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A river rapids ride (or river rafting ride) is an amusement ride that simulates whitewater rafting.
The river rapids ride concept was proposed by Bill Crandall (general manager of AstroWorld in Houston) and developed by Intamin. AstroWorld introduced the world's first river rapids ride, Thunder River, in 1980 and popularized a concept which can now be found at most major amusement parks. Despite being an incredibly popular attraction, AstroWorld's Thunder River (being a prototype) was initially plagued by issues that were corrected in the first few seasons of operation. The boat bumpers were re-designed, portions of the wide river channel were narrowed or barricaded to prevent boats from bottle-necking or getting caught in a backflow, and a planned whirlpool effect was scrapped.
Many modern river rapids rides feature a much narrower river channel as well as smaller boats (6 seats as opposed to 12 seats). Some are heavily themed, while others may present a natural setting for added realism. Multiple manufacturers have introduced new elements to the rapids ride concept: a vertical lift system, shoot the chute-style drops, and a whirlpool feature.
River rapids rides feature circular rafts with two main components: the fiberglass body in which passengers are seated and the rubber ring upon which the body is secured. The rubber ring provides buoyancy as well as shock absorption for when rafts collide with an obstacle during the course of the ride or with each other. Most rafts hold between six and twelve passengers, seated in groups of two or three depending on the manufacturer of the ride. Riders face toward center of the boat and are usually secured by a lap belt. Some rafts feature a circular metal bar in the middle of the raft; this gives passengers a place to grip or brace their feet. Some parks include a space for stowing small items in the center. The floor of the raft body is generally above water level to allow drainage. Most parks require riders to be 36 inches or taller.
Generally, the station starts at the highest point on the ride, with the river channel having a slight gradient to it for the remainder of the ride. A lift hill then brings the boats back up to station level at the end of the ride. This is usually also the point where the ride's main pumps are housed, bringing the water up from the low point and back up to the high point. The gradient on the river channel provides the water with its flow and pace. This also has the interesting side effect such that when the ride's pumps are switched off at the end of operation or in an emergency, the water naturally flows back to the end of the ride where it collects, leaving the majority of the ride's river channel empty and drained until the pumps are turned back on. All Intamin permanent (and most other) river rapids rides feature a connected lake of some sort at the end of the ride before the lift hill. This is sometimes used to store temporarily decommissioned boats. Its main purpose, however, is to help store the large amounts of water that collect at the end of the ride (before the lift hill) once the ride's main pumps are turned off. This is the water that would have been circulating around the ride when it is in operation. When observed, you can usually see the height difference in the water level in this lake from when the rides pumps are turned on, to when they are turned off. This effect is usually less noticeable if an already existing larger lake is used for the ride's water storage. Generally, a longer rapids ride will need a larger lake, as there will be more water to store once the ride's pumps have been turned off. Depending on the size and length of the river rapids ride, it can take up to 15 minutes to fill the ride's channel up from empty once the pumps have been switched on.
The flowing water makes its way over wooden logs or plastic tubes strapped to the base of the river channel, which disrupt the smooth flow of the water, thus providing the ride with its 'rapids'. Most river rapid rides also feature a wave section, where the river channel widens and a wave machine creates waves at a 90 degree angle to the flow of the water and the boats. Rocks are also sometimes bolted to the base of the river channel on metal frames, which helps create a more natural rapids feel.
There are generally two types of river rapids ride stations: those with conveyor belts and those with turntables. Those with conveyor belts are able to lift the raft completely out of the stream of water (usually as an extension of the lift hill at the end of the ride) and advance it to various points in the station to allow passengers to enter and exit via raised straight platforms on either side of the conveyors. Stations that utilize a turntable allow the raft to stay in the stream of water as the turntable continuously revolves, with the rafts wedged between the turntable and a curved surface so that the rafts move at the same speed as the turntable (and not at the same speed as the water). When they reach a certain point around the turntable, the rafts become un-wedged and are released in relatively even intervals to traverse the course.
