My next trip and Six Flags Darien Lake Info and Pa

Tuesday, July 8, 2003 5:35 AM
Hey All,

I am heading to Cedar Point next week and Six Flags World of Adventure. After that I am heading over to NY and doing Six Flags Darien Lake. I also wanna hit Marine Land in Canada and the one coaster they got there. Has anyone been to Paramount Canada Wonderland? Does anyone recommend going there over Six Flags Darien Lake? Thanks CrashMando

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 6:25 AM
PCW has a massive coaster selection compared to SFDL. I've been to both, and would probably choose PCW. In terms of coasters, the only amazing roller coaster SFDL has to offer would be S:ROS. Otherwise, PCW and SFDL both have Boomerangs, SLCs, and Arrow looping coasters. PCW's wooden selection blows Predator away, even the kiddie coasters are fun. Not to mention SkyRider, one of my favorite standup coasters.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 7:33 AM
I would say that you should check out Darien Lake if you have the resources to spare. It isn't the greatest park in the world but I would expect that you would find a visit there very enjoyable. SROS is an amazing ride, Viper is good for what it is, Mind Eraser and Boomerang are jsut your standard SLCs and Boomerangs, and that leaves the Predator. Now personally I love the Predator. Many people donb't like it due to roughness and other such reasons. However you have to know the right ways to ride it. Like sitting is the second last seat of the train is much better than any other seat. It is sort of an acquired taste, ride it once and you might not like it, but after a bunch of times you start to enjoy it more. The water park won't be anything special due to their lack of slides, the flat rides are decent, nothing compared to PCW's collection. And if you have the spare cash, Sliongshot is a great ride, and the Skycoaster is my favorite out of all of those that I have been on. If you decide to go then just contact me at AKulpa88@hotmail.com and I'll tell you everything you could need to know for a trip there. As for PCW, I would recommend going there, I went once a few years ago and enjoyed it very much.
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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 7:39 AM

Well, We are going to Niagara falls and I have 1 day to do 1 park. My girlfriend wants to do Darien Lake because we are six flags season passholders and it will save money. I might add anther day on my trip and just do both parks. Thanks for the input and I will keep you guys posted. Look for a trip report when I get back.
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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 11:51 AM
Well, if you're in the Niagara Falls area why not stop in at Marineland? I rode Dragon Mountain when I was younger and loved it. Not to mention it's the "world's largest steel roller coaster." Not the longest, fastest, or tallest, but largest. I have no idea what they mean by that, but they say it covers something like 30 acres of ground. Also, its the only roller coaster (I think) that features a Bowtie.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 11:58 AM
It am staying 6 miles from that place. Dragon Mountain is on the list. Good news to friends. I have added Kennywood to the list on my way out there. Marimbaguy can u tell me more about Marine World. I just wanna stop in and ride the dragon a few times and bail Can I pay by ride or do I have to pay all day admission? Thanks

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 3:16 PM
Marimbaguy do u know anything about Aston Michaels Inn? That is where I am staying on the Canada side by the rainbow bridge.

Thanks

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 3:54 PM
I've been to Marineland too, and Dragon Mountain is worth going. It's a long ride, and a pretty exciting one, too. Also, I've been to both PCW and SFDL, even though I enjoyed Darien Lake, Paramount Canada's Wonderland is better overall. Also PCW has many more rides to offer. But like you said, you would be saving alot of money going to SFDL, because PCW one day admission is around 50$ CDN. So, it's up to you, hope you liked the advice!
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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 5:39 PM
Unfortunately, Marineland is pay one price. And the Sky Screamer (which will be a S&S Combo Tower that will hit 450 ft high) is no where near completion. As somone on one of the local boards said, at the pace they're going, it'll be new for 2004 instead of '03.
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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 5:41 PM
If you're going to Marineland....

....HOPE... pray... or just anticipate that Sky Screamer is going to open. If you get to Marineland, and that attraction is open... you'll be in bliss... it'll probably be one of the best S&S drop/shot&drop tower combos you'll ever go on!

It's still coming along right now, but that will probably wind up as their signature ride at the park from now on, and you can clearly see it now from the highway on the American side...

