Photo TR: Nicole does Darien Lake

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Photo TR: Nicole does Darien Lake

Postby niiicolaaah » Sun May 13, 2007 7:20 pm

I dragged my friend Christine over to Darien Lake today so I could get my season pass and some Intamin goodness. The park was EMPTY, and the only thing we waited in line for was the Tin Lizzys (old fashioned cars).

I hadn't been to the park since 2005. The employees were very friendly (and not a cell phone in sight!), but for some reason every coaster now has a "staple every rider" policy. I got pinned so hard to my seat on Viper that I couldn't move at all, it was really painful. I don't understand what the point of stapling people in is.

Parking was only $7, but they made up for that with the food prices. Coke machines were $2.75, and we saw funnel cake for $6, among other things.
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Yeah... have I mentioned it's Derek and my anniversary today?? I wish he was here to ride these coasters with me :(
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So we got to the park around 3:30 pm and... there were barely any cars there!
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Here's the park entrance, with its new logo. Pass processing went fast, although they spelled my first name wrong. How do you spell "Nicole" wrong, seriously!?
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New park maps were all over. The park was very clean, and all the shops and restrooms looked like they had a fresh coat of paint.
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Predator was closed, because they are retracking portions of it. Maybe once it opens it will actually be rideable!
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I haven't ridden this coaster since 2001, and I remember it being awful.
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I saw some new wood in this turn, but that was it. There is probably more that is just not visible from the midway.
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Boomerang was also closed.
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Time for our first ride! The "ghetto boat" ride with no roof
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Yeah... we're on the ride.. on the PHONE! Woohoo!
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Postby niiicolaaah » Sun May 13, 2007 7:29 pm

Once we rode the "ghetto boat" ride, we tried to decide which coaster to ride first. Christine hates big drops, so Ride of Steel was a bad choice. So I asked her, "Would you rather ride the coaster that goes upside down 5 times, or the coaster that goes upside down 5 times?" :lolr:
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We chose Mind Eraser first.
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Christine is a bit unsure of this, as she had never ridden an "upside-down coaster".
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Thar she blows...
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This shot would have been better with a train in it.
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Look at this long line... wow!
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Um... yeah, hi... walk-on! Too bad it's a Vekoma.
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Christine gives it the thumbs-up! Mind Eraser was actually running pretty smooth. We rode it 3 times throughout the day.
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OMG, credit #163?? Ok, no.
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Right by Brain Teaser are some really adorable kiddy bumper cars!
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Postby niiicolaaah » Sun May 13, 2007 7:42 pm

After Mind Eraser, we headed over to Viper.
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Viper was also running okay, but with the stapling problem. We also rode it three times.
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Ugh.. I miss Derek.
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Oh no, another super long line. ;)
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Well, this one's a walk-on a lot of the time anyway. We were the ONLY people on the train!
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All the water rides, including Shipwreck Falls, were running, despite today's high temperature of 60
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And here's what kills me: the water park was OPEN! Who's bright idea was this?????
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Time for some Intamin goodness... or not
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Um... something's missing!
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And here too! Just a concrete square is left where the Daily Planet van used to be.
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Looks like another long line!
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This is painful.
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Too bad it really sucked. It was very vibraty and loud. I felt like I was in a trash can rolling down a hill. I gave it another courtesy ride later in the day, but it was terrible. Such a shame, as this was my hands-down favorite coaster for several years
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Postby BarryH » Sun May 13, 2007 7:50 pm

Great Photo TR! Darien Lake looks better than what I had imagined.

What, you didn't try the water park in 60 degree weather?

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Postby niiicolaaah » Sun May 13, 2007 7:53 pm

Random stuff around the park...
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I love the view from the far side of the lake.
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Boomer...
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We decided to ride something I hadn't ridden since I was little: the Tin Lizzys!
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I was told to put my camera away after taking this picture, so I did :)
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Looney Tunes Seaport???
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Why does everything remind me of Derek today? :(
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Sorry, guys... ride's closed...
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There is still some Six Flags merchandise to be had in the gift shops around the park.
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This is the water slide from Astroworld. The track pieces of Batman are still in storage across the street.
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Sorry, Darien Lake, we're about ready to leave. I'll be back when Predator's open! (maybe!)
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Postby OldJJman » Sun May 13, 2007 7:55 pm

Damn Girl!! It seems as if you taken lessons in picture taking!!

Very nice!!

(and only 1 out of focus too! ;) )

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Postby thecoasterkid » Sun May 13, 2007 7:58 pm

^ "Ride of Steel" definitely felt that way to me last year too. I remember it having more air than Millenium Force, but with overly large boring helixes and having alot of rough vibrations.

Thanks for the trip report! I can't believe management has the water park open so early. Pretty expensive to pay lifeguards to stand around going nothing all day long.

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Postby Shockwave » Mon May 14, 2007 2:59 am

Great photos Nicole! Good thing they cut the parking fee in half, I couldn't stomach paying $15 to park there.

I really hope Superman won't be doing its trashcan down the hill impression in a fortnight. I bet the park will be packed over Memorial Day as well.

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Postby KrazyT » Mon May 14, 2007 3:38 am

Great TR. Looks like it was really packed. :P
Too bad Superman wasnt great. But it looks like you had a good time anyway.
Keep 'em coming.

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Postby Meteornotes » Mon May 14, 2007 4:26 am

I wonder what happened to S:ROS? I guess maybe they don't take care of it or something. And Predator was horrible years ago, so I can only imagine what it's like now, re-tracking or not.

Good pictures. You rule, Nicole.

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