Monday, May 5, 2014

A Mad Dash to the Finish

Some of you may have stopped by the park these past couple weeks for Season Pass processing, job applications, or employee orientation and thought to yourself, "Is Waldameer really going to be ready by May 10th?"  But never fear, the last couple weeks before opening are what we call "controlled chaos."  You may be also asking yourself, why didn't we get started on some of this stuff earlier?  Well those questions should be referred to Mother Nature, but please ask nicely since we are all wishing for a warm and dry Summer.  I sure hope you have a pair of old shoes and some clothing that you wont mind getting a little dirty, because we are about to sort through some of this controlled chaos.
The North half of the park looks ready for guests!
Whacky Shack has opened its doors for a sneak preview of some spooky updates.  All inspired by the unique mind of the Legendary Dark Ride Designer, Bill Tracy.
Rumor has it the classic Bar Scene is getting some creepy new company.
Ravine Flyer II's first riders are ready for dispatch!  Keep your eyes and ears out early this week for RF2 to roar back to life.
Paratrooper is complete! Freshly painted, but maintaining its traditional colors.
The walls have come down, and our new West Ballroom Restrooms are 99% ready.  Hello Assistant Rides Manager Ryan!
It appears that most of Waldameer seems ready to open tomorrow! But not so fast, the South End of the park needs to do a little catching up.  No worries, like we said, it is all "controlled chaos."  In preparation for new ticket booths, future Water World expansion, and eventual paving of our Peninsula Drive Parking Lot, the South End has become an all-out construction zone.
Foundation work continues on the future location of new ticket booths.
What a trench!  New drainage pipes are being laid down to help alleviate the amount of water on the midways in the event of a passing rainstorm.  Also, we needed to lay some groundwork for Water World's 2015 expansion.
Good thing our crews are working fast.  By Saturday afternoon, the trench was practically gone.  The magic of controlled chaos.
It's a mad dash to the finish, but we have no doubt in our minds that Waldameer will be ready for its 118th Season come this Saturday.  It has been a long eight months, but all of these upgrades were very much worth the wait. See you this weekend!
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