Last Friday, my friend Mandy and I, along with my brother and his girlfriend went to Darien Lake. We usually go once a year. The weather turned out great and the park was actually pretty empty for a Friday! We left Auburn at around 10 am and arrived a little before noon.
I'll let the pictures do most of the talking but here is my opinion on the coasters.
"Ride of Steel"(Superman): 9/10 Always a great ride, a little shaky, but not bad at all.
Predator: A piece of crap. Painful to ride. It has no redeeming qualities except for it's sentimental value to me. 1/10
Boomerang: Not horribly rough, but headache inducing. 5/10
Viper: A good ride. Not rough, fun. 7/10
Mind Eraser: Not too rough either, actually fun! 6/10
Overall we had a great day, and hopefully Darien Lake going flagless will bring good things. Enjoy the pictures.
Mind Eraser from the parking lot. I always thought it looked so huge.
Tornado was added in 2005. It's a great ride, but we didn't get wet today...
Yay for no flags!
Walking in, we see Predator is open! Although it's really nothing to be excited about...
I love this picture, too bad it came out blurry. We thought Superman, I mean "Ride of Steel", would have a huge line with it still being early
But it didn't! The line was about a two ride wait most of the day!
I heart Intamin magnetic brakes.
The last three bunny hops deliver some serious air.
At one point the line looked like this. We got a back seat and front seat ride within 20 minutes!
We gave Superman a break and decided to ride this pile of crap.
Predator was my both mine and Mandy's first "big coaster" and I've always loved it for that reason. It was closed during our visit last year, so I was anxious to see how it was doing.
Not too well.
We rode the front once, which wasn't all bad, but later we sort of dared ourselves to ride the back seat. Twice. I never really thought a coaster could be too rough for me, but at the bottom of every hill the lap bar would slam you in the stomach. It was almost unbearable. Even the ride ops were stunned that we came back to ride a third time.
Is that a Vekoma I see?
I usually like Darien's Boomerang, but we rode the backseat once and got headaches.
We decided to ride the ferris wheel, just to sit for a while. My camera broke for a good portion of the day, but started working on the ferris wheel, so I made sure to get plenty of pictures from up top.
Mind Eraser and the log flume.
Viper is actually my second favorite in the park. It's really not too shaky at all.
Mandy says hi.
I approve this Vekoma ferris wheel!
The swinging ship sucks.
We went over to ride this piece of Arrow sexiness.
Vertical loop goodness.
Curves and camera stuff.
It's in a really nice area, but the walk to the station takes longer than the ride.
One of my favorite pictures.
Finally we made it to the station, this is as busy as it got.
Lift hills are hot.
One last shot of Viper.
Ranger is getting pretty old. The last time I rode it shook a lot sideways.
It is time.
It really isn't too bad. We rode three times in the front and once in the back.
Somebody threw up in the station, so almost everybody left, giving me time to take pictures in the queue which goes right under the ride.
I think B&M should copy this design.
After Mind Eraser we took a ride on the log flume to cool off. It's a nice ride, with two drops and a tunnel, and you don't get too wet!
The first and smaller drop is in the background.
Heading back towards Superman, we pass Shipwreck falls. Definetely not an exceptable amount of wetness!
I had to take a peek.
Back to Superman and it's shrubbery. I guess I should really start calling it by it's official name. I think if it can't be Superman it should be repainted and given a new theme completely. Mandy thinks it should now be called "The Bomb Pop"
It broke! We noticed a crowd leaving the area and came to find this. After a few minutes, they got the lift going, so we stood at the entrance hoping it wouldnt take to long to reopen...
Test run through the trees!
While waiting I took some more pictures. This is my favorite support on the whole ride. Tehe.
The test seat has seen better days.
They tested much longer than anticipated, but we were first in line, and I refused to leave! A lot of people began sitting around everywhere.
They finally let us in. We were two rides from getting the front seat, and the first train they sent out with people broke down on the lift. We decided not to wait, and left.
Darien Lake really is a great park. A few good coasters, and a really nice setting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures!
Nice pictures and great photo TR. Nice water park photos. I don't know why you got a headache on Boomerang since I just rode SFDK's in the back and it was smoother than normal. The log ride appears to be pretty decent.
Shockwave/Shockwave/Batman: The Escape is still there. You can see it in front of you right as you're about to go down ROS's first drop. You can also see it from the Giant Wheel, if you look in that direction.
I pretty much agree with everything you said, other than the part about Mind Eraser being good. (It's definitely better than Predator still though).
I really love that shot of Viper's train about to take the drop. It really shows how shallow that drop is, despite how big the ride was back in it's day. (Even Canada's Dragon Fire and the Demons have higher drops!)
^ Thanks, and about Viper, the drop does seem to be getting smaller and smaller. It used to give me the weirdest feeling, but now I feel nothing, it's just rolling down a hill. However, everytime I ride it I like it more and more. It doesn't get as much credit as it deserves.
Nice Photo TR, however, I must say again that Predator is actually pretty good save fore a few spots when in the second car, first row. Everywhere else I agree is pretty bad. But if they get those new single bench PTC's, it might be comparable to Dania Beach Hurricane. (I'm not kidding)
^ I agree that it could be pretty good with new trains. There was a little bit of air on the first drop, but I also noticed that there's a trim there now. If it was smooth and trimless, I bet it'd be great. They still have the plaque in the station from a long time ago saying it was rated the 9th best wooden in the world. So they claim.
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