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It's been awhile since the last post but there are some hopes for the 2021 season at Waldameer. It was revealed in a local news article that the park is making several changes to improve the park for it's 125th season. Here's the breakdown:

 

The Fate Of The "2021" Rides: In the original plan, Waldameer was going to continue their current 10 year plan and add two new rides to the park. The type of ride and location were not known but what do we know is that these rides are cancelled according to owner Paul Nelson. He revealed that only 27% of their regular attendance showed up to the park for 2020 and with borrowing over $1 million just to open this year, it was almost no shocker that these rides are cancelled. Now it's possible it could be on hold for 2022 but even 2022 is uncertain at this time. 

Fun Cosmetic Upgrades: Over the past few months, it was revealed over social media that several rides would get "fun cosmetic upgrades" for the 2021 season. It's unknown what rides will be repainted or what but it's basically open arms at this point. Speculate all you want and what happens but I am interested on what rides get these upgrades. It can be anything from repaints to new lights or other improvements but again, all open arms!

New Water World Entrance: Nelson revealed that a new and improved entrance will be constructed for Water World. According to Nelson, this new entrance can get you in twice as fast. As for my speculation, I think there's one area to address and that's the current entrance near Comet. This area can be a bottleneck, especially on busy days and for the expanding water park, a new and improved entrance is well needed. I am overall happy that a bottleneck area is being addressed. It's possible a brand new entrance could be constructed but I have my doubts with that. 

New Food Stand: Nelson reveled that a new food stand will debut for the 2021 season. This will go where the former Zeke's Shack shooting game used to be. This game operated until 2019 and never opened for 2020, suspecting that new developments are near. A Dipping Dots stand was also removed in that area. We sadly don't know what food items it will cater but it's all fun and games. I suspect that a pasta bar of some sort could be in that area. Pasta is a food item that is missing in Waldameer's lineup. I see something similar to the Mac Bowl at Cedar Point where you can customize your mac and cheese with various cheeses and toppings. Imagine white cheddar with bacon!!! That's my dream but who knows what will be added?

New Food Tent: The last major upgrade Waldameer will be addressing will be a new large tent where the former Showtime Theater once stood. There was a tent there before but that was for the theater and was torn down after the 2020 season. According to Nelson, it will "keep you out of the rain and have a place to eat if it does sprinkle." I can't comment on much and what it will be built but it should be a nice upgrade from the previous one.

 

Overall, I am excited for the 2021 season at Waldameer. While its not what is planned (still sad about the two rides not being here), making cosmetic upgrades and addressing some rough patches will help Waldameer move forward in the future. Season Pass Photo Days will be May 1st and 2nd, as well as the 7th and 8th. Opening day is the 15th. As a closer, I am quietly working on my biggest video in 3 years and will cover the entire history of the park! Stay tuned!

Link: https://www.erienewsnow.com/story/43488623/waldameer-prepares-for-125th-season

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^Not going to spill any descriptive details, but both would have replaced existing flat rides. Speculate all you want. 🙂

It's been awhile since the last post but there are some hopes for the 2021 season at Waldameer. It was revealed in a local news article that the park is making several changes to improve the park for

I just found some old 1991 footage from Waldameer on a VHS tape. Going to throw it up on YouTube later this week.

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Noticed some things on the park's website for 2021.

- Pirate's Cove appears to be the only attraction that will remain closed for the season

- Park opens May 15th and will be closed on Wednesdays throughout the season

- Reservations, masks and social distancing protocol will still be enforced

- And the big news for many folks is that the Covid page on the park's website does not state that admission must be paid by all guests.  So I am assuming that Free Admission will make a return this year, and hoping that will also result in guests returning.  

Can't wait to go back, most likely by myself so people can laugh and make fun of me.  🙄

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I really don't recall making a reservation last year.... Park was empty when I went too... a Saturday in late August.  

And if reservations are required but you do not need to pay for admission. How will that work? That doesn't seem to mix well.

