Pilgrims Plunge goes vertical

Monday, March 9, 2009 5:01 PM

I've heard that they didn't want to run the risks associated with those way-steeper rides you find at other parks (read : ejection), so a nice straight slope from a thrilling height was the choice.

The only shot I've seen is from straight on, which makes anything look a lot steeper. Wait.... that bottom camera has a nice shot with more of a side view, and i'll be- it does seem rather steep! One thing for sure, from waaaay up there (and after a scary elevator ride) it's gonna seem steep enough for me!

And that queue house looks fantastic- it almost looks like they're putting up one of those fancy strip malls you see nowadays!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 6:35 AM

Mamoosh said: Well...the original design didn't include a tunnel. Maybe Will decided to go steeper?

The design always included a tunnel -- that part just wasn't included in the animation. ("Uh...insert 18 seconds of darkness here.")

The angle of descent remains 45 degrees as originally planned. Will wanted the thrill to be the height -- hoping the less-severe drop angle would be a little more family-friendly.

We top the tower on Friday. :)

Thanks, Paula

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 6:59 AM

If I recall, The Beast has a 1st drop angle of 45 deg and it seems steep enough. This is going to be one thrilling ride, and while drenching water rides aren't usually my thing, I can't wait for this one.

I wonder if it's coming any clearer how the ride will link up to Splashin Safari as well?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 9:42 AM

The design always included a tunnel -- that part just wasn't included in the animation. ("Uh...insert 18 seconds of darkness here.")

Darkness, eh? So that answers my next question, lol.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 7:06 PM

Ensign Smith said:
I sure hope they test it first.

Na, testing is for squares. ;)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 11:44 AM

Only if it was a B&M flume ride . . .

Friday, March 13, 2009 5:12 PM

The tower and drop are complete...HOLY $#!7!

Friday, March 13, 2009 5:41 PM

Hooo boy. That looks like fun. :)

Friday, March 13, 2009 5:59 PM

I really had no idea it would look like that. I am SPEECHLESS! Actually it scares me just to look at it, but in a good way!

I will be one of the first ones to take the "plunge" at HWN! It looks SICK! :)


Wednesday, March 18, 2009 3:40 PM

Will gets down on his hands and knees to give a tour of the just-arrived boats in today's videos.

Thanks, Paula

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 3:59 PM

^^I now have an even better idea of what the OTSR's look like!!

Not bad...not bad...a lot less cumbersome than I was envisioning!! :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 5:05 PM

^^Thanks Paula! When it comes to revealing details about Pilgrims Plunge you sure know how to whet our appetite! ;)

Thursday, March 19, 2009 12:34 PM

How will the bailing holes work? I was under the impression on "regular" boat rides like this, that the big lift hill put the boat at an angle allowing the water to drain out the holes in the back.

On this ride since you don't have the standard lift, is there another place where the boat gets tipped back to drain (loading dock?, before the vertical lift?), or do those bailing holes work in a completely different why then I have always thought on these rides?

Last edited by cpubradley, Thursday, March 19, 2009 12:35 PM
Thursday, March 19, 2009 12:53 PM

My guess would be the boats are designed to self-bail when in a level (floating) position and will do so whilst making their way back to the station post-plunge.

(If I'm wrong I'm sure Paula will chime in!)

Thursday, March 19, 2009 7:31 PM

As they head back into the station, there's enough of an incline that the boats will drain.

Thanks, Paula

Thursday, March 19, 2009 7:33 PM

The bottom left hand picture shows how I thought these are bailed:

Going up the lift, water draining out the back...they must have redesigned these boats to self bail somewhere else.


Thanks Paula - noticed your rely as I was posting this....

Last edited by cpubradley, Thursday, March 19, 2009 7:34 PM

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