Historically, axial flow submersible pumps have been the pump of choice for most rides of this type. The small lateral footprint and large vertical water pumping capacity make them perfect for this type of application, being large in vertical size, they fit right into the end of the ride where there is usually a sudden and large change in height from the end of the ride to the station. Some rides, due to their design, have multiple pump units at different locations along the ride. One example is the new Infinity Falls at SeaWorld Orlando. Occasionally, screw pumps have been used too. In the case of axial flow submersible pumps, rides are usually fitted with four; three being used at all times for the safe operation of the ride and a fourth on standby. The pumps are usually rotated in use to even out wear and tear.
After leaving the station, the raft will enter relatively calm waters. After travelling a safe distance (usually 5–15 metres), the raft will enter more turbulent waters. Usually rapids are made by the amusement park having large cylinder tubes underneath the water. The bigger the tube, the bigger the rapids. Along with the rapids, there are often waterfalls.
Finally, there may be pressurized water jets. An automated system may spray streams of water through a nozzle directed toward a passing raft, or on other rides, large amounts of water may shoot from a jet or cannon, often pointed upward so that the falling water will douse riders. Some parks (for instance, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay), have coin-operated water jets and cannons so that passersby can pay to attempt to soak riders.
On 25 October 2016, a malfunction of the Thunder River Rapids Ride at Dreamworld in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, resulted in the deaths of four people. Two were ejected from the ride and two were trapped in the conveyor belt under it.River rapids rides have also had accidents at a number of other theme parks.
On 9 May 2017, an 11-year-old girl, Evha Jannath fell into the water on the Splash Canyon Ride at Drayton Manor Theme Park in Staffordshire, England at around 2:20pm. She was airlifted to Birmingham Children's Hospital but died later in the hospital due to the extent of her injuries. The park was closed from 10−12 May to allow the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to complete their work. The park said this was a mark of respect for her family.
|ACME Rápidos||Parque Warner Madrid||Spain||Intamin||2002||Operating|
|Adventure Cove River Rapids|
Formerly Splash Canyon
|Drayton Manor||United Kingdom||Intamin||2021|
|Not open yet|
|Airship Surfing||Guilin Merryland Theme Park||China||Hopkins Rides||1997||Operating|
|Amazone Express||Everland||South Korea||Unknown||Unknown||Operating|
|Apache Falls||Gulliver's Warrington||United Kingdom||Unknown||2016||Operating|
|Aqua Ride||Sea Paradise||Japan||Intamin||1992||Operating|
|Arung Jeram||Dunia Fantasi||Indonesia||Hopkins Rides||1993||Operating|
|Atlantis||Energylandia||Poland||SBF Visa Group||2014||Operating|
|Bengal Rapid River||Bellewaerde||Belgium||Vekoma||1988||Operating|
|Blizzard River||Six Flags New England||United States||Hopkins Rides||1999||Operating|
|Bobby Drop||Bobbejaanland||Belgium||Van Egdom||1999||Removed|
|Calico River Rapids|
Formerly Bigfoot Rapids
|Knott's Berry Farm||United States||Intamin||1987||Operating|
|Canyon Raft Ride||Jin Jiang Action Park||China||Bear Rides||Unknown||Operating|
|Canyon River Rapids||Hersheypark||United States||Intamin||1987||Removed|
|Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: River Expedition||Motiongate Dubai||United Arab Emirates||WhiteWater West||2017||Operating|
|Colorad’Eau||Parc du Bocasse||France||Reverchon Industries||2003||Operating|
|Congo Rapids||Six Flags Great Adventure||United States||Intamin||1981||Operating|
