Will there be new rides and other attractions soon? Will the new owners back off from the Six Flags food and drink pricing? Will Elitchs get new landscaping to make it more like the original Elitchs? Will Darien Lake expand to draw visitors over a wider area? Will the emphasis in the parks be on family attractions, thrill rides or both? What can be expected regarding theming and costumed characters?
I believe that the sale will be good for both parks. Six Flags should concentrate on larger parks where its policies make more sense. Mid-sized parks like DLk (my suggested acronym to avoid confusion with that southern California park) and EG need to be more like other parks of comparable size.
The company that bought is looking to retheme it and make it a total family experience.
Well, think of those parks as just like Geauga Lake during that transition year.
The final closings of the sale is in March. It's winter right now in both locations, so the ground is frozen and/or covered in snow, so work there is near impossible. What they're going to do this year is strip the park of all things Loony Tunes & all things DC Comics (not hard for Darien Lake since their only comic theming is the Superman logo on the station house & rollercoaster train).
...anyway, you can expect a bare kiddie section sans all Loony Tunes... no grand entrance, and just a little baren throughout where everthing will feel "lacking"... it's going to be a MAJOR transition year, and things won't kick into gear until 2008. It's ashame, but it's something you just gotta grin & bear for a year. Hopefully, they'll drop down the price to justify the cost.
I'm asking, why wasn't Twister II more like the original?
Then again, I was giddy all weekend from the *big credit lap* on Lakeside's Cyclone, hehehe.
On to the TOPIC... ;)
My best guesses - DL will become a BIG player in the market, and together with Waldameer, that part of the country is "on the rise".
Elitch's....we'll have to see. TFC and Halfpipe, to my way of thinking, were NOT the best choices - but they're there now. The potential is there, Denver certainly looked like it's a growing market. If I were in charge of the park, I'd be knocking on the mayor's door asking the city for *favors* in terms of taxes, infrastructure, everything. "So you say you want this to remain a theme park? Work WITH us to keep one here."... ;)
*** Edited 1/22/2007 2:45:49 PM UTC by rollergator***
I have to admit that the thing I am most impressed and happiest about is the fact that they are talking about re-themeing the parks. I have never been to EG, but DL has one major theme, which is western or frontier town. There are no real true themed areas there, but they do have the room to make it happen, and apparently the new owners really want to make it happen.
...but honestly, it's more of a "style" and less a theme.
They may have the land but I can't see Darien Lake getting too much bigger than it already is. It's a comfortable sized park. My only question is why was Twister built so far from the rest of the park?
Six Flags added the more colonial-style buildings at the front of the park like the Looney Tunes Emporium.
I wonder what will become of the Batman Thrill Spectacular building.
Namely, a new, good woodie, a couple of mid-tier flats, a spinning coaster, a Sally dark ride of some sort, etc.
I know I'm pretty much rattling off the most cliche enthusiast wish list imaginable but I really think this sort of formula works for a reason.
Dark ride, and a *family* coaster would be wonderful (all existing DL steel coasters either have inversions - SLC, 'Rang, Viper, or are "threatening" due to height/speed)...the more *timid* adults can't even ride Brain Teaser with their tykes....
For a thrilling flat, I'd go with something along the lines of the KMG Afterburner....flashy, NICE lighting for the lake, and not quite so pricey like the larger versions by Huss or even Chance...they don't need a capacity monster.
Just PLEASE please please, not one of those God-awful Vekoma junior inverts! ;)
What's going to happen at Darien Lake and Elitchs Gardens?
The same thing that happens at any park when SF gets out and someone new comes in - years of frustration trying to figure out how to fix what SF screwed up so badly. ;)
DL will not be loosing any rides most likely. They will however, have to be renaming a number of rides and put all new signs up around the park and things like that.
It's a similar situation to what GL went through, but on a much smaller scale
On the other hand, look at from my point of view trying to set up the same kind of trip for Cedar Point. Six hours there, spend saturday ridding coasters and then return home on sunday, WOW! Kick the ba-ges-us out of me I'll tell ya.
This is all in a good days response. I feel better now.
*** Edited 1/23/2007 7:48:50 PM UTC by CoasterDiscern***
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