The world's firsts water coaster was not actualy Atlantis,it was infact the world's first steel coaster,The Matterhorn at DisneyLand. I've looked at several pics and the ending has a splashdown at the bottom.
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A "water coaster" is a hybrid between a log flume and a rollercoaster. There is a log flume section (no track) and then a rollercoaster section (or the other way around). Just because there is a splash down dosen't make it a "water coaster" (in the general context)
There are splashdowns on wooden coasters also, I believe there is one in the US. As far as I know there are only three true water coasters: Journey to Atlantis, Buzzsaw Falls, and the new one in Europe.
During that coasterthon they had on TLC, they showed how it worked. Pretty simple, though I don't remember it too well. Just think of the ends of the tracks like cones and the car is lined up with it and on it goes. Similar to how rapids gets the boats onto the lift, it "lines it up" so it'll fit right. That's what it basically does.
Now, how to they take care of splashdowns on woodies? Must be hard.
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I heard that mantenience on Matterhorn was pretty tough. You can imagine what immersion in water every few minutes will do to metal coaster parts!
I don't really consider it a water coaster, however. It is just regular track which is a little below the water's surface.
Some people call Perilous Plunge a water coaster. I'm not one of them, but I can see why they say that. The only part of the ride whice is actually in water is after the drop, the only time its not on a track is on the turnaround into the station.
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It works like this. The boats have wheels, the wheels are the three normal coaster wheels, except they are on the side of the boat instead of under it. it uses the underwheels and guide wheels when floating through the water, but when it gets onto the track, it's like a tapered track at the beginning so it can get into position where the wheels are, then it gets to normal size so the wheels fit around it. then it moves like a coaster. It's very cool. If I go to Sea World over winter break, I'll take some pics of JTA and put them on a website. It makes a lot of sense if you really think about it, it's very hard to explain. ----------------- Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable?
Valleyfair Fan, Saw Mill Slpash is not a coaster, it's a rapids ride. Sorry.
Hey Conner, I thought that "splashdown" was a simulation. Just like the splash that Anaconda makes when it goes underwater. Can anyone confirm that it did indeed go underwater. I have a hard time believing that wood track being submerged would work.
Matterhorn really does go through the water. As far as I know, it's the only one that REALLY does. Can anyone offer solid evidence of another genuine splashdown that currently exists? (Premier and Mack watercoasters excluded) ----------------- - Peabody
The splash down on Disneyland's Matterhorn is actually designed as a braking system to bleed away excess energy from the cars as they finish up the ride.
So, in that respect, it's a good thing; and isn't detrimental at all.
As far as water coasters are concerned - I was under the impression that they still ran on a track at the bottoms of their larger drops. I'm not really familiar with them, so does this mean to suggest that there are other, log flume-like parts of the ride?
PointMan, I got to ride Blazing Fury in '80 (World's Fair trip), thought it was a great fun dark ride/coaster...I'd love to ride it again. ----------------- PoTP acolyte - remove fear to reply Son of Drop Zone - PKI CoasterCamp I Champions!!!