Posted Friday, March 21, 2003 5:09 AM | Contributed by SFDLPR
[Ed. note: Partial press release follows. -J]
DARIEN CENTER, NY – Unpack your shorts and T-shirts from that dusty box in the attic, and get ready for a spectacular summer of thrills at Six Flags Darien Lake. The theme park officially opens May 10th, 2003 and continues to provide Western New Yorkers the closest and most affordable entertainment package in the area.
In combination with Buffalo Niagara’s “One Summerlong Sensation”, Six Flags Darien Lake introduces an array of festivals, ALL included with theme park admission. From explosive fireworks to delicious foods from around the world, amazing fire-eaters to awesome acrobats, we’ll make your summer getaway worth every penny.
“We have increased the value of our entertainment package this season. As the largest entertainment complex in New York State, it is our job to provide our guests with the best entertainment package in the area at the most affordable price,” says Lauren Spallone, public relations manager.
Festivals for the 2003 season include the 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Party Gras, May 24–26, with plenty of New Orleans flavor, family-style. There will be an entire weekend of jesters, Dixie Land Jazz and plenty of delicious food. Also, join us on Memorial Day for a special performance by The Sauce Boss, nationally known blues sensation, as he rocks the house while mixing a giant pot of Louisiana style gumbo on stage!
Six Flags Darien Lake introduces Pyromania, a NEW Canada Day and Independence Day celebration-Six Flags style. Pyromania, slated for June 30th–July 6th, is a weeklong spectacular display of fireworks with a colossal tribute to our two nations following the new Laserblast! laser light show.
Also debuting this season is the newly enhanced International Fest, September 20-21, 27-28, brought back by popular demand. Plan for two weekends filled with authentic food and entertainment, and come prepared for over FIVE stages of specialty performances from FIVE continents, including the unbelievable Kenya Wizards, past performers in the Ringling Brothers and UniverSoul Circuses, and grand prize winners of FOX-TV’s “30 Seconds to Fame!” Adults 55 and over get in FREE.
OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS AND FESTIVALS SCHEDULED FOR 2003
Father’s Day Car Show, June 14–15
Kingdom Bound, August 3-6
Praise in the Park: A Gospel Fest Celebration, September 13
3rd Annual NYS Cheerleading and Dance Competition, September (TBD)
Fright Fest, weekends October 3–November 2
Link: Six Flags Darien Lake
I guess this is their way of saying "yeah, yeah... we didn't get any new attractions unlike surrounding parks, so we're just going to promote our season-long fests as a reason to visit our park"
Guess corporate will get the picture when attendance figures for 2003 come in, that not giving medium/smaller parks money to expand is not good strategy.
That's ok, though, since I plan on spending my time at the other parks nearbye which all got new stuff i can play around with. Some new 300 ft drop towers at MarineLand, new flat at Canadas Wonderland, new flat at Martins Fantasy Island, drop towers at Seabreeze, sounds good. I'll just use my SFDL pass at other SF parks, and maybe a few timesa for a little Superman action, but that's about it. The Mardi Gras thing isn't new, there are fireworks every night during Laserblast anyways, and this extra/expanded july stuff they used to do back before they became owned by Six Flags as far as I remember... and the international fest was around before we were Six Flags too, although I must agree it was a lot better than the oktoberfest crap we got the past few years. However, I highly doubt they will fill up the entire picnic area with stands and food like they did back in the day....
... but it was a nice try.....
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All the tourists that come to visit the falls would surely consider making a brief visit there if SF would just provide them with a new thrill to liven the place up,you guys up in the Buffalo/Rochester area deserve a bit more in the way of new rides then what you are currently getting & I hope SF will soon figure this out,like Dawgbyte II said let's see if SF changes the strategy a bit when the 03 attendance figures come in.
The one good idea that I see is that they're marketing across the border. The Canada Day-Independence Day thing is a big deal in Detroit, so why not give it a whirl up there?
Problem is... I think the Canadians know Canada's Wonderland a lot more, and it's pushed even harder, so they really aren't as interested in SFDL if Wonderland is available, fimilar, and offering them some incentive to come there instead (ie: new rides & shows).
I only say attendance is down because I heard it from someone who works at the park... but personally, the times I visited it last season, it was extremely crowded... but that might have been my bad timing, despite not going on those festive-type or concert days.
I guess one thing that IS irritating me...
So far, at the Ampitheater... I don't see any good shows coming, which is usually good for business, and a great summer retreat. There's no listing on the Six Flags web site... but I haven't heard of any decent bands or rock fests coming.
I agree with SFDLdude I will be visiting SFWOA, Cedar Point , SFGADV pretty frequently this summer I will visit SFDL but not asa much as last year, or until they receive another attraction like maybe a B&M or something. At this point I would be happy if we received Shockwave from SFGAM!
Your Park only has 1 good coaster! That's too bad!
What they have now is a nice park with some good rides. It's far nicer than Seabreeze or Fantasy Island, and Superman simply blows anything else away in any of the surrounding parks, including Canada's Wonderland (which is an outstanding park).
And my God, the last thing Darien Lake (or any park!) needs is SHOCKWAVE. That would be a terrible decision.
Also, the "Summer of Festivals" is exactly what Great Adventure did the season before building a new coaster...
In reality they are pretty darn close to places but when you drive to them you don't see much but farm land...then BAM there's this big huge coaster! Both parks have a TON and I mean a TON of room to expand!
The one sad thing about SFDL is that it really is busy no matter what they do. Do I and you as enthusiast want them to build something else? Yeah, but it probably won't happen unless something really weird happens. Compare it to the other Canada theme parks...not really anything new but they are always busy.
One thing SFDL has going for it is the concerts. MAN those things rake in the people and $$ for the park...WOW!
I personally think Shockwave would look best at SFDL, but I don't think it would ever happen with Viper already being there and that other 200 foot coaster ;)
On the "festivals topic", I think Kennywood and SFDL do the best out of any small parks to really bring in the crowds and stay true to the festival theme.
Now if we can only get SFWoA to build a nice resort like SFDL... :)
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Wouldn't they be competing against themselves if they invested heavily in SFDL?
SFDL is near Worlds of Adventure. Great Escape is near La Ronde & New England. New England is located near Great America.... and so forth.
The people who flock to Niagra Falls are not the same people who flock to amusement parks. You don't see "Six Flags Wyoming" near Yellowstone, do you? Niagra Falls is a pretty heavy honeymoon destination. Honeymooners don't often go to amusement parks (except perhaps Disney). I think SF knows what they're doing.
And giving Shockwave to any park would be a poor decision, *especially* Darien.
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