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Postby CoasterFanatic » Tue Aug 08, 2006 10:23 am

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This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about everything that goes on at Darien lake, this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion. For pictures and videos of the park as well as past updates, see TPR's Park Index Page.

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Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy!

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2006
August 8th, 2006 - Park to close eary in 2006 due to financial issues - SEE BELOW!

2008
January 13th, 2008 - Zamperla Motocoaster to be built

2009
July 25th, 2009 - F1 Tornado touches down near park

2010
February 19th, 2010 - $7 million waterpark expansion 'Pirates Cove' proposed
March 13th, 2010 - Darien Lake gets tax exemption for water park & owners
March 30th, 2010 - Darien Lake announces SplashTown, new cabins & suites
May 3rd, 2010 - Viper is back in black! New paint, old color scheme!
June 19th, 2010 - The European Coaster Club visits Darien Lake

2011
July 8th, 2011 - Man dies on Ride of Steel

2012
January 11th, 2012 - Darien Lake updates park logo with new look!
January 17th, 2012 - Park gets new VP/general manager & marketing director
March 2nd, 2012 - 3 new family rides announced for 2012
April 5th, 2012 - Park to get $5 million investment in rides & shows
September 21st, 2012 - Blast Off S&S Space Shot & Ignite the Night for 2013!

2013
August 4th, 2013 - rUNDEAD Zombie Run announced for 9/28/2013!

2014
February 12th, 2014 - Nik Wallenda to perform daily in the Galaxy Theater this summer
October 2014 - CNL to sell Darien Lake

2015
January 10th, 2015 - Super Loop announced for 2015

2016
November 3rd, 2016 - CNL sells park to EPR, Premier will control to manage Darien Lake

2017
November 3rd, 2017 - Gesrtlauer Eurofighter to replace log flume

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http://www.wstm.com/Global/story.asp?S=5254658&nav=2aKD

Darien Lake ending season early because of financial troubles

DARIEN CENTER, N.Y. The state's largest theme park says its season will end four weeks early as its corporate parent continues to suffer financial
problems.

Six Flags Darien Lake, located halfway between Rochester and Buffalo, is one of six properties being considered for sale by Six Flags Incorporated.

The amusement park is one of Genesee County's biggest employers, with about two thousand workers. The new closing date is October 1st.

As of July 31st, the park had already reduced operating hours five out of seven days a week and closed two rides, including a major roller coaster.

Its Batman Thrill Spectacular stunt show was also abruptly closed after its Sunday evening show.
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Postby SharkTums » Tue Aug 08, 2006 10:27 am

At this point, I would not be shocked to see them close down SFMM for part of January and February! I know Shapiro mentioned it in the interview we had with him, and seeing other parks change their schedules mid season...could be interesting!

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Postby niiicolaaah » Tue Aug 08, 2006 10:28 am

Wow. The future is not looking too bright for Darien Lake as a Six Flags park.
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Postby redfoot12 » Tue Aug 08, 2006 10:30 am

It just dawned on me in reading that article, that, dag, DL is New York's only major theme park?

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Postby niiicolaaah » Tue Aug 08, 2006 10:31 am

No. There is also The Great Escape. Darien Lake is just the "largest", whatever that means.
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Postby methylene » Tue Aug 08, 2006 10:31 am

niiicolaaah wrote:Wow. The future is not looking too bright for Darien Lake as a Six Flags park.


Ditto just about every park under the Six Flags name.

This is comparible to bucketing out water from your row boat in the midst of hurricane.

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Postby CoasterFanatic » Tue Aug 08, 2006 10:32 am

In my opinion, it is only a matter of time. This park WILL be sold.

Of course, I might be alone, but I think that it is a mistake. In my eyes, Darien has a good bit of potential.

SFMM makes a LOT more sense to me. That park is a logistical nightmare and far from a quick and easy turnaround (which is what SF needs)

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Postby niiicolaaah » Tue Aug 08, 2006 10:37 am

I disagree, Ted. Darien Lake is in a stupid location. If it was closer to the 90, I'd think more of its potential.
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Postby redfoot12 » Tue Aug 08, 2006 10:45 am

Forgot about the Great Escape.
Do you guys who are familiar with the area speculate that this park will be razed and sold as property or kept as a theme park? It would be a shame to lose Superman.

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Postby CoasterFanatic » Tue Aug 08, 2006 10:55 am

I would imagine that it would remain a theme park if it is sold. The land can't be worth much to any kind of commercial development. Maybe some $1,000,000 homes (waterfront property anyone), but that is about it.

I could be completely wrong, but I think I remember reading somewhere that the original owner was very much interested in re-purchasing the park.

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The park first opened as just a campground without any amusement rides. In 1964, a pair of water slides called "Hydro Force" were added to the campground. Eventually, rides were added to the mix when investor Paul Snyder invested amusement rides into the park and called it "Snyder's Darien Lake." At first, the park had a country theme, earning it the nickname Darien Lake Fun Country. During the Fun Country years, the park became the showcase for Huss' flat rides. The park's first Roller Coaster, The Viper, was built by Huss and the now-defunct Arrow Dynamics and opened in 1982. At the time, it held the record for most inversions on a coaster. "The Ranger", another Huss ride, was added in 1982 as well. Eventually, in 1983, Snyder sold the park to Funtime Parks. The "Fun Country" theme, along with Snyder's name were dropped and the park operated as simply Darien Lake. The Funtime era brought the park numerous improvements, including the Vekoma-built "Fun Wheel" ferris wheel in 1983, which was the showcase of the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee. At the time, the largest ferris wheel in the world. Other improvements of the late 1980's include a Kids' Area called "Adventureland" in 1987 and the Grizzly Run Rapids in 1989. The 1990's brought more improvemends such as the addition of the the Barracuda Bay waterpark and the wooden roller coaster The Predator in 1990. In 1995, Funtime Parks was purchased by growing park chain Premier Parks (now Six Flags). Throughout the Premier era, the park experienced the most additions. Upgrades included three new coasters: the now-defunct Nightmare at Phantom Cave in 1996, Mind Eraser in 1997, and Boomerang: Coast to Coaster in 1998, along with the Popeye's Seaport themed kids area, and two major waterpark additions (Hook's Lagoon and Crocodile Isle).

In May, 1999, the park opened for the first time under the Six Flags name after the numerous upgrades from the past few years. Millions of dollars were spent on adding Looney Tunes and DC Comics themed attractions. The most notable addition was Superman: Ride of Steel, the world's first Intamin Hypercoaster. A criticism of the Six Flags years at the park though were the lack of rides being added and poor customer service. However, with new management, the park will be adding a new family water slide and a Intamin/Giavinola Stand-Up coaster that previously operated at the defunct Six Flags Astroworld. Recently, Six Flags has announced that they may put Darien Lake, as well as five other theme parks, up for sale. It is unsure at this time who the buyers would be, although in a radio interview on Buffalo, NY radio station WBEN on June 26, 2006, the park's original owner, Paul Snyder, told the interviewer that he has been in contact with Six Flags and would like to bid on the park if Six Flags decides to sell it.

The park is the second largest in the Six Flags chain, along with the only on site campgrounds, and one of only two in the chain with their own hotel on site. The park also holds concerts at its performing arts center, the "Darien Lake Performing Arts Center".

With the new management annoucing that the park may be sold the original owner Paul Snyder looked into buying the park.
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