Cedar Point has been forced to delay the opening its $10.5 million water ride, Shoot the Rapids, for a second time.
Shoot the Rapids was due to open on Saturday (May 29), after an issue with the ride's boats saw its original opening date of May 15 pushed back. However, the park encountered further problems during testing and is currently unable to confirm when the new attraction will open.
Cedar Fair CEO Dick Kinzel revealed after the first Shoot the Rapids delay that it had been caused by oversized boats failing to crest the ride's hills safely. Spokesman Robin Innes confirmed on Sunday to the Sandusky Register that slow progress in reducing the size of the boats is behind the new postponement, saying: "That and we're still doing our final testing - and those procedures are just taking longer than we expected" he said.
The blame for Shoot the Rapids' late opening appears to lie with manufacturer Intamin or the contractor to whom it outsourced production of the ride's boats. However, Kinzel has ruled out legal against the company. Cedar Point has a long history of working with the Swiss manufacturer, which built its Top Thrill Dragster, Millenium Force and Maverick rollercoasters.
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.
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.
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