The roller coaster mega park Cedar Point has announced today a new 10.4 million dollar water ride called "Shoot the Rapids." From their press release:
"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."
The fact that the ride has two drops is a pretty unique element to a water ride of this kind, and I like that that after the large drop, the ride still continues for a good while. What will be interesting is to see what kind of effects and theme elements they place along the slower parts of the ride, it appears that a tunnel will be part of the experience. So, although Cedar Point fans may have been hoping for a new roller coaster, hopefully Shoot the Rapids will deliver a fun ride experience.