Waldameer Park
Erie, Pennsylvania
Negative-G 2012 Road Trip
May 25, 2012
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The Ravine Flyer 2 Roller Coaster at Waldameer Amusement Park, Erie, Pennsylvania

A big part of the hurdles the park had to jump through was to do with where the coaster sits as it goes up and down and all around a bluff at the edge of the park.  The bluff is part of the Lake Erie shore line which is protected along with the nearby Presque Isle State Park so Waldameer had to fill out a billion forms, get copies to all of the state, county and local offices and then pay an insane amount to lawyers to finally get the go ahead.

The Ravine Flyer 2 Roller Coaster at Waldameer Amusement Park, Erie, Pennsylvania

You get a fantastic view of Lake Erie from the top of Ravine Flyer 2's lift hill.

The Ravine Flyer 2 Roller Coaster at Waldameer Amusement Park, Erie, Pennsylvania

If a coaster is a terrain coaster; meaning that it sits on hilly terrain and uses the contours of the land, it is a ride that I'm going to love being the terrain coaster addict that I am.  Ravine Flyer 2 uses the terrain to it's advantage in many ways, especially with it's lift hill and first drop.  You see the lift is only 85 feet tall but as it's placed on the edge of the ravine the first drop is 120 feet.

The Ravine Flyer 2 Roller Coaster at Waldameer Amusement Park, Erie, Pennsylvania


Part of all the governmental hurdles Waldameer had to overcome was to get approval to have the Ravine Flyer cross Route 832 and then turn around and fly back across it.  There is some amazing airtime over these hills and the turnaround is a lot of fun.  Unfortunately as we were crunched for time I did not leave the park to get photos of the turnaround.  Oh well next time.



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