Cedar Point's White Water Landing at the end of its run

Posted Thursday, October 13, 2005 10:49 AM | Contributed by Jeff

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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Thursday, October 13, 2005 4:34 PM
Now that I have children who will be 7 and 2 the start of next season, this is a great disapointment. It was the first "big" ride that my oldest went on and one of the rides the whole family could ride.

Maybe they'll move it to Geauga Lake, but I doubt there is room where the current flume is. Maybe somewhere else in the park.

P.S. I hate the Snake River Falls and Pitsburg Plunge like rides of the world. If I want that wet, I'll just jump in the lake.
*** This post was edited by PerrysburgGuy 10/14/2005 8:57:28 AM ***

Thursday, October 13, 2005 4:39 PM
^ "one of the rides the whole family could ride." Ding, ding, ding...we have a winner.
Thursday, October 13, 2005 5:09 PM
wow.. no one has said, even in jest, the most obvious comment:

"We've known they're junking WWL.. that's where they're going to put the dueling flyers, ya know!"

Seriously, though.. I'd support the whole water-area concept.. it would give people who don't want to spend more money for soak city (or only want to spend very little time that would not make sense to drop money on the separate gate) an alternative. And for the record, I think you are allowed to wear bathing suits in that area with the water rides (I remember seeing signs as I was heading toward Millie saying shoes and shirts were required in that area of the park... similar to how Dorney has signs leading away from their WWL/Thunder Canyon areas). Perhaps I read too much into those signs and assumed that the area before those signs was a bathing-suit-allowed zone.

Thursday, October 13, 2005 5:55 PM
You are right Millrace. It's staying till it's sold.
Thursday, October 13, 2005 6:05 PM
Well that's the third flume they've gotten rid of at that park. White Water Landing replaced an earlier *in house" built flume on the same site called Shoot-the Rapids which was a great flume as well.*** This post was edited by Thrillerman 10/13/2005 7:08:03 PM ***
Thursday, October 13, 2005 6:32 PM
Umm WWL replaced Shoot the Rapids, the best thing about white water was the view, particulary watching the sun go down on the lake,
Thursday, October 13, 2005 7:07 PM
My bad...I meant to say White Water Landing. I'll edit that little snafu above.
Thursday, October 13, 2005 7:28 PM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar I could really care less. I am not a log flume person so it's no heartbreak to me. The Screamin Swing is a blast and I would much rather see one of those in WWL's place.

As far as removing Demon Drop, now THAT will tick me off. I might even have to boycott CP altogether if THAT happens. ;-) :-D


Thursday, October 13, 2005 8:09 PM
This does really disappoint me. WWL was always a great ride, because it was a wet ride you could ride without actually getting very wet. I know when my family goes up we never ride Snake River Falls or Thunder Canyon because they either have too long a wait or its too cold. WWL was the perfect mix and possibly my favorite non-coaster ride in the park. I'll miss it.
Thursday, October 13, 2005 9:50 PM
WWL has been a great ride since its debut in 1982 but I am guessing there are great future plans for the area WWL currently occupies.

I was one of the first riders on WWL when I was a seasonal employee in 1982 and it has always been a favorite and must ride since then. I think Old Timer Tim and I rode in the same boat along with other employees of the Western Cruise when employees test rode the ride in its first season before the park had opened for the season. I also remember how innovative the revolving platform was in the station when the ride opened and guests reaction to the "moving" station. Later, as a supervisor and manager, I was involved in helping during the "pond cleaning" nights during the season when the pond was drained and cleaned by employees after park hours.

Thanks WWL for the great memories and rides given to satisfied guests.


Thursday, October 13, 2005 11:06 PM
I will definatly miss this one. One of the best memories I have from WWL was the nice and quiet nighttime ride my girlfriend and I had during one of the ride nights for employees this past summer.
Friday, October 14, 2005 8:11 AM
^ Hmm...let's not go into too many details on that one. But, I appreciate the sentiment.
Friday, October 14, 2005 9:10 AM
I promise we kept it clean :), Besides there are employees watching the ride from a couple different platforms through the ride.
Friday, October 14, 2005 9:25 AM

I think that CP could hardly stand to lose one of their few "family" attractions but I suspect there is something in the works that will appeal to more than just the coaster fanatics. Perhaps they have more than 1 something in the works.

