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  • [Question] Matterhorn Bobsleds Restraint Replacement?

    For the longest time, the restraint systems on The Matterhorn Bobleds have been hugely overdue for a makeover. With so many advancements in restraint systems, why is DLR still risking the possible injury of a (dumb) guest who could simply unbuckle the simple restraint strap that looks like it came out of an '87 Oldsmobile? It just seems like a matter of time before someone does what other people have done in the past.
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    Re: Matterhorn Bobsleds Restraint Replacement?

    Theres talks of possbile changes to the bobsleds.

    The latest rumor points to having a similar seat belt system as IJA, Soarin', Star Tours and TOT. Although this means that the bobsleds would have be retrofitted for this.

    I'm not sure what the plan is now, but it looks like we'll be seeing the same seat belts when it reopens.


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      Re: Matterhorn Bobsleds Restraint Replacement?

      Originally posted by The Forbidden Eye View Post
      Theres talks of possbile changes to the bobsleds.

      The latest rumor points to having a similar seat belt system as IJA, Soarin', Star Tours and TOT. Although this means that the bobsleds would have be retrofitted for this.
      They really need to smooth out the track before they think about putting in a hydrolic or air actuated lock system into those sleds. The motors themselves would constantly break due to the shock.

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      • #4
        Re: Matterhorn Bobsleds Restraint Replacement?

        They were throwing around the idea of having lap bars. This would mean no more sitting directly in front of someone and there would only be 2 or 3 people per sled 4 or 6 people per train. As it is now you can get a max of 8, so just imagine how much longer the line would be if they only got about half the riders per vehicle.

        Now as far as the locking seat belt idea, that would work way way way better than a lap bar. The smoothness of the ride doesn't really play a role in the day to day use of it. All it is is a small locking pin that keeps the buckle in place. They usually run on pneumatic pressure. That’s where is gets tricky. You would have to devise a plan how to modify the sleds to accept the new locking mechanism. Then how to tell it to unlock in the station. Either way they have an engineering problem that needs to be worked out.

        Side note: Even with any safety restraint system anyone can get out if it no matter how good it is. Idiotic people will always be that way. Unless you put a cage around them and handcuff them and put something in their mouth.

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        • #5
          Re: Matterhorn Bobsleds Restraint Replacement?

          Originally posted by Bondoman006 View Post
          Side note: Even with any safety restraint system anyone can get out if it no matter how good it is. Idiotic people will always be that way. Unless you put a cage around them and handcuff them and put something in their mouth.
          Depending on the ride...
          Big thunder, yes.
          Space Mountain, maybe.
          Indy, probably not.


          I know I'm in the minority, but I would be totally fine with them redoing both the track and the bobsleds on the Matterhorn.
          People argue: "I love being thrashed around on the ride and getting off the ride sore! It's classic!"
          Yeah... maybe for someone without back issues.
          Don't get me wrong, the rough feel to the ride definitely adds fun, excitement, and a sense of unpredictability... But I think the Matterhorn is well overdo for a refresh.

          Some people also say that having it be more rough is more "realistic"...
          When have you ever ridden a bobsled that looks or feel that jerky?
          Unless you're crashing, most snow related sports are a smooth ride.
          Especially bobsleds. I think smoother tracks would be WAY more realistic to how a bobsled race would really be.


          However, personally I like the seating arrangement that the cars offer.
          It's something nice when I'm with my girlfriend, and then if I'm with guys it gives me an excuse to have an entire car to myself.
          Having a car to myself is good fun.

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            Re: Matterhorn Bobsleds Restraint Replacement?

            Originally posted by Awesome View Post
            I know I'm in the minority, but I would be totally fine with them redoing both the track and the bobsleds on the Matterhorn.
            People argue: "I love being thrashed around on the ride and getting off the ride sore! It's classic!"
            Yeah... maybe for someone without back issues.
            Don't get me wrong, the rough feel to the ride definitely adds fun, excitement, and a sense of unpredictability... But I think the Matterhorn is well overdo for a refresh.
            The thing that is the problem isn't a matter of just changing the track, because they do that all the time, it's a matter of re-designing the entire ride. It was built in 1959 and it is basically the same more or less. The chassis are ridged it hardly has a suspension, the wheels are tiny, it doesn't have up-stop wheels it has brass pad inserts as up-stops. Trust me when I say that they do change sections of the track and track supports during rehabs. It never smoothes out the ride.

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            • #7
              Re: Matterhorn Bobsleds Restraint Replacement?

              I like them the way they are.
              I sometimes hear people say "I love the Matterhorn, epically when I remove my seat belt."
              Never tried that but I like them because it's very old fashioned.

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              • #8
                Re: Matterhorn Bobsleds Restraint Replacement?

                i propose a "Cool Runnings" overlay!

                anyone?
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                • #9
                  Re: Matterhorn Bobsleds Restraint Replacement?

                  Originally posted by DubiousEndeavors View Post
                  i propose a "Cool Runnings" overlay!

                  anyone?
                  Let's keep it Disney with a "Snow Dogs" overlay. We'll replace the Yeti with Cuba Gooding Jr, practically same thing.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Matterhorn Bobsleds Restraint Replacement?

                    Originally posted by d1mex View Post
                    Let's keep it Disney with a "Snow Dogs" overlay. We'll replace the Yeti with Cuba Gooding Jr, practically same thing.
                    Cool Runnings was produced by Disney.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Matterhorn Bobsleds Restraint Replacement?

                      Originally posted by DubiousEndeavors View Post
                      i propose a "Cool Runnings" overlay!

                      anyone?
                      I know you're kidding. But that's a solid classic movie.
                      I think it'd be hilarious if right before it goes into a fast part you hear:
                      "Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, its bobsled time!"
                      :lol:

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                      • #12
                        Re: Matterhorn Bobsleds Restraint Replacement?

                        Originally posted by Awesome View Post
                        I think it'd be hilarious if right before it goes into a fast part you hear:
                        "Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, its bobsled time!"
                        :lol:
                        you hear it when you ride with me!

                        and nobody watches bobsleds with my during the olympics cause i say it then too!
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                        • #13
                          Re: Matterhorn Bobsleds Restraint Replacement?

                          I hear they are going to replace the Yeti with the Yeti from "Monsters Inc.". As you go by he's going to offer you snow cones.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Matterhorn Bobsleds Restraint Replacement?

                            but getting back on topic, I don't think a new selt belt system will be implemented. there is no need for it.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Matterhorn Bobsleds Restraint Replacement?

                              Originally posted by Bondoman006 View Post
                              This makes sense, I guess you could have a foot-trigger like they do on Casey Jr. A remote triggering mechanism might be more problematic.

                              Originally posted by Awesome View Post
                              Depending on the ride...
                              Big thunder, yes.
                              Space Mountain, maybe.
                              Indy, probably not.
                              Oh, I know of a few ways you can do that on Indy but I'll never tell.

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