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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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 ***
"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.
As far as removing Demon Drop, now THAT will tick me off. I might even have to boycott CP altogether if THAT happens. ;-) :-D
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.
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.
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.
*** This post was edited by Mamoosh 10/14/2005 9:37:07 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.
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 ***
CP is taking Knotts' horse-drawn carriages? ;)
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