat but when they got to the ride they couldn't go on? if thats the case whats the point in the test seat?
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So if you can get in the test seat outside you will beable to ride? I have heard people tried the test seat but when they got to the ride they couldn't go on? if thats the case whats the point in the test seat?
It is the other way around. Some people haven't fit in the test seats but did fit on the ride.
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From your experience would you say someone who is 5'4 and weighs less than 200 pounds, is a size 18 in women's jeans, has a 40 D chest, and is over all pretty proportioned should not have a problem with this ride?

I'm just a little bit concerned that my breasts might get in the way of the harness going down enough. I'm a pretty typical "curvy" girl. Big breasts, wide hips, some extra tummy and thigh fat. But it's really the chest I'm worried about.

edit: apparently the word I used to describe my breasts before I edited the post wasn't appropriate! It was a completely g-rated word that they use on iCarly for goodness sake! =P
Try wearing a bra that will let the girls spread out, like sports bra.
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