Waldameer Park and Water World, an amusement park in Erie PA, yesterday began installing their new ride the 140 foot drop tower called the X Scream.
Waldameer’s newest thrill ride will be open to the public for a special premier fundraiser on Saturday November 4 and Sunday November 5 to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.
For $2.50 you can be one of the first to experience the new ride. Waldameer will donate $2.00 from each ride to the Children’s Miracle Network at Saint Vincent Health Center.
Almost lost in the shuffle with the news about the X Scream was that contractors yesterday also began working on an access road so that site preperation can begin on the Ravine Flyer II, a wooden roller coaster.
The Ravine Flyer II will be the biggest, most expensive ride in the history of the 111 year old amusement park.
The wooden coaster with steel supports will cost an estimated $ 6 million to construct.
Environmental concerns, state and local permits and a lawsuit filed by an adjoining property owner have held up construction on the coaster for years.
The coaster will traverse Peninsula Drive, State Route 832, a four lane highway that leads to the entrance of Presque Isle State Park.
Park owner Paul Nelson said that the Ravine Flyer II will be ready when Waldameer Park opens for the season in the Spring of 2008.
Dennis Weed blogs at Erie Blogs.