I don't personally believe Alton will do anything with the Flume until it looks in danger of physically collapsing. However, if and when it's replaced, I do like the idea of just a fancy new updated Flume. Family water attractions, by their very nature, have such a broad appeal that only the constantly moving floatilla of bath tubs/logs/whatever could reasonably deal with the demand on hot, busy days. Log flumes are still a great queue eater, and queue processor.
Get Mack in, some nice pirate theming, get a backwards drop in the mix and push the height of the final drop up to the maximum they could possibly get away with. Bingo! Bob's yer sleazy uncle :)
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