Perilous Plunge was an Intamin Mega Splash Figure Eight water drop ride at Knott’s Berry Farm, that opened on September 15, 2000. The ride cost 9 million dollars to build and was located in the boardwalk themed section of the park. Riders boarded the 24 passenger boat and ascended up 115 ft and then, after a quick u turn, came splashing down into 650,000 gallon splash down pool. When the ride opened, it was the tallest (115ft), steepest (77.8 degrees), and fastest (53 mph) amusement park based water ride in the world. It was also the first water ride to utilize a braking system.
Riders were originally secured by lap bars and seat belts, but after an incident in 2001, which left a 40 year old rider dead, these were replaced by retrofitted four point harnesses. The ride was originally painted blue and white, but was changed after the 2001 incident to green, blue and purple. The original boats were later replaced by ones with over the shoulder restraints, but these just lead to more problems. For example, the new boats left visible fractures in the chain lift, and, at one point, the ride’s chain lift actually snapped. Luckily, thanks to anti rollbacks, the boat stayed in place, rather than falling backwards, and no one was injured. There were also complaints from riders of the new boats, before the malfunctions, that they didn’t splash nearly as much as the original boats. The capacity of the ride was only 1000 riders per hour, due to the minute and a half length the ride took, when reaching the station after the drop. Finally, Perilous Plunge closed for good on September 3, 2012, almost exactly 12 years after it opened. It has been replaced by the new family boardwalk themed area that houses Surfside Gliders, Pacific Scrambler, and Coast Rider.
BELOW You’ll find a video showing the differences between the different kinds of boats. Notice the splash with the red boats is a lot bigger than the splash with the blue boats.