As for Dragon Mountain... great coaster... but it'd have been so much better if they finished the theming to it! I can only hope their funds will warrent them to refurbish it someday... but still a great ride for an Arrow coaster!

Oh, watch out for dem deer!

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 6:04 PM
Keep in mind that Toronto and Canada's Wonderland maybe a bit farther drive than Darien Lake.

That said, and not having been to Canada's Wonderland, I'd still suggest Toronto over Darien Lake. S:ROS is a nice ride, but nowhere near spectacular enough to carry the entire park on its good reputation. The park is nice and clean and interesting, but it just didn't "wow" me the way that some other places have.

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--Maddie--
What do I Listen-To?
I waited for 7.5 hours through four tornado warnings and all I have to show for it is this lousy kiddie coaster credit.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 6:29 PM
We just got back from a trip to Niagara Falls which included visits to Marineland, Martin's Fantasy Island, and SFDL. We stayed at the Comfort Inn on Clifton Hill in Canada. It was nice and within walking distance of most attractions.

Marineland is a nice park but very wide spread. There is a lot of walking but if you get there early in the morning, you can ride everything within a couple hours. Dragon Mountain is quite unique. While it meanders around for most of the ride, it's worth a spin. All of their flats are pretty much themed to wildlife but all seem to run slower than normal. Their new for '03 ride, an S&S tower, is still under construction.

Martin's, while small, is worth a stop if you can fit it in. We spent about 3.5 hours there and rode just about everything. They have an evening admission for 6.95 that can't be beat. Their new for '03, Nitro, is not installed yet. As a matter of fact, I don't recall seeing it on site at all, but wasn't really looking for it either. It's about 15 minutes from Niagara Falls once in the US and about 45 minutes to SFDL.

We were quite surprised and pleased with SFDL. It's a nice medium sized park that is easy to navigate. Nicely landscaped throughout and more than enough places to sit and relax. Restrooms are plentiful (unlike SFWoA) and the ride selection is good. Of course, SROS is the main attraction and deservedly so. Sunday evening, all coasters that could run two trains were but only one was being used on Predator. Why you would run two trains and send one empty is beside me. Go figure, an SF quirk. Monday all coasters were running only one train. Another SF quirk. Employees were friendly, food was abundant, prices were high (you'll have that), the Lodge was nice and convenient, the lazer show was good and all the rides were operating on Sunday and only the Scrambler was closed on Monday. Our home SF park is SFWoA w/ 10 coasters compared to DL's 5, we would choose DL over WoA. SROS is that good. The operations and employees were also better than WoA's (but that is on the mend also at WoA). I'd give DL a try and if it's not crowded, you can pretty much do the whole park in about 5 hours.

I also forgot to mention how nice it was to be at a SF park that had lights on their rides and used them. DL looks really good at night. Another area WoA needs help in.
*** This post was edited by loriu 7/8/2003 11:06:40 PM ***

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Sunday, January 9, 2005 12:54 AM
The giant wheel at darien lake has some amazing views... and the park is like in the middle of nowhere so its very scenic and is just a good size...
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Sunday, January 9, 2005 1:40 AM
Cny15, do you realize this post was from almost 2 years ago?
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Sunday, January 9, 2005 1:57 AM
LMOL!! I just noticed this thread and was like what the heck!??!?!?
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Sunday, January 9, 2005 2:04 AM
That "Search" feature is a tricky beast. ;)
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Sunday, January 9, 2005 8:32 AM
LOL! I was like WTF? It's January! What kind of drugs is this dude on?

Then I noticed the date. DUH!

-Tina

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Sunday, January 9, 2005 10:35 AM
They are a newbie and were just trying to help. We all make mistakes. :-)
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Sunday, January 9, 2005 11:31 AM
Coming into this thread, I got two cobwebs on my face. Thanks a lot. :-/
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Sunday, January 9, 2005 4:00 PM
Yeah, I was ready to Crashmando an idiot for planning a trip to CP and SFDL in the middle of January. He's really got the offseason blues, planning trips to go stare at the coasters. Even during the offseason TTD and S: ROS are pretty rides to look at!
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