I certainly hope so, too.

Why are some assuming what replaces it won't be family-friendly?

I wouldn't say that I'm assuming it, but I am concerned that the *immediate* replacement might not be as family-friendly as WWL was. I'm not sure that whatever is going to go back there is going to be ready by the '06 season, and if that's true, we're down one very family-friendly ride to be replaced with another ride my kids aren't yet tall enough for.

The park has not added ANYTHING family-friendly since 1999. Granted, 1999 was a boom year for families (Camp Snoopy), but since then the park has added: Millennium, Wicked Twister, Dragster, and Maxair. One of those has a 48" limit (and is intimidating to many eligible kids); the rest are at least 52".

During that time they removed one Dodgem (no huge loss family-wise, as there is another one), Schwabinchen (48" minimum, IIRC---again, not strictly "family friendly"), and the Swan Boats (definitely family-friendly).

If you want to count the ice show (and you could, it's good), then that was added in '01, I think.

In the past several years, it seems that the park has gotten a bit "out of balance". I personally believe that's one reason why attendance has gone down some in the past few years.

Friday, October 14, 2005 10:59 AM
^Having a 6 year old, I too believe the park is "out of balance." Luckily, she made the 48" mark this year and was willing to ride everything she could (including MF). She was 3 the first time we took her to CP and after that day I said I wouldn't take her back until she hit 48" and didn't.

WWL is a huge loss to the "family" sector. Not only is it a great ride for the whole family to ride but it provided a nice view and didn't get you completely soaked like their other 2 water rides.

And this Screaming Swing for next year still doesn't make sense to me. If you really think about it, it does the same thing as maXair except it doesn't rotate. Why would you install very similar rides like that back to back? I'd honestly like to hear a good logical explanation on this one because I can't think of one other than they could use a ride (any ride) back in that area of the park. Please help me understand. Someone? Anyone? Bueller?

I just hope that the plans for 2007 include a not so wet flume. Yeah a roller soaker coaster would be nice, but again you get absolutely drenched on those things. Not everyone wants/likes walking around in wet clothes/shoes all day long. I will give kudos to CP for at least letting people remove their shoes and wearing bathing suits on the rapid and shoot-the-shoot rides. Very few parks allow that.

Friday, October 14, 2005 12:03 PM
I'm really going to miss this ride myself. I think Cedar Point is going way off balance when it comes to adding family attractions. I really hope they replace this with an even cooler water ride, but one that doesn't leave you with soaked drawers to walk around the park in. I like a splash, not a soak. Second, I really hope they don't mess around with the high trees in that section of the park. It took years for them to develop and create the feel that is there now. If I wanted to feel like I was in a parking lot, I would go to Six Flags.
Friday, October 14, 2005 12:37 PM
Mamoosh's avatar The removal of WWL is a huge temporary loss to the family sector. We don't know what's being put in its place. Heck, it could be a slew of family-oriented rides! Bemoan the loss of the ride if you must but let's not put the cart before the horse in assuming a thrill ride or two will take it's place.

*** This post was edited by Mamoosh 10/14/2005 9:37:07 PM ***

Friday, October 14, 2005 12:52 PM

Is one of the flumes at Six Flags in Chicago the Hydro-Flume type?

Yes, Ice Mountain Splash/Yankee Clipper is a Hydro-Flume.

Friday, October 14, 2005 1:39 PM
I hear you, 'moosh, and I hope (and suspect) you are right. However, while past performance is no guarantee of future returns, I still wonder whether the park that added four rides in seven years that no one else in my family will ride understands that they can't keep doing so forever.

The good news is that they *do* understand that on the out-of-CP side of the business. Castaway Bay? Literally made for families with the design of the waterpark plus all of the suite and bunk-bed lodging options. Soak City? Most recent addition was a very family-friendly activity tower+splash bucket.

So, I'm optimistic, really. But, the park today feels unbalanced, and that's before removing WWL, so there's a ways to go. Alternatively, I can just hang on another year or two, and I won't have to worry about it anymore. ;)*** This post was edited by Brian Noble 10/14/2005 1:39:33 PM ***

Friday, October 14, 2005 2:30 PM
rollergator's avatar Moosh said: "let's not put the cart before the horse in assuming a thrill ride or two will take it's place."

CP is taking Knotts' horse-drawn carriages? ;)


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