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Harry Potter and the Fat-Ass Fans [Jun. 26th, 2010|03:35 pm]
Zoethe
About a month from today, Ferrett and I will be enjoying The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Or at least parts of it. According to this article, some of the ride attractions are not, shall we say, Slughorn-friendly? Ferrett's skinny butt won't have a problem with such seating, but my over-generous girth means that I am unlikely to slip onto a hippogriff without causing the poor critter harm.

This has some people up in arms that Universal has not built the ride seats to accommodate wide loads. I am not that bent out of shape. It's more important that small children are safe than for the seats fit someone my size. It would be nice if everyone could be accommodated, but the reality is that there is only so much that can be done.

But this leaves me a couple choices: either I accept that I will likely not fit in the seats, or I spend the next month getting Jillian Michaels all over my own ass.

There is a bit of temptation to give it a try. It would be a kind of performance art, y'know?
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[User Picture]From: the_magician
2010-06-26 07:43 pm (UTC)
If you want a cheering section for the performance art ... then "RAH RAH RAH all hail the sun god RA RA RA" or something :-)

When I went on the ET ride years ago, most of the seats were on bicycles (ET kid style) but every 10th one (or so) was something bigger to accomodate larger people and disabled kids who couldn't sit on a bike by themselves. Hopefully Universal will have something similar.

When I did the Indiana Jones ride, it was benches for five people or so, with a lap bar that came down across all five. I weighed over 300lbs at the time, and the other four people that sat down next to me were tiny Asians, when the bar was stopped by my stomach, it was about six inches away from them, and the look on their faces was hilarious (and worrying!) .. I think the bar was mostly there to stop people climbing out or standing up mid-ride rather than to stop them falling out when the ride suddenly sped up or slowed down (to avoid the rolling boulder etc.)

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-26 08:18 pm (UTC)
At this point they don't have the larger seats. It may be that they will revise for that some time.
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[User Picture]From: aiela
2010-06-26 07:48 pm (UTC)
I figured out at Cedar Point that if I put the seatbelt as far down on my hips as possible (So, under my significant lower-belly), they fit. Trying to go over it, not so much.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-26 08:19 pm (UTC)
It's apparently a hard device that must click three times. We shall see.
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[User Picture]From: wikkidpixie
2010-06-26 08:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, there has been quite a lot of kerfuffle about this down here. It's actually not your arse you need to worry about, it's any potential girth and/or chest size. The ride system uses an over the shoulder harness and it must click three times in order for it to be deemed safe and able to ride. While I am under the height and weight limit of 6'/250lbs, my boobs would probably work against me in this situation. There have been many reports of large chested women not being able to ride. This blog details the "three click rule" and one man's quest to achieve it: http://banksleethethreeclicks.blogspot.com/ and is a great attitude, I think. There are sample seats outside the ride and inside the castle before the loading area, but I know sitting down and figuring out you can't fit outside the ride, isn't any easier than being turned away inside.

Really, I just want to see Hogsmeade and inside Hogwarts and I'm not too worried about riding the 3 rides they have to offer (the others are a slightly re-themed Dueling Dragons coaster which is now Dragon Challenge with the queue themed to the Wizarding Cup, and the Flight of the Hippogriff, which is also a re-themed ride, formerly the Flight of the Unicorn I believe, and is a tame kid-friendly coaster. The real amazing effects and queue area is the Forbidden Journey, which I have been told you can walk through without riding. There is a really cool description of the ride with and without spoilers at insidethemagic.com They actually had great coverage of the entire area if you wanted to see the shops in Hogsmeade as well.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-26 08:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not that upset about it. I'm much more interested in walking through the castle and seeing the effects than the rides themselves.
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[User Picture]From: jeffpalmatier
2010-06-26 09:20 pm (UTC)
Have you been able to lose any weight on the no-red-meat diet you guys have been on?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-26 09:21 pm (UTC)
Yes; I've lost about 14 pounds. But there is still a long way to go.
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[User Picture]From: kisekinotenshi
2010-06-26 09:53 pm (UTC)
I think part of the flap is more that a lot of their other rides have special seating for larger people, so there's a lot of questions why they wouldn't do it for this ride as well, especially because it means lost revenue.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-27 12:29 am (UTC)
I think they are making as much money on this as they possibly can right now - the park is jammed. I suspect when the first fervor dies down they may revise it.
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[User Picture]From: jume
2010-06-26 11:09 pm (UTC)
It's worth it if only to see if you can do it, imo. and because of harry freakin' potter, but that's also imo.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-27 12:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not willing to injure myself, but I am curious. And it's only a month, right?
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-06-26 11:50 pm (UTC)
If it were me, I would use this as an excuse to motivate myself to lose the weight I had planned to lose anyway, rather than focus on the other aspects of the park. But then, I'm usually capable of shifting mental gears at the last minute if I don't lose the weight.

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-27 12:33 am (UTC)
Something like that. Thing is, I'm not willing to mess with my eating except to make it healthier - no crazy-ass diets because I'm too vulnerable to having it make me crazy.
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[User Picture]From: kibbles
2010-06-27 12:43 am (UTC)
I remember a few years ago, at my heaviest, or near it, trying to get on the Cyclone. They managed to get the bar down, but it was both embarassing AND painful. Honestly, I'd rather not tried it at all. (I've gone on it a million times before, grew up on that thing.)

I'd give it a try just so I could get on the rides. It's interesting motivation, unique motivation.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-27 02:57 am (UTC)
Indeed, it is.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-06-27 03:06 am (UTC)
いろいろな思い出があるからこそ、新しい時計を買って、
これを売ろうかな、とか考えたりする。
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[User Picture]From: meyerweb.com
2010-06-27 03:48 pm (UTC)
"Because there are many memories, to buy a new watch,
What it is to sell, or think you can."

Wow, man. Deep.
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[User Picture]From: ccr1138
2010-06-27 04:37 am (UTC)
They'd be wise to have a limited number of seats for larger people considering how many of us there are.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-27 02:48 pm (UTC)
I expect they will add those once the initial fervor dies down. Right now, they don't really have to.
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[User Picture]From: particle_man6
2010-06-27 05:03 am (UTC)
I avoid sugar, alcohol, regular wheat flour (kamut or spelt ok), peanuts, green peppers and vinegar and have lost a good amount of weight. Kinda hard-core, but you get used to it.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-27 02:50 pm (UTC)
Green peppers and vinegar? What's the reasoning behind that?
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[User Picture]From: fitfool
2010-06-29 12:13 am (UTC)
That would be one reason for wanting to lose weight that I hadn't
heard before. :-)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-29 12:57 am (UTC)
It's a form of motivation, at least! I refuse to mess with my eating, save for improving habits, but I am trying to up my exercise to, like, where it should be.
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