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^ They must be planning on having a set up, so they can control the numbers or % in the park. Maybe?

Whether it's free admission, or not. I sort of understand why they're doing the system, this way.

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58 minutes ago, Nrthwnd said:

^ They must be planning on having a set up, so they can control the numbers or % in the park. Maybe?

Whether it's free admission, or not. I sort of understand why they're doing the system, this way.

I'm doubting it, sure customer service will tell you that you need a reservation, but watch our video from Splash Lagoon a few weeks ago below. I think the concern for the virus has dropped in the region.

 

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8 hours ago, jconsolmagno said:

I'm doubting it, sure customer service will tell you that you need a reservation, but watch our video from Splash Lagoon a few weeks ago below. I think the concern for the virus has dropped in the region.

 

I went to Great Wolf Lodge in Mason the day before NYE and  it was the same way. Some normalcy felt good. 

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There are less than 10 days until Season Pass Photo Day and I just wanted to update on progress at Waldameer. Pieces are starting to come together for the 125th season but I will be investigating more in the coming weeks. 

 

The Food Stand Reveal: Last month, I mentioned about a new food stand coming where the former Zeke's Shack game used to operate. Now we have an answer regarding it. The name of this place will be Carousel Delights and will be severing foods such as nachos, Dippin Dots, and much more. I am a bit disappointed that a new food option wasn't coming but it will be another place for food in the amusement park. 

 

New Spider Sign: Old Man Winter visited Erie yesterday morning for one last time and Waldameer posted it's yearly snow picture to their social media. In the picture, there is a new sign for Spider. The sign is now all black, matching the ride and a brand new web on top of the letters. I personally love the new sign and should be a good "sign" of things to come.

 

A "Stupid" ICJ Plug: As it gets closer to Waldameer's opening, I am optimistic about how this season will operate. With COVID protocols being relaxed a bit and the fun cosmetic upgrades looking promising, I can't wait to see what my home park has to offer. I'll be visiting on both Season Pass Photo Day (May 1st) and Opening Day (May 15th) for my first rides of the season as well as any other updates that the park have made so stay tuned on this thread and my YouTube channel InsaneCoasterJunkie for more updates regarding Waldameer. I know this might be a shameless plug but Waldameer is my second home and I'm very passionate about how this park operates :)

 

New Spider Sign: https://www.instagram.com/p/CN7VOSWLcTk/

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I was at Season Pass Photo Day this past Saturday and wanted to update you all on what I saw-

 

1. Various rides and other things were repainted (Mega Vortex, Spider, Umbrellas, Steel Dragon, Charlie the Clown)

2. Water World entrance just removed the turnstiles and added tables for what I believe will be for bag checks

3. The new food tent is huge and I personally will call it "Bigger Blue Tent"

4. The Ravine Flyer II retracking looks great. You would be fooled if you said it looked like a GCI

5. Carousel Delights surprised me! The Dippin Dots Sundaes are new for 2021 and they are delicious

6. Only 3 rides were open to ride. Music Express was scheduled to open but cycled empty the entire day

7. Not everything in the park is ready but that's okay. They'll definitely be ready for opening day

8. According to the website under COVID-19 protocols, now all attractions will be open which means Pirate's Cove could possibly open!

9. Overall crowds surprised me which is a good sign. People want to come back and I hope they make a profit this season. Hopefully new ride 2022?

 

Overall I was impressed with the park. Even though it wasn't perfect, I was excited to return to my home park, see all the familiar faces, and document what's new for this season. As a shameless plug, I have 4 videos coming to my YouTube channel from Season Pass Day (Amusement Drive-Thru, Construction Update, Vlog, Park N Eat). I can't wait to share them to the public starting May 13th! Next step: Opening Day on the 15th!

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Thanks for the update, I am subscribed to you twice on YT once on there with my regular account and one with coastercouple so I will look out for the construction update #2 video.

Any news on the 2 cancelled rides for this year? Would like to at least know what they were supposed to be.

