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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The several times we visited CP that it wasn't too cold to ride STR wasn't operating. I don't know how unreliable it was, but it was while my family visited. That's why we never got to ride.
I'm sure there's already plans for the general vicinity of that area. Remember when Jason McClure tweeted this awhile back:
Maybe they just need a good log ride?? White Water Landing seemed pretty good years ago..
The park announced the removal of StR yesterday, along with other changes, some we knew about already. I didn't submit this to news because there was already a topic of discussion about it.
Weirdly, while I'm perfectly happy to ride 200-, 300- and 400-foot tall coasters, they'd have to pay me a lot of money to climb Valravn's life hill. I get uneasy climbing a 10-foot ladder.
All in all, they've got a lot of good stuff going on.
Busch Gardens Va. offered a morning tour that included a climb to the top of Griffon and I guess it was popular. Someone we know here took advantage of it and recommended it highly, I'm thinking it was Gonch. I don't know if they still do it. A hunch says no.
Anyway, I'm not much for climbing things either, but I'd feel a lot safer on the stairs of a steel coaster than I would, say, climbing the cables of the Brooklyn Bridge, which for some reason people like doing. I think it sounds more exhausting than scary, but I might do it once as a lasting view from the top of a coaster would be awesome. I bet this gets business.
Back to Shoot the Rapids, someone somewhere suggested a good replacement would be the return of the paddlewheel boats, and the more I think about it the more perfect it sounds. The location is perfect, a sorely-missed classic could return (they should call it Western Cruise), and family ride fans would be pleased. The midway theming is already there. It would necessitate the removal, or at least different access to the dinosaurs, but whatever about them anyway. A flume/dark ride like Timber Mountain on the island would complete the picture nicely.Last edited by RCMAC, Sunday, February 21, 2016 11:47 AM
Someone we know here took advantage of it and recommended it highly, I'm thinking it was Gonch.
The whole coaster tour thing was totally worth it.
And I knew there'd be a picture!
That's pretty high up there. What a view!
Busch Gardens Va. offered a morning tour that included a climb to the top of Griffon and I guess it was popular.
It was a fantastic tour. I really enjoyed it.
That said, we didn't climb Griffon - we travelled to the top in the maintenance car then got out and had a walk around. I'd have liked to go up the stairs myself.
Negative-G's Paul also took a tour of Griffon's high area. I wonder if you will actually ride to the top of Valravn too. It could be mistaken information.
As far as the person who said they could replace Shoot the Rapids with Paddlewheel, that was me (I think). Wouldn't it be a great idea? All new boats! Move the dock to where the entrance to StR is right now to solve the problem of people getting hit in the head from Dragster's falling cell phones. Better yet, offer to drop people off in two different places and make it a transportation ride. The lagoon is there. Just make sure that the entrance is in a highly visible area.
I once had a daydream about a Paddlewheel boat ride that had wheels and would drive onto the island. Then it got weird.
Ride the Ducks Cedar Point!
It would make sense to me if there was some type of way to move people to the top of Valravn. One of the things that quickly popped to my mind was having members of the general public just climb stairs to the top just seemed fraught with danger. Park mechanics are sure-footed and know what they're doing; it would be hard for the park to be sure people taking the tour could handle the physical or mental demands.
A Paddlewheel transportation ride would be cool.
So I bet everyone is happy now that Shoot the Rapids is being removed. They can remove Shoot the Rapids, but they can't take away my Blueberries!
Maybe there will be a Mourning Tour for Shawn Meyer.
^ I don't need a mourning tour. I'll be alright since there is 2 months until the season starts. Yes I'll miss Shoot the Rapids; but I'll be fine. Plus I have this on my signature on Pointbuzz that Rougarou is my new addiction at Cedar Point. I fell in love with Rougarou last year because of how smooth, fast, and how many G's it pulled. Plus It's a great picture taking roller coaster! I mean that as in from the ground.Last edited by Shawn Meyer, Monday, February 22, 2016 4:58 PM
My thoughts were that it could be possible to not completely remove STR; just the lift hills...and utilize the existing course as an enclosed boat/dark ride. It has an agonizingly slow, monotonous pace, but that would be a plus for a dark ride, and having an actual boat ride akin to Pirates of the Caribbean would be unique.
Fly in Bill Butler and the rest of Garner Holt to re-imagine the experience and it could turn a foul ball (no offense, Shawn) into a family-oriented home run.Last edited by OhioStater, Monday, February 22, 2016 9:58 PM
Ripcord isn't being removed, but with the trend of uncharge attractions getting put in the park it wouldn't be that difficult to move it into Shoot the Rapids place. Its unlikely Ripcord will be left alone with the rest of challenge park going, and making way for future construction.
Fly in Bill Butler and the rest of Garner Holt to re-imagine the experience and it could turn a foul ball (no offense, Shawn) into a family-oriented home run.
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