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Shoot the Rapids Update Soon!

From Cedar Point’s Facebook…


Cedar Point We’ll have an update in the next few days.

Sounds like this is good news!  We hope Cedar Point can get the ride open soon!

Cedar Point’s Shoot the Rapids water ride begins to take shape

Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio, – Midway through the winter on Lake Erie, construction crews on Shoot the Rapids, the new water ride at Cedar Point amusement park/resort in Sandusky, Ohio, are taking the park’s new river-ride adventure to a higher level.

Throughout the fall, crews cleared the 2.5-acre site and completed a majority of the groundwork — mostly below the surface.  Trenches were dug, footers for support columns were poured and waterlines for the ride’s landing areas and special effects such as geysers and water sprays were installed.

Now the crews’ focus is higher — about 8.5 stories above the ground.

Earlier this week, crews began erecting portions of the ride’s steel track.  Although Shoot the Rapids will be the park’s third water ride, it will still use steel tracks and two lift chains to carry the boats to the top of two hills, one of several exciting features of the ride.  The $10.5 million project will be the most expensive water ride ever built at Cedar Point.

“Planning and timing are crucial to any major construction project on Lake Erie in the winter,” said Ed Dangler, Cedar Point’s Director of Maintenance and New Construction.  “All the underground work has to be completed before the ground freezes.  Working on frozen ground takes a lot more time which adds to the cost of the project.  Plus, after the ride is built, there has to be time for testing and training before the ride can open.”

The ride’s first hill, its largest, will be 85 feet tall.  It will be three feet taller than the park’s Snake River Falls that opened in Frontiertown in 1993.  It will also be one of the tallest water ride hills in the world.  After plunging down the first hill, riders will travel through a rustic setting with wooded areas and canyon walls that spray guests with water.  The second hill will carry riders up nearly five stories before sending them to the ride’s grand finale — a splash landing through churning rapids and spraying water from all directions.

Before the track can be erected, several steel support columns, some as tall as 80 feet, must be lifted into position and bolted onto the concrete footers.  Overall, 18 steel columns will be required to complete the project.  Under normal weather conditions, Dangler expects the lift hills to be completed toward the end of the month.

At the same time the lift hills are being assembled, crews on the ground are framing and pouring the ride’s concrete trough.  When completed the trough will be nearly 1,500 feet long and will require more than 5,800 cubic yards of concrete.  The slope of the trough and the ride’s pumping system, consisting of 12 pumps, will move the boats along the 2,100-foot-long course.

In March after the ride’s structure has been completed, the electrical and water-pumping system will be installed and the ride’s loading station will be built.

After that, it’s weeks of inspections, testing and training so that Shoot the Rapids will be ready to provide a brand new and exciting ride experience for park guests on Saturday, May 15 when Cedar Point opens for its 141st season.

For additional information about Cedar Point and the new Shoot the Rapids water ride, please visit or call the park’s general information line at 419.627.2350.

Demon dropped, Rapids rising at Cedar Point

From the Sandusky Register


CP_Demon_Drop_12012009aConstruction and deconstruction was happening at the same time at Cedar Point in Sandusky on Tuesday afternoon.

The 131 ft. tall Demon Drop was dismantled in preparation for a move to Cedar Fair’s park in Pennsylvania, Dorney Park. It will take 18 semi truckloads to transport the steel structure to Pennsylvania, according to Cedar Fair spokesman Robin Innes.

CP_Demon_Drop_12012009bAcross the peninsula in Frontiertown, Cedar Point’s new attraction for 2010, Shoot the Rapids, is in the early stages of construction with footers being poured and water and electric lines being run.


Cedar Point’s Shoot the Rapids planned for years

From  The Sandusky Register


As Cedar Fair’s corporate vice president of planning and design, Rob Decker helps Cedar Point chart its destiny for years to come. But Decker says his wife finds out about new rides at Cedar Point the same way anyone else does — when the news is announced in the media.

“My wife never knows what’s going on,” he said.

It’s not as if Decker never speaks to his wife. Cedar Point’s plans for the future are kept quiet until the amusement park is ready to go public.

Cedar Point announced Sept. 3 it’s building a new water flume ride, Shoot the Rapids, that will be ready when the park opens in May. The ride, which will cost $10.5 million, is aimed at pleasing the whole family but has an element of thrills. Riders will drop down an 85-foot hill before making their big splash.

The announcement wasn’t the result of a spur-of-the-moment decision. Cedar Fair may have announced the ride only a few weeks ago, but it made the decision to build Shoot the Rapids after years of secret planning.

The decision was made three or four years ago, Decker said. When the economy sank, the ride was put off a year. Cedar Point built a cheaper new attraction for 2009, the $1 million Starlight Experience light show.

Cedar Point maintains a five-year plan for capital improvements, and some planning goes out 10 years. The park has plans in place for new attractions in 2011, ’12 and ’13, although Decker says they are “subject to review.”

Only a few Cedar Fair executives who serve on the company’s planning commission are allowed to know about the amusement park’s capital improvements plans.

The code of secrecy also extends to the companies that build rides for the amusement park. They are required to sign nondisclosure agreements, so word about the attractions doesn’t leak out prematurely to coaster fans or to rivals such as the Six Flags chain.

Shoot the Rapids will be built by IntaRide of Glen Burnie, Md., the same company that built Maverick, Top Thrill Dragster and Millennium Force.

The company’s president, Sandor Kernacs, answered questions about Shoot the Rapids last week, but said he was willing to talk only because Cedar Point had announced the ride and now wanted publicity about it.

Cedar Point executives planning new rides often try to excite coaster fans, giving them new reasons to travel long distances and return to the park.

Millennium Force, about 300 feet tall, was the tallest roller coaster ever built when it opened in 2000. Cedar Point officials wondered if they had gone too far, Decker said. Was it too scary, too tall? Would only teenagers dare to ride it?

No, and no.

“When we opened up, everybody got on,” he said.

That emboldened Cedar Point executives who went on to build the even more extreme, 420-foot-tall Top Thrill Dragster.

But aside from delivering the world’s top thrills — Cedar Point has 17 roller coasters, more than any other amusement park on Earth — park executives also have to worry about making everyone happy, not just the extreme thrill-seekers.

Water rides are second in popularity only to roller coasters, said Robin Innes, a spokesman for the park.

Cedar Point will have three water rides after Shoot the Rapids opens. The two incumbents are Snake River Falls, which puts riders in a big boat that takes a plunge into the water, leaving its passengers soaked, and Thunder Canyon, a river rafting ride.

Shoot the Rapids fills the slot for a traditional flume ride, a ride in which boats float along in a water trough, Innes said, although it uses a chain to get up the first hill. A vacancy for a flume ride was created when the last one, White Water Landing, was dismantled after the 2005 season to make room for Maverick, which opened in 2007.

Guests have been asking for another water ride, said John Hildebrandt, the park’s general manager.

“Our guests wanted another option to cool off on warm summer days,” he said.

It’s also meant as a ride that everyone can enjoy, including Grandma and little kids, Decker said.

“We are hoping we can catch families and not dissuade the thrill seekers from coming to the park,” he said.

A Whitewater Family Adventure Begins!

Cedar Point Announces New Water Ride for 2010 Season

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 for a computer animation of Shoot the Rapids, plus construction updates and photos, a live construction webcam, video blogs and more.