Shoot the Chute

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Shoot the Chute is an amusement ride consisting of a flat-bottomed boat that slides down a ramp or inside a flume into a lagoon. Unlike a log flume, a Shoot the Chute ride generally has larger boats and one single drop.

It may also refer to a playground slide in New Orleans vernacular.[1]

History[edit]

Chute-the-Chutes, Dreamland, Coney Island, New York, 1905
La Cascade, Magic-City, Paris, France, 1913

The first of this type of amusement ride was built by J.P. Newburg in 1884 down the side of a hill at Watchtower Park in Rock Island, Illinois. The ride traveled along a 500-foot (150 m) greased wooden track, skipping across the Rock River at the bottom. It was then poled back to the ramp by an on-board ride attendant. Newburg took this unique ride concept next to Chicago, where more flumes were built and the rides grew in popularity.[2]

Paul Boyton opened Paul Boyton's Water Chute, America's first modern amusement park, at 63rd and Drexel in Chicago, Illinois, on July 4, 1894. Boyton's was the first amusement park to rely solely on mechanical attractions. Paul Boyton and Thomas Polk built another example in 1895 for Sea Lion Park at Coney Island. The ride was widely copied and "Chute" rides were found at many amusement parks throughout the United States,[3] and even became the name of several amusement parks. While the original form of the ride is largely obsolete, modern log flume rides work on similar principles.

On the earliest chute rides, the flat-bottomed boat was pulled up the ramp by cable, sometimes with a turnaround on a small turntable. In the ride at Sea Lion Park, the passengers arrived at the top by elevator. The bottom of the ramp curved upwards, causing the boat to skip across the water until it came to a stop. The boat was guided to a landing by a boatman on board.[4] The oldest ride of this type still in operation is the Boat Chute, constructed in 1926 and 1927 located at Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park in Rossville, Georgia near Chattanooga, Tennessee.[5] An operating modern reproduction of the Luna Park shoot the chute ride of the early 20th century, The Pittsburg Plunge,[Note 1] is currently in operation at Kennywood amusement park in Pennsylvania.

Modern rides[edit]

The Shoot the Chute concept has evolved over time in the amusement park industry. All modern Shoot the Chute rides today feature a guide track after the descent down the chute into the pool of water that allows the boats to return to the loading platform—completing a closed circuit track. Most modern Shoot the Chute rides usually consist of (though not limited to) an oval shaped layout or a figure-eight layout. Many Shoot the Chute installations also have an observation platform or bridge so that spectators, in addition to riders, can get wet from the splash created by the boats.

Intamin took the Shoot the Chute concept to extremes with the opening of its first Mega Splash, Perilous Plunge at Knott's Berry Farm. At its opening, it was the tallest and steepest water flume ride in the world. Three seven-ton 24-passenger boats would climb a 121-foot (36.8 m) lift-hill, round a curve and descend a 115-foot (35 m) water chute at a 77.8-degree slope. Upon landing in the lagoon below, the boats created a 45-foot (13.7 m) high splash that drenched riders as well as spectators standing on an observation bridge overlooking the ride. The ride used an adjustable electromagnetic braking system to control the volume of the splash. A similar ride, Hydro, was later constructed at Oakwood Theme Park in Wales, UK. Perilous Plunge was removed from the park in 2012.

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana, built an even larger Shoot the Chute ride named "Pilgrim's Plunge." Designed and built by Intamin and dubbed a Hyper Splash, it was, at its opening, the world's tallest water ride, with a top speed of 50 miles per hour (80 km/h). Pilgrims Plunge featured a 135 open elevator lift leading to a 131-foot (40 m) drop at a 45' angle that would propel the boat to speeds approaching 50 miles per hour (80 km/h).[6] Pilgrim's Plunge opened for the 2009 season and was featured on a segment of the Travel Channel's Extreme series.[7] It was renamed Giraffica for the 2013 season and removed in April 2014 due to downtime and reliability issues.[8]

Notable manufacturers[edit]

Installations[edit]

Tidal Wave at Thorpe Park, UK

Modern[edit]

