CF Hates Log Flumes - Carowinds Latest Victim

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 4:08 PM

According to Screamscape Carowinds will also be losing their log flume.

http://www.screamscape.com/html/carowinds.htm

How many major parks out there still have their log flumes? I would think these types of rides are so popular that it would be a staple for parks, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

~Rob Willi

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008 4:10 PM

I'd be willing to bet that Knott's will be keeping theirs for the long-haul.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008 4:40 PM

Isn't Knotts contractually obligated to keep theirs, and as is?

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008 4:48 PM

Hmmmm... I have no idea. I've never heard that, but that doesn't mean anything. My point is that the KBF flume is arguably the best one around. To remove it would be one of the worst decisions in the history of the amusement industry.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008 5:03 PM

Has the flume at MOA been changed yet? It was still the same old flume that was eerily similar to Knott's Flume last year. With the Nick retheme has it changed?

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008 5:05 PM

What is this...FlumeBuzz? A park is removing a log ride in order to build a B&M hyper like Behemoth and Diamondback and coaster enthusiasts complain? Am I missing something?

Besides, who needs flumes so long as there are plenty of coasters at the park?

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008 5:24 PM

Here's the rub, I DO love coasters, but I also try to enjoy anything else that adds to the, ahem,"CHARM" of the park.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008 5:37 PM

When I visited KBF in February, I rode Timber Mountain for the first time. I fell in love with the theming, and I made sure to tell the older gentleman operating the ride. He proudly informed me that when Cedar Fair bought the park, one of the stipulations was that they couldn't touch TMLR. I don't know if it's true first-hand, but the man seemed quite certain of it. I'm guessing there's a good chance he's worked at the park long enough to have been there for the park sale. He certainly wasn't some slouching teenager (let alone the Lemon Chill guy).

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008 5:59 PM

MagnumsRevenge said:
Has the flume at MOA been changed yet? It was still the same old flume that was eerily similar to Knott's Flume last year. With the Nick retheme has it changed?

The log flume at MOA Nick Universe hasn't changed since the retheme to Nick. Then again it really wasn't themed to Snoopy before that either.

Last edited by beast7369, Wednesday, December 10, 2008 6:00 PM
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008 8:39 PM

MiA still has one. It's not the most exciting one you've ever been on, but it's a flume.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008 8:51 PM

SFGAm still has 2 flumes.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008 12:16 AM

...and SFGAm has what to do with Cedar Fair? ;-)

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Thursday, December 11, 2008 12:39 AM

HeyIsntThatRob? said:


How many major parks out there still have their log flumes? I would think these types of rides are so popular that it would be a staple for parks, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

~Rob Willi

Is it making sense now Moosh? :)

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Thursday, December 11, 2008 9:20 AM

Ah. In that case SFMM has two as well (but the park still sucks!).

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Thursday, December 11, 2008 10:12 AM

The first generation Arrow flumes are wearing out. Is S&S willing to build replacements? If not that leaves Hopkins and Intamin. Need I say more.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008 10:17 AM

Ensign Smith said:
I don't know if it's true first-hand, but the man seemed quite certain of it.

But how many people are SURE that Demon Drop (and later Power Tower) scalped a girl?

How many people are SURE that a MF train flew off into Lake Erie?

How many people are SURE that Magnum is sinking?

How many people are SURE that CP must be getting a B&M because CF has a 3 coaster contract with them?

I'm always a little hesitant when I meet someone at a park who is SURE about something. Especially when its someone I don't know.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008 11:34 AM

The thing I like about flumes is that they are mildly thrilling rides that you can take a 2 year old on. My son Jacob, and I marathoned HW's Frightful Falls for hours this past summer, he loved the big drop at the end. I understand Knott's, MIA and KI also have theirs, but we've seen CP's, GL's, VF's and now Carowind's flumes disappear. My thread title is simply poking fun at CF :)

Actually now that I think of it, MiA's and GL's flumes didn't have a minimum height requirement and I was able to take Jacob on those as long as he could walk on his own. It's just fun to take him on them and am hoping that my other son Alex can enjoy these when he gets a bit bigger.

~Rob Willi

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Thursday, December 11, 2008 11:59 AM

I would agree with you, Rob. It's something that the whole family can enjoy. While I am not a log flume fan, I can see where they would be missed.

Come down to Camden Park sometime! They still have theirs and there are plenty of rides that Jacob would enjoy!

-Tina

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Thursday, December 11, 2008 12:12 PM

I would not count on Hopskin building any flumes soon! Hopskin was bought by Reverchon (yeah, the same guys who invented the Crazy Mouse and built WDW Primeval Whirl and KW Exterminator) and unfortunately, Reverchon went under a few years ago. They're just getting started up again and few major parks are willing to trust them, as they went into chapter 11/reorganisation for no reason, taking parks money down with them and leaving them with no rides.

Its interesting for Disneyland Paris, as rumors of a Splash Mountain there are getting strong, but, with Hopskin out of the picture, it only leaves Intamin to build the ride.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008 12:27 PM

Since it got mentioned in the other thread, a quick shout-out to Buffalo Bill's interactive flume...maybe that kind of "upgrade" (a la X2, Medusa, RoS) could get flume rides back into the mix? I know capacity is often an issue, as is maintenance, but flumes ARE the kind of "all ages" attractions needed in the Shapiro era... ;)

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