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Congo River Rapids

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The Place
  Busch Gardens Africa - Tampa, Florida USA

The Stats

Track Type Year Manufacturer
Water Circular Whitewater Raft Ride N/A Intamin AG
Ride Statistics
Height: Max Drop:
Top Speed: Track Length: 1/4 mile course
Rider Capacity: Max G-Force:
Inversions: Ride Time: 3 minutes
Avg Speed: Angle of Descent:
Number of Cars: Length of Train:
Restraints: Belts, Rail Number of Trains:
Cars per Train: Vehicles Designed by: Intamin

The Experience

* Arrangement: Riders are arranged in 6 pairs, 2 seats per pair for a total of 12 riders per raft.
* Notes: An updated version of Intamin's Roaring Rapids at Six Flags Astro World built in 1980. This was central Florida's first circular rapids ride and has since been the prototype for others including the Kali River Rapids at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
* Structure: Rafts include dark grey rubber with black chairs & seats set within bright yellow fiberglass shells.
* Elements: The journey takes you down the Congo River where you find tunnels, float freely under waterfalls, spin through a geyser, and soar through a series of whitewater rapids. The course is filled with waterspouts and obstacles designed to whirl the raft in unpredictable fashion to ensure everyone gets a fair chance of soaking. Just in case you don't get wet from sloshing water, guests are allowed to pay $.25 to shoot you with water cannons from a pedestrian walkway above.
* Features: This version features a dual loading station. To prevent jamming of rafts upon return, guide boards are not used - this time powerful water jets are used to force the rafts into either side of the dock. Two pumps can circulate more than 88,500 gallons per minute. The reservoir can hold around 1.5 million gallons of water.

The Verdict
The Congo River Rapids whitewater raft ride despite the rapids is rather on the gentle side as it clips along at a steady pace and the drops are only a few feet. But you are going to get wet on this ride.
I rate it 4 Star's

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