Name Park Location Manufacturer Opened Status
Adventure Falls Michigan's Adventure United States United States Hopkins Rides 1995 Operating
Amazonas Sommerland Syd Denmark Denmark Unknown Unknown Removed
Anaconda Energylandia Poland Poland Intamin 2017 Operating
Aquaman Splashdown Six Flags Over Texas United States United States Hopkins Rides 1987 Removed
Aquaman SplashDown Six Flags Mexico Mexico Mexico Hopkins Rides 1993 Operating
Bermuda Triangle Sea World Australia Australia Unknown 1994 Removed
Bermuda Triangle - Alien Encounter Movie Park Germany Germany Germany Intamin 1996 Operating
Boston Tea Party Canobie Lake Park United States United States Hopkins Rides 1998 Operating
Buzzsaw Falls Alabama Splash Adventure United States United States SkyTrans Manufacturing 2011 Removed
Cataratas Salvajes Parque Warner Madrid Spain Spain Intamin 2002 Operating
Centrale Di Pompaggio Felifonte Italy Italy Hafema 2003 Removed
Congo Falls Kings Island United States United States Intamin 1988 Operating
Diamond Falls Kings Dominion United States United States Intamin 1985 Removed
Diamond River Legendia Poland Poland Unknown 2016 Operating
Drenched
Formerly Hydro
Oakwood Theme Park United Kingdom United Kingdom Intamin 2002 Operating
Dschungel X-pedition Legoland Deutschland Germany Germany Intamin 2002 Operating
Escape from Pompeii Busch Gardens Williamsburg United States United States Intamin 1995 Operating
Flash Flood Noah's Ark Water Park United States United States Hopkins Rides 1999 Operating
Fluch Des Pharao Belantis Germany Germany Hafema 2003 Operating
Fuga da Atlantide Gardaland Italy Italy Intamin 2003 Operating
Giraffica
Formerly Pilgrim's Plunge
Holiday World United States United States Intamin 2009 Removed
Grand Splatch Parc Astérix France France Intamin 1989 Operating
Iguazú Isla Mágica Spain Spain Intamin 1997 Operating
Jungle Splash Etnaland Italy Italy Intamin 2010 Operating
Jurassic Park: The Ride Universal Studios Japan Japan Japan Vekoma 2001 Operating
Jurassic Park River Adventure Universal Studios Islands of Adventure United States United States Vekoma 1999 Operating
Jurassic World: The Ride
Formerly Jurassic Park: The Ride
Universal Studios Hollywood United States United States Vekoma 1996 Operating
La Furia de Tritón Terra Mítica Spain Spain Intamin 2000 Operating
Los Fiordos Parque de Atracciones de Madrid Spain Spain Intamin 1998 Operating
Lost River Ride Flamingo Land United Kingdom United Kingdom Bear Rides 2004 Operating
Lumberjack Falls Wild Waves Theme Park United States United States Intamin 2002 Operating
Mega Tsunami China Dinosaurs Park China China Intamin 2011 Operating
Mile High Falls Kentucky Kingdom United States United States Hopkins Rides 1994 Operating
Monsoon Worlds of Fun United States United States Intamin 1992 Operating
Monsoon Falls Six Flags Discovery Kingdom United States United States Intamin 1999 Operating
Niagara Bellewaerde Belgium Belgium Interlink 1995 Operating
Niagara Mirabilandia Italy Italy Hopkins Rides 1999 Operating
Old Mill Scream Opryland USA United States United States Intamin 1987 Removed
Padre Plunge Schlitterbahn Corpus Christi United States United States SkyTrans Manufacturing 2017 Operating
Perilous Plunge Knott's Berry Farm United States United States Intamin 2000 Removed
Pirate Reef Legoland California United States United States Hopkins Rides 2012 Operating
Pittsburg Plunge Kennywood United States United States Hopkins Rides 1995 Operating
Playland Plunge Playland Park United States United States Hopkins Rides 2001 Operating
Plummet Summit Magic Springs and Crystal Falls United States United States Unknown Unknown Operating
Power Surge Six Flags Fiesta Texas United States United States Intamin 1992 Removed
Rim Runner Adventuredome United States United States Arrow Dynamics 1993 Removed
Roaring Springs Lowry Park Zoo United States United States Unknown Unknown Operating
Roaring Falls Celebration City United States United States Hopkins Rides 2008 Removed
Shipwreck Falls Darien Lake United States United States Intamin 2002 Operating
Shipwreck Falls Elitch Gardens United States United States Hopkins Rides 1997 Operating
Shipwreck Falls Geauga Lake United States United States Hopkins Rides 2000 Removed
Shipwreck Falls Six Flags New England United States United States Hopkins Rides 1997 Removed
Shipwreck Falls Six Flags America United States United States Hopkins Rides 1993 Operating
Shoot the Chute Nagashima Spa Land Japan Japan Hopkins Rides 1994 Operating
Shoot the Chute Chimelong Paradise China China Unknown Unknown Operating
Shoot the Chute Happy Valley Shanghai China China Golden Horse 2009 Operating
Shoot the Chute Happy Valley Shenzhen China China Golden Horse Unknown Operating
Shoot the Chute Happy Valley Wuhan China China Golden Horse 2012 Operating
Shoot the Chute Wonderland Park United States United States Hopkins Rides Unknown Operating
Sklooosh! Knoebels Amusement Resort United States United States Hopkins Rides 1997 Operating
Snake River Falls Cedar Point United States United States Arrow Dynamics 1993 Operating
Spillway Splashout Six Flags New Orleans United States United States Hopkins Rides Unknown Closed
Splash Duinrell Netherlands Netherlands Hopkins Rides 1992 Operating
Splash Caribe Parque Diversiones Costa Rica Costa Rica Hopkins Rides Unknown Operating
Splashute Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise Japan Japan Unknown Unknown Operating
Splashwater Falls Six Flags Great Adventure United States United States Hopkins Rides 1987 Removed
Splashwater Falls Six Flags Great America United States United States Hopkins Rides 1987 Removed
Splashwater Falls Six Flags Over Georgia United States United States Hopkins Rides 1986 Operating
Submarine Splash Gyeongju World South Korea South Korea Unknown Unknown Operating
Super Splash Hansa-Park Germany Germany Unknown 1986 Operating
Tanganyika Tidal Wave Busch Gardens Tampa United States United States Arrow Dynamics 1989 Removed
The Wave Valleyfair United States United States Hopkins Rides 1992 Operating
Tidal Force Hersheypark United States United States Hopkins Rides 1994 Operating
Tidal Wave Six Flags AstroWorld United States United States Arrow Dynamics 1988 Removed
Tidal Wave Six Flags Magic Mountain United States United States Intamin 1989 Operating
Tidal Wave Six Flags St. Louis United States United States Hopkins Rides 1991 Removed
Tidal Wave Thorpe Park United Kingdom United Kingdom Hopkins Rides 2000 Operating
Timberwolf Falls Canada's Wonderland Canada Canada Hopkins Rides 1989 Operating
Tutuki Splash PortAventura Park Spain Spain Intamin 1995 Operating
Viking İsfanbul Turkey Turkey Intamin 2013 Operating
Whitewater Falls California's Great America United States United States Intamin 1990 Operating
Whitewater Falls Carowinds United States United States Hopkins Rides 1988 Removed
White Water Landing Dorney Park United States United States Arrow Dynamics 1993 Operating
Yucatan Rainbow Magicland Italy Italy Intamin 2011 Operating
Zeslizg Do Wody Legendia Poland Poland Unknown 1959 Removed

