First time back since the 90s

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  1. Brycazemycha

    Brycazemycha TowersStreet Member

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    It was my first visit back to the park yesterday since the early 90s, while of course there has been many changes over the last 30 years. In some areas it still looked as how I remembered it, though some rides have of course gone like the Flume. (Trying to dig out the photo at the moment from our albums)

    One question about the flume. I was standing in the queue line for Rapids and my daughter said whats that over there. It looked like remains of a ride and I assumed it was the flume but it looked like it once went over the path and Rapids which im sure it didn't. I did find a pic online as mine didnt come out, so was this part of the old Flume ride?

    https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/223561568986687381/
     
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  2. AT86

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    Yep that is part of the old Flume. It was the run off for the drop in the dark (the building and drop were removed, the concrete was left) which then continued underground for a while.

    The underground section is still there locked up with old theming and ride channel in place.

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  3. Matt N

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    I thought they demolished the entirety of The Flume besides that concrete section you can see from the path? And how on earth did someone get into the ride area to take that picture?
     
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  4. AT86

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    The small section that is underground was just sealed up, no need to really remove anything since it won’t be used again.

    I suspect the picture was originally taken by a staff member.
     
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  5. Skyscraper

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    As much as I love Wicker Man, I still miss the Flume. :(
    Lights a candle in memory of the Flume.
     
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  6. NuttySquirrel

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    Had no idea this was all still there - the park should offer behind-the-scenes tours of stuff like this!

    I can't fault the park for removing the Flume to make way for Wicker Man but I have to say I do really miss it - so few parks have good log flumes these days and the giant rubber ducks were a lot of fun (when the effects actually worked!).
     
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  7. Brycazemycha

    Brycazemycha TowersStreet Member

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    Agreed, I started doing Theme parks again once my children were old enough after years of not going as busy doing other stuff like music Gigs. However I noticed that nearly all the theme parks have got rid of their flumes. I think Flamingo Land is the only one still with one but I don't think it's the original one I went on in the 80s/90s. Iast time I went to Lightwater Valley we went on The Lightwater Wheel (also gone now). I then realised we were on the site of what was a kind of Flume. Devils something I think it was called back then. Though it was more like a big red skip plunging into water.
     
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  8. jon81uk

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    Chessington have actually added a second one!
     
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    Isn't there also still a kiddie flume at BPB in Nickelodeon Land?
     
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  10. Brycazemycha

    Brycazemycha TowersStreet Member

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    Yes I was forgetting that both them and Legoland still have them whileThope Park kind of have one in Tidal Wave, though the famous Loggers Leap is gone. I think Alton Towers has a gap in the market for a decent water ride. The rapids is Ok for what it is.
     
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    Yup, and a big one, dead in a shed.
     
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    Yeah there are a few kiddie ones still (Skull Rock at Oakwood is another that springs to mind) but they're really not a patch on the likes of Loggers Leap etc.

    Think Legoland still has Pirate Falls but I've not ridden it since I was about 8 so can't remember if it's a kiddie one or not!
     
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    Imagine the reaction when Time Team digs that thing up in 1000 years time :smile:

    I personally always enjoyed the Flume, even with the ducks and bathtubs.
     
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    Both as logs and bathtubs the flume always terrified me, I think it was the lack of restraints, or maybe just the steep drops but they scared me far more than any other type of ride.
     
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    You should try Waterfall at Oakwood.
     
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    I may have gone on that back in the 90s (pre-megafobia!) but not sure.

    For some reason I am okay with Depth Charge at Thorpe. Its just log flumes I had/have a fear of.
     
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    I really enjoyed The Flume - you got a real sense of adventure and felt like you had left the park after the first small drop, but it was falling apart in the last couple of years. With regards to fearing the ride, I never consciously felt this way however I always used to have a dream a few days after riding it where the log would fall out of the trough!
     
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  18. NuttySquirrel

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    Oh my god I nearly chickened out of that last time I was at Oakwood! I wish I had, it didn't end well! Required a complete clothing change (emphasis on complete! :D)

    You would probably remember it if you had! :p
     
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  19. jon81uk

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    It's been about 30 years!

    I can clearly remember the assault courses, the bobsleigh toboggans and Treetops coaster. Also there was a spiders web thing in the indoor play.
     
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    For me, the worst part of a Log Flume is being in a packed boat and not having something solid behind me on the lifts.
     
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