|Congo River Rapids||Busch Gardens Tampa||United States||Intamin||1982||Operating|
|Congo River Rapids||Alton Towers||United Kingdom||Intamin||1986||Operating|
|Crazy River||Dennlys Parc||France||Soquet||2008||Operating|
|Crazy River Madagascar||Beto Carrero World||Brazil||Barr Engineering||Unknown||Operating|
|Crocodile Gorge||Ratanga Junction||South Africa||Intamin||1998||Removed|
|Diablo Falls||Six Flags AstroWorld||United States||WhiteWater West||2003||Removed|
|Dino Raft||Walygator Parc||France||Soquet||1989||Operating|
|Disaster Canyon||Elitch Gardens||United States||Hopkins Rides||1995||Operating|
|Dòng sông thử thách||Dragon Park||Vietnam||Intamin||2017||Operating|
|Donner Fluss||Holiday Park||Germany||Intamin||1984||Operating|
|Dr. Geyser's Remarkable Raft Ride||Story Land||United States||Hopkins Rides||1989||Operating|
|Dragon River||Mitsui Greenland||Japan||ABC Rides||1966||Operating|
|El Rio Grande||Walibi Holland||Netherlands||Vekoma||1994||Operating|
|Excalibur - Secrets of the Dark Forest|
Formerly Mystery River
Die Unendliche Geschichte - Auf der Suche nach Phantasien
|Movie Park Germany||Germany||Intamin||1996||Operating|
|Fårup Rafting||Fårup Sommerland||Denmark||Bear Rides||1998||Operating|
|Fluch des Teutates||Freizeitpark Plohn||Germany||ABC Rides||2013||Operating|
|Fury of the Nile||Worlds of Fun||United States||Intamin||1984||Operating|
|Grand Canyon||Dream World||Thailand||Hopkins Rides||2002||Operating|
|Grand Canyon Rapids||MGM Grand Adventures Theme Park||United States||Intamin||1993||Removed|
|Grand Canyon Rapids||PortAventura Park||Spain||Intamin||1995||Operating|
|Grand Rapids||Michigan's Adventure||United States||Intamin||2006||Operating|
|Grizzly River Rampage||Opryland USA||United States||Intamin||1982||Removed|
|Grizzly River Run||Disney California Adventure||United States||Intamin||2001||Operating|
|Grizzly Run||Darien Lake||United States||Intamin||1989||Removed|
|Grizzly Run||Geauga Lake||United States||Intamin||1996||Removed|
|Hidrolift||Parque Aventura d'Or||Spain||Zamperla||2008||Operating|
|Hunderfossen Rafting||Hunderfossen Familienpark||Norway||Bear Rides||2000||Operating|
|Hydro Surge||Myrtle Beach Pavilion||United States||Hopkins Rides||1993||Removed|
|Infinity Falls||SeaWorld Orlando||United States||Intamin||2018||Operating|
|I segreti dell acqua||Felifonte||Italy||Hafema||2003||Operating|
|Jungle Adventure||Lotte World||South Korea||Intamin||Unknown||Operating|
|Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure||Universal Studios Singapore||Singapore||Hafema||2010||Operating|
|Kali River Rapids||Disney's Animal Kingdom||United States||Intamin||1999||Operating|
|Lost River of the Ozarks||Silver Dollar City||United States||Barr Engineering||1985||Removed|
|La Descente du Colorado||Le Pal||France||Soquet||1988||Operating|
Also known as Drakkar
|Los Rápidos||Parque Aventura d'Or||Spain||Zamperla||Unknown||Operating|
|Los Rápidos||Parque de Atracciones de Madrid||Spain||Hopkins Rides||1996||Operating|
|Lost World||Erse-Park||Germany||ABC Rides||2004||Operating|
|L'Oxygénarium||Parc Astérix||France||WhiteWater West||1999||Operating|
|Mountain Rafting||Heide Park||Germany||Intamin||1992||Operating|
|Mystic River Falls||Silver Dollar City||United States||Barr Engineering||2020||Operating|
|Niagara||La Récré des 3 Curés||France||Van Egdom||2009||Operating|
|North Pole 1||Terra Park||Romania||ABC Rides||2012||Operating|
|Pixie River||Rainbow Magicland||Italy||SBF Visa Group||2011||Operating|
|Planet AQA||Space World||Japan||Hafema||1992||Removed|
|Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges||Universal's Islands of Adventure||United States||Barr Engineering||1999||Operating|
|Radja River||Walibi Belgium||Belgium||Intamin||1988||Operating|
|Radja River||Walibi Rhône-Alpes||France||Soquet||1989||Operating|
|Radja River||Walibi Sud-Ouest||France||Intamin||1989||Operating|
