We bought our tickets for a discounted price, because we are employees at a company who sells them discounted, so that in itself was great. Then we made our way to the park.
Let me reiterate how great it is not to have to pay to park, IT WAS GREAT! We got a great parking space and got into the park just a little after 11:30, it was already a hopping spot so we decided to get a locker and get going.
We started with the Bobsleds, a custom and classic coaster...nothing that any newbie couldn't handle but it's just such a wild ride its too fun not to go on at least once. After that we hit up the groundrides as we headed North towards the jackrabbit.
I love the new "Spring" at Seabreeze, a vertical drop chair, that can seat around 12 people at once, and has a 20 foot verticle...looks a lot higher up on the ride than it does from the ground, a good time, although I wish it was a little higher!
Always gotta hit up the Sea Dragon and the Gyrosphere as it is a unique spin on the usually uneventful Scrambler car.
Was dissapointed to see that teh "Screaming Eagle" wasn't opened, and no signs were posted as to why it was closed, when I asked an employee of the park the politely responded with, "it's down for a while, while we get a part shipped in" no real detail, but at least it was an answer.
Finally we arrived at the Jackrabbit, only waited for one cycle through and we were in the front car, I was incredibly suprised because the park was packed, it was a beautiful Sunday afternoon, but many were sticking to the water rides. Jackrabbit rode as advertised, a rickity old coaster, that still is a great run....something that all enthusiasts need to ride, as it is the fourth oldest in the country! Was one of three times I rode it during my daytrip.
We ate lunch (which I must add was well priced, and at larger than expected portions) and then went to the waterpark. Nothing all that out of the ordinary there, but to add a note of comparison. Take the Tornado away from Darien Lake and Seabreeze blows their water complex out of the water, by not only ride numbers but also by better rides. Even with the Tornado it is a close comparison.
Anyways we then headed to "Wirlwind", the line was long, but was moving exceptionally fast, there was no stacking in the operation of the coaster. We were through the line in around 7 quick minutes. We sat facing forwards and when we got to the top I thought out loud "man this first hill is a lot taller from up here", gotta tell you, this is a great coaster. With some really good banked curves and two helixes it really throws you around in circles and is incredibly smooth...although I wish it was longer, I had to ride it twice. A incredible addition to the park, don't know why they didn't replace the quantam loop faster!
We rode every ride that we were able too (which means scratch the kiddy rides and we conquered the park), and all of that in less than five hours, without really waiting to long at any point. It was a beautifuly run park, and was kept very clean...not to mention no paying for parking, and fast moving lines.
The coasters aren't as large or as long as the ones at Darien, but I gotta tell you I had a lot of fun, and next year unless Darien add's a new coaster, I'll probably switch to a season pass at Seabreeze...a great place to spend a day, for much less than many parks. It's the Lakemont park of Western New York
Seabreeze, The most unheard of, Most non talked about and most underrated park in the nation next to Lakeside.
It's nice to park literally 10 feet from the entrance. ;-) I think I paid like $12 (they were having some type of school event that day..pay once price) and although there were kids galore the wait times for the coasters never seemed to go over 10-15 minutes.
The Bobsleds was an absolute blast and very unique. The Whirlwind of course was just too fun. That was the second Maurer mousey I did on that trip (the first being at Waldameer). Those things are NUTS!
Seabreeze is HIGHLY underrated IMHO. Very clean, great selection of rides, friendly staff, and a half-decent arcade. I am glad I sorta went "out of my way" to visit. It was definitely worth it and then some!
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Difficult to compare these rides to Superman: one of the world's best mega coasters. SFDL has few small rides, typical SF roller coaster park. Completely different park experience from Seabreeze.
One could say Seabreeze is a better small park while SFDL is a less then average coaster park. When I was there SFDL seemed a little run down. I wouldn't be surprised if Seabreeze had higher attendance.
When comparing apples and oranges you need to compare apples to other in their representing categories, then the same with oranges to see which ranks higher. Unilateral comparisons are less helpful when taking in consideration different tastes. Some like apples, others oranges. Depends what you are shopping for.
Seabreeze is MUCH better than Darien Lake!
Oh, and the Scrambler moves too slow
Other than that, great place!
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