i used to work at an amusement park - http://www.dutchwonderland.com
- designed for families with children under 12 (but everybody loves it).
they have one of those spaceship rides. goes MAYBE 4ft in the air. there are models that have some that go up and some that do not, the one they have is operator controlled, in going up/down, and there are models that are child controlled - the button to press can be difficult for younger children so they may have just told her it was "broken" so she wouldn't feel bad about not being able to get it up, or it may truely have been unable to go up, however if it does not interfere with the safety of the ride it may still be ran as normal. height restriction is under 54" to ride, and if a child can sit up unsupported they can ride (adjustable seatbelts); yes i had some 8/9month olds who rode, quite safely, and loved it - in 7 years there I never had any child try to stand up, and they only way they would have been able to is if they took off the belt (difficult clip, most couldn't figure it out at the end of hte ride when it was time to get off). this i would not worry about.
the roller coaster - without seeing it i would have no idea. we did have one roller coaster that went around in two circles, safe for young kids yes, but if the parent was on and the lapbar did not securly fit down on teh child (T shaped bar coming up from the floor) i advised parents to 'hold on to him/her securly' for added safety and protection. that one WAS very bumpy and 'rough' but in 7 yrs only had one child complain - yet had parents complain on an almost daily basis - it's all in perception. minimum height for that particular model was 36" to ride with adult, 42" to ride alone.
|She wanted to go on for another ride........They didnt check height or anything (there wasn't anything to measure them either).
May not have 'checked' her because they remembered her from earlier and had checked her then - i did this all the time, check a kid who is borderline, kid rides 2-3 times, comes back half hr later - if i remembered the kid specifically, i didn't check again. also, while you may not have seen a specific height stick, many places will make the fence in line at the required height to ride, we had a few that we 'checked against the fence'.
|At what age do you find it appropriate for a child to ride a roller coaster? What about other amusement-park type rides?
when the child can ride safely and enjoy it, provided safety restrictions are met.