Pink Floyd Fanatic
Saturday, January 18, 2003 2:26 PM
When I visited IOA three years ago just after it opened as a brand new park. I remember the both the Popeye's raft ride and the Dudley DoRight Falls were by far the very best and surprisely the most intense in their class. Especially surprising is when rides are themed to children's cartoon charactors that some of these rides are almost beyond family rides. Even tame water rides are fun but its a bonus when they provides a few thrills. A thread on RRC a short while back mentioned about the extreme airtime on DDRF @ IOA but I don't remember it being overly severe although surprisely good with floaters not found on most log flumes. I have hear rumors about the ride being toned down. Anyone knows if it's still the same wild ride I rode in January 2000? BTW Splash Mtn at the neighboring WDW is my #2 flume and #3 was the flume at Campy Snoopy in MOA.
Saturday, January 18, 2003 3:37 PM
I don't think it's toned down because I rode last I time I went to IOA in Nov. 2000, It was still thier. The best airtime I felt on a ride so far! But I could be wrong.
Saturday, January 18, 2003 3:49 PM
Yes DDRF has the best airtime in the park in my oppinion. It has as good and sometimes better airtime than Fire Dragon. Its my favorite flume yet because of the last drop. There have always been rumors of IOA reprofiling the last drop so its not so steep but I highly doubt that happening since that would require an extensive overhaul and lots of money.
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Pink Floyd Fanatic
Saturday, January 18, 2003 3:56 PM
I thought the best airtime @ IOA was either on TIH coaster or Dr. Doom. I remember the speed bump DDRF amd it seems to have a floater. No other flume I've been on has a speed bump. This alone makes it the world's greatest flume ride. Now if IOA would build me my airtime filled heavily theme Heide Park's Colossos clone with a 72+ degree first drop I'd be in heaven since EVERYTHING IOA does is VERY HIGH QUALITY!!! They just need my big Intamin woodie!!
Saturday, January 18, 2003 6:33 PM
Dr. Doom's FearFall has amazing airtime. I've been on 4 different S&S towers, and this had double the airtime of the others. P.S: The others include Power Tower at CP, Dr. Doom's FearFall at IOA, Detonator at WOF, and Scream! at SFNE.
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Saturday, January 18, 2003 7:24 PM
Dudley hasn't been towned down, the air is still as intense now as it was back in May of 99. The only thing I've seen a bit different with Dudley is that the effects on the dynamit shed and dock don't seem to always be working.
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Saturday, January 18, 2003 7:27 PM
IOA easily has the best water rides in the country
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Saturday, January 18, 2003 7:36 PM
Yes, the best combination. But nothing can beat Perilous Plunge's drop & EJECTION (literally!) air.
Saturday, January 18, 2003 8:17 PM
I couldn't agree more - the water rides are the best part of IOA.
I think the Popeye-themed raft ride is certainly the finest inner tube amusement ride in the industry. The engineering of the ride is perfect, including the surprisingly steep "drop" that comes near the end of the ride. The theming is excellent, and no details were overlooked, from the well-planned ride itself to the queue line (the window with the word "GOONS" painted on the opposite side is very funny).
The DDRF (Dudley Do-Right Falls) was closed on my second trip to IOA (the park had just opened on my first visit). DDRF, while certainly not as well themed as Splash Mountain at Disney, and not as thrilling or frightening as Sea World's Atlantis, is the park's heart and soul; this centerpiece attraction embodies the fantasy and adventure which are the park's hallmark. The final drop, well-coordinated with sound affects, as well as the "bunny hop" element at the end, is very well planned and executed.
Whenever I've visited IOA it has been hellish hot, and although it's painful, to say the least, to wait for the water rides, it's worth it.
Sunday, January 19, 2003 10:52 AM
There most definatly is airtime on Ripsaw Falls, I remember coming off quite stunned from what I witnessed and even needed a second ride to confirm what I experienced, it certinatly is quite amazing, Quite possibly the only Log Ride you can ride in the world and come off saying GREAT AIRTIME :)
I also agree that the Rapids is a fantastic ride, I was quite literally blown away by it, and couldnt believe the amount of themeing gone into it, however the thing I love about it is when you go up the lift hill, everyone is really enjoying themseleves and having a laugh when all their faces turn to absolute shock when they see THE DROP, absolutly brilliant, You may get drenched on this ride, but OH MY it is sooooooooo worth it :)
Sunday, January 19, 2003 11:40 AM
Bilge Rat Barges is one of only a few rides where I actually get butterflies in my stomach before riding. It is such a rush. The best rapids ride in the world.
Is the flume Mack, by the way?
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Sunday, January 19, 2003 12:00 PM
I THINK the flume is Intamin, but I am not certain.
Sunday, January 19, 2003 2:29 PM
Dudely and Bilge Rat are the finest of their kind. I think I did hear something about some minor recontouring at the bottom of the main drop on Dudley, but I don't know if that is correct. I'm not sure that if this was the case if it was indended to tone anything down or to deal with mechanical issues.
Monday, January 20, 2003 3:55 AM
My last trip to IOA, I was the only person in the boat on Dudley. I was not allowed to ride in the back row - the ride op said "for safety reasons"... Maybe this is IOA's alternative to toning down the ride.