Two complimentary elements: water and air(time)
- Thrill Scale (0=Wimpy!, 10=Yikes!): 4
Moderate drops and speed. No seat belts. Moments of darkness.
- Type: "Master Blaster" uphill water coaster
For a short ride, the zip coaster packs a surprising punch. It's no Millennium Force, but Rendezvous Run delivers some impressive airtime as its rafts navigate the hills at its start and about midway through the ride. The amount of float depends on the weight and distribution of the passengers.
The mechanics and sensations of a water coaster's G forces are different from a traditional roller coaster. Unlike a coaster car, a water ride's raft is not tethered to the track (or more appropriately, trough), so the entire raft lifts into the air and crashes back down as it crests the hills. Also, like nearly all water rides, Rendezvous Run does not offer safety restraints, and riders can experience varying degrees of airtime and jostling depending on how tightly they hang on to the grab handles.
Cool your jets
The water jets are a signature feature of the Master Blaster water coasters found at many outdoor water parks and a handful of indoor parks (including the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells). It's a wild sensation to accelerate uphill, and the momentum sends the rafts momentarily airborne before they enter the tunnel. After a few disorienting twists and turns, the ride emerges from the enclosed tube, takes a second drop, and another pair of water jets pushes the raft back uphill and into another opaque tube.
It wouldn't be a Cedar Point park without a coaster, and Rendezvous Run provides a worthy addition to Sandusky's legendary arsenal of thrill machines.
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