View Full Version : Splashless Jurassic Park?
03-31-2003, 11:51 AM
I took the link to darkbeer's webpage only to notice pictures of jurassic park making absolutely no splash. Why is this?
03-31-2003, 09:17 PM
Really? He has photos of the boats not making a splash? Wow, I thought the boats were designed to make the biggest splash possible.
03-31-2003, 09:38 PM
What link is that, perchance ?
03-31-2003, 09:53 PM
The link is at the bottom of this message...
As for why... well, guest complaints!
Especially during the winter months, people would complain... even though there was NO way to board the ride without first seeing the old "Splash Zone".
Spent quite awhile watching the testing, and talking to ride ops (I was spending the day with an park employee). They changed the breaking system to a magnetic system, which required the boat to be raised. They also removed some of the boat that helped create the "wave".
There is talk of adding a "splashing system" that can be turned on in the summer, and adjusted.
But right now, the worse area to get wet is the area from where the boat goes off course, to the lift hill. But I took my nice, new, fancy Digital camera on the ride.... because I knew it would be safe...
At least the Jeep is once again dropping from the top of the building:)
03-31-2003, 10:06 PM
Ah, so it can be turned off, but somehow with today and yesterday's 90 ish temps I would think that would be a welcome splash.:~D
04-01-2003, 07:59 AM
DRAT! One of the great things about Universal was the 'wimps be darned' attitude of NOT reacting to whiny guest complaints about getting wet. The cast in Waterworld sure doused a few and to heck with them...best part of the show...as is the soaking at JP. Really bad news to me...when is it ever that cold that a dollar rain poncho won't do the job...and why knuckle under to knuckle heads who have a CHOICE of not riding. Easier to ruin the ride for those who WANT to get wet (me).
04-01-2003, 10:22 AM
Doesn't it just depend on the water level. If you look at the track, it is basically above the water line. On the hotter days, it is more submerged, allowing the boat to hit the water harder.
04-01-2003, 10:55 AM
No, they totally redid the system during the lengthy winter rehab that just ended. They totally redid the way the boats ride the track (due to the fact they had to put the new brake fins (metal) for the magnetic system). Since the boat was raised a few inches to let the new brake system work, the devices that helped make the LARGE wave at Splashdown no longer work (and as mentioned earlier, removed from the boat).
There is no way for the boats to lower, or for the water to be raised much (they can adjust it a bit.)
As mentioned, they are looking into adding special effect to replace some of the splash, but they have not yet been installed.