Splashwater Falls

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Splashwater Falls

Post by redfishpaw » Thu Jan 19, 2006 3:42 pm

Here are two scans of photos of Splashwater Falls from 1987. I remember when this ride was built. I was dissapointed that the Barney Oilfileds raceway was made smaller (and the 3rd lane was lost). As SWF was going up I kept hoping that the raised portion would be larger, but that didnt happen. Anyway, I have not been on this ride in ages, I wonder how popular it is these days now that it is almost 20 years old.

:arrow: http://www.pbase.com/redfishpaw/image/55029392

:arrow: http://www.pbase.com/redfishpaw/image/55052779

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Post by m_force_4_ever » Thu Jan 19, 2006 4:07 pm

wow those are great pics, I love how you can see Zforce in the first one...Splashwater Falls usually has a long line on the hotter days

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Post by jonrev » Thu Jan 19, 2006 6:08 pm

Yea, its still extremely popular on hot days. Picture Logger's Run and Yankee Clipper combined, but 10x wetter.
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Post by m_force_4_ever » Fri Jan 20, 2006 8:24 am

^not to mention the extra water when you get when standing on the bridge afterwards (only if you get a good splash though)

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Post by redfishpaw » Fri Jan 20, 2006 9:47 am

m_force_4_ever wrote:wow those are great pics, I love how you can see Zforce in the first one...Splashwater Falls usually has a long line on the hotter days
Good eye, I didn't notice Z force in the background, Thanks :)

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Post by redfishpaw » Fri Jan 20, 2006 1:59 pm

m_force_4_ever wrote:^not to mention the extra water when you get when standing on the bridge afterwards (only if you get a good splash though)
Nickij8605 posted this nice photo in the ''photos of 1989'' thread.
A nice view of the bridge

http://img476.imageshack.us/my.php?image=scan0163vi.png

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Post by jonrev » Fri Jan 20, 2006 2:07 pm

They should have made the bridge a little lower because last time i went on that bridge I barely got splashed.
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Post by Tech Services 1 » Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:12 pm

jonrev wrote:They should have made the bridge a little lower because last time i went on that bridge I barely got splashed.
Fact is, they had to tame down the splash after the ride was completed.
The first runs produced such a huge splash that the boats were getting swamped and had a difficult time making it back into the station. There was also concern about people getting knocked about on the bridge.
The front of the boats were reshaped to change the impact with the water. It's still an impressive splash, but the early days were really spectacular!

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Eegads, has it been that long?

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Re: Splashwater Falls

Post by RLAiello » Tue Feb 14, 2006 11:17 pm

redfishpaw wrote:Anyway, I have not been on this ride in ages, I wonder how popular it is these days now that it is almost 20 years old.
Holy crap.

Splashwater Falls is almost 20 years old.

I suddenly feel REALLY REALLY OLD.
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Re: Splashwater Falls

Post by Tech Services 1 » Wed Feb 15, 2006 10:29 am

RLAiello wrote:
Holy crap.

Splashwater Falls is almost 20 years old.

I suddenly feel REALLY REALLY OLD.
Welcome to the club. :D


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Eegads, has it been that long?

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Post by JW65 » Wed Feb 15, 2006 11:24 am

It really depends on how old you already were when Splashwater Falls first opened, 20 years ago. :P

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Post by RLAiello » Sat Feb 18, 2006 2:18 am

JW65 wrote:It really depends on how old you already were when Splashwater Falls first opened, 20 years ago. :P
I was 16 at the time. The next year I started working at Six Flags Great America.

Oh my aching back.
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Post by JW65 » Sun Feb 19, 2006 5:53 am

Rick,

I am ahead of you by 4 years. Those aches and pains keep coming, but I've found that stretching and exercising each morning really makes a difference!

JW

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Post by RandyV » Sun Feb 19, 2006 10:54 pm

I remember standing on the bridge in '87 and getting killed by the water. It took days for my shoes to dry out. It was very cool, though.

Man -- 20 years. I'm right in between you guys. I was 17 when Splashwater Falls was built.
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Post by redfishpaw » Mon Feb 20, 2006 11:37 am

I was 18 when Splashwater Falls opened. I started working at the park a year earlier.

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