Cedar Point's White Water Landing flume ride will close at the end of the season, after giving 28 million rides since it opened in 1982. The park is offering an official last ride contest.
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And for a swing ride that esentially does the same thing as MaXair? Oh well, no use crying over spilt milk.
White Water Landing was one of the first, if not THE first, Arrow "Hydro-Flume" rides...that is, a flume ride that includes a Hydro-Jump. That's the ramp at the bottom of the long drop that causes the boat to lift out of the water and hydroplane for a couple hundred feet. Prior to White Water Landing, most flumes just buried their noses in the water at the bottom of the long drop.
Kings Island took theirs out to make room for their Giant Top Spin in a Box; Cedar Point is now taking out White Water Landing...
To the best of my knowledge, Hersheypark still has the Coal Cracker. How many more of these things are still running? Cedar Point, Kings Island and Hersheypark...possibly Le Scoot at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, but I am not sure if that one is a Hydro-Flume or not...those are the only ones I've actually ridden...
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
It does seem odd for Cedar Point not to have a "log flume" type ride, they seem to be an amusement park staple. They used to have two (Mill Race and WWL)... Granted, they have Snake River Falls, but that is a completely different experience than riding a log through the chutes.
I wonder if they'll get a smaller flume ride to replace WWL at some point. Heck, considering the size of WWL, they could probably part it out and make several "normal" sized log flumes...
As I said over at the pointbuzz...I think a "waterworld" type area of the park could be established back there that would incorporate Snake River Falls, Thunder Canyon, a water coaster and perhaps a new flume. Install some water cannons on the midways and let non-riders interact with riders. Put big signs up at the bridge near Snake River and further down the trail stating that you will likely get soaked if you enter that area of the park.
For people who do not want to get wet...build a bridge/midway through Millennium Island so that people can divert away from the splash zone. And, heck...let people wear bathing suits in that new area of the park.
If you do something like that you are able to involve all of your guests...even those non-riders and it would be something you can't find at any other theme park as far as I know.
I thought those were words enthusiasts put in his mouth?
Ohh well, progress must happen.
Why are some assuming what replaces it won't be family-friendly?
Oh and RideMan, Cedar Point's White Water Landing isn't the first Hydro Flume, or even among the first. Those rides didn't really sell that well back then....But the first one went into Six Flags Magic Mountain 10 years before White Water Landing in 1972 by the name of Jet Stream. It's goes by the name of Arrowhead Splashdown now.
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