Thunder Canyon

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Thunder Canyon
Thunder Canyon sign.jpg
Sign for the ride at Cedar Point
Cedar Point
AreaFrontier Trail
Coordinates 41°29′1.66″N82°41′30.80″W / 41.4837944°N 82.6918889°W / 41.4837944; -82.6918889
StatusOperating
Opening date1986
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
StatusOperating
Opening date1995
Valleyfair
StatusOperating
Opening date1987
General statistics
Type River rapids ride
ModelRiver Raft
Length1,600 ft (490 m)
BoatsSeveral boats. Riders are arranged 1 across in 6 rows for a total of 6 riders per boat.
Restraint styleRing in center of boat and seat belt
Height restriction46 in (117 cm)
Manufacturer Intamin (Cedar Point)
Barr Engineering (Dorney Park and Valleyfair)
Cedar Fair Fast Lane availibility.svg Fast Lane available at Dorney Park & Valleyfair

Thunder Canyon is a river rapids ride located at two Cedar Fair amusement parks. It is found at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown, Pennsylvania and Valleyfair in Shakopee, Minnesota. Riders will get soaked on the ride at all the parks. All of the rides include water falls and water shoots.

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Cedar Point

Thunder Canyon is one of two water rides at Cedar Point, the other being Snake River Falls. Thunder Canyon uses water pumped in from Sandusky Bay every morning instead of a closed water system on many other water rides. [1] The ride closes every year in late August to be transformed into Cornstalkers 2.0: Revenge of the Pumpkin Heads, an attraction for HalloWeekends.

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom

Thunder Canyon is located towards the back of the park. It can be found along the back path leading to Wildwater Kingdom while the ride itself is placed on four acres of land within the track of the Cedar Creek Cannonball. The attraction is 1,640 feet long, uses 200 horsepower pumps to generate the river using one million gallons of water at a rate of 112,000 gallons per minute, and was designed by Barr Engineering for the cost of $3.8 Million. This ride is unique compared to other rides of the same type for a few reasons. The ride is known for being one of the wettest version of its type. It is also known for its special use of its water reservoir, which instead of being hidden back stage, is used as a dramatic million gallon backdrop for the ride. Thunder Canyon is one of three water rides at Dorney Park, the other two being White Water Landing and Thunder Creek Mountain.

Valleyfair

Thunder Canyon is one of two water rides at Valleyfair, the other one being The Wave.

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References

  1. "Thunder Canyon Photo Gallery". The Point Online. Retrieved December 31, 2013.