A family fun amusement and water park complex, Waldameer and Water World features amusement park rides, water park slides, ... More
Waldameer & Water World
A family fun amusement and water park complex, Waldameer and Water World features amusement park rides, water park slides, live entertainment, an arcade, traditional midway games, food and refreshment centers, souvenir and gift shops, and several picnic groves.
Of course this review don't seem to get the attention from the Waldameer Amusement Park. But I wanted to make my review publicly to make people aware of what goes on there. Maybe it will help someone. I was there with my family for the day. My son rode a ride that looked like a spider. He is 17. When he got off the ride he told me the operator did not know how to run that ride. I didn't pay any attention until several hours later when my 19 year old daughter and her cousin 5 was on this ride and we noticed that the operator did not close the car that this boy was in and he was up in the air, paniced, the operator and the Manager Jeff were laughing at this. A mechanical came to try and fix a brake that slipped and about jumped the kid out of his seat. The manager got in a agrument with the parent. Stareing at them and being very confrintation to the parent. He was so unprofessional. After child finally got down the parent went to complain to the office in which the Manager Jeff was there and they ended up yelling that the parent called them all kinds of names. Which wasn't true. He lied. They then slammed the window and told parent to call police. Is this how they handle safety? They were not alarmed at all and they all stuck together to prove the parent was wrong. Do you find that strange? Someone that was a paying customer in their park and they treated them so unprofessionally! How sad that they were not even comforting a parent whos child was trapped on an unsafe ride. Good people are apparently hard to find not to mention good help! But word of mouth does affect business. You never know who your customer is. They could be a judge in erie, a police officer in erie, A member of congress, Osha family member etc. you just never know.
I used to work at Waldameer about 20 years ago and it was a cute place to go and the water park was pretty new. I just visited it yesterday and even though the park is alot cleaner the water park is just plain disgusting. The lazy river has very dirty water and the ground everywhere is black and dirty and the chairs, tables and umbrellas are disgusting. The tubes are dirty and smell like urine. I had a great view of Waldameer before and they have worked on the park but Mr. Nelson and his family have let the waterpark go. I won't be visiting the waterpark anymore unless some serious changes are made. Yuck!!!!
Our family is from Erie and we get together every year in July. We like to visit Waldameer Park but after this last visit we won't be going back. Out family, including out 81 year old Mother, went on the Thunder River water ride. The ride broke down, we all had to be evacuated and my mother's car was on the top of the hill. When we talked to an office employee to express concern she said "the ride breaks down all the time." we were alarmed by this response. Then we wanted to try the ride again but didn't think we should have to wait in line again and asked to speak to the ride manager (the grandson of the owner). When I explained that our 81 year old mother had to be evacuated because the ride broke down and we didn't feel we should have to wait in the hot sun to ride again his response was "how is that our fault?" I was pretty incredulous because who's fault is it that the ride breaks down? There was no apology or any offer of compensation like a $5 food/drink coupon for our mom or the opportunity to ride again without waiting. This is a poorly run park and it is alarming that the water ride breaks down every day,
My husband and I take our daughter to Presque Isle at least once every summer ... and when we do, you can bet that we will be visiting Waldameer, too.
We like to spend the morning and early afternoon on the beach, at the lake, enjoying a cookout and swimming .... then we dry off and get changed and spend the rest of the day at the amusement park.
It is so much fun for kids and so peaceful for adults [relatively speaking] that the time just flies by and we are being shooed out of the park at closing time amazed that 8 hours have disappeared.
The cost is reasonable, compared to other amusement parks, and those who are not planning on riding the rides are not charged an admission price. [Personally, I think that gives us more $$$ to spend on gifts and at the concession stands]
I like the fact that there are more rides geared and sized for children than most other parks have. The lines are not extremely long, so my daughter is able to ride as much as she wants instead of just standing in a line all the time. She has a wonderful time.
We are very happy with this park and will continue to bring our daughter and other family members here for as long as the park continues to be open and maintains its current policies of allowing people to enter without having to pay a fee.
Waldameer Park has always been a pleasant little park. In the past it was mostly for families with kids but now the park has more thrilling attractions including a great new roller coaster -- Ravine Flyer II. To say that the new ride is good would be an understatement. Its one of the best around. It starts with a beautiful view of lake Erie and then becomes totally insane. The ride never lets up until the very end.
There are a lot of other good rides at this park as well including the spinning coaster, the old style dark ride called Whacky Shack, the flume ride, a drop tower, and a Ferris Wheel with one of the best views anywhere. The spinning rides like the Tilt-A-Whirl and the Spider are among the best of their kind. The kiddies have plenty to ride too including two excellent small coasters (Comet and Ravine Flyer 3). For those looking for water fun, there is a waterpark with slides and a lazy river.
