Couple to tie knot on Six Flags Darien Lake's slingshot

Posted Wednesday, April 9, 2003 4:46 AM | Contributed by SFDLPR

[Ed. note: Press release follows. -J]

DARIEN CENTER, NY – Six Flags Darien Lake, in conjunction with Buffalo’s ABC affiliate, WKBW-TV, presents the FIRST EVER Slingshot Wedding May 10, 2003 at 2:00pm. After saying “I do,” two thrill-seeking adventurers will be launched nearly 300 feet in the air in an exciting and unique wedding ceremony.

Roger Schwab, of Clarence, NY, and fiancée Isabel Navarro of Mexico City, Mexico will marry at 2:00pm on the Slingshot, a reverse bungee thrill ride that catapults riders 300 feet high at speeds of up to 80 mph!

According to this brave couple, adventure is part of their lives. Roger, Isabel and their friends have camped on the active volcano, Popocatepetl, they’ve examined previously unexplored caverns (bats included), and have been atop forbidden pyramids.

“I finally found someone who shares a passion for adventure. We do everything in the ‘nick of time’ – we are fearless,” says Roger.

The couple met at UNAM (Universidad National Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City) in 1989 where Roger taught English and Isabel attended as a student of Italian Literature. After three years of dating, in June of 1992, Roger and Isabel were engaged to be married.

“We planned on getting married in May of 1993, but everything immediately became quite chaotic with work, moves, travel and time, so it was impossible to achieve that goal. What could be more exciting and perfect than getting married in the first ever Slingshot Wedding ceremony at Six Flags Darien Lake, 10 years after our first planned wedding date?” both add.

Roger, a two-time world arm wrestling champion and 2002 Olympic Torch bearer, and Isabel, an autodidactic Italian professor, enjoy activities such as running, camping, skiing, biking and are both certified SCUBA divers.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2003 8:27 AM
I saw this thing on the Travel Channel's "World's Best Thrill Rides" show a while ago, and wow that thing's tall!! The two supporting towers are 300ft tall, and when you are launched, you go very high above the towers (looks like it gets higher than 400ft). This ride, in my opinion, is very cool - because of the amount of springs used - and the basic idea behind launching it using springs....brilliant. If I could, I would definitely go on it.
Wednesday, April 9, 2003 5:03 PM
I live near SFDL and went on Slingshot last year. The park is the biggest as far as acerage goes (there's a huge campground and hotel on site) but has very little to offer for thrills. There is a Superman:MOS that opened a few years ago, but everything else is just he normal Boomerang, Mind Eraser stuff. Slingshot is cool, but for an EXTRA $20, I dont think I will do it again. Admission is high enough for a park that you can hit all coasters after 5pm and make 2-3 times each on every coaster, there shouldn't be an extra charge for this ride.
Thursday, April 10, 2003 6:10 AM
rollergator's avatar I see this was submitted by the park...great work...:)

Hallofdoom, considering capacity, if the Slinghot were included in POP, the lines would be LONG....discounted rides on certain days or for SP-holders is a more reasonable alternative would be a nightmare...

bill, wondering how it would affect the ride experience if you *literally* tied a knot (in the cords), as opposed to tying THE knot while on the ride...I guess both are relatively unpredictable, eh...;)

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Friday, April 11, 2003 3:42 AM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar The Sling Shot would be one of the best ways to do it. They ROCK!


Feel The Adrenaline....

Friday, April 11, 2003 3:40 PM
As I understand the capacity of the ride, the $20 seems high for what else you get in the park. I usually get the discounted night tix but I think a regular pass is around $35. So that means for $55 you get 2 rides that are worth while, everything else you do just takes up time. If you havn't been there, you just don't understand. Six Flags bought this park (guessing) about 5 years ago. They added Superman and Shipwreck Falls and Boomerang (I think that was added when it was bought). For being in a very rural area, it is central to Millions of people (Toronto is about 2 1/2hrs away). They should put money into this park like they go SFMM and SFOT and other big parks. All I'm saying is....spread the love Six Flags!!
Friday, April 11, 2003 8:57 PM
DawgByte II's avatar Actually....

Boomerang was added in 1998, the year before it became Six Flags branded.

What they did add in attractions since 1999 are the following:
* Superman: Ride of Steel (coaster)
* Batman Thrill Spectular (show replacing Nightmare in Phantom Cave)
* Twister (Huss top spin, which has yet to appear on Six Flags official web site)
* Upcharge Climbing Wall
* Slingshot (Upcharge)
* Turbobungee (Upcharge)
* Shipwreck Falls (shoot-the-chutes)

Not exactly a big list for a park that has a campground, ampitheater with an A+ list of shows, on-site Hotel, and the potential like no other park... I didn't mention the fact that they've also taken out just as many rides & attractions since then, including their only train ride, an indoor coaster, and a Huss crazy quilts ride :( :(

The Slingshot is a really great ride, but it's only worth 10 bucks, not 20. The thrill is too short to be worth that much.

Saturday, April 12, 2003 6:11 PM
I don't like the rides that spin as I get really sick on them, last ride was the UFO and that was a mistake. They have soooo many people that go to the campgrounds, just to stay there! Imagine if they opened a modest amount of decent rides and 1 super ride, like a HUGE drop tower, or S&S type ride. They could play supply and demand with their customers at the campgrounds and make more money on them. SFDL also has the 20,000+ capacity amphitheatre which the most famous people have played. People around here know not to go to the park on that day as the capacity just plain sucks. Waiting for over an hour or 2 for a ride thats old and dingy is not my idea of fun.....

TTD here I come....


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