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    Disneyland water falls...

    Why does it seem that over the years all the waterfalls around Disneyland seems to slow from a roaring water fall to a slow dribble?

    (all photos courtesy of DavelandWeb)

    For instance:
    Jungle cruise's Sweitzer Falls... back in the day:


    compared to today's:


    Matterhorn back in the day:


    Compared to todays:

    (I know this is the opposite waterfall, but both once had the same output power)

    and sometimes even like this:


    And not to forget Cascade peak.. which is not even there anymore.

    (okay so that last one doesn't count)

    But still, why do all of these falls seem to slow to a dribble compared to the past years?


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    Re: Disneyland water falls...

    Simple its CHEAPER to let them either 1. fall apart, 2. be disused, 3. run at low capacity.... thats the new Disney co way!

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    Re: Disneyland water falls...

    Improperly cleaned pumps?

    Lower reservoir capacity?

    Years ans years of use without replacement?



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    Re: Disneyland water falls...

    It's because everyone was fooled by the myth of drinking 8 glasses of water a day. There simply isn't as much water available for waterfalls anymore.

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    Re: Disneyland water falls...

    Its because Grizzly Peak ate all the water =P

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    Re: Disneyland water falls...

    because schweizer falls collapsed? are the submarine voyage waterfalls and grizzly's not roaring enough for you?

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    Re: Disneyland water falls...

    Little tidbit, this
    Quote Originally Posted by FantasyWatersDude View Post
    Jungle cruise's Sweitzer Falls... back in the day:
    And this
    compared to today's:
    Are actually two different waterfalls. The falls came crashing down so to speak in 2004 during the refurb. If you look from the correct angle (not pictured here) the new waterfall extends approx 1-2ft farther out then the old one AND the 3 divisions are off. However when they first clean the pumps and clean out the top that thing roars. Over time the top gets more and more muck buildup and the filters around the pumps clog. (two completely different locations, one on top on in boat storage).
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    Re: Disneyland water falls...

    Things vary a lot for the Matterhorn. Some days it's like the real Matterhorn--no waterfalls at all. Other days, the thing positively gushes. So I'm not sure there's been a net loss there. There was the aforementioned issue with the falls crashing down at JC, so I forgive the falls for not being quite as impressive now. Cascade Peak...well, it was the Pressler era. What else did you expect? Now we've got Grizzly Peak and the subs, as almandot pointed out.


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    Re: Disneyland water falls...

    Quote Originally Posted by almandot View Post
    because schweizer falls collapsed? are the submarine voyage waterfalls and grizzly's not roaring enough for you?
    The whole point of this is "over time"

    I'd just like to see the falls restored to thier old glory.

    BTW, thanks techskip!

    I never knew that bit of info, at times I do see a little more water flowing over, and at other times I see a lot less.

    So your probably right with the contributing buildup of stuff from the water, as well as clogged pipes.


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    Re: Disneyland water falls...

    JC even before didn't always look impressive. As I said it is essentially clean thundering, gets progressively worse. At some point the filters completely clog and the pumps do an "auto shutoff" to prevent them from burning out (air is a great deal less dense then water causing the pumps to overheat if it wasn't for the safety off. At which point Facilities would come out and clean the filters. The new "gush" of water would then push most of the debris over the falls cleaning out the top and the process would start over. For a lot of us it was really a special moment when the falls were off. It used to be absolutely silent without the falls (stupid gorilla camp). There were several jokes, but bottom line it was really kinda cool when it was off.

    I actually thought you would comment on the other three waterfalls, which sadly clog a great deal faster and almost never get cleaned out. One of them is actually a bad design and usually ends up not running (empties into the lagoon across from the shack).
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    Re: Disneyland water falls...

    seasonally, it depends on how much snow is melting away, and global warming has huge effects, even inside the berm

    actually, there should be more now - they moved the water from IASW into JC for temporary holding




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    Re: Disneyland water falls...

    No offense but they also neglected the waterfall on the side of BTM!
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    Re: Disneyland water falls...

    Quote Originally Posted by techskip View Post
    I actually thought you would comment on the other three waterfalls, which sadly clog a great deal faster and almost never get cleaned out. One of them is actually a bad design and usually ends up not running (empties into the lagoon across from the shack).
    Do the falls right before the African Veldt (that used to have the little monkeys on it) still operate?

    Last time I saw them on was about a year ago, I went on JC once, and they were on... went on it again a few minutes later, and they were off.

    Every other time I've gone in the past year.. they have been off.


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    Re: Disneyland water falls...

    Perhaps both waterfalls are suffering from an enlarged prostate?

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    Re: Disneyland water falls...

    Quote Originally Posted by aashee View Post
    Perhaps both waterfalls are suffering from an enlarged prostate?


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