In just three short weeks, Cedar Point’s newest investment, Shoot the Rapids, will open to the public. But not before some generous VIPs get their turn. Cedar Point is auctioning off the first 30 seats with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross, Firelands Chapter.
The bidding starts at 75$ and goes up from there. A credit card number must be provided to prove legitimacy. The top 30 bidders will be awarded a commemorative T-shirt and medallion, free breakfast, free admission to the park as well as first seats on the new ride.
Shoot the Rapids will be a “shoot-the-chutes” style ride made by IntaRide LLC, a division of Intamin AG, and cost the park $10.5 million. During the 3 minute ride, guests will experience two drops, both at 45 degree angles. The first plunges riders 85 feet down into the splash pool below while the sends drops 49 feet.
But this ride isn’t just about those two drops. Between those two highlights will be some scenery including a waterfall that the 10 passenger boats will pass underneath. And then there’s the finale as the last drop sends riders down into the rapids below guaranteeing a good soaking for all involved.
When Shoot the Rapids finally opens up on May 15th, Cedar Point will have added yet another notch to its impressive arsenal of thrills, with this one being able to please the whole family. The 2010 season is definitely looking up for the jewel of the Cedar Fair chain.