Water Splashes

Friday, December 20, 2002 5:21 PM
I was on RCDB and noticed that the Wildcat at Frontier City has, what looks like a water splash. Does it have a water splash and do they use it? Are there any other wooden rollercoasters out there with water splashes? Just curious.

Here is a pic of it.


Friday, December 20, 2002 5:51 PM
Wow.. I was on RCDB too and this exact pic came up for the random roller coaster thing (Love that thing!). Anyways, I was wondering what that was. Looked kinda strange.
Friday, December 20, 2002 5:57 PM
I don't think it is ever used (not sure it was ever even used). I do, however, know that the train comes to an almost complete stop right before the drop into that section.


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Friday, December 20, 2002 6:13 PM

Very interesting...

Reminds me of the wooden coaster ones in RCT ;)

With that game being based highly on real coasters (no fake elements), I bet at one time it operated with the splash.

I'd like to see one of those on a B&M invert ;)

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Friday, December 20, 2002 6:41 PM

Ouch, that would hurt if it was on a B&M invert!

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Friday, December 20, 2002 7:38 PM
Not only would it hurt, some people may walk off needing wheelchairs...
Friday, December 20, 2002 7:39 PM

It looks like in this picture from Lone Star Thrills that water jets spray the gawkers as the train hits the trough.

I seem to remember a few years back there was a coaster show that showed an actual water splash element on a wood coaster. Danged if I can remember the show or the coaster.


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Friday, December 20, 2002 8:09 PM

My thoughts exactly jimmybob. It seems more like an effect then the coaster actually physically going through the water much like the Hulk and Anaconda do. Definitely an unique design.

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Saturday, December 21, 2002 9:36 AM

ive read up on that coaster, ti at one point did use the water splashdown as a brake, sort of. it would slow the train down, the triin would go over the little bunny hill and stop smoothly into the breaks, now without the splash it stops almost completky at the top of the hill, goes down to where the splash wuold have been and slams into the breaks.

i belive they stopped using it because it was a matenince nightmare, and a pain in the *** to drain.

Saturday, December 21, 2002 10:42 AM
Its a shame that it isnt used. Water spa\lashes have a nice effect on rides like Blazing Fury at Dollywood.

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Saturday, December 21, 2002 11:10 AM
Yeah, Blazing fury uses a water splash inside the building Feels like mist from the ceiling.
Saturday, December 21, 2002 1:44 PM

The *splash coasters* I've been on are Blazing Fury and JtA. TSC and DDR are simply flumes with uphill sections, so I wouldn't include those, and Anaconda and Hulk are merely water effects, so they wouldn't really count either.

The splash ending is a great feature IMO, totally under-utilized...can't wait to try out BuzzSaw Falls...post-SRM trip....;)

Saturday, December 21, 2002 3:35 PM
Yeah, that looks like a "fake splash" Big Thunder Mouniain at Disneyland does a similar thing. If it actually got thr gawkers wet, then that would be sweet!

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Saturday, December 21, 2002 8:10 PM
The biggest problem I could see a wooden coaster that uses a water splash having, is that the water would rapidly deteriorate the track and rails. Also, they would have to drain the cars after every lap and the wheels on the trains would wear unusually fast.

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Saturday, December 21, 2002 8:36 PM
In the video I have (Roller Coaster Weekend 1 or 2 I believe) the track doesn't actually go through the water. It just dips down into a dry trough in the lake and jets are activated when the train goes by to simulate a splash. The train never touches the water.
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