What I don't understand is why Congo River Rapids has become a seasonal attraction? It can't be due to the weather as we go in September every year and a lot of the time the weather is actually really warm. Nor can it be due to not wanting to have it operate in the dark, it was open for Scarefest with a 3pm-4pm close.
I believe it’s all down to staffing costs and lack of operational budget.
After the incident at Drayton Manor, the Rapids ran with at least 8 staff members. Compared to attractions like The Blade, Battle Galleons and Enterprise, it is so labour intensive. Rapids themselves aren’t cheap to run as it is, without the extra staff that Merlin deemed to be necessary.
I would much rather the Rapids be ran on a seasonal basis than not ran at all, which I guarantee would have been discussed at some point.