Waldameer's new coaster sidetracked

Posted Thursday, July 19, 2001 5:59 AM | Contributed by Coastercraver

Ravine Flyer 2, the proposed CCI-built coaster at Waldammer Park in Erie, Pennsylvania has once again been held back by legislation as well as Waldameer's obstinate next-door neighbors.

Read the whole story from GoErie.com.

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Thursday, July 19, 2001 8:24 AM
*groan* Lets pray that this ride will happen sometime soon.

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The day that I spend more time analyzing the rides than screaming my head off like a moron is the day that I hope someone will kick my in the love sausage and tell me not to be a moron. - Jeff
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Thursday, July 19, 2001 9:26 AM
Quite depressing for enthusiasts who have been waiting for this ride for so many years... now it looks like the wait will be longer. While I can understand concerns regarding the impact of the coaster on the area around it, the neighboring campground which is so opposed to the coaster should be happy about the idea. After all, I'm sure that the majority of their business comes from Waldameer Park visitors, and without them, they would be out of business as well.

I've never been to the park, and therefore I'm not familiar with the proposed location of the ride and its proximity to the campground. Would it be possible to plant trees or shrubbery around that part of the coaster, so the ride wouldn't be so visible/audible from the campground?
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Thursday, July 19, 2001 2:51 PM
john peck's avatar CRAP!
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Thursday, July 19, 2001 3:21 PM
I would definitely go to this park is they added the proposed ride. Pennsylvania feels endless with the amount of parks they have. It was really sad at Knoebels the other day to read the list of parks that have gone out of business, and that was just in a small radius of Knoebels. Good luck to Lake Waldameer.

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Batwing-Bow Down
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Thursday, July 19, 2001 6:08 PM
It will be a matter of time though before they to go out of business. No new rides sooner or later will bring a slow decline in attendence

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What would you call it if cedar point
built a stand up hypercoaster with tunnels?
magnis
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Thursday, July 19, 2001 6:50 PM
The problem isn't a lack of new rides that Waldameer builds, it's just the lack of a coaster with decent thrills. The new 19 foot tall kiddie coaster is more thrilling than the older 30-40 foot tall wooden coaster! The park really caters to the children and for that I am happy. However, for all of the older brothers & sisters and relatives that come to the park with small children, there needs to be a larger ride. I think a larger wooden coaster would fill that need.

It is upsetting to me because throughout this entire battle for this coaster, Mr. Nelson has remained "calm." Until now. I think he really wants this ride built before he gets too much older. His numerous comments about how he will be taking his grandchildren on this ride really shows how important this project is to him.

And everything Nelson says in this article is true.

In response to Rob Ascough's question:
The park resides at the top of a giant forested hill, what the neighbors are calling a "bluff." The proposed course will travel in a giant swooping, ground-hugging curve down this "bluff." The neighbors own a campground at the base of this hill. A personal, non-biased note: I have never, EVER seen anyone in this campground. You cannot really see it when going past it, it is sort of hidden. That might be an reason why it is never, EVER used, or it could be the fact that if you have ever driven back there you can see how dirty that area is.

The only other way to block off the noise it either build a tunnel down the last stretch of that hill or to build a noise barrier, maybe like the ones you see along a highway in residential areas.

A sad situation all around:(

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Thursday, July 19, 2001 7:23 PM
This is a sad situation. Waldameer is my home park. Yes it is small but i still enjoy it. we have a good waterpark also. This coaster really needs to be built. im hoping they can start it by next spring. That campground is dirty and the house they live in is a dump. Im sorry if im getting people mad by saying that but they are really being poop heads about this. im just so frustrated about this.
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Thursday, July 19, 2001 7:30 PM
just one question i forgot to ask earlier. Are the neighbors who own the campground also the ones who own the ice cream place?
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Thursday, July 19, 2001 7:57 PM
I don't believe so. However, I think that (is it Sara's? Rita's? - I can never remember) the ice cream place is fighting alongside the Candela's (Waldameer's unfortunate neighbors).

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A New World. A New Technology. One Last Hope for Salvation. Neon Genesis Evangelion
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Friday, July 20, 2001 10:48 AM
I've never been to the park, but it reminds me of a comment from Jeff Siebert at PKI - "When you bought the place, didn't you notice the GIANT wooden coaster right next door?" If you move next to an existing park, you really ought to EXPECT growth! Rollercoasters have rights too!

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rollergator - intent on improving the "guest experience" - coming soon to a park near you
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Sunday, July 22, 2001 6:41 AM
I was planning on going there next week to check it out. Since the park is close to me, I hope they are able to make this ride. This problem is like the people opposing the hypercoaster by Six Flags Worlds of Adventure. In both situations, I hope the parks win.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2001 7:08 PM
Waldameer has the definite potential to become a thriving attraction for Erie, PA. With the addition of a new coaster, larger than their present COMET coaster, the public draw would be incredible. Don't the owners of the campground see the true future for this coaster?? If this coaster is built, there is a positive desire for people to camp near the coaster to get there earlier to ride it. Not only would this increase the income of the park, but the income of the area as well as the "neighboring" campground. How can people fight this? If this campground is as bad as I hear it is (never seen it from the park), any kind of growth to the park would substantiate the campground as well.
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