Log Flume vs Shoot the Chute | Water Ride Showdown

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After hours of walking around an amusement park on a hot summer day, who doesn’t like to cool off? Water rides like log flumes and shoot the chutes are rides that appeal to a wide range of guests.

[one_half]Log Flume Rides
Once staples of the amusement parks everywhere, these rides have become more and more rare (See Where Have All the Log Flumes Gone?). On these rides, passengers sit in hollow logs or boats and float down a flume propelled by the flow of the water. There’s usually a conveyor belt lift (often two) that lifts riders allowing for large drops producing a splash. More at Wikipedia: Log Flume (ride)[/one_half][one_half_last]Shoot the Chute Rides
Shoot the Chute rides are similar to log flumes, but they use larger boats that seat more riders. They also usually consist of one large drop that often produces a massive splash. At many parks, an area is made where guests can stand near the ride and get cooled off by the large splashes produced by the ride. More at Wikipedia: Shoot the Chute[/one_half_last]

Which of these water rides do you prefer? Log flumes or shoot the chute rides?

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  1. For either type of ride, I like some type of theming (Busch Gardens VA and FL) or use of terrain. (Dorney’s flume uses the hillside under Hydra for its lift and drop.)

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  2. I’d have to go with Log Flumes, but I have to say I’m spoiled here in Central Florida. Dudley Do Right’s Ripsaw Falls and Splash Mountain are arguably two of the best water rides out there. And even Journey to Atlantis has a spectacular drop and the added water-coaster element to keep things fun.

    With Shoot the Chutes, no matter the ride (Tidal Wave, Jurassic Park, Escape From Pompei, etc), the experience always felt the same. Slow, drawn-up buildup to a drop. Some might just give you a little bit more to look at than others. But not much variety outside of that.

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  3. When I was a kid and scared of roller coasters, I was nevertheless willing to ride flumes. I think it was because they combined a mild thrill element with a relaxing boat ride. I could tell myself it was primarily a relaxing boat ride, and the drop was just one piece of the experience.

    A Shoot the Chutes seems like a flume for people with short attention spans who just want the climactic thrill. It’s cheaper, somehow.

    I still like flume rides. Canobie Lake Park has a nice one that is still a big draw in the summer. But in recent years I’ve ridden them all too rarely, because my daughter won’t go on them, and I tend to spend my solo riding time on coasters instead. She recently discovered she likes rapids raft rides, so maybe flumes can’t be far behind.

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