Waldameer has good year, will add three rides for 2011

Posted Wednesday, September 8, 2010 10:52 PM | Contributed by AJFelice

Thanks to sunny skies and newly introduced season passes, Waldameer made a big comeback in 2010 and has park management moving ahead with plans for three new rides in 2011.

Read more from Erie Times-News.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010 10:56 PM

Well, we know one of the rides will most likely be a flying carousel located in the train turn-around. Any guesses on the other 2?

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010 10:57 PM

Good news for Wallyworld! The Little Park That Could shoulders on. And three rides...guessing one of them will be the Waveswinger, that was originally supposed to be installed this year but which got axed after last season's bad numbers?

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Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:07 AM

There was a quick comparison blurb at the end about Conneaut Lake. Please remind me. How far apart are these two parks? How far is Waldameer to Kennywood?

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Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:14 AM

CastleKing said:
There was a quick comparison blurb at the end about Conneaut Lake. Please remind me. How far apart are these two parks? How far is Waldameer to Kennywood?

Let me RCDB that for you. :)

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Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:15 AM

CastleKing said:
There was a quick comparison blurb at the end about Conneaut Lake. Please remind me. How far apart are these two parks? How far is Waldameer to Kennywood?

Waldameer is about 45-50 minutes from Conneaut Lake Park/Meadville. I'm not exactly sure about the distance from Kennywood, but it has in the neighborhood of 2 1/2 hours.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:34 AM

I never knew that RCDB had that feature. Awesome!

I would have Googled it myself.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:09 AM

Great news, but where would they put them?

I thought I remember that they said the swing ride was going to go in that grassy area behind the pirate boat.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010 9:58 AM

Lord Gonchar said:
Let me RCDB that for you. :)

Awesomeness! :)

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Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:16 AM

There is surprisingly a good slice of land behind Sea Dragon and next to Ravine Flyer II. My imagination is that Waldameer is going to open the midway up between Sea Dragon and Gondola Wheel by evolving it into a coule-de-sac in the train loop with extensive landscaping. Fitting a Flying Carousel and a kiddie ride will be no problem at all. The third ride I believe is a surprise coming because Waldameer has offered little details. My guess it's a Zamperla model, because of their recent commitments of Mega Vortex and future Flying Carousel. Locationwise, the area within the Scrambler, L. Ruth Express entrance, and Dodgems has been prepped with utilities for furture expansion of both the Merry-Go-Round Pavilion and a new thrill ride. Although, I don't think the food court in the Pavilion will happen until 2012 or later.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:00 PM

Flyers!

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Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:35 PM

Well the report says 2 family rides to be located near Raven Flyer 2.

so the 3rd is likely the swings mentioned above. not a bad addition list.

Though they likely could have added just the swings and people would be happy.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010 6:27 PM

I wouldn't be surprised if one of the new rides is a Rockin' Tug. It's a Zamperla ride and it is designed for children and their parents.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010 7:19 PM

A 3-ride package from Zamperla? Swings, Rockin' Tug, and an Air Race. Done and done. :)

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Friday, September 10, 2010 9:43 AM

I'm glad to hear that they're doing well. I went with a large group of friends a few weeks ago, and really enjoyed the change of pace from the big parks.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010 2:55 AM

Jason Hammond said:
Well, we know one of the rides will most likely be a flying carousel located in the train turn-around. Any guesses on the other 2?

Wind Seeker :)

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Saturday, September 11, 2010 9:49 AM

Or Fahren....oh, I don't have the heart to keep it going. ;)

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Saturday, September 11, 2010 3:32 PM

I'd LOVE an Air Race at Waldameer! Swings would also just continue to add to the classic charm and actually pretty great collection of flats they have up there. Rockin' Tug might be a miss for me since they just added a Disk-o though. Still, swings and an Air Race would incredible additions to the park. Especially the Air Race... I mean look at this thing.

Though honestly, my vote would be for Zamperla's Windseeker/Starflyer/Maverick/Fahrenheit knockoff Vertical Swings. Set it close enough to the edge of the bluff and you'd have some pretty spectacular views of the lake.

Last edited by BBSpeed26, Saturday, September 11, 2010 3:33 PM
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Saturday, September 11, 2010 5:27 PM

I'm glad this park is doing well. It's a really cute park, I always have fun there.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010 8:46 PM

Air Race was an incredible ride. One of the best flats out there.

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