main memory of this ride is queuing for ages, doing all 20 seconds
of the ride, and someone complaining they thought there'd be more of
it. When asked how they thought this was possible given the rides
mechanism they said they thought it would go around inside first.
Having been back, now I'm older and seen the hill being much smaller
than I remember this idea seems even less plausible.
was this ride then? If you've been to Wicksteed park and ridden the
water chute you'll have a good idea. You got in the boat at the top
station, the boat rolled down the track, splashing into the lake
below. From there a rope attached to the back of the boat back to a
docking area where you got off the boat. The boat was then pulled by
the rope back up to the loading station.
To be honest it was one of the weakest splash boats or water chutes
I've done. It didn't create much of a splash, or out of control
sensation, and the drop wasn't much in terms of excitement
thrills. Even in the 90's when I rode this it was old news, with
several other parks having recently having installed log flumes with
longer circuits and better drops.
I was surprised to read that the ride lasted until 2006, as I
assumed the outdated feel and low capacity would have seen it close
earlier. If you are interested for nostalgic reasons a lot of the
ride still remains in place, with the waterfall being used as
decoration next to the parks Ferris wheel.