[Ed. note: The following is an unedited press release. -J]
Grab your paddles and climb aboard the newest river-ride adventure this side of the Appalachians! Shoot the Rapids, an all-new family water ride, will rise above Cedar Point’s rustic Frontier Trail when it makes a splash on Opening Day 2010.
During the 2,100-foot-long journey, adventurers will travel through a wooded area and around an illegal still used for brewing sweet-tasting elixir, all while encountering surprise water elements and special effects. Guests will navigate the waters aboard a 10-passenger boat. Riders will be seated in five rows of two and will be secured by individual over-the-head lap bars.
The excitement builds when the boats ascend one of two lift hills. The first and largest hill will be 85 feet tall and will drop riders down onto Millennium Island at a 45-degree angle. The second hill will be 49 feet tall and will end with a dramatic “shoot” through water rapids and rockwork.
Guests on the Frontier Trail can keep their feet planted on dry land and watch as riders complete their wet and wild trek down the final drop.
“Shoot the Rapids will instantly become a family favorite,” said John Hildebrandt, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. “Our guests wanted another option to cool off on warm summer days. We listened, and Shoot the Rapids will deliver the perfect combination of refreshment, thrills and new memories at Cedar Point.”
Shoot the Rapids will cost more than $10.5 million to build and will be the most expensive water ride ever built at Cedar Point. It will have a capacity of approximately 1,200 riders per hour. The ride will last three minutes. A rider height requirement has not yet been determined and will be released at a later date. The ride was designed and manufactured by IntaRide LLC of Glen Burnie, Md., the same company that built the Maverick, Top Thrill Dragster and Millennium Force roller coasters and the Thunder Canyon river-rafting ride.
Well, actually, (and somewhat in my defense) I was trying to guard against opening up the same can of worms discussion about PointBuzz that took place a while back, maybe even in this actual thread.
I am an occasional poster at PointBuzz, although I try to make sure I have fact in hand before I speak. No offense intended toward Walt, his fine site, or his legion of dedicated Cedar Point fans.
If my post sounded pointless and troll-ish I apologize.
I agree 100% that cedarpoint needed a log flume ride but..........
The main reason I like to go on flume rides is because you don't get that wet. This is almost like a thunder canyon with drops. This ride is not filling a void, it is copying what thunder canyon does by going under a waterfall.
What they should have built is a ride like whit water landing, or wild thornberrys. Just a small splash of water....not a drenching.
what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard.
Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it.
I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
There are strange and overzealous fans in all online communities.
/Lerch..... "You rang?" ;)
Seriously, it's easy to generalize when a community is as specific as an online coaster forum (and possibly even moreso when, like GAdv forums or PointBuzz, it's devoted to one park) - but there's significant variation between and among posters on ALL sites....far beyond the range of just amusement-related sites.
My pet peeve is when someone overgeneralizes the site, lumping everyone together as one, as if they collectively share the same opinion and have the same posting style.
Yes, but I think it's entirely fair to say all of those individuals combine to form a general tone.
I don't think RCMAC was generalizing anything in his original statement. He was pointing out that someone made a ridiculous post about CP's hidden agenda with the new ride. His "I know" was merely a concession that if you are going to find that kind of ridiculous commentary, it will most likely be at PointBuzz.
I think that's a fair and true statement. But it's not an indication that that's all you find at PointBuzz. And that seems evident to me by the fact that he mentions that he himself posts there.
"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin
I took "I know..." as meaning, "I know, I should know better to even reference it," as if there's no trust factor. I hope that's not how people feel. I don't think there's a better source of Cedar Point information online or off than those forums. For someone to write it off as not trustworthy or full of ridiculous commentary is disappointing.
The community is very quick to shoot down the noise, better than most sites with a similar audience. People see the "500 foot" post as typical, but ignore the next 5 posts refuting it. I don't know where the specific post he mentioned is at, but I bet it was shot down, or at worst, ignored.
Walt Schmidt - Co-Publisher, PointBuzz
Crazy Horse, although I'm really digging this new ride, I really wanted a traditional log flume as well. It looks to me like this ride will be on a track, which means that it won't meander, but rather it will run a path much like Jurassic Park River Adventure. It's not a bad thing, but I would have much prefered a true replacement; an old style log ride like White Water Landing.
In saying that, I am very happy that they at least followed through with their promise of replacing it, and I am sure that this new ride will be awesome!
PointBuzz? It's still around? I haven't visited that site in years. :)
It only tracks on lift and the drop. It's a floater the rest of the way.
Speaking of track, I can't tell by the animations if the boats are attached to the track by means of an upstop wheel, or if the boat just rests on top of the track, like Snake River Falls.
I haven't seen the system up close, but apparently there's a "guide" down the middle that attaches to the boat. That's what the Holiday World system appears to do.
After a little googling, I found this blog which has some nice shots of how Pilgrims Plunge works:
Thanks for the info Jeff, and thanks for the awesome link, Fun.
I hate to dig up "old" topics but I just looked at the Facebook photo gallery Holiday World just posted and found the comments interesting.
The only negative thing I can find is.
I guess this will give HW another reason to increase their amazingly HIGH admission price.
When Cedar Point announced Shoot the Rapids the comments were overwhelmingly negative.
Not surprising when even the video of Dick Kinzel for this ride starts with, "I know we're known for 17 coasters/capital of the world blah blah blah." I suspect they'll never live that down.
At least they didn't remove a ride for MaXair & Skyhawk.
Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!
And the park didn't hype either of those rides....er, I mean, the park didn't publicize and market those rides with the same enthusiasm as it did Shoot the Rapids.
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They made announcements on thoserides AFTER the end of the seasons, too.
Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!
Exactly! They didn't announce anything for those rides until afterwards and didn't make them out to be a huge deal. CP WAAAAYYYY overhyped here. I'm a big fan of flat rides, not just coasters. For instance when Tomb Raider was announced for Kings Island I was excited to see what they did with the theming/story and what not. That was a hyped announcement too because I remember on their maps they had "Coming Soon" where it was going to be and had signs all over the place in the park for it too.
Fact of the matter, CP cannot overhype things like this. It kills the ride before it gets started. If they would've waited until off season to announce it and build it without any "XXX Whyte Lightning" bottles being sent out and it's own dedicated website, then I really would have been fine. But this just feels like a low blow almost. I'm not saying I've never enjoyed a log flume, but seriously, don't make people think it's going to be a big deal by doing a ****load of marketing for it before.
I'm in advertising so I'm all about getting the product out there. I'm sure a simple commercial with "by the way, we have a new family water ride edition" would have been just fine.