Cedar Point reportedly removing Shoot The Rapids

Posted Thursday, February 11, 2016 2:21 PM | Contributed by matt.

Sources tell The Sandusky Register that Cedar Point started to tear down Shoot The Rapids on Tuesday. The park would not comment.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 2:29 PM

A few previous posts in general...


Thursday, February 11, 2016 2:45 PM

New for 2017 at Dorney...

Maybe Dorney will also improve their interview process by requiring applicants to assemble boats out of Lego. The ones who get hired are the ones who can assemble boats that actually fit in the pre-made chutes and don't flip when they go through turns.

Last edited by sirloindude, Thursday, February 11, 2016 2:47 PM
Thursday, February 11, 2016 4:19 PM

Actions speak louder than words. Just about sums up CF's relationship with Intamin. Cut your losses and move on!

Thursday, February 11, 2016 4:57 PM

As many of you know, I really really enjoyed Shoot the Rapids. I'm crushed about it, but at the same time, It's a business decision and I have to move on. I know everyone on here is happy and I say good for you! I just hope whatever goes in the area, they keep the scenery as pretty as it was when Shoot the Rapids was there. That's all I have to say for now.

Thursday, February 11, 2016 5:20 PM

I'm sorry for you, Shawn Meyer, I really am. I'm well old enough to know the heartbreak of seeing a favorite ride demolished or removed. It's happened for me many times. (Hell, sometimes an entire favorite park goes.) And for whatever reason, good or bad, it still sucks.
Hang in there.

Thursday, February 11, 2016 6:30 PM

I wasn't aware it was still experiencing problems. What a shame.

Thursday, February 11, 2016 7:07 PM

When your concrete trough has no elevation for your water ride, there's always a problem.

Thursday, February 11, 2016 8:19 PM

Wish I had taken the "plunge" at least once - always seemed too cold to ride when I was there (for a Floridian).

Only once did I actually walk up to it intending to ride, but no one else in our group was interested...

Thursday, February 11, 2016 8:42 PM

Tekwardo said:

When your concrete trough has no elevation for your water ride, there's always a problem.

I don't know what you mean. Please explain further.

Thursday, February 11, 2016 9:03 PM

Water flows down. Everyone but Intamin learned this in elementary school. The ride was designed with a trough to be filled with water to transport boats. Except water needs elevation changes to flow. Using pumps to try and keep water moving is asinine. The concrete troughs were not designed with an elevaton change and thus the water did not naturally flow.

Thursday, February 11, 2016 9:12 PM

I see. But the ride worked for a while, so obviously pumps *were* enough to keep it moving.

Thursday, February 11, 2016 9:13 PM

The question is, will it be sold for scrap like the Holiday World ride? I'm betting it is.

Thursday, February 11, 2016 9:20 PM

"Moving" is a relative term. The ride plodded along at a dismal pace, and that's being kind.

Let's also not forget that (aside from the accident), the middle row of the boats were still not able to filled. Ever. After all this time. Ever.

And let's also not forget the painful jolt at the bottom of both drops.

And the ridiculous restraints.

And the over-engineered boats with pumps to drain the water when simply letting water drain out naturally via gravity works just fine.

I was selected to be at the commercial shoot for this ride. We had just moved to NE Ohio, and I signed my name up on a whim since I had never done such a thing. The best part, oddly, was the waiting around and the chance to be at Cedar Point before it opened and get a sneak peak at the backstage of park operations; all things I had never had a chance to observe.

After hours of waiting, I finally had my chance to get on a boat and give it a whirl. The ride's removal was a wish of mine ever since that initial and nearly 7-minute voyage. Completely disappointing. It just didn't work out, and I applaud CP for having the nuts to cut their losses and simply move on.

I don't see any other option aside from scrap, really. It's stock is about as valuable as Johnny Manziel's.

Last edited by OhioStater, Thursday, February 11, 2016 10:16 PM
Thursday, February 11, 2016 10:29 PM

It's Intamin, so I'm not surprised at all.

The only two things I care about is:

1. Will they replace it with a proper flume ride?

2. Will Paddlewheel Excursions ever return?

I never got to ride StR. I walked by it during Halloweekends once. Not only was the ride's technology sucky, but the layout was just plain stupid. I still have no idea why anyone thought it would be a good idea to put the largest drop first, and a drop half it's size as the finale. It was not well planned out at all.

Hopefully something good will eventually come of this.

Last edited by LostKause, Thursday, February 11, 2016 10:42 PM
Thursday, February 11, 2016 10:59 PM

...and there was much rejoicing!!


Thursday, February 11, 2016 11:12 PM

I stated this in my last forum post, and I'll say it again, I think it's not only a good idea, but a needed removal as well. There are next to no spots avavliable for any big new rides at the park, but if they are doing this, and I hope they do, it would open a great spot for IMO a B&M Flyer,. It's one of the few steel coasters types that I think will not only be a good crowd pleaser, but one that the coaster community would love as well and could be a very unique and awesome experience, even though I personally want a woodie of some sort, since the park is clearly lacking in that department, but there's always Evil Streak :)

Thursday, February 11, 2016 11:26 PM

Everyone saw this coming.

Thursday, February 11, 2016 11:32 PM

Friday, February 12, 2016 12:17 AM

^Lol you can see and smell the bullcrap even now.

Last edited by CoasterCritique, Friday, February 12, 2016 12:18 AM

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