Interview with Waldameer’s President Steve Gorman

My Interview with Waldameer’s President Last month while I was visiting Waldameer with my family I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with the park’s President Steve Gorman. I’d visited the Erie, PA park last year to ride Ravine Flyer 2, but this year I was able to stay for a longer visit with a larger group and enjoy more of the park. How’s Waldameer Different from o...[Read More]

Busch Gardens to Close Big Bad Wolf in September

Busch Gardens Williamsburg submitted a press release today stating what many coaster enthusiasts had feared. Big Bad Wolf will be no more after this season. In fact, they gave Monday, September 7th (Labor Day) as the last day of operation for the classic coaster. ‘Wolf is arguably, the most popular suspended roller coaster in the World and it will be missed. I imagine that quite a few enthus...[Read More]

Return Trip to Waldameer

Tomorrow I’ll be returning to Waldameer in Erie, PA. It’s home to the 2008 Golden Ticket Winner for ‘Best New Ride’  Ravine Flyer 2. I liked Ravine Flyer 2 so much last year that it landed at 8th on my Top Coasters list and 5th on my favorite wooden coasters. Read my full Ravine Flyer 2 review. Last year, I was lucky enough to get a private tour of Ravine Flyer 2. This year...[Read More]

Ravine Flyer II @ Waldameer Park | Coaster Reviews

Ravine Flyer II: An Impressive World-Class Wooden CoasterI’d been excited for Ravine Flyer II since I learned about it last winter. It’s the product of 15 years of work, planning, and local politics. The Gravity Group designed hybrid woodie was my top pick for the new coasters opening in 2008. The New York Times even quoted me when I dubbed it the “Sleeper Hit of 2008”. So ...[Read More]

Darien Lake & Waldameer Park Trip

Darien Lake & Waldameer Park Trip I'll be visiting Darien Lake this Thursday and Waldameer Park on Sunday. I'm looking forward to re-visiting Darien Lake now that PARC Management runs the park. I've heard good things and I'm anxious to see how different it is post-Six Flags. I'll also get to ride the coasters that I missed last time as well as the new Orange County Choppers...[Read More]

New York Times Quotes The Coaster Critic

NY Times Article Reviews Pennsylvania Woodies, Quotes The Coaster CriticThe New York Times Travel section featured an article last Friday on the wooden roller coasters of Pennsylvania. Writer Cindy Price made a trek acroos Pennsylvania riding the Keystone State's notable wooden coasters. Her account includes rides (or mentions) of the Phoenix and Twister at Knoebels, Thunderbolt at Kennyw...[Read More]

Waldameer’s Ravine Flyer II Video

Ravine Flyer II @ Waldameer Park | On Ride VideoWaldameer’ Park’s Ravine Flyer II is my pick for the sleeper hit of 2008. It was designed by the Gravity Group. They’ve produced the 2007 Golden Ticket winner Voyage as well as the greatly underrated Hades at Mount Olympus. Ravine Flyer II will feature a 120 foot first drop, 10 moments of air time, 6 tunnels, 10 cross overs, a 90 de...[Read More]

Top Ten New Roller Coasters for 2008 Part 2

Top Ten New Roller Coasters for 2008 | The Top 5 And now for the conclusion of my top picks for the new roller coasters opening in 2008. 5 – Fahrenheit at Hersheypark Hershey’s New Steel Looper Goes Beyond Vertical Hershey’s new looping coaster will boast a 97-degree drop which is beyond straight down. Aside from the ultra-steep 12-story drop, Fahrenheit will reach a top speed of...[Read More]

Ravine Flyer II Construction Photos

Waldameer’s Ravine Flyer II Taking ShapeLoyal reader, Judy sent in these great photos of Ravine Flyer II at Waldameer Park in Erie, PA. Among other things, the wooden roller coaster designed by Gravity Group will have a 165 foot bridge over a four lane highway. Check out this slideshow of construction photos of Ravine Flyer II: Also, for more on Ravine Flyer including a video click here.What...[Read More]

Ravine Flyer II @ Waldameer Park | 2008 Coasters

Ravine Flyer II Could Be the Sleeper Hit of 2008I have to admit I’ve been sleepin’ on Waldameer’s 2008 addition. While it’s not breaking news, it is definitely newsworthy. Waldameer Park, located in Erie, Pennsylvania, is building a Gravity Group wooden terrain roller coaster called Ravine Flyer II. Gravity Group is my favorite wooden coaster company. They’ve produced...[Read More]

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