Weather: 70's and overcast
Rating Scale: The ol' Gris scale of +5 to -3.
Having not been to Darien Lake in about two years, I decided to take the hour drive from Rochester and put my season pass to use today. I arrived at the gate around 9:50, and was the 10th car in the lot. There usually are a good deal more by this time, so things were looking up. Got my pass processed and went on in.
Everything looked pretty much the same as before, except for the somewhat new slingshot and Shipwreck Falls. Headed over to Superman: Ride of Steel for the first ride of the day. After waiting for them to clean the station and listen to the ride ops chit chat with the mechanics for 15 minutes, it opened. First ride was in the back seat. I have always been impressed by this ride, but not today. The air on the first and thrid hills was good, but it lacked power everywhere else. I attributed it to the cold and it being early and left for another ride to give it time to warm up. I give the first ride a +3.
Next up was the Predator. This ride has not aged well and I was expecting it to feel like going 12 rounds with a prize fighter, as usual. WOW, was I surprised! Sat in the front seat and enjoyed a trimless ride. It was fast, smooth and had air on most of the hills. Can't believe I used those words to descibe the Pred. Hit the back car (front row of course) to seeif it was a fluke, but it wasn't. Another great ride, just as good as the front. Not as much air, but a more intense ride. +3.5
The Boomerang was up next. Standard stuff, exit has been moved. No better or worse than others like it. +2
On my way to the Viper, I heard some familar music. DDR! Darien Lake has a new DDR Extreme machine, although its condition would tell you otherwise as it needs a deep cleaning. $1.00 a game, ugh... Oh well, played a few rounds, went to the Viper.
The Viper, my first looping coaster so many years ago (10 to be exact). Same somewhat smooth (for an Arrow) ride, same painfull backrests, same excessively long queue and the same exit a mile away from the entrance. Decent ride, mid-course killed it though, bringing to a near stop. A solid +2.5.
The Mind Eraser, how time has mistreated you. It was once one of the better SLC's, but now is just as bad as Kong at SFMW, even in the front. Took one ride, had enough, never returned. Giving it a 0.
Superman, take two. Not much improvement, still lacked power/air, not as good as it used to be, running slow. Better in the front, but not much. Spent the rest of my day switching between it and the Predator as lines dictated.
Hit the Slingshot on the way out. I actually enjoyed the old, smaller one better. Still fun, but Thrillshot owns it.
Suprises: Predator running like a champ, walk-ons for most rides, re-rides on the Predator, solo rides on the Predator. DDR at the arcade.
Disappointments: Superman running slow, lazy ride ops on the Boomerang, Ops putting their weight into the restraints for "just a bit more" on Superman and Mind Eraser
Superman is a fun ride in need of paint and I agree it is running on the slow side.
But when i went last summer, with half trains and empty trains, it creeped.. But with full trains it flew.. Were the trains filled or no?
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Ride of Steel: I agree with the paint situation. The van below the lift needs a serious washing as well. Viper could use a fresh coat too. Not much longer and it will look like it did in the 80's.
*** This post was edited by SentientNacho 6/18/2003 7:32:54 PM ***
I also would love to see every last SLC be r emoved from the SF chain & replaced with B:TR's,most of them are going on 10 years old now & have gotten worse with age.
On the other hand, the ride just might be showing it's age...NOT!!!
Writing a book about roller coasters sure has it's ups and downs...
Man, do I have a long way to go...6 parks down, 69 to go...
Coaster Count -- 26
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