California Log Flumes?

Monday, March 11, 2002 7:21 AM

I have been reading on laughingplace rumors that Disneyland will be retrofitting their Splash Mountain flume ride to accommodate side-by-side seating like the one at WDW. Many comments suggest that this is being mandated by the State.

My question: Are Knott's and other Cali parks being confronted with the closure are significant retrofitting of their log flume attractions? If not, why Disneyland then?

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Monday, March 11, 2002 7:53 AM
well, that certainly would make some sense of the bizarre rumors regarding Splash Mountain...and I was thinking they were going to make it into a stand-up!...;)
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Monday, March 11, 2002 9:42 AM

Its a rumor- give it the same weight that you would give a 400 foot tall woodie at Magic Mountain next year..

Side by side seating may happen, and I have also heard seatbelts being added, and finally MousePlanet saying that Splash Mountain will get OTSR's.

None of these changes are being mandated by the state. The state cannot say wihout any good reason to change a ride. If someone fell out of splash mountain, then they could mandate changes.

I have heard, (and this too is just a rumor) that Disney's own lawyers have asked for more safety on Splash Mountain. Who knows, but I don' t think the outcome will be nearly as dramatic as we may be speculating here...

To answer your second question, about other parks log flumes, I think that (if indeed this is true) this is just a case of Disney being overly-safety concerned. (And safety is good, but there is such thing as overkill.) So, I can't see this affecting any other log flume except Splash Mountain (if that.)

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Monday, March 11, 2002 9:55 AM
Splash Moutain is getting its first major overhaul since opening, including a complete repaint of the facade. The station is also getting air gates, and that alone takes a while. The logs are NOT getting OSTRs [I can't believe someone actually believed that]. *IF* the logs are to receive any kind of restraint is will be seat belts. Also, its been a while since I've been on the Orlando version...aren't the 2-across logs wider than those with in-line seating? And if so, wouldn't that require an entire re-tracking with a wider flume trough?
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Monday, March 11, 2002 12:34 PM

I think that airgates and seatbelts might get placed on the ride, still overkill (and will hurt capacity) But thats all that I think will be different. I really don't think that there will be new logs.

OTSR's on a log flume is the most ridiculous thing that I have ever heard. Especially that ride, where the scenery is so important...

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Monday, March 11, 2002 1:18 PM
Splash Mtn is not the only ride getting airgates. Pirates, if it doesn't already have them, should be getting them soon. No word on Space Mtn.
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Monday, March 11, 2002 1:59 PM
I'm sure Space Mountain has air-gates, but Pirates of the Caribbean did not. =(
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Monday, March 11, 2002 2:20 PM
Space Mountain did not have air gates as of November 2001. I find it rediculous to even think of a log flume to have OTSR's. That would be even more unsafe. What if the log sinks? They cant get out. With seatbelts, they can get out.

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Monday, March 11, 2002 3:57 PM

Forget the idea of OTSR's. That is just a stupid and unfounded rumor.

Pirates has had air gates for a while. I'm not sure when they put them in, maybe last years rehab. They look like ship's rudders.

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