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Absolutely incredible shoot-the-chute ride. Yes the ride takes forever to load thanks to the restraints, but they arent uncomfortable though so I didnt care. The drop lived up to the height as the ride was gigantic and the drop was insanely steep and I even got some air in the back! The splash got me completely drenched as well.
The most surprising ride at Knotts IMO. This thing is huge as far as water rides go. I only got one ride on it, but I will walk you through my experience. It was late in the day, and I walked right onto it. I could imagine that this ride could have one of the worst lines of any ride in the world with the slow cycle time and snails pace loading time. On to the restraint system. Yes, the multiple straps are confusing. Yes, it slows down the process of getting boats out. But, I didnt feel like it was uncomfortable during the ride and I dont think it impeded my fun on the ride. Now the ride. It is great. The drop is very intimidating with extreme angle on the way down. It has the best speed of any water ride I have ever been on. Next, the insane splash got me more wet in two seconds than I have ever been on any other water ride. It was a great ride all around.
I am not a huge fan of mega flume rides (rides in large boats that go up, round a turn, and then drop down). However, if you can spice it up so that it is more interesting and exciting than doing simply that, they can actually make for magnificent rides. Jurassic Park and Escape from Pompeii are examples where the theming adds tremendously. But another thing to do is to simply make the ride huge. And that is what Perilous Plunge does. This is the tallest and steepest water ride in the United States, and it is definitely a sight to behold. The lift hill is incredibly steep. The drop, though, is beyond steep. Even when looking at it from the sidelines, you have no idea what it will actually feel like. The first time I rode I kept expecting it to level off so we could follow down the drop. But no. It just tipped further and further. This isnt straight down, but it sure feels like it. And it is also over 100 feet tall, so it lasts a long time for a flume drop. The drop itself looks just like a waterfall, and you will get pelted with water the entire way down. However, its once you hit the bottom that youll really understand what the term drenched means. The splash is enormous, and it just keeps pouring on. Now, I should mention the whole restraint issue, since that seems to be the largest complaint from most people. It is true, it takes an exceptionally long time to load a boat, what with the million-point harness system theyve got going. I did not find it uncomfortable though. I always make Perilous Plunge my very first stop on a summer day, to avoid the crowds. During the winter, nobody wants to ride anyway, so you can walk on anytime if you dont mind getting wet. Last time I rode, the boat ran with just two of my friends and myself. All in all, I consider this to be a phenomenal experience. Who needs to go over Niagra Falls in a barrel? Weve got Perilous Plunge!
my favorite water ride ever. the restraints arent that bad, trust me ive seen worse. its usually a walk on so dont miss it.
The actualy ride itself is pretty fun, but the restraints are not. They really overexaggerated with the restraints just because one person fell out that shouldnt have been riding anyway. I would only go on this ride if there was no line because it isnt worth any wait above 10 minutes. (and the 10 minutes means the load time) I went on a rainy day when it was around 58 degrees out because there was no line. I went on it 5 times in a row and got so soaked and cold that I could barely walk. It was fun, but I would not wait in any line for it.
Wow, the liine lasted forever the harness system was weird, and it seemed as though I was being sprayed by a fire hose. The drop was spectacular, I couldnt belive how steep it was. :jawdrop:
Wow. This ride ties with Superman: The Escape for the"Looks can be decieving" award. From the outside this boat ride looks thrilling and nerve-wracking with an awesome plunge (hence its name.) The problems start the minute you get on the boat, as you will be exposed to the most laborous and confusing restraint system ever (and though it WAS rather snug and tight, I think people were exagerrating how uncomfortable the restraints were. But not by much.) People WERENT being hyperbolic about how long it took to launch the boat though (and I suspect sitting with that tight harness on for 10 extra minutes is what made people complain about their lack of comfort) I mean they had about five different straps the ride operators had to check. I know that Knotts is in CYA mode with this ride, but there has to be a more straightfoward and less time consuming restraint system then one that practically binds you to the ride. Adding to the average score is the fact that the drop itself is surprisngly unspectacular, considering that its nearly vertical (personally I think the rides safty problems would be solved if they made the drop more inclined and just made it taller.) Also you got SOAKED, which is a plus if you like that sort of thing. I mean I expected to get really wet, but I was like when would the water STOP falling on me., Im already drenched. It was like swimming with your clothes on. Anyway, this is just a warning that this ride is more underwhelming then it looks. Its not that bad, but you probably wont want to go on this thing again.
I went on a overcast day, so there was no wait. I was soaked to the skin, but loved every second of it (well, until i almost got hypothermia). The steep drop is awesome for a water ride.
Perilous Plunge: An experience I wish to forget. As mentioned, the loading system is long and tedious. Safety is definitely the top-most priority, of course, but if the preparation is longer than the ride itself...I believe you decipher my point.
The ride is much too short to endure the discomfort of the suffocating restraints and the time-consuming wait. I was eagerly anticipating an exhilarating drop; unfortunately, I was greatly disappointed. The incline was too steep, in my opinion, and the force against the rider was not pleasant at all. Also, I did not expect to get completely soaked. Again, I was mistaken. My advice: Do not ride Perilous Plunge unless it is in the heat of summer, or if you like to get fully drenched.
Overall, the ride was nothing very exciting, interesting or original, and I do not think I would ride it a second time.
This ride has the best drop I have experienced on a water ride. Some flaws though. They practically give you a course on how to put on the restraints when someone will already do it for you. And the lap bar smashed me from the waist down to my thighs.
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