Posted Thursday, September 3, 2009 9:19 AM | Contributed by Jeff
[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.
For, what, the 239,645th time, CP didn't make anyone think it was a big deal. You did that yourselves.
Seriously!? So sending out a bottle, making a website and all the other viral marketing that went on... no they didn't make a big deal. Quit being such a CP homer. I don't even think they made this big of a deal out of Wicked Twister. Give me a break!
On a lighter note...
OK, so let's say for argument's sake that the park did make a big deal out of the announcement. Isn't that what a marketing department is supposed to do? If they hadn't done their job we wouldn't be on page 19.
The problem isn't with the park. The problem is that many seem to think a ride of this caliber isn't a big deal.
I will settle for the hundred smaller muffleheads then the 1 gigantic mufflehead in that photo :)
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Seriously!? So sending out a bottle, making a website and all the other viral marketing that went on... no they didn't make a big deal.
Quit being such a CP homer. I don't even think they made this big of a deal out of Wicked Twister. Give me a break!
Not comparable. When WT was introduced, the 'net didn't play even remotely the same role in marketing that it does now.
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Some could argue this IS a bigger deal than Wicked Twister.
I'm sheriff of this here rollercoaster.
Impossible. Its not a coaster.
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Yuck. Brandon, your excess sarcasm is dripping down onto my post. ;)
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We're on page 19 but how much of this was actually a discussion about the ride itself?
I have not been to Cedar Point since Millie opened. Wicked Twister didn't make me want to visit. Dragster didn't make me want to visit. Maverick didn't make me want to visit.
Guess what has me excited about finally getting back to Cedar Point? Yup...Shoot-the-Rapids.
Well we cancel each other out because ride this does not make me want to go. Now both of our points have been invalidated since the net gain for the park is 0, and this dead horse can rest in peace.
Different strokes for different folks. The only way I will get to ride it next year is if it's open during Halloweekends.
Fact of the matter, CP cannot overhype things like this.
They can, they did (at least from your perspective) and you're still talking about it.
Surprised nobody mentioned this. The ride will be opening tomorrow according to the park.Friday, June 25, 2010 12:07 PM
^From the press release - "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."
Opening day came late this year...LOL! ;)
Honestly though, gotta agree with Moosh, this is the best new thing at CP in a while...whenever it opens... :)