Waldameer 05/23/2014 May 25, 2014 damarksta Theme Parks Today we’re spending the day at Waldameer (which is German for “Woods by the Sea”) checking out Ravine Flyer II for the first time! Alright where to head to first? Hmm Ravine Flyer maybe? So the park is open 1030 AM – 730 PM and the water park is open 5 PM – Noon? Apparently someone hung this sign upside down today. And here it is!! Time to see if this coaster deserves it’s ranking as the sixth best wooden roller coaster in the world. The story of this ride is really something special. Waldameer put down a deposit in the early 1990s. Custom Coaster International located in Cincinnati, OH developed the early concepts of the ride which was aiming at a debut in the year 2000. Unfortunately that never came to be and Custom Coasters disbanded in 2002. However designers and engineers from Custom Coasters formed a new company called The Gravity Group, and they were still intent on bringing this coaster to life. So in the year 2008 it was built and Waldameer had a 20% increase in attendance that year and has been increasing ever since. Great to see a world class coaster at a small family park! So well how is the ride? Well we’ll be on it soon very soon. Unfortunately they were only running one train today but the line wasn’t long at all and the crew was dispatching pretty quickly. And WOW! All I can say is WOW! This ride has everything… speed, airtime, smoothness, tunnels, surprises… you name it! And the twisty nature of it, I love it! This was my first Gravity Group coaster and while GCI, which is known for their twisted coasters, has been my favorite modern wooden roller coaster company this ride beats any GCI coaster I’ve been on. Makes me even more excited for my first ride on The Voyage another Gravity Group coaster at Holiday World. I’ll be heading there in July. Running classic PTC wooden roller coaster trains even though it’s a newer coaster but these trains fit great for this ride. And a look at the trim brakes in the station. Apparently these are here in case ride ops forgot the signals. haha Another sign with information on Ravine Flyer II. Again what a great attraction. Well time to check out some other rides. Let check this thing out, The Whacky Shack, a dark ride could be good. Interesting little cars that take you around the ride. This ride is definitely freaky. Lots of Neon colors and creepy stuff await you on the inside of this ride. Also beware of shark infested waters. 😛 Time for another coaster! Steel Dragon, the interesting looking wild mouse at the park. Lions at the entrance to Steel Dragon?!? Am I missing something here or should it be called Steel Lion. 😛 Another great crew with fast dispatching of the cars. This ride was also a lot of fun. Some great drops and it’s a different experience based on where you sit and the ability of the cars to spin. Did I mention over banked turns as well? And a great first drop. I wanna be like this lifeguard! Also notice this park has a Potato Patch as well just like another Pennsylvania park. Hmm. Spotted this sign detailing Waldameer’s 2015 plans. Can’t wait to see how big that wave pool ends up being. I even stopped to have a lovely conversation with these guys. The man said who wouldn’t enjoy their ride on Ravine Flyer II. We both agreed yeah who wouldn’t? Never heard of such a thing. 😛 Time for another credit stop. The classic Comet roller coaster. These trains are definitely smaller than Ravine Flyer’s trains. However no seat belts! Look how excited they all look. The ride itself isn’t too memorable, just a few little hops and then you’re back at the station. However you do go over the station once! Let’s get a ride on the carousel, but first what the heck is this thing? We figured out later that it might be the Lake Erie monster but it sure does stand out from the rest of the horses. John really enjoying his ride on the well… whatever it is. 😛 This carousel does have 4 rows of horses and they all move! Apparently there is children statues all throughout the park. Not sure what the reason is, but there are all different kinds. Here’s another one. Let’s take a spin on the sky ride to get some views of the park. Taking pictures of taking pictures. 😛 Also Star 104 Erie’s hit music station. haha It’s only Noon? We’ve already been on so much! That looks fun, I wonder if we can get on that. I wonder if it’s as good as the other Ravine Flyer? 😛 Well we gave it a shot, and they let us on! So this ride actually makes credit number 175! General kiddie coaster but it does have a pond it goes over the whole time which makes it pretty fun. It’s pretty chilly today a solid 50 degrees but our combo wristband includes the water park too. So maybe we should take a look around it. Now which way to the water park…? Oh maybe we should follow the droplets on the group. 😛 Well there’s no one in the lazy river. Except one lonely tube. No one coming down the slides either. There’s actually 3 guys swimming. They must be nuts!! Or really want to get their money’s worth. 😛 haha That’s right! They have a train! And it’s a tiny train. Umm no one else wants to ride the train? Must be too terrifying for some people. 😛 Didn’t know Chance Rides made trains as well. Before checking out more rides, had to get a picture with this creepy clown. Well this looks.. interesting. After deciding we were probably gonna be nauseous afterwards we braved the Mega Vortex. Notice again the children statues. It wasn’t too bad, the cycle did go a little long and the restraints pushed on your stomach which didn’t help with the nausea feeling. Definitely not riding that again. For each ride they have these stations in which you scan your wristband or card to let you on the rides. Admission into the park is free, and you either get an unlimited rides wristband or a card loaded with points. However most everyone I saw had the wristbands. This ride looks like a lot of fun. Hopefully we don’t get too wet since it’s a little chilly. Pretty fountains surrounding the ride. Two hills, one is Little Thunder and the one shown here Big Thunder. And scream! Ok we got a little wet. The park has almost a carnival feeling to it. Other people must have thought so too. And for those people they have this sign. haha Let’s get some more rides on Ravine Flyer II! This ride really lives up to the hype. It’s crazy that I hadn’t made it up to Erie sooner to ride this. It’s also nice that the coasters at Cedar Point are not the only ones with beautiful views of Lake Erie now. Plaque at the Presque Isle visitor center next to the park. Pretty sure they are talking about Steel Dragon, but we’re hooked on Ravine Flyer II! Thanks for the great day Waldameer! We were all pleasantly surprised at how much fun we had, and love the retro family feel of the park. Plus Ravine Flyer II really is a world class roller coaster!