|PRODUCED BY FUNWORLD—THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF IAAPA||WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2016|
Low Riders: Kids Welcome on New S&S Coaster
S&S-Sansei Technologies unveiled a new inverted thrill coaster Tuesday with a minimum height so low that even a 3-year-old can ride. Company officials say it is not a ‘junior coaster’ but one that the entire family can enjoy. At 39 inches, the minimum rider height should accommodate a wide range of guests.
“A lot of times, you have the family going to hop on the ride and you realize that the two youngest kids are under 48 inches and not able to ride, and the mom or dad ends up sitting outside the ride, waiting for the older kids to get off,” said S&S Project Manager Shawn Carlsen, adding that now everyone can ride and that “it’s still fun for the older kids and parents.”
One of the chief engineering challenges was designing safety restraints that would work for adults as tall as 6 feet 6 inches as well as young children. S&S also placed the seats closer together so adults could more easily comfort their children, if needed.
The first iteration of the coaster, known as “Merlin’s Mayhem,” will be a 20-seat themed experience with onboard audio; it will debut at Dutch Wonderland in Pennsylvania in May 2017.