Special Cautions for Some People

If you fall into one of the following categories, take extra care to choose only the rides and attractions that you and your loved ones can safely enjoy.

  • When choosing rides for children, older riders, or people with physical or mental limitations, be conservative and realistic.  Most thrill rides are, by their very nature, physically demanding and emotionally intense.
  • Make sure the restraints fit well and the rider is secured. Small, thin riders and obese riders may be at higher risk of ejection in rides that rely on lap restraints. 
  • If a child or developmentally-disabled rider seems frightened for any reason, alert the operator before the ride starts so you can get off safely and find another ride.
  • Ride with your child until you're absolutely sure he or she can understand and follow all of the safety rules.  Slower rides aren't required to have child restraints, so manufacturers and owner/operators often rely on children to keep themselves safely contained inside the vehicle.
  • If you question whether a child or disabled person in your charge should be on a particular ride, err on the side of caution. If someone lacks the capacity to fully understand what they may be subjected to and the results of their actions, they shouldn't be placed on a ride which can induce great fear and panic.
  • People with pre-existing medical conditions should check with their doctors AND the park or carnival guest services staff before boarding any thrill ride. Conditions most likely to cause problems are usually listed on the ride's safety sign, but anyone who is under treatment or medical supervision for an illness, or who is recovering from an injury or surgery, should take special care when deciding which amusement rides are safe for them.