Out of concerns for rider safety, Disneyland has raised the height requirement for the Splash Mountain log flume ride to one of the highest levels in the amusement park industry. The new “temporary height restriction” for the front seat of Splash Mountain has been raised from 40 inches to 60 inches so the Anaheim theme park can “evaluate options to improve comfort and safety,” Disneyland spokesman Rob Doughty said in a written statement.
Apparently there is a concern over small children who sometimes duck under the front of the hollow log have been injured. Disneyland’s Doughty said no specific incident triggered the “short term” change on the restraintless ride.
No other attraction at Disneyland or Disney’s California Adventure has a height restriction over 54 inches, the same requirement for the most extreme amusement park rides, according to Roller Coaster Database.
“A five-foot height requirement on anything less than an extreme roller coaster is absurd,” said Robert Niles, who runs the Theme Park Insider website that tracks amusement park accidents.
I would imagine that anyone ducking into the hollow portion found in the front of the log-style ride vehicle are doing so to avoid getting wet during the attraction’s final drop. However, if you don’t wish to get wet, don’t ride Splash Mountain or at least wear some kind of parka to cover your clothing.
Original story at The LA Times.