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Re: Congo River Rapids - General Discussion

Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:03 pm

Wouldn’t all this just be sorted if seatbelts were put on the rafts? If people didn’t adhere to the rules for safety and wearing your seatbelt, then what blame can be given to Alton.

And if people want to move because they don’t want to get wet.. why the hell would you go on a wet ride in the first place?!
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Re: Congo River Rapids - General Discussion

Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:16 pm

Sadly never underestimate human stupidity. I have seen people running to the other side of the raft to avoid waves and water features on pretty much every rapid I have been on!

Seatbelts are problematic if the boat inverts (see the Australian Dream Land incident)  guests would be trapped. I'm getting the impression that old log flumes and rapids are being ditched by parks now in favour of shoot the chute flumes and aqua coasters due to the fact they feature full restraint systems, minimising the chance of guest caused incidents.
 
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Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:36 pm

If the Resort did want to go down the route of using seatbelts, then they could look at using a similar design to Dollywood. Dollywood's rapids utilise a velcro style seatbelt which is enough to ensure guests remain seated, however in the event of an accident they would easily be able to be released so guests could escape.
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Re: Congo River Rapids - General Discussion

Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:43 pm

Ladyofthelake wrote:
If the Resort did want to go down the route of using seatbelts, then they could look at using a similar design to Dollywood. Dollywood's rapids utilise a velcro style seatbelt which is enough to ensure guests remain seated, however in the event of an accident they would easily be able to be released so guests could escape.


Interesting, I just checked a video of them out. Effectively useless if you push against them so good for an escape in an Inversion and just the psychology of having the belts on there will likely enough to keep a lot of guests in their seat. Could see that working.

We haven't seen final virws/interior of the boats so we may even see something similar.
 
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Re: Congo River Rapids - General Discussion

Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:18 pm

One thing that I’ve always wondered.. why are British rapids so.. bland and boring?

Compared to rapids in America or Germany.. great example.. Popeyes at Islands of Adventure.. just curious as you don’t tend to get that wet, but on popeyes you get absolutely soaked.

I know for one the weather will have an impact on this.. just wish we had something similar to Infinity Falls at SeaWorld Orlando over in the UK :(

EDIT: Infinity Falls probably not a good comparison as it’s a new ride.. something like Popeyes then would be good over here.
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Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:04 pm

To be fair, with the weather being the way it is, I don't know wether I'd want to get absolutely soaked on a rapids ride in the UK, at least not in winter anyway, in the summer, maybe. If only they had a way they could make rapids wetter in the warmer months and drier in the colder ones!
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Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:40 pm

I'm not sure I'd want to get Florida wet on a typical UK day :P

The rapids we have in the UK are from a much older generation of rides and have also been designed with the UK's climate in mind, so they'll be less splashy than the US ones designed for hot climates. It also doesn't help that they lowered the back rest and removed the central handrail (from Thorpe's), which given the current focus on increasing the rapids safety seems like an odd decision to have made.

They certainly can have an ability to control the level of soaking. I've ridden Grizzly River Run at Disney's California Adventure in December (23c) and September (32c) and the difference was huge, with about a UK rapids amount of wetness in December and absolutely everything beyond soaked in September. :lol
 
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Re: Congo River Rapids - General Discussion

Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:45 pm

Yeah, everytime I go on this I remain completely dry which annoys me as thats not the point of going on it.
 
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Re: Congo River Rapids - General Discussion

Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:48 pm

Jakethepeg wrote:
Yeah, everytime I go on this I remain completely dry which annoys me as thats not the point of going on it.

I'm inclined to agree with you. We do have Valhalla and Stormforce 10 (when they're working) so there is an appetite in this country for getting drenched. 
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