Best park within reasonable driving distance of WNY, no strange restrictions on food or drink in the park and no restrictions on glasses on rides like a certain other park in the area. I wear a strap but I didn't see anyone else in the park with one and no one had any problems .No admission fee for non riders or anyone else, neither of the other 2 parks here offer this.
I am sure they make a lot of money off parents who bring their kids and just go on a few rides since kids tire out quickly and no other park allows this.
Carnivals are super expensive here at $4-5 per ride even for kiddie rides. Waldameer is more like $3 per ride even if you are buying single credits with nothing over 4.50 per ride.
Well this really isn't a "rumor" as the Park President is directly saying it, but I wanted to throw some fuel into the speculation fire. At 3:50 in the video, it appears that once the bulk of the Water World expansion/overhaul is complete, a new roller coaster is in the works a few years down the road. This video gives you just enough information to say its a coaster, but vague enough for our imaginations to run wild. Also, you get a great overview on the most ambitious off-season in park history.
As for location of the bulk of future ride additions, recent construction has opened up a view of the Lakefront Property which has been untouched since the Great Depression. Behold the future of Waldameer.
Waldameer, who's slogan should be "Here we grow again."
Whereabouts was that photo taken? Is that next to or behind Rainbow Gardens?
Two ideas for a future coaster - A Euro-fighter with lap bars since there isn't one in this part of the country plus it would be nice to have a coaster with a few inversions or a Chance Hyper GT-X since I'm sure Lightning Run must have drawn some interest from the park.
^^Thanks for sharing...that was really cool of them to share a video showing the expansion and progress - lots of great things coming for this park! It is also nice to know that they are actively working with GG to retain the quality & smoothness of RFII as well as rehabbing some of their rides like Sea Dragon.
^ If I were a betting man, I would say that you are correct in that area in the photo being behind or very near the Rainbow Gardens. I am actually hoping that they either remove that or rehab it as to me, that is one of the very few eyesores in the park....very dated and run down.
It's amazing how they're expanding the park. I'd love to see a Lightning Run type coaster at the park. I was thinking about a Waldameer Season Pass for 2015 and the video got me excited enough to seal the deal.
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In response to the posts above about the location of the picture taken, it was somewhat near Rainbow Gardens. The perspective is from about the furthest northwest corner of the property at the top of the slope. So between the point where the picture was taken and Rainbow Gardens, there is the employee parking area, the maintenance building, and West Lakeview Picnic Shelter. I can't speak to the future of Rainbow Gardens at this time, but it still gets periodic use through several Fall weekends and most weekends from mid-January through April for dances, gun raffles, casino nights, art shows, charity events, and model train shows. There are a few company outings that use Rainbow Gardens as their meal place during the summer and the ballroom does serve as the park's catering headquarters. No doubt the building is dated, but it gets a fair amount of use based on the demand for it.
Some more authorized food for thought in terms of future attractions besides the proposed coaster is a giant flume that will use the terrain on the hillside and have a stunning drop facing Lake Erie. It should be a neat placement for this kind of ride that has been pretty commonplace in parks.
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