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Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:27 am

Personally I think that drop tower is far more terrifying than most inversions, but that may be just me.
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Postby _s3_ » Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:32 pm

A nice little write-up today in the local paper about Waldameer and their "half century of Transformation"

https://www.goerie.com/news/20190217/half-century-of-transformation-at-eries-waldameer

In addition to Chaos for this year, the park is also installing a new "hot tub" / relaxing pool to the new expansion area (between Kidz Zone and the Wave Pool) which has a capacity of 125-people. The capacity is a 3x bump over the old pool which I believe will also operate this year as "overflow" but will be removed in the future.

It has also been announced but not discussed here yet that they are removing their two speed slides (good riddance) and in it's place installing a 6-lane "Rally Racer" slide (same as Whitecap Racer at Hersheypark) for 2020.

A couple of other notes from the article regarding upcoming future expansion (no timetable, other than these are in their new 10-year plan):

  • "Lazy/Endless River" to be expanded by at least 50%.
  • "5-person raft ride with a tunnel and a tower"
  • "Automobile ride" to replace the pavilions closest to Comet near train station.
  • Hints at Fall / Halloween operations

As a local who only lives two minutes down the street, I'm excited for their dedication and continuing investment into the park. Definitely one of the bright spots of Erie.

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Postby grsupercity » Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:33 pm

I thought they were rumored to get a new coaster in a few years? Guess not. Me and my wife made our first visit to this park this year. We really liked it. Ravine Flyer is easily in my top 5 wood coasters
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Postby _s3_ » Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:44 pm

It's still possible that they add a new coaster in the near future, but they won't tip their caps at that until they are ready to announce it. The second you say "we're adding a coaster" without concrete plans in place, you risk a lot.

Hell, it might seem like a distant memory now but the whole 10-year long fiasco with Ravine Flyer was a mess of a situation (Park getting construction variances and clearances and their battle with the Candelas, which I never understood). Luckily it worked out, but it had so many hurdles and was so drawn out I don't see them saying stuff too early like that again in the future.

I'm still curious what they will do with that hillside behind Rainbow Gardens in the future. They did a lot of land clearing and shaping in that area in the past couple of years.

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Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:43 am

Oh nice. I like that a lot of their stuff is heated. I went in August and the water was still pretty cold in the non-heated pools. A hot tub would do well here, I think.
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