Darien Lake seeks tax incentives for $5.2 million upgrade

Posted Monday, February 11, 2013 10:55 AM | Contributed by VitaminsAndGravy

The board of Genesee County Economic Development Center gave preliminary approval Thursday to $279,400 in incentives for a proposed upgrade at Darien Lake Theme Park. The $5.2 million project includes improvements to a thrill ride called Blast Off, addition of multi-family cabins and a new lights, lasers and fireworks show, said Bob Montgomery, vice president and general manager of Darien Lake.

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Monday, February 11, 2013 11:01 AM

How about an upgrade to Predator? I've heard that thing is ridiculously bad now.

"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band

Monday, February 11, 2013 12:51 PM

Painful memories...coming back...must block...

That was a bad one...the only one I can say was as bad that I rode in the last several years was Compounce's Wildcat.

The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist


Monday, February 11, 2013 2:00 PM

Predator was fantastic during my 2012 visit in September. Rode in both the front, back, and middle, and I was treated to an intense ride with some great pops of air. In terms of roughness, Predator is not perfect, but by no means painful, about middle of the road when comparing wooden coasters.

In other news, its great to see this park expanding by updating their current attractions and infrastructure, and slowly adding new additions to fill in the gaps. I really believe in the Herschend management team.

Monday, February 11, 2013 2:47 PM
rollergator's avatar

I went to SFDL a few years' back with AV Matt. Our first lap on Predator was absolutely blissful, in the back row. Way better than my previous laps on the ride. Went off for a couple hours to ride Supes, get some food, waited interminably for the motocoaster to open (never did). Came back to Predator only to find the back of the train roped off...sat in the last row we could, and the ride was absolutely BRUTAL. Extremely bad...worse than on any prior visit.

Wooden coasters are just plain tempermental....

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 8:56 PM
bjames's avatar

After several years of stagnation and stupid additions like MotoCoaster, this park is finally getting some love. I've got some great pre-Superman childhood memories of this park, back when the great Lodge on the Lake opened.


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