and then I go on a ride and it represents a major milestone. It has some
advancement that makes it stand out from all rides of a similar type, or
represents a completely new experience
I've never come across before. Nemesis and The Samurai stand out as good
examples, and this ride stands out as a great innovation in flume rides.
There's a new style of boats and a backwards drop (which I later on also
experienced on Valhalla) that made it stand out from all previous flume
rides I'd been on.
The technology innovations aren't the only innovative things about this
ride. There's also the imaginative and original theming. It's themed
around a lifeboat station, and other sea style buildings like a lighthouse
and an oil rig. This is great theming that has been done with great
attention to detail, that greatly enhances the experience of both going
through the queue line, and going on the ride itself. It has been superbly
packaged, so there is hardly any dead time where you're not going up or down
a drop, or not going through a well themed area.