The park is very attractive and well maintained. It's also very clean. There are extensive picnic areas as well.
The park is a great value. Admission and parking are free and a ride-all-day pass including the waterpark is around $22. Options for the rides or the waterpark alone are also available.
If you are in the Erie area, by all means visit Waldameer. You might even consider a special trip now that Ravine Flyer II is running. In any case, you won't be disappointed..
Well we have been to Kenny wood great park a few times in the past ...this time though we were looking to do jsut a one day & Waldameer seemed to be the perfect choice.We were from outside of Cleveland Well we arrived at the park we have a 8 & 4 yr old boys , i really liked how everything was right there all the rides the park had that old fashioned charm . The kids really enjoyed the rides well than about 2 hrs into it the crowd changed....big time ! Big groups of young kids started taking over a young girl scaled a fence kicked my wife in the hand to cut in line . We rode the para trooper a 8-9 yr old african american chld was throwing unidentified small objects while he was on the ride after the ride the young ride operator chastised him to not come back but he wasnt kicked out . A couple incidents of a young person standing on a park bench yelling across the park to whoever to get their attention . We felt so uncomfortable that my wife even said " we are never coming back here" i could see her point we didnt like the makeup of the crowd it seemed like the young people had the run of the park & there was very little security monitoring the crowds also there was no employees keeping up on the litter thruouot the park and there was 2 rides where they were checking the cars they were having problems did they shut the ride down ....no they would just put them off to the side didnt seem like they had anybody on hand exp enought to take control & say "hey lets shut this ride down to make sure it is safe "so to say the least we skipped those rides otherwise our kids had a good time & they dont know any of what their parents (us)thought. But when it comes to making our next trip considering gas prices , admission -we didt like the ambiance ...no we wont go back there to Waldemeer . We will leave that to the younger locals there ....sorry
For a good chunk of my life it has been the only park I've ever been to. I've lived in Erie all my life, so that's not strange. I plan on seeing other parks, but I don't think any of them will give me the happy feeling Waldameer does. Maybe because I grew up going there?
I also worked there for a summer, which was decidedly tiring and stressful. In the end, I realized how cool-headed and tolerant you had to be to work there. If you're easily intimidated or generally unobservant, you're probably going to be labeled "a bad employee." So don't be quick to judge--it's a handful to work there.
This is a good, clean, and visually appealing park, with lot's of trees and benches along the way, as well as having beautiful views of the lake and the city. It's relaxing just to walk in (admission is free) and have a picnic. The prices are still very cheap (around $22 for the all-day combo pass, which is a bargain against individual tickets, lemme tell ya...)
The rides are classic and are in very good condition. Rides are maintained every morning. They usually ride very smoothly, and have that lovely grease smell park enthusiasts love. They monitor the weather closely, and when problems occur, maintenance is quick to act. Everything is usually maintained very well.
My only bad review is for Kiddie Land-
Beware Kiddie Land unless you are watching your children CLOSELY: some of the restraints are loose (or lacking) and employees aren't responsible for taking them off the ride (contrary to popular belief.) Beware the Mini-E if your child likes to move around: the restraints do next to nill for safety. If your kid doesn't stay seated, there's a great chance for an accident.
Waldameer is the fourth-oldest park in PA and the 11th-oldest in the USA. It was leased as Waldameer in 1896. The name literally translates to "Woods by the Sea" in German. It features two Bill Tracy dark rides; the Whacky Shack and the Pirates' Cove. With many other classic rides still standing, and evermore new rides being built, the park is steadily growing both physically and becoming more well-known.
I give it a 5/5 for everything because any problems with the park depend on time of year, weather, and change every day. Every park has that problem. But the park itself is wonderful. I love it. So come visit!
Waldameer is the perfect place to stop if your looking for some fun. It is great how even if you have little ones with you, you can let them jion in on the fun too. They have tons of great little kid rides. The tad pool area in Water World is safe for little kids also. I couldn't get them out of there! But waldameer also has lots of things for people older than4! It is also cool that Waldameer is by the lake . Normally when we go there we stop at the beach for a half an hour or so just to soak are feet until the park opens.
I think that Waldameer is too expensive for being such a small park and for being so close to Cedar Point and Six Flags.
Also, they don't allow you, as a parent, to go into Water World with your children so that they can play while you watch. You must pay in order to get it...if they could do something about that, it may make the water park a better place to be.
It's nice you don't have to pay to get in, but there really isn't a lot of good rides. It's a nice park in a nice location. The flume ride is nice and the kids enjoy the water slides. Not a bad place to stop for awhile while in Erie.
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