|Rafting Africano||Badoca Safari Park||Portugal||Hafema||2008||Operating|
|Raging Rapids||Kennywood||United States||Intamin||1985||Operating|
|Raging Rapids in Boulder Canyon||Holiday World||United States||Hopkins Rides||1990||Operating|
|Raging Rapids River Ride||Kentucky Kingdom||United States||Intamin||1999||Operating|
|Raging River||Adventureland||United States||Intamin||1983||Operating|
|Raging River||Great Escape||United States||Intamin||1986||Operating|
|Raging River Rapids||Gold Reef City||South Africa||Intamin||Unknown||Operating|
|Rampaging Rapids||Hunt's Pier||United States||Intamin||1985||Removed|
|Rapid River||Fantasilandia||Chile||WhiteWater West||2003||Operating|
|Rapid River||Zoomarine||Portugal||Preston & Barbieri||2008||Operating|
|Rapid River||Zoosafari Fasanolandia||Italy||Fabbri Group||2008||Operating|
|Rapid River Ride||Dream Park||Egypt||Intamin||1998||Operating|
|Rapide di Leonardo||Leolandia||Italy||Zamperla||2009||Operating|
|Rapidos de Argos||Terra Mítica||Spain||Intamin||2000||Operating|
|Rápidos del Orinoco||Isla Mágica||Spain||Intamin||1997||Operating|
|Rapids Raft Ride||Gyeongju World||South Korea||Hopkins Rides||Unknown||Operating|
|Rapids Raft Ride||Happy Valley Shenzhen||China||Hopkins Rides||1998||Operating|
|Rattlesnake Rapids||Lagoon||United States||Intamin||1997||Operating|
|Rattlesnake River||Wonderland Amusement Park||United States||Hopkins Rides||Unknown||Operating|
|Renegade Rapids||Six Flags America||United States||Hopkins Rides||1995||Operating|
|Renegade Rapids||Frontier City||United States||Hopkins Rides||1990||Operating|
|Rescate de Ulises||Terra Mítica||Spain||Hafema||2000||Operating|
|Rio Bravo||Hopi Hari||Brazil||Intamin||1999||Operating|
|Rio Dorado||Hansa-Park||Germany||WhiteWater West||2000||Operating|
|Rio Grande||Fort Fun Abenteuerland||Germany||Bear Rides||1997||Operating|
|Rio Grande Rafting||Djurs Sommerland||Denmark||Interlink||1997||Operating|
|Rio Grande Rapids||Enchanted Kingdom||Philippines||Hopkins Rides||1996||Operating|
|Rio Loco||SeaWorld San Antonio||United States||Intamin||1993||Operating|
|Río Navajo||Parque de Atracciones de Zaragoza||Spain||Intamin||2003||Operating|
|Río Rápido||Bosque Magico||Mexico||Hopkins Rides||1995||Operating|
|Río Rápido||Parque Bicentenario Querétaro||Mexico||Hafema||Unknown||Operating|
|Río Salvaje||Six Flags México||Mexico||Intamin||1992||Operating|
|Rip Roarin' Rapids||Carowinds||United States||Intamin||1982||Removed|
|Rip Roarin' Rapids||California's Great America||United States||Intamin||1988||Operating|
|River Raft||Hainan Tropical Sea World||China||Hopkins Rides||Unknown||Removed|
|River Rafting Ride||Wonderland||United Arab Emirates||Hopkins Rides||1998||Removed|
|River Splash||Steinwasen Park||Germany||ABC Rides||2007||Operating|
|River Splash Ride||Hello Kitty Park||China||ABC Rides||2015||Operating|
|Rivière Sauvage||Mer de Sable||France||Soquet||1988||Operating|
|Roaring Rapids||Six Flags Great America||United States||Intamin||1984||Operating|
|Roaring Rapids||Six Flags Magic Mountain||United States||Intamin||1981||Operating|
|Roaring Rapids||Six Flags Over Texas||United States||Intamin||1983||Operating|
|Roaring Rapids||Shanghai Disneyland||China||Sansei Technologies||2016||Operating|
|Rocky Mountain Rapids||American Adventure||United Kingdom||Interlink||1989||Removed|
|Roman Rapids||Busch Gardens Williamsburg||United States||Intamin||1988||Operating|
|Romus et Rapidus||Parc Astérix||France||Intamin||1989||Operating|
|Rumba Rapids||Thorpe Park||United Kingdom||Intamin||1987||Operating|
|Saw Mill Splash||Adventureland||United States||WhiteWater West||2002||Operating|
|Shipwreck Rapids||SeaWorld San Diego||United States||Intamin||1999||Operating|
|Sky Rafting||Skyline Park||Germany||ABC Rides||2010||Operating|
|Smoky Mountain River Rampage||Dollywood||United States||Intamin||1986||Operating|
