Cedar Point Removing Shoot The Rapids
Cedar Point’s wet and wild attraction that was a hat-tip to a former ride in the park is likely to also become a distant memory. According to a report from the Sandusky Register, Cedar Point is in the process of removing it’s 5 year old Shoot The Rapids water ride located in Frontier Town. Since the ride opened in 2010, it’s received lackluster reception from park guests and had a high profile accident in 2013 when one of the trains malfunctioned and flipped over injuring numerous guests on board. The cost of the attraction was $10.5 million dollars. Shoot The Rapids is still listed on cedarpoint.com under the “Water Rides” section; Snake River Falls and Thunder Canyon are the other water attractions Cedar Point offers.
Our focus is on the construction of Valravn, our record-breaking dive coaster. We have not announced any changes regarding our current ride line-up. -Tony Clark on Shoot The Rapids report
Despite the non-confirmation of the demise of ‘Rapids, there’s been a lot of commentary from fans about the ride having many mechanical problems and the over experience compared to other water attractions. There are many who frequent Cedar Point and state they have never rode it or only rode it at least once. As we overviewed a year ago, Cedar Fair is certainly making decisions based on the Ridership numbers that rides churn out each season. According to the Akron Beacon Journal, Cedar Point will reveal it’s game plan for 2016 at the Winter Chill-Out ticketed event happening on February 20th at the park. The original Shoot The Rapids was in operation at The Point from 1967-1981 and featured two trains riding simultaneously.
This does present an opportunity for America’s Roller Coast to bring back a log flume ride, such as Mill Race which was removed to make way for Raptor in the early 1990’s. That was a fan favorite and operated in the park for 30 years. Another ride that gets a big nostalgic reaction from fans is Paddlewheel Excursions, which was in the park under numerous names from 1960-2011. The Los Angeles Times did an in-depth article on Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimet’s desire to bring back rides that previously operated in it’s park to keep a family-friendly appeal. Cedar Fair was keeping it’s eyes as wide open as Europe to seek classic rides that may come back to it’s portfolio.
What are your thoughts about this news? Would you want another water/family ride that harkens back to Cedar Point’s past or have something that increases the thrill options in Frontier Town? Nonetheless, it appears Cedar Fair is committed to staying up on trends and meeting the demand of it’s valued guests. Let ‘er rip with your thoughts and comments below and on our socials!
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