Went to King's Dominion with friends for the Halloween Haunt. It was a blast. I had been going for a gothy look, but forgot something to wear *under* the velvet corset. I ended up wearing a long-underwear shirt borrowed from the spouse, which gave it kind of a neat steampunky look. I may need to get some gear jewelry to complete the look.( Collapse )
The fat-friendliness of the park was kinda mixed. At a size 20, I fit on everything I went on but the wooden coaster, the Hurler. It was a little frustrating to wait in line, get all the way up there and discover that my butt wouldn't go into the seat. On the plus side, I'm not a fan of wooden roller coasters because of the jerkiness, and it was apparently not as smooth a ride as the friend who'd talked me into it remembered. Everyone else was sore from getting slammed around. So, yay for my ass for protecting me from that experience. Protective layer of padding for the win! :)
I did ride the Drop Tower, several roller coasters, including the Intimidator & the Backlot Stunt Coaster, and probably a ride or two that I'm forgetting.
Some rides had test seats, some didn't, without a whole lot of rhyme or reason. It was kind of annoying that the smaller, older coasters didn't, while rides I fit into did, but that's probably a function of test seats being a newer thing and the park not wanting to build a new seat for that purpose.
I wouldn't recommend the Flying Eagle ride for anyone over a size 18 or so. I fit, but not comfortably, and the pressure on my butt set my sciatica off like whoa. On the other hand, a friend who's bigger than me fit okay and didn't mention being uncomfortable.
The really crappy part about that particular ride was that one friend, despite fitting and being able to buckle the seatbelt, was told she had to get off. They also had her mom move to sit next to her boyfriend. Poor girl was embarrassed as all hell, and the kid was pretty brusque and not polite. No explanation of why, just "get off." And no explanation of why he had the mom move. I'm assuming, since she was sitting next to me, that the 2 of us were over the total weight for the car.
Her mom did complain at guest services & was told that that was totally unacceptable and she should've been able to ride. If the weight balance was off, she could've ridden by herself. Even having her wait til the next go-round and putting her at the front of the line for the next time would've been decent. She's supposed to be getting something in the mail from them. I hope it's a nice letter of apology, maybe some free tickets or a pony or something.
The hubby and I did buy season passes for next year, so I'm hoping we'll get to go a lot.