Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Flyer Awakes from Hibernation

As everyone enjoyed the warm sun, the Ravine Flyer II coaster awakened from its winter long hibernation to take a few laps around the track. After warming up the grease, oiling the track and filling the seats with bags of feed corn, the blue train was ready to roll. It was slow going at first but after a couple runs, the Ravine Flyer II was screaming over Peninsula Drive and past the new North End where the last batch of concrete was being poured and the new black top was still warm. Take a look at the video to see the first laps of the Raving Flyer II in 2011!


Want to be the first to enjoy the thrills of the new North End? Come out to Waldameer on April 30th and May 1st for an exclusive Ride it First Event sponsored by WQLN! Check out waldameer.com for more details.

Monday, April 18, 2011

First in Flight

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... the Flying Swings! With fingers crossed, the Flying Swings took its first flight over the bank at the North End. The smooth ride soared the seats over the L. Ruth Express tracks, by the Ravine Flyer II and out toward Lake Erie. Check out the video to see how fun this new ride will be!



In a blur of beatiful colors, the Flying Swings is mezmorizing to watch in action. You can only imagine how exhilerating a ride would be flying over 30 feet in the air and dangling your feet over all the excitement of the North End. You can't miss a ride on the Flying Swings this summer. It'll be great for the whole family!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Wally's Maiden Voyage

As promised, Wally Bear's new ride set sail for it's maiden voyage today making it the second ride to operate at the North End. The Rock'n Tug spun and swirled back and forth with ease, enticing everyone to hop aboard! It won't be too long before the first riders will be seen laughing on the SS Wally for Waldameer's WQLN "Ride is First" Event at the end of this month. Take a look below to see how exciting the ride will be!

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So far, two of the three new rides in the North End have shown their moves. Only one remains to be seen flying high on the hill...

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Wendy's First Tea Party

After much hard work and determination, Wendy Bear's new tea cup ride spun for the first time down at the North End. It has been a long time since the first time we laid eyes on the new ride, packed away in a container. But a little elbow grease and electricity was all it took to get Wendy's Tea Party spinning. Take a look at the video below to see for yourself!

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The cups and pot look great going in circles but without riders, the cups don't spin very much. Once the first riders choose their cups, they will be able to spin their cups as fast or as slow as they want!

But what about the other two new rides? Wally Bear said he will have his ride ready to rock'n roll very, very soon. And their have been rumors that some people have seen the Flying Swings twirling high up on the bluff. We all will have to wait and see what happens tomorrow...

Monday, April 11, 2011

Stuffed

With all the exciting things happening at the North End, it is easy to forget the other great things at Waldameer. But plenty of work is going on outside the North End to get the park ready for this summer including the first delivery of Waldameer's supply of plush. These stuffed animals and characters will line each midway game wall this summer eagerly waiting for a lucky Guest to "win" their hearts!
Rainbow Gardens looks stuffed with all this stuffed stuff!
All the bags and boxes get unloaded from a full semi truck into Rainbow Gardens where they are sorted and selected before being placed in storage.

The midway games aren't the only thing getting ready for summer. Waldameer's rides are starting to be dusted off and put back together for the summer season.
April showers call for an umbrella!
The first ride ready for summer!
Before you know it, the sun will be shining and Waldameer will be back to doing what it does best... Family Summer Fun!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Passing of the Torch

Even with near freezing temperatures, Waldameer was all smiles today as the new C.P. Huntington train engine and wheelchair accessible coach arrived this morning.
A short track for a new train!
The engine, painted sleek black and maroon, will replace Waldameer's 1971 C.P. Huntington that has been in operation since the early 1970's.
Old and New, side by side.
The new coach, painted bright blue, is equipped with a wheelchair accessible ramp allowing all Guests the opportunity to enjoy a ride on the train.
Brand new and all blue!
This season, the train will seem more colorful than usual, having a maroon engine and a blue coach followed by red coaches. Don't worry! It is not a mistake! Waldameer has plans to purchase a brand new blue engine, complete with three blue coaches this fall. This will allow Waldameer to operate two separate trains on weekends for the 2012 season. The more rides, the merrier!