Waldameer - Sunday, May 11

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Monday, May 11, 2009 10:34 AM

While on my way back to Pittsburgh after spending Mother's Day with my mom I stopped at Waldameer to ride Ravine Flyer 2. After buying two rides ($9?!) I walked to the back of the park and right into the second row of an awaiting train. Only four-five rows were filled on my two rides.

Still awesome after the Erie winter. This early in the year the second half is a little sluggish still, but the first half is as good as any wooden coaster I have been on. What surprised me though is what I once considered a front seat ride is now a back seat ride for me. The yank on the first drop and turnaround combined with the frightful roar in the tunnels combined to change my mind.

Awesome ride, happy to have it so close.

Monday, May 11, 2009 9:01 PM

$9 for 2 rides sounds surprisingly economical actually.

Someone who recently threw down €5/ride (~$6.80/ride) to go on Olympia Looping in Hamburg

Monday, May 11, 2009 9:08 PM

The ride all day tickets were only $16. You could have ridden it ten times for only $1.60 each. Or ten times for only 80 cents each.

Monday, May 11, 2009 9:14 PM

Or zero times for free!

That's what I did this past weekend. ;)

Monday, May 11, 2009 10:29 PM

Gonch, I'm afraid I'm starting to get old like you... :-D

Monday, May 11, 2009 10:55 PM

Well, wasn't that the next logical step in the quest to economize?

It's threads like this that make me realize I don't even fit the enthusiast mold all that well.

1. I don't want to ride a coaster 5 times, let alone 10 or 20.

2. I'm not going to think twice about spending less than $10 for a couple of coaster rides and I'm not going to try to economize $15. It just doesn't matter to me.

3. I thought RFII was pathetically average for the most part.

(Is it still "pulling a Gonch" if I do it, or is it just me being me?)

Monday, May 11, 2009 11:10 PM

No, I'm 100% there with you. I haven't invested any money in season passes this year, and I'm still not sure I'm going to.

I'll ride Disney rides repeatedly, but that's because they have so much more to offer (even then the only coaster I'll do repeats on is the old Space Mountain). When it comes to coasters, I might ride, really have fun, and want to go again (that's natural), but I can't do this running around for constant re-rides thing. It just doesn't do it for me.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 12:32 AM

With me, it very much depends on the park and the coaster, and with whom I'm riding. There's nothing like hanging with a seven year old enthusiast to make you want to rush back around to the entrance queue . . . It also helps when the crowds are light. With no or little wait through the day, I have much more energy to spend.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 1:00 AM

Now, with water slides, I can play all day. I can even ride over and over and over if there's no line, the obvious downside being running steps all day. To me, that's more a physical activity, rather than a passive form of entertainment, and the experience can change based on your level of involvement.
I guess it's just like when kids go to the playground, they sit on the swings, or they can climb and play.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 10:39 AM

3. I thought RFII was pathetically average for the most part.

WOW I dont think I have ever heard anyone say this.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 11:49 AM

I am more than happy to pay my $9 for two rides, just seemed cheaper last year but I could be making that up.

Lord Gonchar said:
3. I thought RFII was pathetically average for the most part.

Pathetically average? Wow, there is nothing average about this ride to me. Curious as to when you rode it Gonch. Based on my experience last year it gets faster when the train is more full and the weather is warm. There are a lot of average coasters out there and this one stands out to me, but that's me of course.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 12:13 PM

Zakkster, I think that was the "pulling a Gonch" part...while it's not Voyage, I thought RF2 featured a ton of aggressive trackwork and was as smooth as any TGG ride.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 12:41 PM

Labor Day weekend, eightdotthree.

Rode once near the front. Talked everyone into trying again near the back. End of experience as no one was interested in riding again. No desire to go back for it. No idea when I'll be able to give it another chance.

If I had done a ballot for Mitch's poll this year, RFII would have probably fallen near the top-middle / bottom-of-the-top-third of my list of woodies.

Just not a ride that did anything for me. Might be a GG thing. I think Hades is overrated too. A good ride, but not as good as its reputation.

Voyage is just ridiculous enough to be awesome, but two laps and I'm done. I don't find it very rerideable. Kind of the coaster equivalent of shock value.

Guess I'm not a GG kind of guy. :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 1:24 PM

I think I've got just the ride for you, Gonch:

http://tinyurl.com/gonchride :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 1:38 PM

Yeah, I've got something for you too. ;)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 1:42 PM

Funny, it doesn't look like a Millenium Flyer. ;)


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