As one of the most complete Tracy attractions left in the world, would you ever consider adding chicken wire or other security measures if you were in charge? Or, would you simply leave the ride as-is? This is a controversial topic, and I am curious as to what you have to say…
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the lack of chicken wire, plexiglass cages and jailbars is what helps make THH stand out. it's a very good point to consider. some anti-vandal measures might help since you can't watch every inch of the ride all the time. the unrestrictive nature of the slow-moving coffin cars might be the biggest hurdle in general. not only can kids lean out far enough to grab at things, it's pretty easy to jump out, run around, and jump back in. updating the restraints might be in order, but, as you brought up, this might bring up fire safety issues, since such restraints aren't vital to normal safety like they would be on a high-velocity ride. having fixed a bunch of coin-op machines over the years just to see them get beat-up, i can sympathize with the plight of ride technicians.
Maybe have some sort of alarm on the car that goes off when door (whatever you want to call it) is pulled up, making a loud, buzzing noise. Even if that is all it does, it probably would scare a few vandals back into the coffin car...
Imagine you are 13, and are eying up the three floating heads in the ride, thinking that there will be two when your car left that specific room. And some sort of alarm goes off when you try to get out of the coffin car, would you still leave the car?
not a bad idea. it just needs a disengagement mechanism at the end of the ride so an attendant doesn't need to be at the exit. i'd have it be a toggle switch with a 3-inch activator paddle mounted at the back left corner of the car and mount a post just before the exit door that clicks it back into the off position. the loading attendant just has to flick it on after the patrons are seated. this actually seems like a low-budget solution as i can't see the cost being much higher than $15 per car to install the switch, battery and chirping piezo element.
I'm glad it protects the stunts (perfect example would be pirate's cove) but it does take something away from it. Usually it's just the cheapo, flight by night carnival haunted houses that I've seen this used in, with the exception of P.C.
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