Historic[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The name of Pittsburgh was often spelled without the h in the 1800s and early 1900s. The Pittsburg Plunge, located in Kennywood Park's nostalgic "Lost Kennywood" section, features the bygone spelling.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fleurty Girl T-Shirts Archived 2010-10-16 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
  2. ^ Watchtower Park Article by Rock Island Historical Society. Retrieved 30 April 2008.
  3. ^ Amusing America Exhibits of the San Francisco Public Library. Retrieved 4 August 2007.
  4. ^ Stanton, Jeffrey (1998) Coney Island-Sea Lion Park. Retrieved 4 August 2007.
  5. ^ Lake Winnepesaukah. "The Boat Chute". Archived from the original on April 22, 2010. Retrieved May 10, 2010.
  6. ^ "Holiday World Adds World's Tallest Water Ride |". Holidayworld.com. 2009-04-29. Archived from the original on 2010-06-12. Retrieved 2010-09-14.
  7. ^ "Don't throw your back out, Will! |". Holidayworld.com. 2009-06-24. Retrieved 2010-09-14.
  8. ^ "The wisdom of Sir Isaac - Holiday World". holidayworld.com. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  9. ^ History of Lagoon Archived 2007-12-17 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Lewis & Clark 2". www.pdxhistory.com. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  11. ^ Luna Park article by Russell Allon Hehr from The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History Archived 2007-11-24 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ History of Luna Park Archived 2007-08-10 at Archive.today - Case Western Reserve University
  13. ^ "Shoot the Chute Ride In Chicago". Roller Coaster History: How It Started. UltimateRollerCoaster.com. Retrieved 2008-12-07.

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