Thunder Canyon is Cedar Point's River Rapids ride that is located at the end of the Frontier Trail.
In 1977 Cedar Point expanded the Corkscrew Midway with Witches' Wheel. Gemini opened in 1978 as the world's tallest and fastest racing roller coaster in the world world. 1979 saw Cedar Point add a new children's area, a new WildCat, and Wave Swinger. Oceana opened in 1980 as Cedar Point's marine life complex. Ocean Motion started sailing the high seas in 1981. 1982 brought White Water landing. When White Water Landing opened it was the tallest and longest Hydro Flume I the world. Demon Drop opened in 1983 as Cedar Point's first free fall ride. Avalanche Run opened in 1985 as Cedar Point's Bobsled Roller Coaster. Avalanche Run was advertised to be more thrilling than Gemini, it was not and the ride failed to meet expectations.
Thunder Canyon was built by Intamin AG of Switzerland. Over the years Intamin has built several other rides for Cedar Point including: Jr. Gemini, their first coaster (1979), Avalanche Run (1985-1989), Millennium Force (2000), Wicked Twister (2002), Top Thrill Dragster (2003), Maverick (2007), and Shoot the Rapids (2010-2015). Over the years the Intamin rides have been some of the most popular rides in the park.
Thunder Canyon is usually always a walk on because the ride has really good capacity. The longest line is usually 15 minutes and that is on very busy days.
The turntable turns at a very slow speed. It helps keep the ride always moving.
Thunder Canyon is a great thrill ride that will entertain the entire family!
After Thunder Canyon, Cedar Point continued to a add rides that would balance out Cedar Point's line up of attractions. Cedar Point would add: Iron Dragon (1987), Soak City Water Park (1988-2016), Disaster Transport (1990-2012), Mean Streak (1991 - 2016), Challenge Park (1992-2016), Snake River Falls (1993), Raptor (1994), Mantis (1996-2014), Power Tower (1998), Camp Snoopy (1999), Millennium Force (2000), Wicked Twister (2002), Top Thrill Dragster (2003), maXair(2005), Skyhawk (2006), Maverick (2007), Planet Snoopy (2008), Shoot The Rapids (2010-2015), WindSeeker(2011), GateKeeper (2013), Pipe Scream(2014), Wilderness Run (2014), Rougarou (2015), Valravn (2016), Cedar Point Shores Water Park (2017), and Steel Vengeance (2018), Forbidden Frontier (2019), and Cedar Point's 150th Anniversary Celebration (2020). All of these new attractions have brought Cedar Point new innovation and new technology that have made Cedar Point the Roller Coaster Capital of the World!
Photos by: Jake Hamons, Andrew Borgen, and Cedar Point.
Last Updated: 5/20/2020