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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby Haymaker » Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:39 am

rjr19 wrote:Just out of curiosity, I have not been to DL in a few weeks, is Pirate open yet, or will that thing be down all season at this point?


Still closed as of this past weekend I believe.

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Postby DarienPoint » Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:32 pm

dnn2031 wrote:I'd say those are pretty pie-in-the-sky, but ride install announcements for Six Flags parks should be around end of the month.

Extra laughs at Nightmare coming back. That name was by all accounts duly earned. As is the theater building is getting partially emptied (a lot of mothballed coaster parts were being shuffled out from Viper's viewpoint) presumably for Fright Fest usage again.


Does anyone think SF will include the new acquired parks in their announcement video?
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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby Haymaker » Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:27 pm

Darien Lake Theme Park Resort is holding open interviews in hopes of filling 1,000 seasonal positions as students head back to school and the park heads into its extended season.

A variety of positions are available, including ride operators as well as actors and other positions for Fright Fest, the park's Halloween event.

Fright Fest runs through Oct. 28 and extends Darien Lake's season, keeping the park open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Positions are open for makeup artists, wardrobe assistants, technicians, ushers and "scare-actors."

Employees receive unlimited free park admission, and free park tickets for friends and family.

The interviews and auditions will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays from Aug. 11 through Oct. 6. To apply, visit DarienLake.com/jobs or call 1-585-599-5108.

https://buffalonews.com/2018/08/08/darien-hiring-1000-people-for-the-season/

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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby Kemotblue » Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:55 am

I’ve been digging around and I live near one of the parks that was recently acquired in the May 23rd transaction. from what I learned that the new Parks will have much needed park improvements Throughout the park and smaller type of attractions most likely be added for the 2019 season. I have good resources and from what I learned not too expect anything major but do expect something next season just like what Six Flags stated at the end of their press release from last season that they plan to add new “Attracrions” to all their parks each and every year. I’m OK with park upgrades and refreshes as long as something bigger is added in 2020.

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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby SaraAB87 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:50 am

anonymouscactus wrote:Higher prices at Fantasy Island? After taxes and fees for a single season pass it was **$40.82** and that includes parking, friend passes, etc. I think last season is was ~$34. I don't know how they stay in business with such cheap passes. They used to charge a WHOLE lot more before Apex came in (even more than Darien Lake's season pass!)

I agree that the one day full price ticket isn't worth it, but even if you buy *one* pass for $40 and use the bring a friend anytime ticket you are paying less than $20 for a single day ticket if you go with someone. If you only go ONCE it's still cheaper to buy a pass and use the unrestricted friend ticket. lol.

I have no clue how they are surviving to be honest.

I just bought a 2019 pass today as it's good for this year as well as next and all the benefits for this year and next year. And I'm really just curious just how bad the Halloween event is. You get a free ticket for Friday nights Halloween event in addition to the unrestricted ticket.

If your post is any indication of crowds I will pick a day to marathon Silver Comet. See if I can beat my previous record of 119 rides in a single day lol. I haven't been to the park since working there back in... 2006? Damn I'm old.

I'm curious how much the Six Flags Darien Lake pass will go for in September. I'm guessing $55 + taxes and fees. Excited for that, too. Unless they only go the discounted membership route this year. I guess we'll see.

EDIT: found an official source. A 2016 pass to Martin's Fantasy Island was $69.99 plus tax/fees for a single person. I don't know how anyone can complain about their prices when they went to an all time low with Apex. Decreased *perceived* value due to the parking charge, maybe, but in actuality it's a hell of a deal and is way less to go than the Martin's day. Hell, looking at their discounts page it seems to me they aren't even charging absorbent $$$ for food and drink.


Its Erie County Fair season so everyone is there. Not surprising, but theme parks in WNY are clearly a way better value than the fair.

Fantasy island doesn't allow food or drink into the park, which I honestly think is a major reason why people are turning back. They are very strict on this and confiscate food and drink at the front gate, at least they did last year. Between this and the parking charges I think people are avoiding it. All of the little extras add up fast when you take a family, families are heavily considering this and parking charges when choosing where to go. I do think they have a family meal deal that isn't very expensive (I think they had some kind of pizza meal deal for $24.99 last year,), and there are a couple restaurants within walking distance, plus there is still the option of eating in your car and bringing a cooler. $24.99 is the cost of a small meal for one person at DL. But the big thing at FI was bringing your own food and holding a picnic in the picnic shelters, removing the possibility of this happening again also removed a lot of attendance. It really is a nice little park with a decent selection of rides and is a much better value than any other ride event in WNY.

