The Crush 'N' Gusher Update was certainly intriguing. I've never managed to go to typhoon lagood, so when I do, I'll be sure to stop by.
What I was really interested in was the conjecture that the entire search process was a sham. Certainly I didn't notice a large line up of contenders, thought I'm sure thousands of people would be willing to take the job... why? Who knows.
I have been to Blizzard Beach...in january when it was practically deserted but not to Typhoon Lagoon yet but anything in a water park that is fun is good enough for me. I think a "ride" in a water park should never be though of in the same respect as one such as HM, POTC, ST or any of the time tested Disney E tickets. A water park ride also should not be a stressful event either like trying to mimic a mega coaster (I really do not like rollercoasters! ) so in respect it appears that though this ride has limited capacity at the very least its a welcome new addition, a Disney addition.
And thus is the whole problem....what we get in new rides or technology is going to get remarkably less in the near future as it appears Disney is adopting the "Chinese" method...appealing mass appeal instead of a unique experiance.
Like why I disdain buying at Walmart where 75% of the shelf items are made in China, sure its cheaper... but so is the quality! Excessively so! Repeatedly have I always seen Made in China items fall apart in a short time or often are obviously made of the cheapest way possible, poor steel quality or a rubbery off color plastic.
And that is what Disney has become...a Made in China type of business, pay the workers dirt cheap, sell the masses the trinkets made for pennies at inflated dollars and in the end care not for what the world thinks.
And with the recent events of Robert Iger becoming CEO its all the same as how the Chinese government is being run, Roy and Stanley are the dissident protesters trying to stop the Eisner Tanks in a Disney Tiannamen Square...
I went on Crush 'N' Gusher during the cast preview day on Saturday and I agree with everything Kevin said. Its a great ride while it lasts but its really really short. Of course I got to go on each slide like 4 times because there was no one there besides cast members and their guests. I thought the theming was really cool though.
Looks just like Dragon Blasters at Schlitterbahn. Fun, but not amazing, as Kevin mentioned.
One other thing that I'm sure Kevin did not see, is the possibility of people falling off the rafts during the ride, not just at the end. When we rode Dragon Blaster people were falling off constantly.
I have to wonder if Disney is waiting for new Rafts for this attraction. Master Blasters usually use Dingy type rafts where a thin layer of rubber rides between the guest and the slide not and high sides, not an elevated tube where falling off is an issue. My Guess is that those rafts are temps.
Kevin(or anyone else who has ridden the attraction) are the rafts themed to the attraction specifically? or are they lazy river rafts?
I too am disappointed with the lack of theming for the Crush n' Gusher. The thing I have always adored about the Disney water parks is that they are themed to the hilt - centered around a strong story.
Other water parks just have water rides for the "fun" of it - while these parks aren't bad, they are not trying to "immerse" you. Disney has always done that.
Take for example how every ride (except for the family raft rides) at both the water parks, are all integrated into the various mountains. There are no supports. The Crush n' Gusher is exactly how I feared - a support heavy roller coaster looking attraction running through a barren-type landscape. It looks like it could be at your typical community water park run by Six Flags.
I don't think the placing of palm trees and one or two crashed fruit factory trucks really pulls off the concept, you know?
I'd like to add that MasterBlaster's operated in this country (UK), do not need one "boat" to end before another is launched. From what I have seen, the "up" sections act as block zones, much like on a traditional coaster. So without the water there, and a rougher surface, the "boats" just stop.
What's the weight limit on the rafts over there? At Alton Towers, it is 18 stone (IIRC, which works out at 252lbs).
I've also seen people getting stuck (primarily for being too heavy). That MasterBlaster was using dinghey's though, so the lifeguard grabbed a dinghey and rode it surfboard style up to the stuck person and gave them a shove