KBF Perrilous Plunge Review

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Friday, September 15, 2000 10:24 AM
Q: How does a roller coaster enthusiast take a shower?
A: PERRILOUS PLUNGE!!!

10 weeks and a whole bunch of headaches later than planned, Perrilous Plunge opened to the public today at 10:00 am. There were very few people waiting at the front gate, can you say *soft* opening for a one of a kind attraction? Anyway on to the review...

There is a TON of water flowing down the drop of this thing, so much that it spills over the sides and drenches those who would be unlucky enough to be waiting in the queue below. I was on the first boat open to the public, front row. The restraints are standard Intamin lap belts and lap bars. The ride up is quite slow, which gives you plenty of time to think about the drop. I kept having to remind myself that "This is a flume ride, this is a flume ride." Then there is the drop, WOW!! Much like MF, you cannot see the track (flume) until the boat is on the steepest part of the drop. Also while going down, you are being pelted in the face by the falling water going down the drop in front of you. AMAZING airtime as you go down as well. A huge out-of-your-seat experience. Then be prepared to get absolutely soaked from head to toe as the splash rains down on top of you.

My screen name is Soggy, but I should change it to Soaked after this one.

All in all, a great way for a coaster fan to cool off in the summer. Of course there is nothing after the drop, but what a drop!! It was sunny and warm today, so if you are in SoCal, get over to KBF, and take THE PLUNGE!!!

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Gotta ride 'em all! *** This post was edited by Soggy on 9/15/2000. ***
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Friday, September 15, 2000 11:11 AM
Hey, if your park has to have a flume, you might as well not mess around. I'm sure this ride will be a winner in the hot summer California sun!

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Jeff
Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
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Friday, September 15, 2000 2:16 PM
I was there too since I decided to skip work and head out for... "Perilous Friday". I got there at about 9:50. The crowds were extremely light. Maybe about 100 people at the front gate.

After I entered I headed straight to Perilous Plunge. I had to fight the urge to run, since I always get in trouble for that. I got to the queue line, and was surprised to see the waterfall still spilling over into the queue. I made a break for it and ran under the falls, which got me wet right from the start.

I braved the queue and headed right up to the loading area. There was one other person in front of me, we both selected the front row. Riders trickled in for about 5 minutes, and they waited since they wanted a full boat for the Television camera's. I ended up sitting next to Soggy. Then we were off. The lift took about 60 seconds. IT was extremely quiet, and the tension was great. After the lift was a great fake out where the boat acts like it's going to stall, then into the turnaround.

As we neared the edge of the drop, I realized how steep it was, wow! As the boat tilted over, we seemed to be going vertical, as tiny fleck os water pelted us from the waterfall, then drop! Splash! Wet! and I mean WET! I was soaked to the bone and I was wearing work clothes (since I had ditched). It was amazingly wet. After the bridge, the turnaround into the station went slow. On heading in, we saw one of the Intamin guys there, and I told him "Great Job" to which he responded with a wave. There was no one in the queue so they let us go again. This time Jack Falfas was there to see us off. Up, turn, drop, wet! But what a rush. After only two rides I was sufficently wet for 4 hours.

I headed off after the second trip, and watched the boats from the side. It truly is an amazing ride. I hope you all get a chance to ride it soon!

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Tim Santa Cruz
californiacoasternews.com
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Friday, September 15, 2000 3:21 PM
I was going to post a TR, but you guys have said all the things I was going to say. Unfortunately, I arrived at the park a little bit later than you guys, but the park was empty all day. Looking at that drop as you pass Windjammer, I began to get so pumped!

The lift hill is very slow which I loved. So much anticipation is built as you head over the turn-around that people actually began to yell and scream at this point. And then... WOW! It feels like your dropping off the face of the earth! I couldn't see the bottom of the drop because my face was totally filled with water. The air on the way down is incredible. Knott's has yet another winner on their hands, and for once I didn't mind getting wet.

On another note, a new source claims that Knott's has already begun planning their next coaster, and that we will see it sooner than most people have been saying. A great half day at Knott's!

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You may get wet on this attraction, you may even get drenched! But can you survive the PLUNGE?
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Friday, September 15, 2000 4:49 PM
Well, it was nice meeting you, Tim! I should have taken a stab and just shouted "Who is here from Coasterbuzz?" Oh, well.

I was "taking an extended lunch hour" from work, had to dry off (at home) before returning. I will often skip the "get you soaked" boat rides, but this is a must do!

I guess sooner or later one even bigger will be built somewhere else. Hope all the bugs are out of the design!

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Gotta ride 'em all!
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Friday, September 15, 2000 6:03 PM
I really wish I could have met you guys! Oh well, there's always the coaster solace next year!

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You may get wet on this attraction, you may even get drenched! But can you survive the PLUNGE?
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Friday, September 15, 2000 10:21 PM
The rumor police has it that Knott's will get a hyper in a few years.

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Randy Hutchinson
You build it, I'll ride it
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Monday, September 18, 2000 10:42 AM
Hey guys, a quick questions, did they plan on having all of that water dump into the queue lines or is it a design flaw? It seams like if the queue was full of people, it would be very uncomfortable having all of that water dump on you.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2000 8:33 AM
Design flaw? Possible, more likely poor location of the queue. I know that the amount of water flowing down the chute is adjustable. Most likely the water would be turned down on colder days. As for hot days, (like the past week) I expect there to be plenty of water falling from the chute onto the queue, most people would welcome the pre-splashdown shower. (since it has been 90+ degrees the past week)

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Gotta ride 'em all!
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Tuesday, September 19, 2000 10:38 PM
If this thing gets you wetter than Jurrassic Park at USH, then I'd better bring a rain coat. Can't wait to ride, I'll probably go to Knott's sometime in November after the Halloween crap is over.
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