Cedar Point announces 'Shoot the Rapids'

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Cedar Point announces 'Shoot the Rapids'

Postby dp45879 » Sat Sep 05, 2009 7:11 pm

SANDUSKY, Ohio – Grab your paddles and climb aboard the newest river-ride adventure this side of the Appalachians! Shoot the Rapids, an all-new family water ride, will rise above Cedar Point’s rustic Frontier Trail when it makes a splash on Opening Day 2010.

During the 2,100-foot-long journey, adventurers will travel through a wooded area and around an illegal still used for brewing sweet-tasting elixir, all while encountering surprise water elements and special effects. Guests will navigate the waters aboard a 10-passenger boat. Riders will be seated in five rows of two and will be secured by individual over-the-head lap bars.

The excitement builds when the boats ascend one of two lift hills. The first and largest hill will be 85 feet tall and will drop riders down onto Millennium Island at a 45-degree angle. The second hill will be 49 feet tall and will end with a dramatic “shoot” through water rapids and rockwork.

Guests on the Frontier Trail can keep their feet planted on dry land and watch as riders complete their wet and wild trek down the final drop.

“Shoot the Rapids will instantly become a family favorite,” said John Hildebrandt, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. “Our guests wanted another option to cool off on warm summer days. We listened, and Shoot the Rapids will deliver the perfect combination of refreshment, thrills and new memories at Cedar Point.”

Shoot the Rapids will cost more than $10.5 million to build and will be the most expensive water ride ever built at Cedar Point. It will have a capacity of approximately 1,200 riders per hour. The ride will last three minutes. A rider height requirement has not yet been determined and will be released at a later date. The ride was designed and manufactured by IntaRide LLC of Glen Burnie, Md., the same company that built the Maverick, Top Thrill Dragster and Millennium Force roller coasters and the Thunder Canyon river-rafting ride.

Ready to take a ride? Please visit cedarpoint.com for a computer animation of Shoot the Rapids, plus construction updates and photos, a live construction webcam, video blogs and more.
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Re: Cedar Point announces 'Shoot the Rapids'

Postby MozzMarr86 » Sat Sep 05, 2009 8:30 pm

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Re: Cedar Point announces 'Shoot the Rapids'

Postby Kozmo 1 » Sun Sep 06, 2009 7:26 am

I think we all expected this. I'm glad they're getting this rather than some gimicky roller coaster....although a GCI would have been great since I think a nice wooden twister is the only coaster they're really missing.

A well needed replacement for WWL...though I don't see why they couldn't have kept WWL and built Maverick where Shoot the Rapids is going.
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Re: Cedar Point announces 'Shoot the Rapids'

Postby Fun » Sun Sep 06, 2009 9:10 am

WWL was falling apart by most accounts.
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Re: Cedar Point announces 'Shoot the Rapids'

Postby Yoshi » Mon Sep 07, 2009 10:15 pm

Looks like a cool ride, the only thing I don't like is that from the video if that waterfall is in the actual ride you are going to get soaked. I usually skip rapid rides and splashdown boats at parks because you get soaked but like the log flumes because you just get some water on you (Thundercreek Mountain being the excpetion since you get soaked on that as well).
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Re: Cedar Point announces 'Shoot the Rapids'

Postby Kozmo 1 » Tue Sep 08, 2009 2:13 pm

Right on...I don't ride rides where you get soaked either at least 95% of the time I avoid them. I think I've only been on one ride where you get soaked (Roman Rapids @BGE) in the past 3 years.

Who knows though...you can never really rely on those animations. I also hope there's a little more themeing involved.

The other thing is how it's being marketed as a "Family Ride" but they haven't issued the height requirment yet. But based on the boats and restraints I would guess it would be 48" which would not make it a real family ride....but I guess we'll see.
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