Cedar Point announces Shoot The Rapids for 2010

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.

Visit the official Cedar Point site.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 11:10 AM

I'm very excited to see this addition. Good for Cedar Point! It was a smart attraction choice. But, I can imagine all of the kids from this forum...sitting in study hall...maybe the computer lab...crying because they didn't get the roller coaster that they built up in their own imagination.

The information that Cedar Point gave wasn't so dramatic that it would have suggested a coaster. They were having fun! It was basic information meant to hype a new attraction. The rest of the hype was fabricated by people's imaginations. Anti-sappointment was bound to happen. It certainly wasn't Cedar Point's fault!

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 11:11 AM

CPLady said:
Excellent! Losing WWL was a disappointment to me, although Maverick certainly made it worth it. The replacement is definitely worth the wait.

I'm probably one of the few who is actually looking forward to riding this come May.

I will probably wait till June to ride when its warmer. I am however excited about this ride and can't wait to ride it. Sure I would prefer more coasters but I am a fan of flumes and these type of rides. All of these people complaining about it being just another log flume apparently did not go to the CP web site and check it out. This is not no ordinary log flume! CP knows what they are doing and usually hits a home run when they add a new attraction! Way to go Cedar Point!

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 11:14 AM

DanLinden said:
Let me translate.
"Cedar Point can do not wrong, ever" - Jeff

You're being a confrontational ass. If you haven't seen the countless rants I've had about the park, then you have selective reading skills.

The public will eat this up and not care about what a bunch of whiny enthusiasts think.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 11:15 AM

tambo said:
Agent -

The only thing that I have a problem with is the "drench" factor is still very much in play this addition.

Don't be too sure about that. A conversation I had last week indicated that they can control the wet factor as much as they want, and the intention is not to soak people. Don't forget that WWL had a "waterfall" as well, and it wasn't a deal breaker.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 11:15 AM

Woo!!! Who else is excited? I found it strange to have the first drop towering over the final drop, although that makes things different, I suppose. To me, Shoot the Rapids will be a refreshing alternative to the two other water attractions that the park has to offer.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 11:19 AM

DejaVuNitro said:
Strange note- Does anyone else think it will be strange to embark on a flume ride with ten riders rather than the standard two to four people? It will definetly change the expieriance a bit. Kind of like floating in a Disaster Transport car.

That's kind of funny :) Very interesting way to describe it.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 11:20 AM

First, I'll say the ride looks good. A good fit into the area and a good fit into the mix of rides. Yay. I'll be there in May.

Second, if I'm disappointed it's because the ride was overhyped. Wherever that hype may have come from. I don't buy the idea the CP never creates hype, only enthusiasts. Regardless of where is comes from CP can at lease control it to some degree. Certainly they knew it was overhyped. I think the phrase "family ride" was just used by CP about 2 weeks ago. And "it's not a coaster!" was only used 45 minutes before the announcement. If they would have said these things or something similar, sooner maybe we all wouldn't be disappointed.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 11:25 AM

Speak for yourself. I'm not disappointed.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 11:26 AM

Jeff said:
Speak for yourself. I'm not disappointed.

Jeff, That makes 2 of us!

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 11:28 AM

CP's marketing group set out to hype their new attraction. That's what they do. That's what they're supposed to do. These days they have Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and such to do that with. The chosen medium doesn't dictate the size of the announcement.

The rest really was left to the recipient. Folks who are drawn to coasters let their imaginations take them to hyped up places.

I don't think it's reasonable to expect a park to make an announcements like "New Addition in 2010!!! (but don't get too excited...it may not be what you think...)"

Last edited by Carrie M., Thursday, September 3, 2009 11:33 AM
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Thursday, September 3, 2009 11:29 AM

Let me clarify... I'm not disappoint with the ride. I'm disappointed that my expectations were built up so high.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 11:30 AM

I think the ride will be a great addition for the park. It looks like a lot of fun.

That being said, my only concern about the height requirement that hasn't been set yet. If this is indeed a ride for the whole family, then hopefully it won't have a 48" height requirement.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 11:36 AM

Doesn't surprise me that enthusiasses would bitch about this. Same reaction when SFGAm put in a Splash Battle.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 11:39 AM

I like the idea, and concept. One question...at $10.5M, wouldn't that seem high for "just a flume with themeing?" Are there actually animatronics used with this ride? Seems to me that the cost is related more to the themeing/adventure of the ride, not the ride mechanism itself.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 11:40 AM

Looks like a great ride for the family, and I love how it interacts with PWE. My only concern is how it is going to interact with the general "watching" public. It seems pretty hidden, and you'll have to be riding PWE to view the big splashdown. Love bringing the old name back.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 11:44 AM

I've ridden Pilgrims Plunge at Holiday World and using that as a guide and as Shoot The Rapids' closest relative... I assume the boats will be the same. Which means the restraints shouldn't be an issue. Pilgrims Plunge has a 48" height requirement. And even as 'the world's tallest water ride' it's not a drencher. So I don't expect that Shoot The Rapids will be either.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 11:44 AM

Bewitching Tim said:
People complain about WWL being removed and now their is a new flume they complain again.

For the most part it's not the same people.

Coasterfreakfromeriepa said:
Jeff, That makes 2 of us!

Me too.

Chitown said:
Doesn't surprise me that enthusiasses would bitch about this. Same reaction when SFGAm put in a Splash Battle.

It doesn't matter what a park builds. There will always be a line of people waiting to complain. They could hand out $100 bills as you walk into the park and there will be people complaining. "This park is too crouded!"

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 11:45 AM

I've been telling some roommates and other college friends about the announcement of Cedar Point's ride for next year. I told them all to check it out on the website for themselves, (trying to be as unbiased as possible.) It's the same reaction...

"That's it?"

I'd have to say whether you're an enthusiast or not, or whether you've heard the hype, this ride seems pretty bland. I wasn't expecting a high-class roller coaster, but certainly more from a family attraction than just a log flume with a couple of drops. Still, an excellet addition for families and maybe the final turning point in Cedar Point's change in theme from a atmosphere of intense, thrilling roller coasters to a park that focuses on a softer, relaxing family get-away.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 11:46 AM

My first thought: Where's the water coming from? If it's from the lagoons count me out!

Otherwise looks like a good addition to the park.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 11:47 AM

Haven't we established that college kids and teens are not the target audience here, let alone the only people who ever visit the park? They're probably react the same to the Snoopy ice show, but there's little doubt in my mind that was a good idea as well.

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