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Thunder Canyon

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Area  Frontier Trail
Opening date  1986
Opening date  1995
Status  Operating
Status  Operating
Status  Operating
Thunder Canyon

Thunder Canyon is a river rapids ride located at three Cedar Fair amusement parks. It is found at Cedar Point, Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, and Valleyfair. Riders will get soaked on the ride at all the parks. All of the rides include water falls and water shoots.


Cedar Point

Thunder Canyon is one of two water rides at Cedar Point, the other being Snake River Falls. Thunder Canyon uses water pumped in from Sandusky Bay every morning instead of a closed water system on many other water rides. The ride closes every year in September to be transformed into Cornstalkers, an attraction for HalloWeekends.

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom

Thunder Canyon is located towards the back of the park. It can be found along the back path leading to Wildwater Kingdom while the ride itself is placed on four acres of land within the track of the Cedar Creek Cannonball. The attraction is 1,640 feet long, uses 200 horsepower pumps to generate the river using one million gallons of water at a rate of 112,000 gallons per minute, and was designed by Barr Engineering for the cost of $3.8 Million. This ride is unique compared to other rides of the same type for a few reasons. The ride is known for being one of the wettest version of its type. It is also known for its special use of its water reservoir, which instead of being hidden back stage, is used as a dramatic million gallon backdrop for the ride. Thunder Canyon is one of three water rides at Dorney Park, the other two being White Water Landing and Thunder Creek Mountain.


Thunder Canyon is one of three water rides at Valleyfair, the other two being The Wave, and Riptide.


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