I come across a ride which I think deserves to be better than it is. Here's
an example, it's a good rapids ride no question, plus there's some great
innovation here which makes me wish I could honestly rank it higher
than I do.
The innovation is how they've set out to create a hybrid of rapids ride and
dark ride. I've seen this done with log flumes lots of times, but the faster
pace of a rapids ride means it's more suited to a themed environment than a
full dark ride.
This starts with the queue area, which as it was a walk on, was like a walk
through dark ride in itself, going through various themed rooms. This leads
to a beautifully themed ride station, which is part of a large indoor
section, themed as a cave full of fantasy creatures. This theme continues in
the outside areas, that is well themed as a forest with fantasy creatures.
For most of the ride this works out great, there is though on innovative
idea that's counter productive. It has sections where the boat goes in a
narrow chute, that slows you down to watch an animatronic. Sadly the models
aren't strong enough to counter the slow down in pace,
it feels like an unnecessary break in pace.
Overall though this doesn't stop it being a good ride. If you could get the
pacing right on a rapids ride this well themed you'd have one of the best
water rides anywhere. Even with the pacing problems this one is still well