Six Flags Darien Lake gets Shipwreck Falls for 2002

Posted Thursday, December 13, 2001 6:02 AM | Contributed by sfdl dude

It is official, Six Flags Darien Lake will be adding a shoot-the-chutes ride named Shipwreck Falls for the 2002 season. Although no offical stats about the ride could be found in the letter, you can find the stats we dug up regarding the proposed ride along with scanned images from the letter by clicking the link to SFDLnet below.

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Thursday, December 13, 2001 6:42 AM
It's something :)

and if you complain about not getting a coaster in the past 2 years, think about this. Canada's Wonderland has not gotten a coaster in FOUR years! The last coaster was a wild mouse.

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Thursday, December 13, 2001 6:45 AM
I thought most of the larger Six Flags had one of these rides already. Congratulations to the SFDL homeparkers, even though it's probably not what you expected (or wanted).

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Thursday, December 13, 2001 7:35 AM
It will probably be the same stats as Shipwreck Falls at SFNE. Another original idea from SF, but at least SFDL is getting something and not being left out in the cold.
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Thursday, December 13, 2001 7:56 AM
It will most likely be the same as the Shipwreck Falls ride @ SFA.
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Thursday, December 13, 2001 8:00 AM
john peck's avatar Ughhhhh......

The name and logo for "Shipwreck Falls" was a well conceived idea when it was first designed and named. It STILL is. The agency or marketing firm creates the logo and campaign and uses it in several locations. Its a wise and financially intelligent way to market a related product to several areas.

This is a fantastic addition to the park. It is a ride that had been needed there for quite sometime, and its a great alternative to riding the flume and get partially wet or doing the waterpark and worring about bringing a swim suit.

However, I do believe it is time for the park to look into installing another family style ride and following it up with a new thrill ride in a few years. Right now though, the park is making wise investments.

And JUSTIN, I enjoyed the Fly (1999) and the Silver Streak (2001). They are both good coasters at PCanWond.
*** This post was edited by john peck on 12/13/2001. ***

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Thursday, December 13, 2001 8:43 AM
Jeff's avatar I think that overall SFDL has paced itself well for expansion, considering the market that it's in. Superman was the "hey look at us" that they needed, now the gradual addition of different types of rides is a good way to proceed. I also have to assume that when it went to the Six Flags name it changed significantly from a "look" standpoint.

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Thursday, December 13, 2001 9:55 AM
The only thing that bothers me is all of the water rides they have taken out. Four slides were taken out for this, and a few years ago four(?) other slides were demolished, and nothing ever took their place.
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Thursday, December 13, 2001 10:27 AM
I agree with you Scanz, they have taken down so many waterslides from that park and have not replaced them. I couldn't even imagine what that water park would be like without Shipwreck Falls going in.  And $80million dollars in the past 5 years was when the old park owners added in Mind Eraser and Boomerang, so Six Flags did invest a bit into us but mostly towards revamping the park.  I'm happy with Shipwreck Falls, I will be riding it, would be nice to see a coaster in 2003.
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Thursday, December 13, 2001 11:01 AM
I wonder who is going to make it? O.D Hopkins is out of business and I don't see Arrow making one of these (although it is possible). Is it possible that it may be Intamin or a smaller company.
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Thursday, December 13, 2001 11:13 AM
Intamin built the S. Falls at SFWoA.
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Thursday, December 13, 2001 1:06 PM
There is one of these at SFEG, already named Shipwreck Falls, maybe it could be the same stats as that, who knows. 
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Thursday, December 13, 2001 1:12 PM
john peck's avatar Keep in mind that "the Lodge on the Lake" was built as well, so that can consist of a very large chunk of that $80 million

O.D. Hopkins is still in business, according to RIDEMAN, it was only a division of a Hopkins branch (that was owned by someone else) that was discontinued. But he would have to update me on the facts.

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Friday, December 14, 2001 9:22 AM
Actually, SFWoA's Shipwreck Falls was built by O.D. Hopkins.  I read somewhere that SFDL's may be a second-hand Intamin model that once operated at Opryland, but I have no confirmation on that. 

ProgRay

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Friday, December 14, 2001 11:05 AM
One other thing I failed to point out, it says "Leading the pack of 'splash-tacular' family thrills in 2002 is the new shipwreck falls!"

Does this mean we will see other water attractions as well? I hope so!

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Friday, December 14, 2001 11:15 AM
Progray, are you sure?

I though all Shipwreck falls were built by Intamin. So if Hopkins is still in business, then would it be them?

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Saturday, December 15, 2001 3:48 AM
awesome. i'm glad to see that darien lake is going to get a nice attraction for the 2002 season.
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