Anyone else remember this?
Looks like a decent mid-summer soaker. Two NASCAR rides and a moonshine still for 2010, though. What does this say about Cedar Fair's mindset these days? ;-)
We can argue over whether they should or not, or whether that would bring in more people, but the fact remains that Cedar Fair hasn't done that type of attraction, and has shown no sign of starting.
17 coasters and NOT climbing. Watch out, if CP takes three more years to add another attraction, Magic Mountain is gonna make a real push to steal the Coaster King crown...
Now on to the ride....I'm glad that they are bringing another water attraction for next year. This one has a little story, which gives it a chance to be dressed up and themed a little. I hope that Cedar Point decides to deck this ride out more than the renderings show. If they don't, then it will very closely resemble a ride they tore down 3 years ago to make way for Maverick. Nothing against White Water Landing part 2, just hoping they will do a little more with this one.
Side note for those into this sort of thing...There is a great book about the history of Cedar Point called "Cedar Point, Queen of American Watering Places". It tells the whole story of the park and it's 125 year history. It sort of turns into mush at the very end when covering the past few years, but for the most part is a fascinating read.
And I agree Robert. I'll allow junior coasters, but kiddie coasters shouldn't count, especially with the big bad thrillseeking coaster nuts who ride them strictly to add to their "coaster count". Diamondback and Little Bill's Giggle coaster aren't even in the same sport.
No way is Cedar Point in need of another coaster, and it wasn't until I went to Dorney Park this summer that I realized how many it really already has. We can go at least a few years
However, I totally agree... the baby rides should not count. In fact, I will go one step further: coasters are nice, real nice, but not requisite at a true theme park. Epcot may be the best theme park in the world and it has...uh...ZERO roller coasters...
Anyway, on a side note, who knows which North American park boasts the most ADULT (40" and above) coasters?
And sadly, other than the two Busch Gardens theme parks, never the twain shall meet.
Now, if you re-read my comments you'll find that I have never complained about Cedar Point, but instead have set it above all other AMUSEMENT PARKS because of its (mostly) fine coaster collection. Furthermore, I believe it is impossible to compare CP and Magic Kingdom because the two parks are worlds apart in what they are trying to accomplish. One is designed to make you lose yourself in fantasy (Magic Kingdom), the other is designed to make you lose your lunch (Cedar Point). There is room in this world for both types of parks. And the competition they bring to the table rewards us all as park designers scramble to make better and better attractions.
However, to say that adding a shoot-the-chutes ride to the number one iron ride park in the world is not a disappointment, is akin to saying that all the Magic Kingdom needs another carousel. No matter who Cedar Fair was trying to please (local visitors or destination coaster junkies), this new attraction falls way short of MOST everyone's expectations. When you are the best iron ride park in the business, you have to set new standards for thrills with each addition. Whether you are adding coaster junkie thrills or whole-family attractions makes no difference, but whatever you are adding must be bleeding edge, not some cut-rate variation on last year's update to Indiana's Holiday World.
I am a fan of Cedar Point. I think that for an iron ride park it gets a lot of things right. And it does indeed set a standard for amusement excellence that raises expectations. Are my expectations too high? Maybe. But I am sure Cedar Point would not want it any other way. No park in Sandusky, Ohio can expect to pull 3.5 million visitors annually from the local population. So it is imperative that their new rides be the type of additions that will prompt families like mine to make the 12 hour excursion to the Point. Shoot The Rapids is not that type of attraction. IMHO, Cedar Point can do a lot better, even when it is not building coasters.
It has been a stimulating discussion, and while I agree with your argument for the addition of more whole family attractions to Cedar Point, it does not change the fact that I believe Shoot The Rapids is a B-level update to an A-list park.
The only thing left for you and I to decide is whether this new water ride is A-list or B-list (or C-list for that matter). And as you correctly stated, we'll just have to wait until the ride is complete to make that determination.
In the meantime, I maintain that I am disappointed by what Cedar Point has presented to us so far. Shoot The Rapids looks underwhelming at best, and down right lame at worst. It certainly does not inspire me to plan a trip to Ohio next summer.
However, I will anxiously await your review next year when the ride is complete, James!