wow, I didn't think the SFStL version was that old. Do/did they all have the funky loading station like Lost River had, where the boats were kind of wedged in place in the channel and people had to climb down into them?
I feel like I never notice rapids rides, but there are indeed still a lot of them left.
Rip Roarin' Rapids at Carowinds opened in 1982. It was built "in-house" however (Kings Entertainment Company). It was built before Kings Dominion's, Canada's Wonderland's and Kings Island's which are all Intamin).
Thought I would share a little trip report, I went on Sunday (12/16) and to my surprise (and to the parks surprise) they were unexpectedly busy and staff were commenting that they have never have seen a Sunday (even at Christmas) this busy. It was like a Friday or Saturday night there. All the lots were near full and they rerouted the entrance to the back lot walkway (where the cave tour begins) and you enter the park by Browns Candy Factory. Got some rare views of Thunderation in operation seeing the trains run the lift hill and the final drop. Didn't get down to the construction/demo site by Lost River this trip though it was already dark when I arrived and couldn't see much down there anyways.
The Time Traveler & Thunderation area.
The "Alternate" entrance used by the park on Sunday night with Thunderation operating just to our right in the pitch blackness.
Flooded Mine as seen from the patio of the skillet restaurants.
Christmas in Midtown in its 2nd year.
And of course the Trains with engines #504 and #76 running rounds thru the night. (1 hour wait time, so I skipped out this time)
Was short on time for this trip so I am gonna try to head back up again just before or just after Christmas to close out the season.
Thanks! Is 42 degrees the minimum starting temperature or a hard cutoff? Looking at Branson's typical forecast in December, it looks like temperatures aren't nearly as big of an issue there as they are at Dollywood.
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