What??? No Dark Waters?? What a let down! I usually don't do haunted events, but Dark Waters got me somewhat interested. That Child in the Water thing seemed like it was going to be amazing. Darien lake needs to realize that what they're doing is causing people to not only get annoyed with them, but starting to simply forget about the park. For gods sake Cedar Point is only 4 hours away, Canada's Wonderland is a stroll up north. At this point I'm saying they aren't really worth it anymore. They had better blow us away in 2014. If not; Goodbye Darien Lake! No offense to the park, but they need to get off their high horse and realize they are NOT as good of a park as they used to be. Do inside work. if you spread a rumor, guard it more carefully as to not upset enthusiasts. Start to care for your rides a little better and if you run into low staffing. close down the smaller less thrilling rides (Emitting kiddie land of course) so people don't waste their time to be there with 3 of the 6 coasters closed. Ok i think i'm done with my little rant. At this point though. No Lake Monster, will be a disaster for this failing park... Ride On Folks!
Stop. All of you. Now. Reality check: Herschend is pursuing a path to make DL more family friendly. That's good. Remember the bitching over the Six Flags-era? Now keeping this is mind, it is time to review some key reasons why no, the park is not headed towards disaster.
First: the upkeep is a work in progress. DL renovated the boardwalk area this year and put in Rowdy's Ridge last year. Again, marketing to families is the keyword here. Yes, the operations could be better but some sane minds have noted that the transition to Herschend is still going and that a lot of stuff was in pretty bad shape when they got it. Have patience. The staffing issue is purely economics; I can pretty much guarantee that Herschend has some very smart people working on it who understand it better than we do.
Second: the lack of Lake Monster and Dark Waters will not kill the park. The GP still thinks RoS is the poo-poo, and it really still is. It is not new, but it clearly satisfies the needs of the GP for top-notch thrills. If they are not making a big vacation out of it, they will not take the hassle of driving 2-4 hours and possibly over the border to go to CW or CP. DL is local and clearly the only player in the local market for the greater Buffalo/Rochester area. The addition of Blast Off! likely satisfied the immediate need for marketing and keeping the park moving forward (again, through the eyes of the GP).
Third: Family improvements are a good thing. Not having Dark Waters means that they will have a family friendly event. This. Is. Good. Again, look at the Herschend parks around the country and recognize that they are really good at making big bucks off of family entertainment. It will take time for DL to reach that level but Herschend knows what they are doing.
Fourth and finally: This is speaking to the bit how "if you spread a rumor, guard it more carefully as to not upset enthusiasts". Why? Please please please open up your minds to the fact that as enthusiasts we are close-minded and fail to see improvements objectively. DL owes what they owe to their paying customers. I cannot stress enough how angry this quote makes me because you are blaming DL for how you (all the enthusiasts) blew a survey out of proportion. This is stupid.
So no, no one is "forgetting about the park", and the management is not on "their high horse". I know I'm yelling at a brick wall but please guys, recognize that (as has been pointed out many a time on this site and even on this thread) THE PARK OWES NOTHING TO THE ENTHUSIASTS UNLESS WE PROVIDE SOMETHING TO THEM, and our occasional attendance only puts us on the equal level of every other paying customer who walks through the gates.