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Postby _s3_ » Sun Jul 01, 2018 7:48 pm

Decided to stop into the park late today just to take a walk around with the wife. Surprisingly this is the first time I've been to the park this year even though I live less than a quarter mile down the road.

The water park definitely looked packed today (not shocking as it got up to about 96 degrees today).

Scoped out where the new ride is going next year. For sure looking forward to it. Will definitely be a great addition to the park.
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Postby jconsolmagno » Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:37 pm

_s3_ wrote:Decided to stop into the park late today just to take a walk around with the wife. Surprisingly this is the first time I've been to the park this year even though I live less than a quarter mile down the road.

The water park definitely looked packed today (not shocking as it got up to about 96 degrees today).

Noticed that the Spider is still sitting in pieces. I'm hoping for a lighting upgrade (as they have been doing with rides here and there). The Spider has always been run wonderfully and with new LED lighting at night, the ride would be awesome.

Scoped out where the new ride is going next year. For sure looking forward to it. Will definitely be a great addition to the park.


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Postby _s3_ » Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:44 am

^ Yep, it has been announced already that Waldameer is adding a Zamperla Midi Discovery for 2019 named "Chaos". Here is a more detailed quote from AJ from earlier on regarding location, etc.

ajfelice wrote:For clarification on the location, Chaos will be located behind the train station as seen in blue and green in the photo below. Without sharing too much information on what we have in store for the future, the Chaos location could be the start of a multi-attraction expansion southward several years down the road contingent on some other things. What may seem off the beaten path for 2019 will eventually come full circle.

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Fall operations are not completely off the table, but staffing is a major consideration. If/when the season is extended, the schedule will be similar to Seabreeze or Kentucky Kingdom with the season ending mid to late September. Speaking of staffing, the decline in population in the region is huge red flag going forward as each expansion puts on the extra stress of boosting recruitment efforts.

Lastly, if you haven't ridden Ravine Flyer II in awhile, 2018 is the year to do it. Major re-tracking on both sides of the bridge, bottom of the second drop, and tight turn going into the 90 degree bank has dramatically improved three notorious trouble spots.

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Postby operative_me » Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:04 am

Headed back to Erie for another attempt at Waldameer, previous attempt was thwarted by a power outage. Forecast said scattered storms, but since everyone on here has talked about how they will run rides through and EF5 tornado, I was hoping the crowds would be manageable.

Pulling into the lot I could see rides running and people in Water World so we're off to a good start! Hit up Comet first, and really enjoyed it. Nothing flashy but a good ride with a cool design. Then it was time to stop screwing around (look I only went on Comet first as a "warm up" for my girlfriend) and go to the main attraction, Ravine Flyer II. I have been wanting to get on this ride for years and I've heard a lot of hype and some warning of roughness. I loved this thing, nice view from the top before you go tearing down the hill and up and over the highway. This ride is fantastic and didn't seem rough to me at all, I got 5 rides during the day in different parts of the train, definitely preferred the back although front seat is worth the experience to check out the view of the lake and beaches.

After that we hit up most of the rides in the park. Liked the Skyride for it's length (a little slow for me), Steel Dragon I think is underrated, I think it's a very fun ride with good lateral forces. Musik Express... finally got to ride one of these that's being run correctly! Whacky Shack and Pirates Cove were cool dark rides and the type of unique attractions that make parks like this amazing. Mega Vortex was alright but was kind of uncomfortable.

Thunder River, well, all flumes make me happy to be on them. This one was fun, old school, had a good flow, basically everything Shoot the Rapids II at CP was not. Skipped the dodgems because they looked like the same Ninja cars that CP has and those are slow and boring. If I'm wrong let me know and I'll fix that mistake next time.

The water park was nice. The new bowl slide is pretty cool and overall the place was pretty clean. The giant hot tub in 90+ degree heat was not really for me but the lazy river was good and lazy. After a few hours we went over to Schickalay's for some food, I got 2 Greek Dogs again. Thank you to whomever recommended them, I love them. Then back to the park.

Hit up Comet a few more times, XScream as the sun went down, the ferris wheel as well for a nice view. Then back over to Ravine Flyer II to finish the night. We had dodged rain most of the day, a few sprinkles here and there. But that was about to change. Got a night ride and wow! Love flying around through the dark and into tunnels you can't see the end of. Just amazing. Leaving the station for our second ride the skies opened up. Fun, but kind of painful with the rain flying in your face. Thankfully it was a quick burst so for our 3rd ride it had quit raining but the track was slick. I warned my gf that the slick track would probably change the experience a bit. It did, the train hauled through the course so fast I could scarcely believe it. That was it for my girlfriend, she tapped out for the last two rides. Overall I got 10 rides in and loved the thing.

I want to say thanks to those who have posted advice and info over the years, as I have read pretty far back in this thread waiting for the day to come so I could finally visit. It really helps knowing what to expect.

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Re: Waldameer Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:24 am

Great report! I was about ask what thwarted your first visit since it was very apparent from my visit that they have no qualms running everything even in torrential downpours and they'll stay open. A power outage is something that would shut them down.

I actually preferred Ravine Flyer up front since it was the only seat with airtime for the finale. Both are excellent though for different reasons. That first drop truly is amazing in the back.
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Postby Philrad71 » Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:46 am

^^ Glad that you were finally able to get there and you and your wife enjoyed your visit!

Yeah, that was definitely a fluke thing when the truck driver hit those utility lines during your previous attempt, but as others have said, there isn't a lot that will shut the rides down.

I have been pondering the idea of taking a trek out there tomorrow as I could use a spirit boost right about now. The weather looks like it's going to be nice and comfortable, so I may venture out for a few hours and bring the camera along so that I can do a litte Photo TR for everyone.

My plan would also be to hit Schickalay's again. Their Greek dog was very good, but my Dad said that I need to try the gyro. A gyro and a cold can of Southern Tier 2XIPA sounds like a pretty good lunch to me! ;)
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Re: Waldameer Discussion Thread

Postby Haymaker » Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:57 pm

Rode RFII for the first time today. Having only Predator at DL for a wood coaster I was prepared for a rough ride. Boy was I wrong. I cant believe how fast that thing is. Definitely felt faster than 60. Great ride!

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Postby DarienPoint » Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:09 am

Going down to Waldameer in the very beginning of August, how are crowds? I'm going on the week so I don't think it'd be much, but it is smmer, so who knows. :Pr
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Re: Waldameer Discussion Thread

Postby Haymaker » Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:56 am

DarienPoint wrote:Going down to Waldameer in the very beginning of August, how are crowds? I'm going on the week so I don't think it'd be much, but it is smmer, so who knows. :Pr


Crowds werent an issue at all yesterday.

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Re: Waldameer Discussion Thread

Postby DarienPoint » Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:49 am

^ Thanks!! Pretty excited because we don't have Chick Fil A and Kripsy Kreme in Buffalo, so getting those sometime with the trip. :p

How is their water park? Is it worth the extra money to get all day rides AND the water park?
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