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Water Jumper

Roller coaster in the United States
Water Jumper
Cedar Valley's Wild Frontier Fun Park
Location Comins, Michigan, USA
Coordinates 44°47′29″N 84°01′40″W / 44.79152°N 84.02785°W / 44.79152; -84.02785
Status Operating since June 5, 2021
Cost $50,000 USD
King Carnival
Name Flying Flume
Location Mandurah, Western Australia, Australia
Operated 2012 to 2014
Statistics
Manufacturer Fabbri
Product Water Jumping (Single Jump)
Type Steel - Water
Riders per train 2
Hourly capacity 300
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Area 125 feet × 44 feet
Power consumption 25 KW
Height 30.5 feet
Inversions 0
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Water Jumper is a water roller coaster located at Cedar Valley's Wild Frontier Fun Park in Comins, Michigan, USA.

History

The Water Jumping model was first introduced in 1999, and prototypes for the two models, the Single Jump and Double Jump were manufactured, the Double Jump would end up at Hawally Park,[1] but the Single Jump would seemingly remain at Fabbri, being listed for sale on its website for multiple years.[2]

In early 2012, the ride would be fully refurbished and open at King Carnival near Perth, Australia, under the name Flying Flume,[3] strangely, it would be put up for sale only months later,[4] however the ride continuted to operate during this time.

The ride, which was still for sale, was dismantled around 2014,[5] but remained In storage in Australia, it is unclear whether it was stored at the park or not.[6]

Cedar Valley's Wild Frontier Fun Park announced the purchase of 3 rides on January 20, 2018, one of which was the Flying Flume,[7] the ride was refurbished by Bulldog Powder Coating in Cherry Valley, Massachusetts before arriving at the park in late 2018.[8]

Construction of the ride would start in October of 2018,[9] with the ride being mostly assembled by 2020, however, the ride needed neumorus modifications to meet USA standards,[10] but the park was forced to close for the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemmic, which gave the park time to finish the ride's modifcations,[11] with it being approved for operation in May 2020, and offically renamed to Water Jumper.[12]

Water Jumper opened to the public on the park's second weekend of the 2021 season on June 5, 2021.[13]

Design

Elements

This ride is possibly the only roller coaster to have a jump in its track.

After ascending the lift hill, riders slowly traverse a turn before going down a drop into an upward-angled piece of track, the track then ends, causing the cars to become airborne for a short amount of time before landing in a splash pool, where waterjets push it into another chain lift hill, after traversing another turn, the car returns to the station.

Trains

Single car. Riders are arranged inline in 2 rows, for a total of 2 riders per car.

Originally operated with 5 cars, at Cedar Valley, only one car is used, with two other cars used for a sign outside of the ride's entrance.

References

  1. Bannister, Richard (December 7, 2007). "Kuwait Travel Note". Richard Bannister. Retrieved March 5, 2024.
  2. "Water Jumping - Park". Fabbri. Archived from the original on May 8, 2006. Retrieved March 5, 2024.
  3. "Flying Flume Ride - New". King Carnival Website. Archived from the original on January 21, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2024.
  4. Ivey Jr., Maxwell (July 30, 2012). "Hello; I have a real treat here". Facebook. Retrieved March 5, 2024.
  5. Google Earth historic imagery
  6. Ivey Jr., Maxwell (August 10, 2016). "Fabbri flying flume ride for only 50,000". Facebook. Retrieved March 5, 2024.
  7. "This is one of 3 new rides coming this year!". Facebook. January 20, 2018. Retrieved March 5, 2024.
  8. Harrington, Mike (June 30, 2018). "bulldog powder coating". Facebook. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  9. "Water flume ride is going up!". Facebook. October 14, 2018. Retrieved March 5, 2024.
  10. Adam, Josh (April 12, 2020). "we have the water coaster from Australia". Facebook. Retrieved March 5, 2024.
  11. Adam, Josh (February 6, 2021). "The water jumper was approved last year". Facebook. Retrieved March 5, 2024.
  12. Adam, Josh (May 12, 2020). "yes we are getting approval on Thursday for the water coaster". Facebook. Retrieved March 5, 2024.
  13. "We have added more hours !!!!". Facebook. June 4, 2021. Retrieved March 5, 2024.