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.
Yeah... have I mentioned it's Derek and my anniversary today?? I wish he was here to ride these coasters with me :(
So we got to the park around 3:30 pm and... there were barely any cars there!
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!?
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.
Predator was closed, because they are retracking portions of it. Maybe once it opens it will actually be rideable!
I haven't ridden this coaster since 2001, and I remember it being awful.
I saw some new wood in this turn, but that was it. There is probably more that is just not visible from the midway.
Boomerang was also closed.
Time for our first ride! The "ghetto boat" ride with no roof
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?"
We chose Mind Eraser first.
Christine is a bit unsure of this, as she had never ridden an "upside-down coaster".
Thar she blows...
This shot would have been better with a train in it.
Look at this long line... wow!
Um... yeah, hi... walk-on! Too bad it's a Vekoma.
Christine gives it the thumbs-up! Mind Eraser was actually running pretty smooth. We rode it 3 times throughout the day.
OMG, credit #163?? Ok, no.
Right by Brain Teaser are some really adorable kiddy bumper cars!
Viper was also running okay, but with the stapling problem. We also rode it three times.
Ugh.. I miss Derek.
Oh no, another super long line. ;)
Well, this one's a walk-on a lot of the time anyway. We were the ONLY people on the train!
All the water rides, including Shipwreck Falls, were running, despite today's high temperature of 60
And here's what kills me: the water park was OPEN! Who's bright idea was this?????
Time for some Intamin goodness... or not
Um... something's missing!
And here too! Just a concrete square is left where the Daily Planet van used to be.
Looks like another long line!
This is painful.
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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