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5 minutes ago, ajfelice said:

^Not going to spill any descriptive details, but both would have replaced existing flat rides. Speculate all you want. 🙂

I'm going to make my best guess on what could had been. I speculate that the rides would've been manufactured by Zamperla since the park works very well with them and I could see more rides from them going forward. One of the rides I could had seen was a Air Race replacing Spider and the other one could of been a Endeavour or Nebulaz replacing Mega Vortex or going next to Chaos. That's just my speculation and anything could change in the plans but that's my best educated guess :)

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5 hours ago, ajfelice said:

^Not going to spill any descriptive details, but both would have replaced existing flat rides. Speculate all you want. 🙂

Wow, that's interesting. I would guess Wipeout and Paratrooper or maybe Ali Baba.

Hopefully they see the importance in keeping Whacky Shack. I hope that its facade gets a paint job in the next few years; they used to do that a lot.

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19 hours ago, CenturyFlyer said:

Wow, that's interesting. I would guess Wipeout and Paratrooper or maybe Ali Baba.

As someone who has been visiting Waldameer for 30 years now, I totally forgot about Ali Baba.  Probably because I rode it once and it made me nauseous!  But I could see Waldameer removing it for something else.  I always gave the park credit for making what was a standard off-the-shelf ARM portable ride look great with the fountain in front, but it always looked sort of out of place with its airbrushed backdrop.  Wipeout is the other one I could see on the chopping block.  It seems they have fallen out of favor lately as several parks have removed theirs or shipped them to other parks.

Not sure what the park may have planned to add though.  Zamperla has a new ride called Gryphon which looks like an updated Huss Swing Around with Endeavor style individual seats.  Gryphon That would probably be a good fit for a park like this.  A Zamperla Air Race is a possibility now that the park has an upside-down ride in Chaos.  Or perhaps even one of these new SBF Tower Plane rides (I believe that new "park" opening in Myrtle Beach soon is going to have one of these. It reminds me of the old Intamin Flight Trainer) SBF Tower Plane       

Looking forward to the park's 125th Anniversary season in just a few weeks!  

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On 5/4/2021 at 1:17 PM, BitterOldHag said:

As someone who has been visiting Waldameer for 30 years now, I totally forgot about Ali Baba.  Probably because I rode it once and it made me nauseous!  But I could see Waldameer removing it for something else.  I always gave the park credit for making what was a standard off-the-shelf ARM portable ride look great with the fountain in front, but it always looked sort of out of place with its airbrushed backdrop.  Wipeout is the other one I could see on the chopping block.  It seems they have fallen out of favor lately as several parks have removed theirs or shipped them to other parks.

Not sure what the park may have planned to add though.  Zamperla has a new ride called Gryphon which looks like an updated Huss Swing Around with Endeavor style individual seats.  Gryphon That would probably be a good fit for a park like this.  A Zamperla Air Race is a possibility now that the park has an upside-down ride in Chaos.  Or perhaps even one of these new SBF Tower Plane rides (I believe that new "park" opening in Myrtle Beach soon is going to have one of these. It reminds me of the old Intamin Flight Trainer) SBF Tower Plane       

Looking forward to the park's 125th Anniversary season in just a few weeks!  

I can agree that Waldameer has a great relationship with Zamperla. The park has added 8 rides since 1999 and I don't see why they can't continue with that. I say most likely, the next ride will be Zamperla due to these circumstances. An air race is definitely possible as Waldameer has proved that upside down rides can work for the thrill seekers. An Endeavour could also work as well. That new Gryphon does look intriguing and I could see Waldameer jumping early to trends. Down below is a Zamperla wish list of rides I could see-

 

1. Air Race/Super Air Race (Named Aeronaut) 

2. Endeavour (Name Free Spin)

3. Gryphon (Named Gryosphere)

4. Nebulaz (Named Neubla)

5. WindstarZ (Named Windstar)

6. A custom variation of the Thunderbolt coaster model (Fit to the park's specific needs)

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