Photo TR: Darien Lake

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Photo TR: Darien Lake

Postby niiicolaaah » Tue Aug 07, 2007 9:37 am

Well, before I left Buffalo I decided I needed to use my "bring a friend free" ticket to Darien Lake, so I brought my friend Tony who I hadn't seen in a while. It was a hot day, and therefore everybody was in the water park. Everything was running one train except Superman, and everything had a minimal wait.

Superman was running a lot better than it had been in May, and we even got two rides on Predator. Yes, it was tolerable enough to ride TWICE (in a non-wheel seat!)

My biggest complaint about the park is how stupidly the water park is set up. It's in three separate sections - the area around Big Kahuna, Hook's Lagoon, and Barracuda Bay - and to get between the sections you have to walk on asphalt or across a bridge. NEVER AGAIN will I visit that water park without flip flops; my feet were scorched.
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We stopped at the bank and noticed... Um... there's something wrong with this sign.
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Tony is amused.
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One last stop before we go into the park - Hi Batman!
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Pretty fountain outside the park.
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The new park logo is quite ugly, in my opinion.
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There's the evil bridge of doom that connects the two main halves of the water park.
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We decided to hit Ride of Steel first, and on the way we saw Predator (which Tony renamed Death Sentence) running!
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Thar she blows!
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When we got in line, the red train was stuck on the brake run.
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But this mechanic guy was here to save the day!
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When we were pretty much next in line to ride, they put the blue train on! I was dorkily excited to see how the transfer track worked.
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Then... it was time.
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As you can see, we were VERY excited to ride.
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Wow, just look at the mass of people waiting to ride.
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The ops didn't staple, and the ride was tolerable. Not good, a bit bumpy at times, but tolerable. I recommend riding towards the front of the train, in a non-wheel seat.
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So pretty. This used to be a really good ride, about 15 years ago. ;)
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They're rehabbing the red train. Someone needs to tell them to just stop wasting time and money retracking the ride and "fixing" the trains, and just throw the trains in the dumpster and start over ;)
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Now here's a ride I haven't ridden since 2001: Boomerang!
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Huge mobs of people here too.
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Postby niiicolaaah » Tue Aug 07, 2007 9:45 am

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The lake by Boomerang is disgusting!
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Eww!
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Next we rode Twister, which was operating on 4-flip super awesome mode!
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Then over to Viper, which wasn't running very well
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Um... hi Derek?
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Yay corkscrews! Watch out for the tree!
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Dumbest queue ever!
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It takes longer to walk to the station than to ride the coaster!
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Postby kennywood!007 » Tue Aug 07, 2007 9:59 am

Cool photo tr! I never have seen Vipers queue.....it looks ridiculous. :lolr:

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Postby FeelTheFORCE » Tue Aug 07, 2007 10:00 am

Cool Photo TR! I want to try to get there next year.

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Postby trustkill22 » Tue Aug 07, 2007 10:46 am

I was there on Jully 25th. And Almost everything you said was right. Actually this year was the first time I could only go on Predator (Death Sentence) once because it felt like I just got K.Oed on it. But I was more in the middle of the train.

But looks like you had a good day.
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Postby RCoasterny » Tue Aug 07, 2007 10:55 am

You think 4 flips on Twister (Huss Top Spin) is super awesome? To me it's "meh". I've ridden programs where there's 6 flips in a row, and some rare instances, 7 flips! Overall, the total flips in the entire ride would come to 9-10 flips. I miss the pre-Six Flags Top Spins! I haven't been to a Strates shows for a while...

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Postby coasterdude5 » Tue Aug 07, 2007 11:41 am

Awesome pictures, Nicole! The park looked dead, which is usually a good thing.
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Postby Groteslurf » Tue Aug 07, 2007 11:43 am

Great TR and pics.

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Postby 307 » Tue Aug 07, 2007 1:08 pm

So Darien Lake is going to have two inverted coasters? Or am I missing something?

Predator looks really nice in layout-form, it's too bad that it rides so awfully... awfully? Or would that be "awful"?

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Postby mightypotato » Tue Aug 07, 2007 1:23 pm

307 wrote:So Darien Lake is going to have two inverted coasters? Or am I missing something?


That Batman is the stand-up that used to be at Six Flags Astroworld. Darien Lake is just keeping it in storage. I doubt itll ever be installed there...or anywhere else for that matter.
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