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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby DarienLaker » Fri Jul 11, 2014 4:43 pm

^Does the "short line guarantee" work for water slides? because I predicted with the removal of 'Cuda Falls that there would be longer than 45 minutes wait times for the Swirl City slides!
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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby coasterkid124 » Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:37 pm

No they only work for the rides in the park.
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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby DarienLaker » Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:43 pm

^So I guess the "Happiness Guarantee" policy doesn't apply to the water park?
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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby SbSteveZ » Sun Jul 13, 2014 5:55 am

I'll be heading out to the park today to hopefully get a few rides in before/after the rain. We shall be putting the Happiness Guarantee to the ULTIMATE test today! :lol: I'll try to get some pictures and possibly post a mini TR when I get back!
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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby SbSteveZ » Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:47 am

So as promised, I took a little trip down to Darien, and despite the rain in the morning (and up until 3), had a pretty good time. To the general public, it is a generally nice park with big rides and fun shows, but to an enthusiast, or to anyone who pays attention... the park still needs some work done to it. Now, that's not to say they aren't trying. I noticed many little things they've done that have helped to bring up the general look of the park, but still, a lot is in need of fixing. Now, I said they fixed a lot of little things, but I also noticed a few tiny details that were off as well. one of which is a sign by the right of the Emporium reads "Laserblast, laser light show" Where as the show is now Ignite the Night. But that's just me being OCD about things.

RAIN POLICY
This blew me away. While in the parking lot, enjoying lunch in the rain, I noticed that the Ride of Steel, Blast Off, Viper, and the Mind Eraser, were all running! and it wasn't light rain either, it was steady rain. When it started to pour, the rides did all close down, and Darien offered their return tickets at 3:15, but we decided to stick around past that. The only thing I was surprised at Ride wise, was they closed down the water park, and all In-Park water rides immediately following the showers. Thunder canyon was even drained out, as a matter of fact. I would've never expected that, from rain.

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Ride of Steel x8
Viper x3
Mind Eraser x3
Boomerang x4
Predator x1
Blast-Off x3
Silver Bullet x1
Big Wheel x1

Shows
Nik Wallenda Beyond the Falls - Pleasantly surprised by the show itself
Ignite the Night - Always loved the Laser Show, and I think its latest upgrade is amazing.

