Waldameer opens three rides for the 2011 season

Posted Friday, May 6, 2011 12:00 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Thor has it easy: Swing a big hammer, flex some muscles and, pow, he gets the job done. If Paul Nelson had a hammer like that, he would have endured Waldameer Park's offseason with less stress. Nelson undertook the amusement park's largest expansion -- including new rides, shows and a pumped-up train -- during one of Erie's most grueling winters.

Read more from The Erie Times-News.

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Friday, May 6, 2011 12:50 PM

Great Job to all of the Waldameer Team!

As a member of the team this year, I myself am extremely excited to see this area enjoyed as well as serve guests guests in the most friendly, efficient way as possible.

Read the full article, and maybe you will see hint for 2012!

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Friday, May 6, 2011 3:26 PM

Wallyworld: the little park that could.

They mentioned a thrill ride is coming for 2012. My question is, where in God's name are they going to put it? I know, I know: nobody wants to ignite that tired old discussion of whether Waldameer is running out of rooom... ;)

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Friday, May 6, 2011 3:45 PM

^ I heard Ravine Flyer II is sinking... ;)

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Saturday, May 7, 2011 3:57 PM

I love Waldameer. So glad to see the park doing well.

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Saturday, May 7, 2011 5:37 PM

Maybe the spot where karaoke was.

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Saturday, May 7, 2011 11:44 PM

The stage was still there today, though any other trace of its former purpose is gone.

The park looks really nice. The new North End is spiffy, as is the shiny new replacement train. I also liked the new crossing gates they put in, both over near the station and at the brand new crossing to the North End.

RF2 was running fast, sweet, and a little rough. There was a big difference between back wheel seats and front wheel seats.

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Sunday, May 8, 2011 11:35 PM

Waldameer said in a blog post that early in the offseason that utility lines were installed for conversion of the Merry-Go-Round Grove into a food court and preparation for a new thrill ride in that area. In particular, replacing the basketball game. Chance Unicoaster would be sweet!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011 10:53 AM

Great news for a great park. Waldameer has quickly become one of my favorites- it's immaculate and packed with tons of great rides and just when you think they won't find a way to add more, they do. Can't wait to check out what's new later this summer.

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Thursday, May 12, 2011 7:19 PM

So funny, about the karaoke. My last trip to Waldameer was solo, and I spent the day taking in my favorite rides there over and over again if I felt like it. (hello, Whacky Shack) During a break I stopped by the karaoke stage and surprisingly wound up spending a considerable amount of time there. As karaoke can often be, it was a train wreck I couldn't take my eyes off of.

I see in the article where Mr. Nelson complained about the lack of table space in that area for paying customers. I had a wristband, natch, and park-bought refreshments so I plopped down at a table that was marked for refreshment stand customers only, which I at first thought was a little weird. The table itself was even a different color if I remember correctly. Anyhow, the reason for it came clear when I realized most, if not all of the singers were locals - karaoke junkies, perhaps? They all knew each other, seemed to get together on a regular basis, and took their art just a wee little bit too seriously. It was also clear that they were taking up space. While entertaining as it might've been, (if not for all the wrong reasons), they had no wristbands and probably even brought their food and drinks.

While the removal of the attraction is understandable from a business and customer satisfaction standpoint, I can think of a few regulars that will be a little more than disappointed to find it gone!

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Friday, May 13, 2011 11:56 AM

RCMAC said:
... when I realized most, if not all of the singers were locals - karaoke junkies, perhaps? They all knew each other, seemed to get together on a regular basis, and took their art just a wee little bit too seriously.

Sounds just like a coaster club!

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Friday, May 13, 2011 12:27 PM

Shades said:

RCMAC said:
... when I realized most, if not all of the singers were locals - karaoke junkies, perhaps? They all knew each other, seemed to get together on a regular basis, and took their art just a wee little bit too seriously.

Sounds just like a coaster club!

+1 for Shades.

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