I attended an afternoon wedding on Presque Isle and the reception was in one of the picnic pavilions. It was a t-shirt and shorts affair, and as these things do, things got boring. So I turned to some of my college friends to see if anyone wanted to go ride. Surprisingly, they all agreed. So within 20 minutes, we had parked, loaded up Wally Cards with $4.50, and were in line! And within another 45 minutes, we had bought some French Waffles (just like the ones they used to make under Big Dipper), gone across the street to check out the observation tower, and were back at the wedding reception without anyone realizing we had even gone!
The park had a healthy crowd, but the cool weather and on and off rain had a lot of people leaving as we were arriving.
Anyway, onto the coaster. I rode in seat 3-2, and the ride delivered just like everyone has said it would! It reminded me a little bit of the very early days of Villain when it was smooth, it also reminded me a little of what I imagine Gwazi would be like if it was smooth - and it also had elements of Holiday World's Legend and Raven. I was very impressed, and it reminded me what a good wooden coaster should be. It's tough having Gwazi in Florida and the two Streaks at CP as the only woodies I regularly get a chance to ride these days. The visuals were awesome, I loved the bridge over the road, and my three non-enthusiast friends were all smiles and laughs and called it "$4.50 well spent" (as well as a great excuse to get out of the wedding reception for a bit)
I need to get back to Waldameer and spend some real time there. I would have loved to ride the Comet and Whacky Shack, but the time just didn't allow it on this visit. I still have my Wally Card, and hope to get a trip up there sometime in 2013 - as well as a trip to Darien Lake someday.
I always read the reports from Ray & Coasterdad who love Waldameer and RF II, and I am jealous you get to visit here a few times a year. Sure, i have the Orlando parks in my backyard which are incredible in their own way, but sometimes you just want a day at a park like Waldameer. And apparently so do plenty of people from Ohio, as seen by the license plates in the Waldameer parking lot. . .