For many thrill seekers, part of the fun of death-defying coasters is being able to let loose with a blood curdling scream.
The coaster, which is over 1,300 feet long and drops riders from 42 feet, opened Friday following a five-year battle over planning permissions with local residents who reportedly complained that the new ride would be “intrusive.”
The thrill ride is being promoted as “Devon's biggest, highest and longest rollercoaster” but a sign that appears at the ride’s entrance reads “This is a family ride – not a white knuckle thrill ride. Enjoy the views but we love our neighbours. PLEASE DO NOT SHOUT OR SCREAM! Thank ewe.”
Park director Rick Turner told the Mirror that Big Sheep had been working with specialist noise consultants "to ensure there are bunds (or barrier) to reduce any noise impact.”
But Andy Hine, who heads the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain, says he thinks the rule will likely be broken by coaster riders, plus screaming is not illegal.
Hine told the Daily Star, “I cannot see any way that a non-screaming rule can be enforced.”