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post #21 of 78
Hmm, I don't know about the specific rides or your IL's actions, but I can tell you our kids started riding on kiddie roller coasters very young and I had no problem with it FOR THEM. They were also riding alone on merry-go-rounds before 18 months, but it's very specific to the particular ride and the particular child, the environment, parental approval, etc.

I'm sorry you had such a scare. It sounds like you dc was not traumatized, though, in any way, so I'm glad to hear that. It sounds like you'll need to ask the ILs to be more specific in the future.
post #22 of 78
As to the in-laws.....because you did give them permission to take her with them to "play".....and it was YOU who had the misunderstanding as to what exactly "playing" meant, I sort of feel like that's on you. It's not like they lied to you or anything. So i'm havign a hard time finding fault with them in this scenario. Now, if you had told them prior to this "my child is not to ride mechanical rides" and they did it anyway, that would be a WHOLE 'nuther story...but it sounds like they offerred to take their grandchildren to a fun place, they had your agreement to take the kids to the rides, at leats they "thought" they did. I think it's one of those parenting things you sort of have to learn..never ASSUME that another persons judgemnent is going to be your own. Some people have no issues with small children going on rides, some people have no issues feeding their kids McDonalds, some people have no issues having a gun in the home, some people have no issues letting uncle stan, the convicted child molester, live with them for a while and babysitting the kids while they run out ot the store. Ask, ask, ask.
As to the "park"...I would hope the staff was following proper procedure. If you have reason to believe they weren't, i think that deserves a complaint phonecall. But..it's quite possible that some of the rides truly didn't have a height restriction, or that the child met it. My eperience has been that the minimum height for small kids rides is 32-36 inches, and your child might very well be that tall.

I took dd to an amusement park for the first time when she was 10 months old. I have pics of her having a blast on little cars, boats, a tiny roller coaster, train, merry-go-round, etc. Ds first when when he was 18 months - he was not able to ride as much stuff, because he's super tiny, but he still had fun. We did however, scrupulously obey the height requirements. We've had great experiences at the 2 places we have taken our young children, the staff, even the young teens that seem to abound in those places, were always very careful about checking for height, buckling the child, or affixing the bar, etc. I would certainly be upset if they did not. As ot the bar thing...is it possible that YOU being in the car with her actually made it so the bar could not be tightened down effctively? I know I've had that happen..because I am much bigger than my children..therefore, with the bar tightened down on ME, it is extremely lose on my child, and yes, I hold on to them. BUT..if they were on alone, the bar would have been tightened down on THEM, and therefore have been much, much tighter. That might not have been the case in your situation, but it has been my personal experience.
post #23 of 78
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Originally Posted by bobandjess99 View Post
As ot the bar thing...is it possible that YOU being in the car with her actually made it so the bar could not be tightened down effctively? I know I've had that happen..because I am much bigger than my children..therefore, with the bar tightened down on ME, it is extremely lose on my child, and yes, I hold on to them. BUT..if they were on alone, the bar would have been tightened down on THEM, and therefore have been much, much tighter. That might not have been the case in your situation, but it has been my personal experience.
I know what you mean That wasn't the case though, as the bar didn't come down to touch me even- which now that I think of it, is a bit unsettling.
post #24 of 78
It really is hard to address the roller coaster safety issue without knowling which ride you are talking about. Many children's rides do not have tight bars because the rides do not move very quickly and the child would not be harmed or ejected in an accident. Again, it is up to the parent to make an informed choice for the child as to his/her maturity and developmental readiness for such a ride. I don't know your child, so again, it is hard to say if it was safe or unsafe.
post #25 of 78
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I know what you mean That wasn't the case though, as the bar didn't come down to touch me even- which now that I think of it, is a bit unsettling.
It does seem like maybe things weren't being properly secured..which is very worrisome, even for people like me who like theme parks, LOL! I woudl certainly say/do something if you feel like the place was endangering people. I know that in the current economic climate, theme parks have been hit HARD, and I'm concerned that maybe things like necesary repairs aren't being made due to budget issues. Stuff like that would REALLY scare me.
post #26 of 78
All rides will have a safety plaque. That plaque will list the State's Revised Code that govern amusement rides. They will also list height requirements.

