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Re: Rumba Rapids

Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:45 pm

It has been reported by TPWW that Rumba Rapids has now closed for the rest of the season.

With Rush down, along with the closure of Slammer and Loggers Leap, I believe this is a bad decision by Thorpe, especially with Frights Nights around the corner.

What is everyone else's thoughts?
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Re: Rumba Rapids

Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:54 pm

I can see the logic behind the decision, but at the same time i'm like, "But Tidal Wave is still open". It does seem like the park is closing a ride early each year, with Flying Fish closing earlier the year before and although it isn't obvious, it could be they are planning to start its winter maintenance early. 
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Re: Rumba Rapids

Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:57 pm

I can see both sides of the debate but perhaps the rapids will receive some TLC while it's closed :)
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Re: Rumba Rapids

Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:02 pm

The thing I'm concerned about is the offering. We are approaching one of the busiest time of the year and we have attractions closed. This will no doubt increase queue times across the park. This is not taking in to consideration the closure of IAC either.
The argument could be given that we have mazes, but then again roll back a few years ago and we were in a better position. I think the effect of these closed attractions will be felt more so at Thorpe as the size of the park is against it, especially when comparing it to Alton and their closures. I do like tge Rapids, and the likes of Rush and Slammer don't appeal to me, but to others they may feel the effects of these closures more.
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Re: Rumba Rapids

Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:51 pm

If I'm honest I can't see the closure of Rumba having too much of an impact as with it being a water ride it was rare that it had a queue of any significant length during Fright Nights anyway. I'm also sure this isn't the first time the Resort have closed the Rapids at this time of year, if not closing them completely they've certainly closed them after dark before now. I think the fact Rumba Rapids is closed is maybe more noticeable given the complete loss of Slammer and the closure of Rush until 2018. Whilst Slammer was hit and miss anyway as to if it was open, Rush almost always held a significant queue of up to 50-60 minutes at the park's busiest times, 
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Re: Rumba Rapids

Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:54 pm

Luce wrote:
I can see both sides of the debate but perhaps the rapids will receive some TLC while it's closed :)

Perhaps they need to do a "Thorpe Loving Care"! 

Or maybe it could be the location for the 2020 development?
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Re: Rumba Rapids

Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:26 pm

Out of all the years I've gone to Fright Nights, I can't recall them closing it. Hopefully TLC will be carried out on the ride. I don't think I'd be questioning their decision as much had they not lost 2 main rides this season.
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Re: Rumba Rapids

Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:29 pm

Rumba always closed at about 5pm on Fright Nights, so for them to close it completely is a bit surprising, but hopefully it doesn't mean anything bad. #KeepRumba
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Re: Rumba Rapids

Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:32 pm

It is strange to completely close it!
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Re: Rumba Rapids

Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:44 am

I hope this catches on! #KeepRumba
I love rumba, and it's the only child-friendly water ride left. I hope they don't kill it and just restore it.
 
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Re: Rumba Rapids

Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:42 pm

The Fright Nights map doesn't feature Rumba Rapids, clearly closed for the rest of the season.

Other things to note;

3pm Closures
Angry Birds 4D (Becomes Walking Dead Advert Final Cut Cinema)
Rocky Express
Timber Tug Boat
Lumber Jump

Closed
Amity Beach & Wet Wet Wet
I'm a Celebrity
Rumba Rapids

Bizarrely Rush is shown on the map, perhaps an oversight, perhaps a last minute decision.
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Re: Rumba Rapids

Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:01 pm

Not sure if anyone knows yet, but I went to Thorpe Park today and noticed that there is now a sign outside Rumba Rapids saying anyone under 18 must be accompanied with an over 18 otherwise they wont be allowed to ride. Not sure how long its been there but they seem to be quite strict on the rules ever since the death at Drayton Manor. 
 
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Re: Rumba Rapids

Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:05 pm

It's because of the horrible event that happened at Drayton Manor where a child died :(. It's mainly for school trip season as the same has happened at Alton Towers.
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Re: Rumba Rapids

Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:51 pm

Dom wrote:
It's because of the horrible event that happened at Drayton Manor where a child died :(. It's mainly for school trip season as the same has happened at Alton Towers.

It looks as if Alton Towers have removed this restriction now the school trip season is over, presumably we'll see the same at Thorpe.
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Re: Rumba Rapids

Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:20 pm

Thorpe have also got a set of rafts with the new gates and grab bars.

Makes me wonder if this is a Merlin invention or if they're working with the manufacturer to retrofit the existing rafts. 

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Re: Rumba Rapids

Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:33 pm

Those plastic boats are not even made by Intamin - they replaced the originals, which had a much higher back rest, years ago.

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Very much doubt the new safety measures are genuine either.
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Re: Rumba Rapids

Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:02 pm

That original boat looks a lot safer than even the modified ones they have been testing recently. 
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Re: Rumba Rapids

Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:34 am

The old boats felt solid with the high backs and central grab bar. As a kid you got thrown about a lot, especially by the rotating bumpers, but there was something special about riding these boats and it was probably my favourite ride in the park.

When they replaced them with the low backed and no grab rail versions, my thoughts were that it just didn't look as safe. I'm fairly sure they toned the ride down to account for the boat changes.

Ideally Merlin should be buying some new generation rafts from Intamin. A bulk order between Alton and Thorpe, would be ideal for a low investment year. They would then have new safer rafts, the ability to increase the intensity back up and even a quick cheap re-theme if they wanted to. Low cost and everybody is happy!

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