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  1. Swung by for a couple hours yesterday — primarily to enjoy the weather and grab some lunch. Viper continues to rank high for me when it comes to Arrow loopers and Tantrum is still one of the smoothest Euro-Fighter’s I’ve ridden. Got a burger and fries from Potato Works and that hit the spot. We all need to remember that Darien is a small fish in a big pond when it comes to Six Flags. The only way to help a small fish is to feed it — spend your money there. Small regional parks will remain small regional parks if all we do is complain. Darien Lake isn’t perfect, but it alway
  2. I mean, not to be “that guy,” but... If it ends up going I-Box plus a reprofiling that introduces a new element or two...? That’s pretty compelling as far as “new credit” goes. I suppose the threshold for “new credit” is going to be pretty subjective depending on what happens.
  3. Right?!? And, I’m sure they will continue to landscape making it’s presence slightly less visually jarring.
  4. Not necessarily. They may have accounted for the difference by making that side's helix slightly larger. Similar to how they account for each individual slide by ensuring that the slide that starts the helix on the outside ends on the inside, and vice versa. Does that make sense? Not sure if I'm doing a good job explaining that. Edit: Whitecap Racer at Hershey Park seems to have a similar layout. Curious if anyone who has ridden it can verify if one side has an advantage.
  5. I'm not sure you'll find an answer from a qualified epidemiologist on this forum, but I could be wrong about that. My hunch is that physical proximity of countries matters much less than the policies and mitigations each country has put in place to flatten the curve as well as social compliance in regards to wearing masks, keeping distant, and washing hands. It's likely that Japan and South Korea acted more quickly than the United States has in regards to mitigations and recommendations. I also assume that you are correct in pointing out cultural differences. I really wish the US i
  6. Appears so... With everything going on, I feel like those who choose to visit any park this season should be prepared to compromise and roll with the rules and operational changes.
  7. Well, I just spent $130 on 1.5 bricks... anybody else grab theirs early?
  8. ^I'm right there with you. I'm really impressed at the scope of this year's investments— so many areas of the park are getting improvements and nice little touches. Am I about to drop a $100 on a Legacy Walk Brick, (read in a Minnasotian accent) you bet ya!
  9. Is it too early to revive this thread for the winter season? Because I had some time to throw the drone up yesterday. Silver Comet roller coaster in the snow at Fantasy Island Amusement Park in Grand Island, NY. Silver Comet roller coaster in the snow at Fantasy Island Amusement Park in Grand Island, NY. Silver Comet roller coaster in the snow at Fantasy Island Amusement Park in Grand Island, NY.
  10. We had some pretty heavy snowfall in Buffalo this week! Silver Comet at Fantasy Island.
  11. Comet has held up like a champ with regular re-tracking! It'll celebrate 20 years this season. The shade...
  12. 1. Name 3 of your favorite roller coasters, but not your top 3. A: Blue Fire, Wicked Cyclone, Expedition GeForce (CURRENT T3: Steel Vengeance, Fury 325, Taron) 2. About how many different parks did you visit in 2018? A: 19 (18 if you don't count the one I work at) 3. Which 2018 park visit was your favorite? A: Toss up between Phantasialand and Europa Park 4. Your favorite 2018 park addition (ride, food, show, etc)? A: Steel Vengeance 5. What ride exceeded your expectations the most in 2018? A: Eurosat CanCan Coaster 6. Best meal/food at a park in 2018? A: Dessert Waf
  13. Ah, good times! Really though, I didn’t mind any criticism. I just hope Six Flags doesn’t pull my logo and rebrand the ride around the Joker or something like that. If they do, I hope they’ll let me take the portal sign off their hands. [emoji7] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. It's the most bizarre layout I've seen in a while, that's for sure. That being said - it looks awesome! I'm not a "sports" guy, but strong IP is always fun to see, especially at regional parks.
  15. Charlotte honestly has so many great restaurants. I really miss living there sometimes - agree on Mac's, great place!
  16. Great photos! And I'm in at least one of them!! The fog made for such a unique media day.
  17. I, along with a few others, would check forums and social media sites regularly to see what was being said about the park. Occasionally I would respond to posts, though there were obviously certain subjects I couldn't address here. I was extremely fortunate to have my start at Darien, and I cannot say enough good things about the incredibly hard working team there. They are doing everything within their means to grow and improve the park, but Rome wasn't built in a day.
  18. ^Also, the EPR sale will not be finalized until Q2. So, I doubt CNL would foot the bill for marketable capital and EPR likely couldn't until the sale is final. Darien is still a tremendous value for local visitors. Their Season Pass alone is a steal when you think about the size of the park. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. I'm guessing they will put lights back on once it is in the final location. As far as I know, all four rides will have beautiful lighting packages installed.
  20. I'm not seeing a new name for the water park on the website. I must be missing it, mind pointing it out? Big Kahuna's I see it now, only on mobile though. I think it is a mistake in their website content management system. They have another water park property in Florida called Big Kahuna's and it looks like the same image from their mobile site. They likely use the same Content Management System and the asset got ported over by mistake. All the verbiage on the site simply says "water park." I think for the time being it is unbranded. Sent from my Nexus 6 using Tapatalk
  21. The 700 ft. tall 150 mph ultra-strata coaster is slowly but surely coming along. Smooth as butter, but I still need to finish supports and theming.
  22. I'm not seeing a new name for the water park on the website. I must be missing it, mind pointing it out?
  23. I'm confused. One park was closed forever and is sitting abandoned, the other was a complete sh*thole that was run by Six Flags for reasons that nobody understood and has since been purchased by the zoo and improved dramatically with a bunch of modern rides (including a brand new log flume) and slides while keeping the classic family coaster operating. Both parks went in completely opposite directions. You're a really good poster and you know your sh*t, so I'm not attacking what you're saying, I'm just confused as to why you'd put them in the same boat. Personally I think what happened to
  24. Unless you know of some sort of voodoo curse that was put on all the former Funtime properties, I highly doubt that Darien Lake will be going the way of Geauga and Wyandot Lake. I don't want to gang up on you, but unfounded speculation and conspiracy theories about the park closing can do nothing but hurt the park's image. Might want to take that into consideration in the future.
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