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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Waldameer Labor Day Weekend Report

For us, nothing else quite says summer like visiting Waldameer. We passed through Erie on our way to a Labor Day Weekend trip to the Chautauqua Lake Region. Naturally we stopped at the park twice and had a great time.
Our first stop was mid-morning at the time the park opened for the day. We spent about 1.5 hours at the park and rode Ravine Flyer II, the Sky Ride, and spent some time in the arcade. It is always such a great time stopping in at the park.
 Ravine Flyer II was testing as we arrived. 
We rode one of our favorites at the park, the Sky Ride. The views of the park and Lake Erie are so awesome, and the ride itself adds so much character to the midway. Here is a view of the Comet, a Herbert Schmeck/PTC classic.

 The park's Hopkins Log Flume and Steel Dragon, their Maurer Spinning Coaster.
 The park's Music Express and the 1920s carousel pavilion, which is utilized as a picnic grove. The carousel pavilion was built for the park's carousel to be moved, which never ended up happening. It is now used as a picnic grove. 
The park's oldest structure is the carousel pavilion, which dates back to 1905. It serves as the heart of the park, with it being the first thing that anyone sees as they enter into the park area.
Ravine Flyer II, the park's Chance Sea Dragon, and the swing ride, with Lake Erie out in the distance. 
 Ravine Flyer III, one of the park's two junior coasters. These Miler coasters are so zippy for how little they are. 
 The return run on Ravine Flyer II.
 The park's Eyerly Spider is back in operation after getting fully taken apart and restored this season by Waldameer's excellent maintenance staff.
Ravine Flyer II is up and running! This world class ride had excellent crowds throughout the whole weekend. This 2008 Gravity Group creation celebrated its tenth anniversary at the park this season. 
 It was riding ridiculously well this past weekend. It always runs really well, but it was exceptionally great on Labor Day Weekend. We cannot wait for the park to reopen for the 2019 season!
Here is a picture of me experiencing the tremendous backseat airtime that this coaster's first drop offers.

 Comet is such an excellent family coaster. This Herbert Schmeck/PTC classic has stood at the park since 1951. It offers a great experience that is good for riders of all ages. 
 Evening rides on the Ferris Wheel are the best! There is nothing like getting views of the park, Lake Erie, and Presque Isle State Park at sunset. 
 There is also nothing quite like riding Ravine Flyer II into the sunset.
 The sunset over Lake Erie
 This park is really in the perfect setting. I would love to see them add a swing tower to take advantage of these great views. 
 A view of Ravine Flyer II's bridge over a four-lane highway, the only coaster that does that. The track over the bridge was redone this past season and this part offers tremendous airtime. 
As always, we had an excellent time at Waldameer and we cannot wait for the 2019 season! 

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