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.
728,000 Gallons of Chlorinated, Filtered Water! So even if it's source is the lagoon it won't be green! :)
There are some people who enjoy water rides and will like this addition. There are some people who do not enjoy water rides and won't ride this addition. I happen to be in the latter camp, and there's nothing wrong with that.
It seems as though these days so many things are filled with hyperbole. There are a lot of things that are blown out way out of proportion (swine flu, anyone?) that things aren't seen for what they really are. This is a water ride that will incorporate some themed elements. Will this be the second coming of Splash Mountain? Probably not, but even I recognize that this is something that Cedar Point needs in their lineup.
For the non-water ride person this does have a huge benefit in that it should cut down the amount of people in the Maverick and MF queues. This is particularly true on warmer days, which is when you need that the most as crowds are usually much larger during those times of year! There's a little something in this for everyone.
Wow. And here I thought it looked pretty cool.
Did anybody ever stop and think that maybe the CBuzz community isn't the only group of people ever reading the blog? Perhaps a bunch of average-joe parkgoers check it out too. A bunch of us might say it was overhyped, but we're the people used to the Intimidators and Mantas of the world. To the rest, and I might add majority, of the park-visiting public, this may very well have met, if not exceeded, their expectations.
Well, at least I hope it did.
Count me as part of the group who really likes this.
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.
Actually, given the coasters that have been built have not gone anywhere, I'd think it probably moves them closer toward being both an intense thrill-seeking park and a family get-away destination. It doesn't have to be either/or.
James Whitmore said:
Let me clarify... I'm not disappoint with the ride. I'm disappointed that my expectations were built up so high.
Let me do some clarifying for you.
That's your own damn fault for reading into things too much.
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.
I wondered that myself.
I found this at the end of "Facts and Stats" page:
Water Volume: "728,000 gallons of chlorinated, filtered water"
Back in the day at KI, one flume (Keelboats) appeared to use "pond" water, while the other (Kings Mill) appeared to use filtered water. We always preferred the Kings Mill flume for that reason.
Disclaimer: This attraction is not to be excited about. For 2010 Cedar Point is adding a standard log flume. Nothing unique just a few dips and water features. This is nothing to change your travel plans for, its just there if you feel like riding.
We all have expectations, but Cedar Point never mentioned that this ride was going to be a coaster. Why do you think they created such a hype? First us enthusiasts decided to go crazy upon land clearing which could've been easily for a new junkyard if they wanted to. Therefore, part of their marketing promotion could've been to keep the attention on them and excitment high. Hence, what marketing is supposed to do.
In my opinion, this is a great addition to the park. Think about it. With a few exceptions there are no log flumes very similar to this one. I was critical of the second drop being smaller until I realized the unique rapid/fountain effect at the bottom, so now im most excited for that element. The other waterfall in the layout is something also not found too often on a flume. In addition, Jeff is every bit right that they can control the soaked factor. An example was at DL when my group was the only ones on Shipwreck Falls when we barely got a sprinkle. They asked us about it and sent us around again to be delivered with a soaking. So I see a unique, exciting flume where the rider get wet but not soaked like giant flumes or river rapids.Last edited by AJFelice, Thursday, September 3, 2009 12:05 PM
Just so long as my son, who is just a smidge under 42" can ride this, I am excited! Count me as the target market for this ride, you know the "family" with the disposable income who is not afraid to drop money in the park, even the prices are outrageous, and who spends more money during their 2-3 trips a year than the 5 teenagers who visits 30-40 times a year do combined.
My wife and I lamented the loss of WWL and Geuga Lake's because those were rides that we could do as a family. My son is getting too big for the kiddy rides but is still a little ways away from the coasters, though he wants to ride them badly! This is the kind of ride that is going to get us back to CP next year.
It is disappointing to go to Disney and have my son to be able to ride every attraction at the four parks except 5 at his current height, and then come to CP and be extremely limited by the restrictions. This past summer when we brought him, it was "How about that ride, Daddy? What about that one, Mommy?" We had to keep telling him, maybe next year or in two years, or longer for a lot of the coasters.
This is a perfect for addition for me and my family. Sorry it's not your rollercoaster that you wanted, but somehow I think CP will survive!
I like it, great addition along with being a great family ride along with being a great option on a hot summer day. I also think this ride will offer a variety various views of the park.question, is the paddle boat going to go under it or are they doing away with the paddle boat. Either way works for me just curious, I did read through the press releasefairly quickly so I missed that forgive me.
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.
I like this idea.
To take it a step further, I'd like to see the "wet factor" on water rides be tweaked, depending on the current temperature. I love taking my family to KI in October when the weather is cool, but getting soaked is not much fun then.
They could have a pointer sign at the entrance: "You will get -soaked-splashed-sprayed" letting guests know what they are in for. This prevents unhappy guests walking around saying....
"I didn't like getting soaked from head to toe on water flume 2".
I know I probably won't ride it since I don't like to walk around drenched.
I'm pretty sure Cedar Point will have "family dryers" located around the exits of this ride and SRF to accommodate people who don't like staying wet.
If they told people up front it was going to be a water ride and announced it before the other two much larger anouncements then I don't think people would have gotten their hopes up so much for something great.
It's my understanding that they will add more Haystack Dryers to that area, as the one they have is apparently in continuous use.
Regular Guy said:
Just so long as my son, who is just a smidge under 42" can ride this, I am excited!
Cross your fingers on that one. WWL was a true log flume and my kids were able to ride it as long as they could walk. I have yet to see a ride that uses OTSR's have a height restriction less than 46" (Iron Dragon). I haven't been to every park on the planet so maybe somebody else would know of OTSR's for a 42" ride?
As for the ride itself, I am thrilled, and my son who is a massive water ride fan will be thrilled as well. I found it funny that I mentioned in the other thread the old STR and how it was a double flume. Lo and behold I get a NEW STR! :)
TomLast edited by LdScotsman, Thursday, September 3, 2009 12:35 PM
Are the boats going to be like the Pilgrims Plunge boats? Pilgrims Plunge has a 48" requirement.
For the record, the ride does not use OSTRs, they are lap bars the open and shut from overhead instead of in front of your seat.
I haven't been to every park on the planet so maybe somebody else would know of OTSR's for a 42" ride?
Doesn't Big Bad Wolf have a 42" height requirement?
One thing I wish they would add to this area is a changing rooms with benches and maybe more lockers as well. If you want to change now it is in the bathroom which is not set up very well for this.
I assess from most of these replies that the disappointment doesn’t come from the type of attraction. Many seem happy with the addition, just not the execution.
My disappointment comes from the viral marketing. I made a judgment from viewing the comic, the note in the bottle, the Whyte Lightning advertisement that there would be more of a theme incorporated into the attraction. Not on a Splash Mountain level. But not too far off.
Based on the marketing, am I way off base for thinking this thing was going to have somewhat of story line? I guess so.Last edited by d_port_12E, Thursday, September 3, 2009 12:50 PM
How do you even know the theme/story is so lackluster? The ride hasn't been built yet, so far as I can tell.