Waldameer Park & Water World, located at the entrance to Presque Isle State Park in Erie PA, has demonstrated that through detailed planning, investment in growth and hands-on management, a family owned and operated amusement/water park can survive and thrive.
Over the years, both the amusement park and water park have seen numerous improvements and the addition of many new attractions. Most recently the water park debuted its new “Battle of Lake Erie” Water Playground in July of 2017. This $2.5 million investment offers seven body slides, two large tipping buckets and over 100 other water features to allow the entire family to share a fun and refreshing respite from the summer heat.
In 2018 two new major additions will join the Park’s roster of attractions. In WaterWorld, a new ProSlide Cannonbowl 30 will be added to the water park’s list of existing slides. This two-person tube slide provides riders with a centrifugal experience as they travel down a slide then move into a “bowl” at high speed causing them to stay glued to the wall circling the perimeter multiple times. As they lose speed, the tube and its passengers move to the center of the bowl where they quickly exit into the splash down pool below. Work is set to begin on the Cannonbowl as soon as the Park closes for the season in 2017.
The amusement park will also see growth in 2018 with the addition of a new Zamperla Samba Balloon Ride. This family ride features 8 brightly colored balloons with baskets, designed to resemble hot-air balloons. Each individual balloon basket, or car, holds up to 4 passengers. The basket spins its passengers as all 8 balloons rotate and rise and fall on a main axis. This Balloon Ride, as well as the Cannonbowl slide, are expected to be ready for the opening of the Park’s 2018 season.
As additions and improvements continue to be made to the Park, subsequent growth has been seen in their Season Pass Sales. Waldameer & Water World Season Passes were first made available in 2010. Since then the number of people taking advantage of the incredible value of these passes has steadily increased. A Season Pass allows the holder to ride, slide and utilize the Wave Pool, Kidz Zone, Battle of Lake Erie, Relaxing Pool and Endless River, as much as they like any day the park is open.
This year, for the first time, Waldameer is trying something different with a special Season Pass offer. This offer will allow anyone who did not purchase a 2017 Season Pass to purchase a 2018 Season Pass in full now and, beginning August 20th, use their 2018 Season Pass for the remainder of the 2017 season. So the pass will be good not only for the entire 2018 season, but also this season, any day the Park is open from August 20th through Labor Day. A season pass is definitely the way to go for anyone who enjoys visiting the Park more than a couple times a season.
Plus if it’s just the kids that ride and need the Season Pass, Waldameer still maintains a no gate charge policy, allowing parents or grandparents the ability to come into the amusement park at no cost and enjoy watching the kids have fun. There is a charge to enter the water park. All of Waldameer’s parking is free.
Learn more at www.waldameer.com.