Shoot the Rapids: "The boats didn't fit the flumes"

Posted Tuesday, May 11, 2010 12:44 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Cedar Point is still opening Saturday, but its new Shoot the Rapids attraction won't be along for the ride. Engineering problems with the ride -- the boats the passengers ride in were too long and didn't fit the flume -- forced the park to delay the ride's debut by two weeks.

Read more from The Sandusky Register.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010 5:10 PM

RideMan said:

I don't know if it is still going on now as it did when the ride was at Geauga Lake...

But does the Dorney ride still have downtime in order to keep Wicked Twister running? I know that for a while, I understand that the holding brake contactors had been removed in order to keep Wicked Twister's main drive running. Something about Intamin not being able to produce parts and not being willing to divulge the OEM...

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

The holding brake has been used when the ride is open, I just think it is that the ride is a lemon. Besides all the times I have been to the park with it closed, there have been quite a few times the ride has been running only to break down while I am in the station or I see it running when driving into the park but later in the day when I get to the ride it is closed.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010 8:35 PM
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FLYINGSCOOTER said:
LOL, this sounds like This Is Spnail Tap: The Ride! These boats are one-bigger!

I had the same thought, but different scene. Perhaps the blueprints showed the boats' length in feet rather than inches.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010 9:32 PM

Actually, the Mickey's Fun Wheel was built by Swoboda, who went bankrupt while the wheel was being fabricated. Intamin purchased them, took ownership of the project, and shipped it with Screamin'.

No more Swoboda.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010 10:59 PM
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Intaminlover said:


Your talking about Premier as if they are perfect yet they've had two of their coasters torn completely down b/c they didn't work right

I agree with you there. Premier is far from perfect. But its your sentence below that made me chuckle a little.

Intaminlover said:
Iso sick of hearing about the lap bars on Intamin coaster/rides whenthey work/ed fine for normal people how was intamin suppose to knowAmericans were going to be stuffing 300+ pound cows onto their products.

Cows? Really? A little insensitive, no? But, thanks for shaming me into not getting a second helping of dinner. Mooo!

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010 11:36 PM
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The only thing being fed around here is a troll, Delan. lol


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Thursday, May 13, 2010 9:53 AM
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He seems not to realize that Intamin sets the boundries on who should be able to ride. If they didn't want cows riding, then they should have made the parks aware. First time someone got shucked for being too large for the restraint it was still Intamin's fault, unless the park was going against Mfg. specs.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010 10:47 AM

^Well when it takes two ride ops to shove the lap bar into place then yes I would say that's going against the MFG. specs. It was known to the ops that cows shouldn't be riding but they let it go trying to not hurt the cows feelings and you see what happened, The Cow flew over the moon!

LostKause "The only thing being fed around here is a troll, Delan. lol"

What are you looking in the mirror eatting again LostKause?

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Thursday, May 13, 2010 10:59 AM

Not to re-open old wounds or anything...but before you make accusations, consider some critical facts--

But Intamin's lap bar uses an all-hydraulic locking system which will lock into any position. There is no obvious limit of any kind to indicate any minimum locking position, and there is nothing in the design to inhibit cycle start if the bar is not past a certain point. You can run Millennium Force (for example) with the lap bars completely open.

When a rider was lost from Superman: Ride of Steel at Darien Lake, there was no safety belt.

(In my personal opinion, there is a design issue with the Darien Lake coaster which resulted in the failure of the lap bar on that ride to contain the rider. In my opinion, this particular issue does not exist, and has never existed, on Millennium Force.)

When riders were lost from Perilous Plunge, Hydro, and Superman: Ride of Steel at Six Flags New England, safety belts were in place and were fastened.

The rider who was lost from Hydro was of below-average size.

Superman: Ride of Steel, Millennium Force, and Top Thrill Dragster represent three different iterations of the Intamin seat and lap bar combination. Furthermore, the configuration used on Millennium Force has been modified. In photos, it appears that Expedition GeForce has had at least two, possibly three seat and lap bar configurations, and it appears that the trains may have been replaced.

So if a rider physically fits into the seat and can move the lap bar to some position where it will lock, how is anybody to know that he is not adequately secured for that ride?

--Dave Althoff, Jr.


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Thursday, May 13, 2010 11:04 AM
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I don't really see the need for referencing people as cows. I think your point can be made without the "bovinity."


"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

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Thursday, May 13, 2010 11:16 AM
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RideMan +1

IntaminLove-30

Oh, and Travis, you betta stop eatting!

Go back to Theme Park Revenue, Troll.


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Thursday, May 13, 2010 12:58 PM
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The more time goes by, the more I start to envision Kinzel as the real life Mr. Magoo.


I hate people. But I love gatherings. Isn't it ironic?

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Thursday, May 13, 2010 1:02 PM
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Now THAT'S funny! I wonder how many people around here are actually old enough to remember who Mr Magoo is.

Any idea of what is being done to modify the boats? Seems moving the wheel units in or out may help in cresting the lift but would screw things up for catching the lift or the roll out of the drop.


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Thursday, May 13, 2010 1:21 PM

There are other problems that the lift configuration.............

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Thursday, May 13, 2010 5:06 PM

Can someone please explain to me the difference between IntaRide and Intamin again? It's the same company but...


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Thursday, May 13, 2010 7:18 PM
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IntaRide is the American branch, IIRC.


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Thursday, May 13, 2010 9:16 PM

obxKevin said:
Now THAT'S funny! I wonder how many people around here are actually old enough to remember who Mr Magoo is.



I'm sure there's a few of us, but let's try to forget that big-screen version a few years ago..I believe it starred Leslie Nielsen, but I may be wrong.

Did I do the quotes correctly?

As I look, I guess not. Dave Stroehm tried to help me, but I can't get the hang of it.

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The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

http://support.gktw.org/site/TR/CoastingForKids/General?px=1248054&...fr_id=1372

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Thursday, May 13, 2010 10:23 PM
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Your quotes look fine to me.

Push the Quote link in someone's post, or push the quotation marks in the rich text editor, and copy and paste what you are quoting. Just make sure that what you want in the quotes fit between (quote) and (/quote), except the parenthesis in my example should be the boxy parenthesis beside the "P" on your keyboard.

I'd say just play around with it until you get it right, but to me it looks like you already go it right.

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I remember watching Mr. Magoo when I was a little tyke. It cam on Saturday mornings at 6am. It was the first cartoon of the day, and I really didn't like it after I figured out that it was the same joke over and over.


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Friday, May 14, 2010 12:23 AM
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Here. Don't say I never gave you anything. ;)


I hate people. But I love gatherings. Isn't it ironic?

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Friday, May 14, 2010 12:49 PM
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LOL @ my inbox:

(From Intaminlover) First off you North Carolina redneck heck where the most expensive thing in your trailer and the entire trailer park is the PC your using to talk **** on, YOU can go suck a big fat aids infested dick. You! TPR and Coasterbuzz can all suck an fart out of my ****in ass you stupid bastard!Tekward should be more like cumwad, please don't make me stalk you down at your home park and or some stupid enthusiast event and beat the living ****ing hell out of your punk bitch ass, trust me it's very ****ing possible bitch. Your probably some 13 year old fat queer anyways bashing intamin because your fat ass can't fit or scared your going to be the next fat bitch ejected lose some weight you ****ing blob. Your a piece of afterbirth your diguesting.

My diguesting is just fine, thanks. How's yours

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Friday, May 14, 2010 12:55 PM
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That's frightening on so many levels.


"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

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