Six Flags Darien Lake Questions

Thursday, July 11, 2002 8:12 PM

I will hit the main Un-official websites, but I wanted to hear it from some Buzzers that have been there or people that live near the park, too.

(insert Dr. Evil voice here) "I'm the boss, need the info"

a) We are planning on hitting the park on a Thursday. The crowds probably won't be too strong. Will Superman have two train operation? Will any coasters have two train operation? Any ride information would be appreciated. Flat rides/ dark rides that shouldn't be missed, etc.

b) How long would you spend at the park to achieve total ride satisfaction? We are going to the Browns practice on Friday on the way home, but would like to hit WoA on Friday morning, again, before heading to the 3:30 practice. In other words, can we drive back to Cleveland that evening and not feel bad for leaving the park too early?

c) Lodging: I'm a Red Roof member, but will stay anywhere, but want to keep it around $50. What can you tell me there?

Thanks to anyone that gives us the info..........

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Thursday, July 11, 2002 8:16 PM

Superman is notorious for one train operation. It's really the only thing I can complain about there. It's a nice little park otherwise.

If the crowd level isn't bad, you can probably do everything in four or five hours, with Superman of course being your biggest wait.

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Thursday, July 11, 2002 8:26 PM

I went beginning of last month. Viper had two trains and no line compared to 15-25 minute waits and one train on all other coasters. The park closed at 5pm and I was ready to leave at 2.

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Thursday, July 11, 2002 9:13 PM

...you'll feel bad for leaving the park too early if you don't see their laser light show. It's the one redeeming value that'll make the day worth it. Every year, they never fail to disappoint with an excellent show, and this year is no different.

As for the park itself, you can definately do it in a little over half the day, but you'll want to re-ride some of the rides there... it may be just a little tough of a call whether to stay the whole time and wait for the laser show, come a little later until closing (10pm), or just see it all and leave by around 5pm (you should be able to do all by then).

Superman should have 2 trains, but it depends... I think it has a better chance of running 2 trains than their Mind Eraser, no matter the crowds...

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Friday, July 12, 2002 6:43 AM
I'm also contemplating a trip up there (will be in Rochester for a wedding) is there *anything* there that is really standout? (please recall that I have the mirror S:ROS@SFA 20 min from my house). Is there a cool flat ride? A scrumptous eatery? A hot babe at the front gate? Anything?
TIA
jeremy
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"To get inside this head of mine, would take a monkey-wrench, and a lot of wine" Res How I Do
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Friday, July 12, 2002 6:47 AM
2Hostyl, think you might stop in at Seabreeze while you are there?

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Friday, July 12, 2002 7:05 AM

Visited there on June 19. That day the park was only open from 9am to 5pm (8 hrs). We spent the whole day there and would have stayed longer but we ran into the closing time.

Found Viper and Boomerang to be walk ons. As stated, S:RoS and Mind Eraser were long waits with 1 train operation, as was Predator at certain times.

Beaver Brother's Cafe near the back of the park is a sit down restaurant. Pricing is... unique... Kind of high for what they offer (sandwiches, etc), but yet reasonable compared to park food. Also, the quality is good too and it is air conditionted and very clean.

Like I said, we took the whole 8 hrs, but we were not hurrying and also I like to get at least 2 rides on each new coaster, even if I rode a clone of it somewhere before... such as Mind Eraser (standard SLC) and Boomerang (standard boomerang...how original). S:RoS is virtually the same as S:RoS at SFA, except its a mirror image... every right turn at SFA is a left turn at SFDL and vice versa... of cousre I don't care if it is a clone... I still would have taken multiple rides on that.

If you don't care about re rides on clones, and you don't care about front seat rides on S:RoS... then I would say you would not need the whole 8 hours that we took.

No flat rides that stand out. A huge ferris wheel that is good for getting ariel photos of the park.

And 2Hostyl... nothing that would make it stand out if you are not interested in the mirror image of S:RoS. But, in my biased opinion (you know that I am not particularly fond of SFA... though after my visit this year my opinion is better than last), it was a better experience. Not as crowded, and a cleaner park (of cousre again, it was on a Wednesday as compared to Friday and Saturday visits to SFA).

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*** This post was edited by SLFAKE on 7/12/2002. ***

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Friday, July 12, 2002 8:07 AM

SLFAKE said:

No flat rides that stand out. A huge ferris wheel that is good for getting ariel photos of the park.



In my opinion, SFDL has a few flat rides that are well worth riding. There's a Huss UFO, which is a rare find these days (PCW is the only onther park I can think of with one). There's also a Huss Swing Around, a mini-Enterprise which I believe was made by Schwarzkopf, a Mack "Sleighride" Matterhorn, and one of my favorite flats- a Mack Sea Storm. A Huss Top Spin opened last year.

I am not a huge fan of SFDL, especially considering the crappy service I got on my last visit in 1999, but they do have a decent ride selection and it is worth a look if you've got a SF season pass (which I know Jeremy does!)

Prog Ray P. (who MAY be at SFDL this Wednesday)

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Friday, July 12, 2002 9:23 AM
Yeah, but unfortuneately, Baby "T" (who will be on this trip as well..it's *her* friend's wedding) does not. When you figure out parking and what not, it's about the same going there or Seabreeze (though you all know I think all small parks can rot in hell).

Hmm, this one is going to be tough. Neither is what I would call stand out. But right now it looks like SeaBreeze has the edge just because A) Baby T has an "airtime alergy" and I think S:ROS would be too much for her and B)Seabreeze has an indor scrambler which is something I've always wanted to ride (as I child I thought that it would be cool to have one in the dark). I'll let you all know in August what I decided. Thanks.
lata,
jeremy
--who thinks the round up on crack UFO looks cool too, just not that cool

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Friday, July 12, 2002 9:41 AM

Hey, I'd forgotten about Seabreeze. This is turning out to be a reasonably interesting trip that I'm gearing up for in August.

It looks like I'll be heading to Darien Lake, Seabreeze, Martin's Fantasy Island, Marineworld, and maybe even Canada's Wonderland. . .

any advice on *that* itinerary?

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