At Adventure Island, safety is the only consideration that takes precedence over fun! Thrill rides, by their very nature, create forces and speeds that may not be acceptable or tolerable to some guests and may cause injury to riders with preexisting conditions.
Many theme park rides incorporate safety systems designed by the manufacturer to accommodate people of average physical stature and body proportion. These systems may place restrictions on the ability of an individual to safely experience the ride. In general, you should ride only if you are in good health. Do not ride if you know or suspect you may be pregnant, have high blood pressure, heart, neck or back problems, motion sickness, recent surgery, or any other medical condition that may be affected by the features of the ride. You should not ride if you have any impairment or condition that would prevent the intended use of seating and safety restraints as provided or are unable to follow any safety requirement.
In order to ride, guests must be able to maintain the proper riding position throughout the ride and brace themselves upright in their seat, keeping their head upright and their back against the seatback. Guests must be able to use the restraint device properly and be able to hold on tight and keep their hands, arms, legs, and feet down and inside the ride at all times. Guests must be able to demonstrate a willingness and ability to comply with verbal and written rider requirements. The rider requirements and health restrictions are listed at the entrance of each ride.
Adventure Island team members can offer assistance steadying a guest transferring to or from a wheelchair. They may not lift or assist in lifting anyone using a wheelchair. All guests must be able to board a ride themselves or with help from a member of their party. The maturity level of any rider must be considered prior to riding.
Height requirements are posted at each attraction.
Your child may be measured at the height check station located at the entrance of each attraction. All guests, including those using wheelchairs, must meet the height requirement.
CASTS, BRACES, AND WALKING BOOTS
Guests with hard casts, braces, and walking boots will not be permitted to ride some attractions. Guests with a full arm cast, forearm casts, braced arm casts, full leg casts, lower leg casts, or bilateral abduction leg braces may be restricted from riding certain rides. Please refer to Guest Relations or the ‘Ride Information’ section of this guide to determine specific ability to ride.
PROSTHETIC DEVICES AND AMPUTATIONS
Guests with any type of prosthesis should ensure it is properly secured before riding any ride. Guests should refer to Guest Relations or the 'Ride Information' section of this guide to determine their specific ability to ride.
GUESTS OF EXCEPTION SIZE
In order to ride, guests must be able to fit properly in the tube or raft designed for the attraction and may not exceed the weight limit for that particular ride. Guests should refer to Guest Relations or the 'Ride Information' section of this guide to determine their specific ability to ride.
LOOSE ARTICLE POLICY
Loose articles need to be secured during the ride cycle. Items are recommended to be left in a locker or with a non-rider. Adventure Island is not responsible for lost or damaged articles.
Due to the nature and dynamics of all rides and the potential for injury, unsecured cameras or video cameras of any size are not permitted on the rides. To store such equipment, leave with a non-rider or use the lockers that are available.
Due to the dynamics and certain characteristics of the rides, oxygen tanks are not permitted on any ride at Adventure Island. Oxygen tanks are permitted inside the park and may be brought into merchandise shops and restaurants.
BEFORE EXPERIENCING A RIDE PLEASE NOTE ALL SAFETY WARNINGS BOTH VERBAL AND WRITTEN FOR EACH RIDE, SUCH AS:
- Only guests in good health should ride this attraction. Do not ride if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure, motion sickness, heart, neck or back problems, fear of heights, sensitivity to strobe effects, recent surgery or any other medical condition that might be aggravated by the forces of this ride.
- Riders of this attraction will be exposed to forces, speeds, and other intense features that may cause distress or injury to persons with pre-existing health conditions. Please consider these features in determining suitability for all riders.
- Riders shall report all injuries before leaving the park today. Lifeguards may not make direct eye contact while speaking to you.
- Follow all instructions, and WAIT FOR THE ATTENDANT'S SIGNAL BEFORE SLIDING.
- All life vests must be worn properly, this includes proper size fitting and all buckles buckled. Life vests MAY NOT be worn around the legs or used for sitting.
- Swimming attire with buckles, rivets or any sharp objects may not be worn. You are responsible for your personal property.
- No smoking while in line or while riding. Smoking is not permitted within any enclosed buildings, queue lines or pools.
Every ride entrance lists height requirements and special instructions regarding the ride. Adventure Island uses the following terms:
Supervising Companion: A supervising companion is someone who physically and mentally meets all the requirements to ride the ride themselves, is 14 years of age or older, and exhibits the maturity of someone 14 years of age or older.