And now for the pictures!
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We start off with the nicely upgraded (and by upgrade I mean new paint and a "welcome Back!" sign) main gate!
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I do believe the gift shop in the main entrance plaza got a bit of a face-lift. it appears to me that it was re-painted and received some new signage
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Blast-Off asserting dominance over the Redhawk and Big Wheel in the skyline
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Another shot of Blast-Off. I really wish they had put a topper of some sort on this thing... it appears incomplete to me.
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The first ride of the day. As you can see, we were fighting with the rain in the morning - but with rain comes less crowds! So the lines were practically non-existent!
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This was right after the rain stopped (the first time), so they had just sent up an empty train.
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I do believe this fine establishment that seems dreadfully out of place in this dead end plaza got a makeover LAST year. it looks nice and all but this plaza needs more than the RoS and a little food place...
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There she is in all of her glory! And I noticed they re-painted the camel backs, but they never continued on to paint any more of the ride. Shame, but it's still fantastic in my opinion regardless of the color.
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#TypicalCoasterShot
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The lines were cringe worthy...
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So. Many. People...
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The sign has a topper, why cant the ride?!
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Nice little drop tower, but when I looked up at it I couldn't help but think it was missing 3 other towers and a large topper that said "Power Tower" on it... My bad :)
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Ah yes, the esteemed Predator. Couldn't pass up the opportunity to see how rough this thing was.
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Though it's still very rough, I did enjoy the ride as it didn't totally beat me up and leave me bruised the way it did last year.
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I love spotting the old logo in the park. I assume this is just old merchandise that never made the cut?
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Remember when they tried to change the logo and failed? Here's whats left of that!
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The fountain!
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Slingshot looking... like a slingshot
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Another shot of the new sign for the gift shop
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"Please don't leave forever! We'll try more next time, I promise!"
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Mind eraser in its faded glory...
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Vekoma did make a pretty nice LOOKING ride ;P
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NERD SHOT
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These lines were just terrible...
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Just look at all of those people!
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The only closed ride in the park. (Which actually opened up at like 5)
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The station appears full, but the ride had about a 3 train wait. and by the way, not to be offensive, but I call BS on the "6 minute cycle" thing, with the station like this, it took maybe 5 minutes to get on the coaster. 3 cycles took maybe 5 or 6 minutes.
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'NOTHER NERD SHOT
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Lasso, very fun ride.
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Attempt 2 at a Vekoma. Honestly, it isn't really that rough, and the color from when they repainted it in 2010 seems to be holding out nicely.
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The new-er signage for Silver Bullet, which also got a make over
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Some new signage for the games
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And here is the newly opened up area in the front of the park. not much in the means of activity going on here but hopefully we'll see signs of something soon
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It isn't ENTIRELY clear...
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Boomerang
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Motocoaster
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NERD SHOT
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Very beautiful during the day, barely visible at night...
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Some of the new signage from last year
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Hey look! The wheel has lights in the picture! MAKE IT HAPPEN DARIEN
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Hm, seems familiar...
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I noticed they have some more selection in the means of apparel. I wasn't very impressed however at the selection in the Moto-coaster gift shop. which no longer has anything to do with the Moto-coaster.
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Good to see they take care of the behind the scenes stuff on their biggest coaster...
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It would be nice if the red train were here or at least on the transfers...
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Taking in all that Intamin goodness - Okay, I was just being lame taking shots of the components in the track. Who wouldn't? ;)
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It would appear the show is now free with general admission, curious, we went to see what it was all about
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They could've probably done a *little* better with the front of the building... just black is rather upsetting and bland...
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They also kept calling it the "Nik Wallenda Theater" Which I refuse to call it - I knew it as the Galaxy Theater therefore, it shall remain the Galaxy Theater in my mind.
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Some things never change...
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It looked nice inside I have to admit. But would it kill them to put backs on those sad excuses for theater seats?
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Comic relief. This guy came over and sat on us. twice. for no reason. It was pretty entertaining, but rather invasive.
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Human Juggling. Pretty amazing.
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Everything these guys did once that curtain fell, blew me away.
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SERIOUSLY HOW DOES THAT EVEN WORK???
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Skies opened up, making for a nice shot of the viper
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FOUND THE TRAIN!
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I really do enjoy the new sign. looks very nice and vibrant
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Here lies the forgotten put put that is blatantly obvious from the viper queue... This is just depressing...
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RoS at night!
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I wish the tower changed colors... I guess I'm just spoiled by Cedar Fair :p
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There is no excuse to why this cant even have some white flood lights on it or something. Seriously, if its a park icon, it shoudn't be left in the dark like this...
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One final shot of the Boardwalk. I enjoy the new style of the area, now lets hope to see some other changes throughout the park like this...
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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby DarienLaker » Mon Jul 14, 2014 12:15 pm

Thanks for the Photo TR! Now that 'Cuda Falls is gone and the bunny house had painted to tan ( :Pr ), I assume that Floodgate Falls is going too to make way for whatever is going in the area formerly known as "Barracuda Bay". Although I agree with the Ride of Steel area needing something else besides that Jo's snack bar and Ride of Steel and Blast Off needing to be topped off!

I think the fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo in the Barracuda Bay house need to be repainted tan, the blue color seems out of place!
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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Mon Jul 14, 2014 12:29 pm

Holy crap... something relevant an interesting in the Darien Lake thread (A photo trip report)! I never thought this day would come.

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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby DarienLaker » Mon Jul 14, 2014 12:36 pm

coasterbill wrote:Holy crap... something relevant an interesting in the Darien Lake thread (A photo trip report)! I never thought this day would come.


I know, but I was thinking that we would never see something relevant ever again on this thread! :omg:
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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby coasterchitchat » Mon Jul 14, 2014 1:05 pm

I think they need the Lake Monster (if CNL will ever fork over the money,) a Zamperla Midi/Giant Discovery and some more improvement to make it better.
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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby coasterkid124 » Mon Jul 14, 2014 1:06 pm

coasterbill wrote:Holy crap... something relevant an interesting in the Darien Lake thread (A photo trip report)! I never thought this day would come.


Now some members can go right back to wishing for an underwater Pandemonium clone to replace the star attractions.
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