Monday, June 30, 2014

These People Know Their Coasters

On Saturday June 28th, Waldameer and Water World was host to a lively group of roller coaster enthusiasts from the Great Ohio Coaster Club (GOCC).  As a part of their Spring Fling weekend adventure, members of GOCC were treated to exclusive behind the scenes tours, delicious catered meals, and of course a huge dosage of exclusive ride time on two Waldameer favorites, Comet and Ravine Flyer II.
A group photo at the base of Comet's lift hill.
After some coffee and donuts, the GOCC visitors were fueled and ready for a day of exploration and coaster riding. They started with a walk-back of Comet where they got the chance to explore and take rare pictures of the classic coaster. One of Waldameer's maintenance team members, Steve Roward, even set up a demonstration showing off the power of Comet's recently installed, one-of-a-kind magnetic braking system.
From infield, to lift house, to brake run, not an inch of Comet went unexplored.
GOCC members attempt to pry wrenches free from the incredible grip of Comet's magnetic brakes.
Once the exploring of every inch of Comet was complete, it was time for some exclusive ride time (ERT) on this longtime Waldameer favorite. While Comet is by no means the biggest or the most intense roller coaster out there, there is no doubt that a ride on this classic can sure put a huge smile on anyone's face. But Comet  ERT in the morning was only the warm-up for what was in store for the evening. Goodnight Sweetheart might have signaled the end of another busy Waldameer Saturday for most guests, but for GOCC the song was the kickoff of some epic nighttime ERT on Ravine Flyer II and Comet.
Ravine Flyer II's red train prepares for yet another run during nighttime ERT.
How much fun was nighttime ERT? Pictures speak louder than words...
Blue Train roars back into the station after an intense, "extra dark" night flight.
Thank You Great Ohio Coaster Club for including Waldameer and Water World in your Spring Fling event. We certainly enjoyed your excitement and passion for all of our rides and attractions. We can't wait for your next visit!
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