Accompanied By: Whenever a guest needs accompaniment, the accompanying person must meet all the ride requirements, as well as assist the guest. This includes helping the guests in the boarding and exiting of the ride, assisting the guest in maintaining postural control while riding, and assisting the guest up/down stairs, catwalks, or ladders.
Hand-held Infant: A hand-held infant is a child who is unable to walk to the ride unit independently or maintain independent seated postural control. Hand-held infants are not permitted on slides, structures or play elements. Hand-held infants are only permitted on the following attractions when accompanied by a supervising companion and only permitted in water up to mid-chest height while sitting.
- Endless Surf
- Fabians Funport
- Rambling Bayou
- Splash Attack
Functioning Extremity: A functioning extremity is a limb over which a person has control.
Ability to hold on or brace: Ability to use one’s arms to maintain a grasp on an assist bar and support one’s body during normal and emergency procedures on a ride and to use one’s legs to brace to maintain a seated position during the forces of the ride.
The ability for a disabled guest to ride certain rides or attractions is evaluated based on certain criteria which may include manufacture’s requirements and other safety considerations. Some of those may include the following:
1. Ability to maintain the proper riding position throughout the ride.
The guest must have the body and spinal control to maintain the proper riding position throughout the ride without the aid of other people or devices and be able to maintain the proper riding position even during bumping or other characteristic movements of the ride.
2. Weight distribution to allow the restraint device to function as designed.
The weight distribution of the guest’s body must not interfere with any of the ride or attraction’s safety and restraint devices as they were designed.
3. Control of upper torso – including head and neck.
The guest must have sufficient muscle control to support their head, neck and upper torso in the proper position during the ride or attractions designed dynamic motions.
4. Ability to hold on with one functioning hand.
A functioning hand is an upper extremity or prosthesis with fingers that have the ability to grasp the restraint device and exhibits good grip control; the ability to brace and is strong enough to maintain the proper riding position throughout the duration of the ride.
5. Ability to hold on with two functioning hands.
Ability to hold on with two functioning hands as described above
6. Ability to hold on with one functioning arm.
A functioning arm is an upper extremity or prosthesis that has the ability to arm-grip the restraint device by wrapping the arm around the restraint device and is strong enough to allow the guest to maintain the proper riding position throughout the duration of the ride.
7. Ability to hold on with two functioning arms.
Ability to hold on with two functioning arms as described above.
8. Ability to brace self with one functioning leg.
Guest must have one functioning leg, natural or prosthetic, for bracing their body during the course of the ride or attraction.
9. Ability to brace self with two functioning legs.
Guest must have two functioning legs, natural or prosthetic, to be used for bracing their body during the course of the ride or attraction and maintaining balance when entering and exiting a ride or attraction.
10. Minimum of two functioning extremities.
Guest must have a minimum of two functioning extremities, natural or prosthetic (two arms, two legs, or one arm and one leg), to brace themselves during the ride and assist in entering and exiting the ride or attraction.
11. Minimum of three functioning extremities.
Guest must have a minimum of three functioning extremities, natural or prosthetic (two legs and an arm or two arms and a leg) to allow the guest to brace in a tripod manner during the ride.
12. Ability to enter and exit the ride without endangering self or others.
Guest must be able to enter and exit the ride without jeopardizing themselves or others and to assist with their own evacuation, if necessary. This may include entering through an exit or having someone aid him or her in boarding. If a guest has to be lifted in and out of a ride unit, they must be accompanied by a supervising companion who is accustomed to doing this. For the safety of ride or attraction operators and the guest, our operators are instructed not to perform this function, other than in children's ride areas.
13. Appropriate Observed Conduct.
Guest must demonstrate appropriate observed conduct by indicating a willingness and ability to understand, participate in, and follow all rider requirements. Appropriate observed conduct may include but not be limited to, maintaining the proper riding position, attention to and compliance with safety instructions, proper use of restraints and safety equipment and a willingness to participate in the attraction.
In addition to the basic physical and mental requirements defined above, each ride is evaluated relative to specific temporary conditions which may prevent a guest from safely riding a particular ride.
Some of the specific conditions evaluated include:
- Cervical collar or neck brace
- Broken collar bone
- Full arm cast
- Braced arm cast
- Lower arm cast
- Full leg cast
- Lower leg cast
- Bilateral abduction leg casts (brace between legs)
- The suitability of safely carrying hand-held infants on each ride was also evaluated.