do find the principle behind Splash Boats, like Tidal Wave at Thorpe Park an
overrated concept. True, there are some good ones out there, but in essence
they're a gimmick ride, and it's a gimmick that could be recreated on a
normal log flume by a group of people holding buckets of water.
though takes the concept, and raises it to a new level, turning it in to
what is technically a water coaster. At the top of the first hill instead of
a normal corner of track there's a turntable. This turns the boat, so it is
set up to do a large dip of track after the turntable backwards. After this
you reach another turntable that faces you forwards
the big drop. This includes a large bunny hop after the initial drop, before
you hit the big splash in to the water.
combine this great concept with the fact it's in a superbly themed area of
the park, what you have is a great example of how you can take what is
normally a novelty ride, and turn it in to an attraction of some note.