Monday, January 20, 2014

Mapping Out What's New for 2014

In 2011, 2012, and 2013 Waldameer kept extremely busy opening at least one new ride each season.  For the upcoming 2014 season, we took a different approach. We decided it was best to use our offseason to focus on improvements and updates to our existing rides, slides, and attractions.  There might not be a new ride or slide for 2014, but we just as busy as ever preparing many exciting new surprises to make your visits with us more fun and family friendly.

To keep track of all these new improvements, we will use a park map to check off each attraction that will be undergoing a change for 2014. Red check marks are updates we have already shared, and red question marks are updates and improvements we will be sharing with you in the near future. Make sure you click on the map to get a closer view! 
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Last week we shared our updates for Water World so we checked that off on our map.  You might have also noticed there is a second check mark over our XScream drop tower, that's because this week we are proud to share with you a dazzling new twist for this already terrifying ride. Within a couple weeks of our last day of 2013, our brave maintenance team put on their hard hats, fastened their safety harnesses, and went to work on all 140 feet of XScream.  First thing to go was the original orange and green incandescent rope lighting.  Then, the entire tower got a fresh coat of white paint. Last, but certainly not least, was the installation of approximately 1,000 feet of awesome new LED lighting.

In addition to adding thrills to XScream riders, these new LED lights will entertain everyone in that area of the park. Families taking a break to enjoy some Dippin' Dots, non-riders waiting for others to finish riding XScream or Steel Dragon, and guests waiting in line for Whacky Shack will all be entertained by this incredible lightshow.  Most importantly, LED lighting is much more energy efficient than traditional incandescent lighting which not only saves our resources, but is also dramatically more environmentally friendly.

XScream looks like a brand new ride with new paint and LED lights! Red, white, and blue are just one of the many effects you will see.
Many of our valued Season Pass holders got a chance to preview this new light show firsthand as they came to process their 2014 Season Passes on January 10. In case you weren't able to stop by, here is a little preview of this brand new awe-inspiring lightshow.

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