Knott's Berry Farm to close Perilous Plunge

Posted Wednesday, August 15, 2012 8:57 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Perilous Plunge at Knott's Berry Farm is about to make its last splash. Knott's management said Monday that the ride will shut down for good following Labor Day. About a year after it opened, restraints failed to keep an obese woman in her seat, resulting in her falling to her death.

Read more from The Orange County Register.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012 9:00 AM

Without a sensible boat redesign, it should've been removed a decade ago. Is Hydro still running at Oakwood?

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012 9:36 AM

Yeah, but apparently it's called Drenched now.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012 10:05 AM

And those ots restraints sure must hurt when you hit the water!

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012 11:00 AM

Forget about the restraints; consider the climate for a minute! Wales is far too cold for a ride like that. I've never ridden for that reason, despite having been to Oakwood at least five times...

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012 11:03 AM

The misses and I did the Discovery Channel film shoot when PP first opened. We spent most of the day getting drenched when the temps were barely breaking 60 degrees F. We haven't been back on it since, figuring that we had ridden it enough. Even before the accident and the five point harness' that the state made them put in, and later the new boats it was a slow loader.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012 1:31 PM

Yah, once was enough for us. Can't wait to see what they have in store for the area. I would be thrilled if whatever the project is, it includes a lot of concrete removal. The area is like a parking lot. And with the improvements to the rest of the park, it stands out like a sore thumb now.

By the way, the walkaround talent is awesome. With Disney raising prices and having done DCA plenty of times this year, next year will probably be a Knott's pass year.

My 6-year-old just had hist first ride on a woodie: Ghostride. Hoooooo-weeeeeeeee! :)

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012 2:28 PM

Congratulations. Big step!

He (she? I don't know) also has one credit that I don't :(

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012 3:01 PM

It will be interesting to see what they do with that area. Skyrush(west) perhaps?

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012 3:40 PM

Wow a lot of haters for this ride! This surprises me, what's the difference between PP and Tidal Force or Snake River Falls?

People are talking Giga to replace this. That'd be cool!

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012 4:18 PM

How close can an unsecured worker get to the edge of a 100' (30+m) fall? This close...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rollergator/3879661647/

Remember, Hydro ejected a young girl who was anything but "obese" - quite the opposite.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012 5:17 PM

I get vertigo just looking at that. I'm fine with heights as long as I'm secured to something. Standing at the top of what amounts to a water slide of instant death with no safety equipment... *shiver* do not want.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012 9:18 PM

bjames said:

Wow a lot of haters for this ride! This surprises me, what's the difference between PP and Tidal Force or Snake River Falls?

People are talking Giga to replace this. That'd be cool!

Perilous Plunge: 121' tall, 115' drop, 78-degree drop

Snake River Falls: 82' tall, 80' drop, 50-degree drop

Tidal Force: 100' tall, 45-degreed drop

Plunge is also the only water flume in the world with underwater electro-magnetic brakes (basically LSM's manufactured for submersion in water), originally designed to adjust the volume of the splash by increasing or reducing the speed of the cascading boats. This was so the park could adjust how wet patrons would get based on the time of year.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012 1:45 AM

Rumor has it, that Plunge is getting the RMC Iron Horse treatment. :)

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Thursday, August 16, 2012 2:41 AM

Yeah, but you've got to remember that it used to be when a horse was too severely injured, they would just shoot it.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012 2:13 PM

Mike Gallagher said:

Congratulations. Big step!

He (she? I don't know) also has one credit that I don't :(

Thanks. "He" grew quite fast this past year. Last year his biggest ride was Thunder Mountain....then TOT, California Screaming...and then Boom, Ghostrider and Montezuma's Revenge. I would have been too scared to get any of those credits at that age.

Next summer we'll see y'all in Santa Clause (and definitely here at Knott's).

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