Of course as everyone knows, the big new attraction this year is the Music Express. This Bertazzon ride stands near the Bumper cars and Scrambler and looks pretty nice with all of its lights flashing. There is also a new fountain located on the midway between the Bumper Cars and the Music Express, adding to the park’s already nice landscaping. Having ridden this back in December on Preview Day, I still have to say how shocked I am by how fast this ride runs. When it hits full speed both forwards and backwards, you are really hauling. While I give the park major props for adding this great ride and running it as intended, I do have a minor complaint. The ride operator was extremely obnoxious, constantly shouting into the microphone to scream if we want to go faster and “I can’t hear youuuuuu…. Let me hear you SCREEEEEEEEAAAAAAAMMMMMM!” It got old real quick, and her voice was WAY louder than the music itself. I understand the need for enthusiasm, but I do think this was a bit much. On the plus side, you get a good, long cycle time and the ride seemed to be very popular with those coming off. Looks like Mr. Nelson made another wise investment.
Even though the park wasn’t overly busy due to the cold weather, I still had to wait about 10 minutes to ride the Whacky Shack. Again this year, the ride is in amazing condition, with all of the gags working and what appeared to be even more new skeletons and corpses on the rotating drum. It may not be anywhere near as great as a Disney dark ride, but the Shack will always be a favorite in my book. Unfortunately, there are no live shows on Opening Day, so I didn’t get to check those out. I have a Season Pass though and will be back soon!
Rode the Giant Wheel with my dad and enjoyed another long cycle as we went around at least 15 times or so. The Wheel was sent back to Chance during the off season for a complete refurb and it looked great. It was a bit nippy and breezy at the top, but that didn’t deter us from enjoying our ride.
Since it had been several years, I decided to take a walk through Pirate’s Cove. This rare Bill Tracey fun house still creeps me out as there are some rather dark passages inside. Like the Whacky Shack, everything seemed to be painted and bright, the Quicksand bridge gag seemed to have some new rotating hands added to it (I think), and the sound was on full volume. It’s a shame there aren’t more attractions like this as it is definitely a unique experience.
Dad and I rode the L. Ruth Express and were the only ones on board. The blue train was running and we took our nice 7 minute trip around the park. Waldameer’s train may be a crappy Chance model, but it ranks as one of my favorites.
And finally, I had to ride what still ranks as my #1 roller coaster- the Ravine Flyer II. It’s absolutely amazing what some re-tracking can do as RF2 was simply flying through the course, and seemed far smoother than it has in the past few years (and even then it was never really rough). Seriously, we’re talking insane speeds here. I can only imagine what night rides will be like this season if the ride continues to run like this. Huge kudos to Waldameer’s maintenance staff for their upkeep of this truly amazing ride.
That’s about all I did, but I still had a great time. The park was clean, the restrooms were spotless (which my mom even commented on), Mr. Nelson was walking around with his ever-present scowl, and even with the cool and windy conditions coming off of Lake Erie, ALL of the rides were open and running without incident and nothing valleyed. Definitely looking forward to visiting again. No pics or videos this time as I was with my parents and just wanted to enjoy the day. Thanks for reading.