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 12:54 PM

I guess I don't yet. But the rendering isn't helping.

Thursday, September 3, 2009 12:57 PM

Yes, I was right! I thought it would be one of these things. It should help the family atmosphere.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 12:57 PM
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I am surprised nobody has asked this question:

Will it have a continuously moving load/unload platform like Pilgrims Plunge?

As well, Tony since you are monitoring comments here...can you say if there will be additional animatronics of the Canfield's and McGee's around StR, especially during the slower flume sections of the ride to create more of an immersive experience into a story?

PS. Does anyone doubt the power of 3 now??? ; )

Thursday, September 3, 2009 12:59 PM
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Regular Guy said:
Just so long as my son, who is just a smidge under 42" can ride this, I am excited!

I hope it has a low requirement as well. Though with Pilgrims Plunge being 48", I won't hold my breath. Cedar Fair (and I believe Holiday World) always follow manufactures requirements. Which is why the Racer trains were turned back around to face forward.

LdScotsman said:
WWL was a true log flume and my kids were able to ride it as long as they could walk.

WWL was a 46" height requirement or accompanied by an adult.

Rugrats Runaway Reptar has a 44" minimum requirement.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 1:03 PM
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Coasterfreakfromeriepa said:
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.

They did the changing room stuff three years ago... it's in the former Frontier Lift building between Skyhawk and Mine Ride.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 1:36 PM

Thanks Jeff! I never ride Mine ride so I never walk past that area. I always go from Maverick to Millie or vice versa with sometimes a stop at Skyhawk but that one path I never go on.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 2:12 PM

Looks to be an excellent addition! Based on the video, I think it may be possible it will use a cable lift system on each lift? Intamin used it on a Shoot the Chutes once and they had no issues there.

I guess the shape of the boats will mean that riders won't get soaked and the water effects could be turned down.

Thursday, September 3, 2009 2:18 PM

Gary Dowdell said:

Doesn't Big Bad Wolf have a 42" height requirement?

...and there we have it. Haven't been there in 10 years so I forgot about the 42" for BBW. Thanks! Of course as PGS pointed out, and after rereading the release it says "Individual over-the-head lap bars with hand grips", no mention of shoulder anywhere so that makes a difference.

Jason Hammond said:

WWL was a 46" height requirement or accompanied by an adult.

Yeah, sorry, I did forget to point that out. My son got to ride it during it's final year of 2005. He was only 2 1/2 but it was the beginning of a long and loving relationship with water rides for him.


Last edited by LdScotsman, Thursday, September 3, 2009 2:27 PM

You have disturbed the forbidden temple, now-you-will-pay!!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009 2:22 PM

OK, so it's not another (record-breaking) coaster. But I'd figured that anyway. And every park - major or otherwise - should have a great flume ride. It's just the law. In my own quiet way I'm kind of looking forward to this.

And......CP must have something REALLY special in mind for 2011 :)

Thursday, September 3, 2009 2:27 PM

Jeff the only reason you're not disappointed is because you knew about it way before it was announced (and probably before CP started posting things on Twitter or Facebook). Put yourself in the shoes of an enthusiast who doesn't have an inside connection to the park. CP way over-hyped this. "Big Announcement!" "Gee-See-Eye?" "Not taking the Beemer for a spin today" Come on, anyone who reads those kinds of things thinks they're going to be getting something big and not just a flipping log flume.

Say what you want, but I give it 20 years max before it's ripped out. It's a garbage addition and it's not going to have a line at all after the first week in July.

Thursday, September 3, 2009 2:36 PM
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I don't wear enthusiast shoes. It has nothing to do with how long I've known. I think your prediction is completely wrong and without merit. What park has ever had a flume that wasn't popular? The only reason they've been disappearing over the years is because most are falling apart.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 2:41 PM
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I am excited to see the new ride! I miss WWL. I hope they can turn down the water effects on the cool days! Thats Ohio!

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 2:43 PM
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Bear said:
"Big Announcement!" "Gee-See-Eye?" "Not taking the Beemer for a spin today" Come on, anyone who reads those kinds of things thinks they're going to be getting something big and not just a flipping log flume.

So you got messed with a little bit. If you didn't buy in, then you wouldn't be disappointed.

The moral of the story is... don't be a tool and you'll never have to worry about being put in a toolbox! ;)

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 2:54 PM

Conditioned water or Lake Erie water......
Lake Erie water is cold and semi sedimentary..
Conditioned water is cleaner and can be heated by having the splashdowns in shallow concrete pools to get the thermal transfer from the sun to heat the water...
My bet is conditioned, Bring on the Bleach!

Thursday, September 3, 2009 3:09 PM

Now I get why they are doing this addition. The park needs a flume like this. Just answer me this...

If this ride is being pushed for families (which is great) then why is it going to have a theme of making moonshine (which is illegal) and children really shouldn't be seeing or watching?

Just curious.

Carry on.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 3:14 PM
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Please tell me you're not trying to say the age-old stereotype of the backwoods, rural, country type brewing his own drink in brown bottles marked "XXX" is inapproprite for children...please.

Where do I turn in my enthusiast card?

Thursday, September 3, 2009 3:17 PM

I'm just saying, that I don't think as a parent that children should be watching people make moonshine. I never said it was once backwoods or rural or country. I called it illegal, which it is.

I am not an enthusiast by any means. I like parks, shows, coasters. I like everything, not just coasters.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 3:20 PM

It looks like the only record the ride breaks is the "most expensive water ride built at CP"

It could be a decent ride. The location of the entrance would drive traffic towards the shops on Fronteir trail. I gues it'll be one more ride added to Group Untility's "Bikini Run."

I jusy hope they've got a coaster in the works for next year.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009 3:25 PM

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.

Not if you consider Knott's Berry Farm dropped $9 million on a bare bones figure-8 shoot-the-chutes back in 2000 (albeit the world's tallest and steepest at the time).

What's with this stereotype that flume rides are "cheaper" than roller coasters? These things use high-tech water pumps, filtration systems, heavy duty conveyers, and other parts that can drive up the construction and manufacturing prices. $10.5 million for Shoot the Rapids doesn't seem astronomical.

Last edited by kRaXLeRidAh, Thursday, September 3, 2009 3:28 PM
Thursday, September 3, 2009 3:27 PM

Lord Gonchar said:
Where do I turn in my enthusiast card?

The same place you pick up a Flash Pass.


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