Cedar Point has announced that the opening date of its $10.5 million water ride, Shoot the Rapids, has been pushed back to May 29, 2010.
The ride will therefore not be operating in time for the start of Cedar Point's 2010 season, which begins on May 15. The park blames construction delays and the need to complete final testing for the two-week delay, although Shoot the Rapids is expected to be ready in time for the busy Memorial Day weekend.
Cedar Point hopes that Shoot the Rapids will boost flagging annual attendance figures at the park, after a drop of 256,000 during the 2009 season. The park's vice president and general manager John Hildebrandt expressed disappointment at the delayed opening date, but promised: "we are committed to opening a ride that is ready to thrill and delight our guests."
Created by Intaride, Shoot the Rapids will see riders boarding 10-person boats, before travelling along a 2,100 feet, 3-minute-long course. The ride is themed around the Crystal Rock Bottling Company, with guests encountering "some wild feudin' and fightin'" as they pass through an "illegal moonshine still". The family ride will feature an 85-foot, 45-degree first drop through water rapids and rock work.
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