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This weekend I had the chance to get a behind the scenes look at all the work that is going on at Waldameer park. I was able to snag some great behind the scenes shots of the new waterpark expansion, maintainance shop, and many other areas of the park. I was even able to walk part of the ravine flyer 3's track.

 

I am not very good at writing long trip reports, so I let the pictures do the talking.

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The park looks very different in the winter

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Not much of the rides remain in the winter, as they are stripped down to the bones to do annual maintinance.

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The weather was very warm for December. Warm enough to ride the log ride.

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The park is storing the stuffed animals in the ballroom for the winter.

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No tilting today.

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The flying carpet ride gets shrink wrapped in the off season.

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Lots of ride parts are stored in the arcade. Look for a few changes to the arcade this coming season by the way.

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Some more...

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I believe that they said these were going away as parts are hard to come by.

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Parts were stacked everywhere in here.

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Even the parks statues are brought in.

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In the winter, the bumper car building is boxed in and used as a storage area for rides.

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Outside view of bumper car building

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Inside

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In the next update, I take a peek at what makes the waves for the giant wave pool. Here are a few teaser pictures...

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Stay tuned for a ton more!

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Here are some more pictures.

 

This set shows the waterpark progress, and some more random park photos.

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this is just one of the 3 huge water filters for the wave pool.

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You can see some of the filter in this little window.

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This is the wave making room.

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This had something to do with the air flow.

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I believe there were 8 of these air blower machines.

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Random waterpark stuff

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There was lots of work going on in the waterpark. They are currently in phase 2 of 3.

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Back inside the ride park, here is the merry go round all bundled up for winter

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The wipeout

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The spider

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Paratrooper

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The vortex

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The steel dragon coaster

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The wacky shack

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Pirates cove

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The comet

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In the next update, there will be lots of pictures from the maintinance shop and......

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The parks main attraction. So stay tuned!

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It is truly impressing to see the extensive care this park takes in keeping their rides in optimum shape. Way to go Waldameer! I hope to visit there someday.

 

I would highly recommend checking it out.It's One of, if not the best small family owned parks out there.

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Let's take a look at the maintainance shop and ravine flyer.

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This looked like a car from the comet coaster

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I believe this is from the kiddy coaster. Anybody know?

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This is a sprocket for the ravine flyer

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Nerd shot

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Steel dragon car

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Tile a whirl

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Random coaster parts

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Parts for the skyride

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Even the fencing gets attention

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And now we were treated to a tour of the ravine flyer 2

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Ever wonder what it looked like under the station?

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Track

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They even have heaters under the station for the coaster wheels. I dont think I have ever seen another coaster with built in heaters before.

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Extra parts

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This is the maintnance bay

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Track to lift

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Twisty

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This is what the coaster wheel will see

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Me and my wife

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It looks like a lot of wood was replaced in random sections of the coaster

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On our way back to Michigan, we stopped by cedar point for dinner here. I tried to get a few shots of valravin but....

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It was very dark and foggy

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But the dinner was great!

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Great restaurant....

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That's it from the park, but I do have some more random pictures of the tour coming soon.

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I couldn't believe how clean the maintenance shops were

Let's just say Mr. Nelson made everyone very aware that we had visitors coming.

 

Thank you for your kind words, and I'm glad you had a great time. We had a great time hosting everyone.

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Whenever someone post a park tour during the off season, I have to click on and take a look. What these parks do during the winter time is always fascinating. From an earlier post on another thread, I wrote that they should have a program that shows what these parks do when they close down for the winter and when they are building another attraction. Until that happens, I guess we have to settle for this.

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Whenever someone post a park tour during the off season, I have to click on and take a look. What these parks do during the winter time is always fascinating. From an earlier post on another thread, I wrote that they should have a program that shows what these parks do when they close down for the winter and when they are building another attraction. Until that happens, I guess we have to settle for this.

 

 

Me too!

 

I find it interesting in all that goes on in a theme park during the off season.

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