^^ I wouldn't say "rising gas prices"... overall the gas prices around the nation have dropped considerably. Hell, in my town we are almost back into the $2-zone. We are at $3.19 a gallon, down from $4.15 in August.
Gas prices are dropping, but so is the economy. It is a horse-a-piece.
Great additions to an already wonderful small park! We were very impressed when we visited for the first time in August. And it's funny, as we walked around, we thought the one flat ride they were missing was some kind of wave swinger. Come 2010, they'll get one!
Those Disko's are tons of fun too. I love Cosmic Chaos, the one they added at Kennywood in 2007.
Definitely looks like RFII did exactly what the owners of Waldameer were hoping, and that's generate some revenue. We know we will certainly be back to visit again.
I would rather be off riding coasters!
Steel Top 5 - (1) Steel Vengeance (2) Skyrush (3) Fury 325 (4) Millennium Force (5-tie) Phantom's Revenge (5-tie) Maverick Wood Top 5 - (1) El Toro (2) Phoenix (3) Voyage (4) Ravine Flyer II (5) Shivering Timbers
We've been going to Erie once or twice a year for the last several summers.
Waldameer is fast becoming my favorite park. Even more so than Kennywood, which is closer but terribly crowded.
I really don't think that Waldameer is going to have a big problem making money next year.
First, they are in a fantastic location. You can't go to Presque Isle without going right past it. So, it gets all sorts of great pass by traffic beyond people actually looking for it.
Plus, Waldameer remains a great value. <$20 for the amusement park. And, you can almost always pick up coupons at the local McDonalds for the combination pass.
Plus, lodging can be had closeby for a good price, even for a recreational area.
Like some others, I wouldn't mind seeing some updates to the water park.
Originally, they were slated to use part of the adjoining parking lot and expand the water park to include a wave pool and a kiddie area.
They opted to put that on hold in favor of the new ride after the great success of the RFII.
I suspect this was brought on by concerns that there weren't enough 'adult" rides in the park to satisfy many people coming from around the country to ride the RFII.
Personally, I'm not sure I agree, but I wouldn't be surprised to find that was the thinking.
I've never been real big on wave pools, so the delay on that doesn't really bother me.
I don't know how much a ride like the DiskX costs. I do worry that they may be expanding a little too quickly.
One, I like the small park feel, not to mention the smaller crowds. But, I'd hate to see them get into a situation where people expect expansion out of them on an annual basis, which they may not be able to deliver upon, either in funds or space.
Not sure how much more they can add without taking something out. Although, I've always been fond of water rides like Kennywood's Raging Rapids.
Being located on a lake, seems like a natural fit for water rides.
Cashless system coming to Waldameer Visitors to Waldameer Park & Water World are used to seeing a new attraction year after year: the X Scream in 2007, the Ravine Flyer II in 2008 and the Mega Vortex in 2009.
The big change at Waldameer this year? How the park will handle money.
Waldameer is spending $500,000 on a cashless payment system. Patrons will have bar codes on their wristbands and use swipe cards to pay for single rides, play games and buy food and souvenirs.
Go to Sunday's Erie Times-News and GoErie.com for a look at the cashless system, which is Waldameer's most extensive non-ride addition to date. You'll also read about the park's plans for another new ride -- in 2011.
Waldameer Park & Water World's recent custom of adding new rides has not ended. It is just taking a break.
Starting after Labor Day this year, Waldameer will start installing its next new ride -- a flying carousel that will open in 2011. The ride, which is 40 feet tall and resembles a giant circular swing, will hold 64 people and is designed for children and adults, Waldameer owner Paul Nelson said. He said the ride will cost about $800,000, with the total cost, including landscape improvements to the site, at about $1.5 million.
The flying carousel, to be built by an Italian firm, will be located behind the Sea Dragon and east of the Ravine Flyer II, near the northern edge of the park, Nelson said. He said that section of the park will be gardens, park benches and other improvements. Waldameer, following its custom, will hold a public contest to name the ride, Nelson said. "It is a real family ride," he said. "The last three rides have been thrill rides."
Waldameer added the Steel Dragon spinning roller coaster in 2007, the Ravine Flyer II roller coaster in 2008 and the Mega Vortex spinning disk in 2009.
Thrill seekers, however, have nothing to fear. Nelson said a new thrill ride is on its way to Waldameer in three years. He declined to discuss details because the plans are still under development. But Nelson offered a hint. It will be "an extreme teenage ride," he said.
I wonder if the POP wristbands will also have bar codes now. If they want, this could allow them to limit the number of times you ride a given attraction. The wristbands at Bakken were limited to 10 cycles per attraction.
No big deal, just something to think about.
"There's nothing wrong with it. It just needs some tweaking,"
Don't places with go kart tracks, mini golf courses, and batting cages use this same system? It's been awhile since I've been to one, but I think I remember at Fun For All in Cranberry, Pa having something similar. I thought it was annoying because you would put $20 on a card and the go karts would be like $12, batting cages were $8, and you used the card to pay for everything varying from the food, vending machines, arcade games, etc. I have mixed feelings about it. I mean what's wrong with doing it the old fashion way? Are they worried about employees skimming...
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