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Published: Tuesday, 5/11/2010

Cedar Point delays opening of new water ride


SANDUSKY — This year's big new attraction won't be ready when an Ohio amusement park opens for the season this weekend.

Cedar Point in Sandusky is delaying the launch of its new Shoot the Rapids water ride by two weeks, until May 29. CEO Dick Kinzel of Cedar Point's parent company, Cedar Fair, said Monday that the boats for the $10.5 million flume ride were made too long and didn't go over the hills properly. He says the boats are being modified so they'll work.

Kinzel describes the issue as more of an engineering problem than a safety problem.

The rest of the park about 55 miles west of Cleveland is scheduled to open Saturday.

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