|Snowy River Rampage||Wonderland Sydney||Australia||Intamin||1985||Removed|
|Splash Water Falls||Six Flags New England||United States||WhiteWater West||2006||Operating|
|Storm Surge||Thorpe Park||United Kingdom||WhiteWater West||2011||Operating|
|Sungai Kalimantan||Avonturenpark Hellendoorn||Netherlands||Bear Rides||1997||Operating|
|Tasmanian River Rapids||Wild Adventures||United States||Hafema||2000||Operating|
|The Gully Washer||Six Flags Fiesta Texas||United States||Intamin||1992||Operating|
|The Penguin's Blizzard River||Six Flags America||United States||WhiteWater West||2003||Operating|
|The Rapids||Ocean Park|| China|
|Thunder Canyon||Cedar Point||United States||Intamin||1986||Operating|
|Thunder Canyon||Dorney Park||United States||Barr Engineering||1995||Operating|
|Thunder Canyon||Silverwood Theme Park||United States||Hopkins Rides||1993||Operating|
|Thunder Canyon||Valleyfair||United States||Barr Engineering||1987||Operating|
|Thunder Rapids||Lake Compounce||United States||Hopkins Rides||1997||Operating|
|Thunder River||Six Flags AstroWorld||United States||Intamin||1980||Removed|
|Thunder River||Six Flags Over Georgia||United States||Intamin||1982||Operating|
|Thunder River||Six Flags St. Louis||United States||Intamin||1983||Operating|
|Thunder River Rapids Ride||Dreamworld||Australia||Unknown||1986||Removed|
|Vikings' River Splash||Legoland Windsor||United Kingdom||ABC Rides||2007||Operating|
|Vikings' River Splash||Legoland Billund||Denmark||Intamin||2006||Operating|
|Waschgzuber Rafting||Erlebnispark Tripsdrill||Germany||Hafema||1996||Operating|
|Wildalpenbahn||Wiener Prater||Austria||ABC Rides||2007||Operating|
|Wild Raft||Familienland Pillersee||Austria||Reverchon Industries||2007||Operating|
|Wild River Canyon||Lihpao Land||Taiwan||Hopkins Rides||1998||Operating|
|Wild River Gorge||Alabama Splash Adventure||United States||FAB||1999||Closed|
|Wild River Rafting||West Midland Safari Park||United Kingdom||Fabbri Group||2006||Operating|
|Wild River Rapids||Lightwater Valley||United Kingdom||Reverchon Industries||2009||Operating|
|Wildwasser Rafting||Bayern Park||Germany||ABC Rides||2007||Operating|
|White Water Canyon||Canada's Wonderland||Canada||Intamin||1984||Operating|
|White Water Canyon||Kings Dominion||United States||Intamin||1983||Operating|
|White Water Canyon||Kings Island||United States||Intamin||1985||Operating|
|White Water Safari||Six Flags Discovery Kingdom||United States||Intamin||1999||Operating|
|Unknown||Qingdao International Beer City||China||Hopkins Rides||1998||Removed|
Shoot the Chute is an amusement ride consisting of a flat-bottomed boat that slides down a ramp or inside a flume into a lagoon. Unlike a log flume or super flume which generally seats up to eight passengers, a modern-day Shoot the Chute ride generally has larger boats seating at least four across.
Intamin Amusement Rides is a design and manufacturing company in Schaan, Liechtenstein. It is best known for creating thrill rides and roller coasters worldwide. The Intamin brand name is a portmanteau for "international amusement installations". The company has offices throughout the world including three in Europe, three in Asia and two in the United States.
Dreamworld is a theme park and zoo situated on the Gold Coast in Queensland. It is Australia's biggest theme park with over 40 rides and attractions.
Grizzly River Run is a river rapids ride located at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. It is similar to Kali River Rapids in Disney's Animal Kingdom but distinctive as the rafts are engineered to spin as they descend chutes. The attraction's name comes from Grizzly Peak, the bear shaped mountain that the rapids flow around. It was designed by Walt Disney Imagineering and constructed by Intamin.
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