In my now-quite-tardy Trip Report for my SoCal trip, I'll be describing how Timber Mountain seduced my three year old son into loving The Big Drop, and Splash convinced him that the front seat was the right way to experience it.
If you look in my profile picture, you'll see him grimacing, smiling, holding on for dear life, and waving (per Mom's instructions) all at once. On arrival back home, he pronounced Splash his favorite ride of the trip. This is good, because his second favorite is Small World, and I don't think I could take one more boat trip around the World.
Just taking a stab here, but isnt' Splash a 53ft drop or something close to that?
If that's the case, then the actual record for a standard flumes might be the Great America flumes. Both parks opened identical set of flumes, which were supposed to be the tallest in the world at 60ft. Don't know if the record still holds, but the one lone log flume at PGA and the set of flumes at SFGAM might still hold the record for tallest.
I think that's true....the height from crest to valley is greater than 53 I believe. Edit - I stand corrected.....a 3 second googling made it look like it might be 53ft tall.
This brings up yet another debate.....the DL, WDW, and TDL versions (I've ridden all three :) ) are all different from eachother, both on the inside and the outside....I wonder if the drops are the same. *** Edited 4/5/2004 9:29:49 PM UTC by Peabody***
Moosh.....without getting into detail, I felt the DL and TDL versions had more cohesive storylines, there are a few minor scenes that are present in one and not the other, though. The animatronics and scenes do appear more elaborate in the TDL (in particular) and somewhat in the WDW one due to it all being made new, where the DL was a lot of recycled material (America Sings)
TDL's structure seemed to be on a smaller scale, where the actual ride seemed to be more expansive. It really had to be "shoehorned" in there due to space restraints. It also had the same boats as the WDW version (I strongly prefer over the DL version)
It's nothing drastic between any of them, it just seemed if the WDW was a slightly revised (and in some ways improved) over DL's original. After that TDL's version was a revised and improved version of WDW. They all had to deal with their respective space constraints.
The biggest difference....TDL's has a Japanese soundtrack :)
My favorite: TDL. While I couldn't understand the words, the upkeep and presentation are on such a scale (as with the rest of the park and rides) that it puts the American ones to shame.
Cant forget about Daredvil Falls at Dollywood as mentioned above. Dollywood bills it as the "largest waterfall ride in america" it does not have any tracks other than the few at the bottom of the plunge to keep the boats from hydro-plaining. And it's boats look exactly like WDW's Splash Mtn. *** Edited 4/6/2004 12:59:21 AM UTC by CoastermanX***