Last year a pass was $34.99 and included the Halloween event, plus included all of 2018, plus parking.. really cheap. Literally less than a one day rides pass to the ECF, which is $40 on the weekend and you are talking $55 with $10 admission and $5 parking.

Though when I see all the completely overpriced local festivals that cost way more than FI does in all aspects including rides, food and parking(and most of these festivals charge for parking too because charity groups take over any lot nearby the festival and charge $5-10 for parking) I wonder how these festivals get so much attendance and clearly something that is a better value doesn't get the attendance? You are going to spend way less at FI for everything than you will at the Erie county fair, canal fest or eden corn fest, and especially the peach fest for everything plus you get a whole park with 2 coasters and a water park.. if you are watching your money. Are people afraid of this park or something.... I don't know. Seems like a no brainer to get a season's pass to FI if you are looking for value.

DL also has a coupon from Wendy's for $74.99 for 2 admissions plus free parking.. not half bad.

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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby Haymaker » Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:15 pm

The Fair, Corn Fest and other festivals are more than just rides. I would say a majority of people that attend the fair dont even ride the rides. I know that if I didnt have kids I wouldnt. So you cant really compare the two. That said, I got my kids weekday pay one prices rides for $25 each. Admission will only be $5 they day im going too.

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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby DarienPoint » Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:42 pm

On Screamscape, it shows that Six Flags has a test website that is Darien Lake's, even though it does has bugs (ex : it shows Great Escape's logo), I think we can guess that it'll be flagged next year, as various times around the website they'll refer to the park as "Six Flags Darien Lake," and it looks like they're cracking down on getting this website up and running, as all of the rides have their corresponding photos and descriptions, the park map is up, etc, though sometimes it'll show you stuff like St. Louis' operating calendar.

https://www.sixflags.com/darienlake/attractions/ride-height-restrictions
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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby SaraAB87 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:53 pm

Haymaker wrote:The Fair, Corn Fest and other festivals are more than just rides. I would say a majority of people that attend the fair dont even ride the rides. I know that if I didnt have kids I wouldnt. So you cant really compare the two. That said, I got my kids weekday pay one prices rides for $25 each. Admission will only be $5 they day im going too.


The ride gross seems to go up every year at the ECF so they are obviously making money on it, however I noticed that there is basically no one on the rides during the weekdays, I go on the weekdays and usually leave before dark but a few years ago there would be lines and lineups to get the wristbands and now there are no lines and barely a lineup for wristbands. Some rides turn during weekday afternoons with 1-2 riders per cycle. They must make all their money on the weekend or weeknights on rides, because during the week there is no one. So if you go during the weekday afternoon you will get a lot of rides for your money.

If you are going for rides at the fair I think you really need 2 days to do the ECF, one for the rides, and one for the other stuff, if you just skip the rides you can do it in one day, but you won't be able to do it all in one day if you want to stay on the rides for a long time.

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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby 3Mutts » Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:51 pm

Kemotblue wrote:I’ve been digging around and I live near one of the parks that was recently acquired in the May 23rd transaction. from what I learned that the new Parks will have much needed park improvements Throughout the park and smaller type of attractions most likely be added for the 2019 season. I have good resources and from what I learned not too expect anything major but do expect something next season just like what Six Flags stated at the end of their press release from last season that they plan to add new “Attracrions” to all their parks each and every year. I’m OK with park upgrades and refreshes as long as something bigger is added in 2020.

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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby saweetdude05 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:43 am

DarienPoint wrote:On Screamscape, it shows that Six Flags has a test website that is Darien Lake's, even though it does has bugs (ex : it shows Great Escape's logo), I think we can guess that it'll be flagged next year, as various times around the website they'll refer to the park as "Six Flags Darien Lake," and it looks like they're cracking down on getting this website up and running, as all of the rides have their corresponding photos and descriptions, the park map is up, etc, though sometimes it'll show you stuff like St. Louis' operating calendar.

https://www.sixflags.com/darienlake/attractions/ride-height-restrictions


Since SF is only operating the park and doesn't fully own it, I'm wondering if they will do what they used to do with SFDK before they purchased it (Marine World, A Six Flags Theme Park)? IMO it doesn't make sense to fully brand DL if they don't own it.

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