Some of my clean-up plans
- Remove Predator
-Remove Mind Eraser, and put a Batman clone in that spot.
-3 train operation on The Viper. Give it a new coat of paint.
-Remove max. height requirement from Superman. And always run 2 trains.
-Add a B&M stand-up and a floorless
-Add an S&S Drop Tower (like Sky Screamer)
Of interest to me is that you didn't mention any improvements to the waterpark, which was the busiest part of the park whenever I have visited the park. I think Cuda Falls should be replaced since it had no line while I was there (probably due to the location). Don't forget that a lot of people who go to that park are familes that utilize the campground and hit the waterpark. I think more waterpark expansion/upgrades and general park improvements would do great at this time :)
.. which leads me to the idea that the park is fine coaster-wise right now. I know Superman in 99 was the last coaster, but it still has good ridership as do all of the coasters.
Take out a coaster thats only about 10 years old and often has the longest line in the park for one that wouldn't even fit on the plot of land and is a bit more expensive? Nah, bad move if you ask me. Get rid of the height maximum? How many more ejections do you want to risk? Three trains on Viper? They stacked two trains on occasion, I don't think they could handle three. $20 million more to B&M? OK now its sounding more like a wish list than honest suggestions.
Basically, you were giving your opinion of what you'd do, and thats fine. We're just being silly because, well, we were just being silly. Don't mind us :).
They have a lot of land there... a ton of it unused. One thing that they have talked about in the past (they, being upper levels of management at SFDL) was to put in a golf course. So one thing I would do is to turn the park into a resort destination by doing as they suggested & putting in a full sized 18-hole golf-course. They have all the land across the street that they own which could be used for that.
Along with that, they may need more accomidations.
As for the park itslef... I can't even begin to fathom what I'd do. The layout is retarded with the horshoe style they have. The carousel isn't showcased like most themeparks, the asphalt is sloppy, and some parts of the midways bottleneck because of a not-so-well-thoughtout-layout.
I would fix the Giant Wheel's lighting fixture, however... it's a sign of the times when the park was in its glory days & looked sweet at night.
I'd also bring back the stunt ski show in Fun Lake (they still have the high-dive pole in the middle of the lake).
This would be all marketed heavily with an emphasis on the old Darien Lake nameplate that everyone remembers.
Superman needs some new paint.
Predator needs to be retracked (it's a great ride, my first coaster).
Mind Eraser needs to be removed, and replaced by a 300 foot rocket, with elements like storm runner after the tophat.
Viper needs to be repainted.
Put an Intamin woodie back by Twister (If its campgrounds, still put it there. Who goes camping at an amuesment park?). This would attract more people to that side of the park.
install S&S quad tower on the midway.
Years after all these, install a gigantic 400 footer around Darien Lake (the lake, not the park).
SFDL is a nice park, operated by horrible people. This park has more acres than Cedar Point or SFMM, so why aren't there more rides? What needs to happen is like what's happening @ SFGav: Slowly add onto the park with areas such as the Golden Kingdom and Bugs Bunny Land. SFDL needs to bring the park out to the lake it's named after, and get rid of those campgrounds, they are useless. It seems the park has been going downhill since SF took over in 1999 (Superman was already in the making prior to the takeover). Under previous ownership, the park put in 3 roller cosaters (Predator, Mind Eraser, boomerang) in 8 years. Even if 2 of those were clones, they are still coasters. Now, it'll be the year 2006, 7 years since the instalation of Superman, and still, no coaster. 2007, 8 years since Superman, better have something in store. If not, I just might file for a loan and buy the park myself. Then, I'll show SF what kind of potential this park had.
A new slide tower for the water park, with 4 body slides and 2 family raft rides, from Proslide. (If a small water park near Montreal could afford that... I'm sure its not that expensive!). That would add capacity as well as give a shot in the arm of the water park.
Flat rides? A Zamperla rockin tug, 2-3 "modern" flat rides.
Coasters? A family coaster of some kind and new trains for Predator. If that doesn't work, remove Predator and built a new woodie instead.
I still don't think you guys give enough credit to the cute little park you have up there.
I throw it in the same kettle as Frontier City and the former SFAW: really good rides, LOUSY management...makes for employees who are oftentimes less-than-friendly to the guests (myself excluded of course, LOL), NOT happy to be there, and under-motivated...
I have to feel sorry for the people who work at those parks, and the locals who have little/no options as to what park(s) to go to...
Predator CLEARLY needs new trains. Supes needs to run at ALL times. Staff needs to feel like part of a "team", a successful team...
Finally, note that I've been to SFDL *once*. That should clue you all in to the fact that I am *not* the best person to judge...but my experience there means that next time I'm in the area, I'm planning on going in for: multiple rides on Supes, a credit lap on Viper (since NEITHER of those two were running), and I'm getting the HECK out of there ASAP after that. Martin's and Seabreeze are much more likely contenders for my time, and I *need* to get back to PCW again - that place was *fabulous*.
install S&S quad tower on the midway.
This park has more acres than Cedar Point or SFMM, so why aren't there more rides?
-- sorry to not pick up on jokes, definately no hard feelings over here --
Re-track/re-train Predator. Try to increase the number of concerts that are booked, keep that summer schedule as full as possible. That's about it.
If you're really looking for huge capital improvements, first thing would be to cluster the waterpark a little better and add some more high-capacity slides. Maybe add a giant-sized flat with some people-eater capacity to ensure that people aren't TOO bored in the park pre-concert, although it's not really required on non-concert days.
As Gonch said, it's a great little park ... key word = "little"
I've had uber-good visits to the park, so I can pick apart the good & the bad... but the last year ('04) I went to the park, I found it to be a lot more disappointing than anything else. I TRIED & did make the best of it, but I found it virtually impossible to spend the entire day from opening to closing there without getting... well... bored. I don't know if it was the lack of lines that made the re-rides get a little tiring, or if it was the same-old, same-old... but I remember a lot of times going... getting there about 20 minutes before the gates opened for the parking lot all the way until after the laser show at 10:10pm.
What lost the lustre? I seriously think it's partial customer service, partial lack-of crowds to help eat up time, and partial "same old-same old flavor".
The park hasn't kept up with the times of other parks of equal or greater size... it's like a time-warp back in the 80's. I can see the mullets walking all over the midways.
DawgByte II said:
...strange... not that many say "Another Astroworld Thread"... or "Another Dollywood thread"... but anytime SFDL is brought up... it's always downplayed.
Because without fail, it's always the same 2 or 3 culprits rehashing the same old, same old.
And also, seemingly without fail, it's always odd complaints or silly wishlists. I mean look at the original post suggestions. Let me sum them up:
- Rip down the two coasters I don't like. Add 3 B&M's.
- Ignore suggested safety requirements on S:ROS
- Add an S&S Tower
- Paint Viper and run the third train
Come on! Do I even need to dig any deeper than that?
This threads are brushed off because:
- The same handful of people start them and reply to them
- The ideas contained are ridiculous
- The park isn't nearly as bad as a few of you guys think it is
The only thing wrong with the park is the same thing that plagues the rest of the chain. Management and customer service.
For a park of it's size in the area that it's in, SFDL is exactly what it needs to be.
Sorry you local guys are bored or whatever, but the more these things get posted the less interested others are and the less seriously you guys are taken.
It's getting dangerously close to BatwingSFA territory.
*** Edited 10/24/2005 12:39:41 AM UTC by Lord Gonchar***
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