Six Flags Darien Lake (SFDL) Discussion Thread

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Re: Six Flags Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby rjr19 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:09 pm

SbSteveZ wrote:Two things worth noting here

First and foremost, looks like Coasting for Kids is coming to Six Flags Darien Lake in 2019, A wonderful charitable event for sure, I’m happy to see it heading to my home park.

Second, and seemingly interesting news for this thread (maybe perhaps a little bit because of my asking about it), note the logo being used for the park on this slide. It’s the typical Six Flags logo, but has a blue rollercoaster pattern behind it. Something I have not seen before in Six Flags Park logos - though to be honest I’ve never actually looked for it. Could this be the new logo that they will be implementing for digital media advertisements?

I’m curious to see if they update the sign off of the 77 since it still has the 2007 logo on it, but at least I’d expect they throw a new sign on the front of the park’s entrance. They’ve changed it 3 times in the past 10 years, it wouldn’t surprise me if they did it again.


I like the logo with the blue coaster in the background. Gives the typical Six Flags logo a little pop of creativity. I wonder why we are the only park with it though. Maybe they will all look like that eventually?

As for the sign off of 77, it needs some help. It’s the first thing people see pulling in, yet it looks neglected and worn out. And yes, the 2007 logo really just tops it all off :)
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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby SbSteveZ » Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:31 pm

^ It’s almost laughable to me how a logo from only 12 years ago can look so outdated. Apple has used the same logo since 1997 and it still looks modern and fresh. Same for Cedar Point up until recently, they used their last logo from at least 1994 until 2017, and even though it has since been retired, it still looks totally fine. The Darien Lake logo on the other hand? Looks like outdated garbage now. Maybe it’s because it’s “changed” so many times? With the atom, without the atom, the orange logo they used for a month in the off season, then the now defunct “destination fun” logo both with and without the flag on top.

At least with six flags there can finally (hopefully) be some consistency.

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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby rjr19 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:03 pm

SbSteveZ wrote:^ It’s almost laughable to me how a logo from only 12 years ago can look so outdated. Apple has used the same logo since 1997 and it still looks modern and fresh. Same for Cedar Point up until recently, they used their last logo from at least 1994 until 2017, and even though it has since been retired, it still looks totally fine. The Darien Lake logo on the other hand? Looks like outdated garbage now. Maybe it’s because it’s “changed” so many times? With the atom, without the atom, the orange logo they used for a month in the off season, then the now defunct “destination fun” logo both with and without the flag on top.

At least with six flags there can finally (hopefully) be some consistency.

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As for the atom logo, how you said it looks bad now, I honestly thought it looked bad since the day they debuted it. I never really liked it, but I did like the logo without the atom.
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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby bluestreak » Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:16 pm

Oh my god 2007 was 12 years ago... I feel old.

I always like the atom logo but to each his own.
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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby SbSteveZ » Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:52 pm

^ I liked the atom logo, the issue I had with it though is that it represented 0 of the coasters actually in the park. I know it was just intended to look cool but I’m a stickler for things like that. I loved the font of that logo, and I feel that the logo in use now took what the atom logo was trying to be, and made it appear friendlier. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but let’s be honest the current logo took the “thrill park” look right out of the picture.

Sure they’ve been trying to be more family oriented but did they have to make the logo feel like a sanitized PG version of the old one? If this only makes sense to me, so be it - but if I had to choose, I’d take the old atom logo - just without the atom.
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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby thrillrider » Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:13 am

Well crap!

I dont know how I can look past the parks logo. We may as well skip the park this year because it's obvious that with a logo like that, we cannot enjoy the park. ;)
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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby DarienLaker » Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:36 am

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I like it how Six Flags decided to put a blue roller coaster in the background of their usual logo. It's kind of a somewhat change of pace from the usual Six Flags logo with just the park's name tacked on it.
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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby SbSteveZ » Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:52 am

thrillrider wrote:Well crap!

I dont know how I can look past the parks logo. We may as well skip the park this year because it's obvious that with a logo like that, we cannot enjoy the park. ;)


The best thing about this - though I know you’re being sarcastic and I appreciate the comedic take - if a park I visit has a botched logo or something similar (such as a visually displeasing one like Hersheypark IMO), I’ll still go to the park, but the logo will bug me the entire time. I’m not usually super vocal about it BUT being a graphic designer and working on logos and other advertisement material, I can’t help but notice issues with what should be the most important piece of brand recognition a park has.
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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby John Peck » Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:32 am

As a graphic designer, I visit parks purely based on their corporate identity.

But seriously, I'm really looking forward to the future of Darien Lake.

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Re: Darien Lake Discussion Thread

Postby SbSteveZ » Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:05 am

There’s nothing wrong with looking at and discussing a park’s brand. Just because the park had a crummy logo doesn’t change anything about the experience except me thinking “gosh I don’t like that logo” on occasion during a visit.

To be clear, the thing I dislike most about Darien Lake’s logo use is that it’s currently 100% inconsistent. We have Fun Country, Atom Logo (with and without the atom), Destination Fun Logo (with and without the flag), and for a season, that orange logo popped up on some merchandise - even if it was fairly rare it still happened.

I’m sure everyone understands that the logo of a park is the least of the worries of the average visitor and likely 99% of enthusiasts as well. However, I appreciate attention to detail, and that inconsistency shows poor attention to detail right off the bat. If they played it similar to Cedar Point, and selectively branded with certain logos for nostalgic purposes - such as the logo used for Steel Vengeance or the logo with Space Spiral on the vintage apparel then that’s fine, that’s the entire point they’re trying to make.

Obviously I’m going waaaaay too far into detail about my personal gripes over something as simple as a logo, and most of what I’m saying won’t matter once Six Flags throws their logo on everything. however, it’s a discussion thread, and to me this is an interesting topic - as boring as graphic design, typography and brand recognition may be to most others - it’s still a part of the world of amusement parks.

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