We have one of those an hour or two away, and I think the height requirement is like 36 inches.

As for the airplane ride thing, they really are very tame and generally child controlled. The mechanism that raises/lowers might have needed fixed, or the little button to cause it to rise up may not have worked in the plane.

My kids (6,4,2) all love King's Island, about 40 minutes from here. My eldest has been riding, what was at the time called Taxi Jam, since he was 18 months of age and the other two since they were 2 years of age.

My 2 year old has been riding the Kite eating Tree at Cedar Point since the day she turned 2.

As long as the rides have safety features (the bar probably couldn't come all the way down and still accomodate you in the same seat), and the attendants are watching, the rides are generally safe. My eldest was 6 1/2 years old and riding this with his Dad...
http://www.cedarpoint.com/public/par...orce/index.cfm

He rides this every time we go, and I have let him go by himself
http://www.cedarpoint.com/public/par...agon/index.cfm

He just rode these with me this summer and enjoyed them as well:

http://www.cedarpoint.com/public/par...reak/index.cfm

http://www.cedarpoint.com/public/par...ride/index.cfm

He rides this one solo and I ride with his brother:
http://www.cedarpoint.com/public/par...ress/index.cfm

He and his brother ride this one together without an adult...

http://www.cedarpoint.com/public/par...mini/index.cfm

My daughter has ridden these and enjoys them...by herself or with her brothers if there is no height requirements...if height requirements I or DH ride with her:

http://www.cedarpoint.com/public/par...dren/index.cfm

This is just one of two amusement parks we go to during the summer. The kids love it and it allows them to be kids. Even though she is only two and she is extra tall, doesn't mean she is not ready to ride things.
post #27 of 78
Since almost ALL amusement parks have height limits posted and check the heights to get on a place that doesn't do that is negligent.
post #28 of 78
My daughter was going on those by age 2. But, it was a little kiddie ride that was meant for the toddler to age five kid. It wasn't scary, or something she could fall out of.

One time though, when she was about eight, I let her go on one of those swings that spins around on the long chains..... and she came thisclose to falling out of it. It was at Knotts Berry Farm. They had to shut it down and a skinny teenager had to run under her, holding onto her leg until it finally stopped and he could help her get right side up. (the whole swing flipped over with her in it) THEN, they had the audacity to tell me she was too thin to ride on it safely, and *I* should have known better.
post #29 of 78
just an fyi, a lot of those go in a circle up and down rides (airplanes, dumbo, etc) have a stationary unit that doesnt go up and down for the more cautious rider.
it may not have been broken at all and may have been the best option for if she were wanting to ride alone.
the other parts, i dont have enough info to comment on.
post #30 of 78
I wouldn't have worried much about it. Are you sure the height requirement wasn't posted? Or not on a easy visual mark on the gate? Something the attendant might see but no you?
post #31 of 78
sounds pretty mild to me. i would have totally let my kids ride when they were toddlers.
post #32 of 78
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I'm a bit confused by this part. Are you saying they didn't enforce height requirements or that there were no height requirements.

I've seen plenty of kiddie rollercoasters and if my DD wanted to ride alone, that would be OK with me. Some kids like scary rides. I did as a kid, but I've grown out of it and they make me nauseus. I always rode alone. My parents were older and not about to od anything like that. Without seeing the roller coaster, it's hard to understand what was going on. On the whole, it sounds like your daughter enjoyed it and was ready to ride alone. If the kid had been plopped on the coaster and spent the ride with tears streaming down their face screaming for help, I'd have a problem with it.
This sums up my thoughts pretty well. It seems fine that she rode on a 'broken' one - lots of people ride in cars with things broken and if you knew how many things can be broken on an airplane while it's still allowed in the air you would never fly (I don't, and my DH is a pilot). This whole thing just doesn't seem like a big deal to me.
post #33 of 78
This doesn't sound like a situation I would have a problem with. We will be taking our 2.5 year old to Disneyland and any coaster they will let her on that she wants to go on is fine with me.
post #34 of 78
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I think kids should be able to go on rides as long as they meet the height requirements and want to go on the rides.
This would be my criteria too.
post #35 of 78
DS rode his first mechanical ride at 12 months 2 weeks. DH has worked for years at Kennywood (a local amusement park) We took DS as soon as he was able to ride and since DH used to manage their kiddie area he was able to run DS's first ride and then rode w/ him the second time around. He would have ridden more, but I didn't feel comfortable belting either of us in with him I was afraid things would be too loose for him. Had my 19 year old skinny minnie cousin been with us he'd have ridden almost everything. Now in my situation it was DH's 13th summer there, he works in rides, spent his first 5 years in kiddieland and knows how dilligent the mechanics are. So I felt completely safe, if you don't feel safe then you are completely justified removing your child from the situation.

ALL rides have height requirements. If they aren't enforcing them they are breaking a law. I can almost guarantee that. However, at 13 months DS met most of the requirements for the kiddie rides so your daughter if she's tall was probably more than tall enough. DS is actually almost tall enough for big rides and he's only 20 months.

As for the plane ride, are you sure it was broken? Some planes don't move on those rides and the operators tell the kids that part is broken... it really isn't. As for an indoor kiddie roller coaster, I would watch the operator if they're competant sure I'd take DS on.... if their starts and stops are really jerky then no...
post #36 of 78
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My daughter was going on those by age 2. But, it was a little kiddie ride that was meant for the toddler to age five kid. It wasn't scary, or something she could fall out of.

One time though, when she was about eight, I let her go on one of those swings that spins around on the long chains..... and she came thisclose to falling out of it. It was at Knotts Berry Farm. They had to shut it down and a skinny teenager had to run under her, holding onto her leg until it finally stopped and he could help her get right side up. (the whole swing flipped over with her in it) THEN, they had the audacity to tell me she was too thin to ride on it safely, and *I* should have known better.
OMG!!! My heart is racing just thinking about that. How scary that must have been for all of you! I'm so glad that your DD wasn't hurt. hugs to you.
post #37 of 78
My ride-loving daughter was going on roller coasters and other rides by herself as soon as she was tall enough and would sit still.


As long as your daughter had a good time, I wouldn't even dream of making an issue of it, especially since they asked you to take her to play.
post #38 of 78
It looks like an awesome place!

My fear at that age would be if a child were to get scared and try to climb out of it during the ride. I'd at least want the child secured well enough that he/she would be unable to stand up.
post #39 of 78
As soon as they're tall enough for the ride, my kids were on . . . my son was 3.5 this summer when we went to Busch Gardens, and he went on everything he was tall enough for (and we told him to stand up a little taller so he could go on a few other rides, too, which we'd been on and which were perfectly safe). My kids LOVE rides, and we have a blast going to places like that . . . the best part about Disney this year was that my son was finally tall enough to go on Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain -- he was SO thrilled. These were big rides too . . . the kids were going on kiddie rides and roller coasters at the boardwalk when they were 2 or so.
post #40 of 78
I just wanted to offer sympathy. We go with the 'if they're tall enough and want to go on, their big enough' rule, and that generally works out great.

One time, though, we were at a local festival, and my son (who was about your child's age) was making the rounds of the kiddie rides. We came to one ride that looked just like the others (little cars that go around), and I let him on without a worry. Once the ride started moving, though, I nearly freaked out. I don't know if the operator was bad, or the ride was in poor condition, but it was the bumpiest, jerkiest ride I've ever seen and the lap belts were not tight enough to hold my son in well. He was sliding all over the seat, and his little head was bobbing all over. Thankfully, everything was just fine, but I felt horrible, and it took me quite awhile to get over the 'worst mommy in the world' feeling. Please be gentle on yourself!
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