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  1. I think what people are most frustrated with is that DL never seem to add anything major anymore. In the late 90’s/new millennium, DL unveiled the Mind Eraser, the Ride of Steel and the Boomerang. They really haven’t added anything of substance since. Heck, DL was once featured on the Travel Channel. It’s been about 20 years since the last major edition to DL. We all know DL doesn’t have it like Ceder Point, Kings Island, Canada’s Wonderland and others, but DL should be adding bigger rides than Seabreeze and Fantasy Island.


    And to the poster that said that a new coat of paint won’t detour slobs from vandalizing DL. Yes and no. If DL took more pride in their park, it will rub off on the guest. You don’t think there’s slobs that come into Disney World? Even DL can afford to paint over vandalism.

  2. The last year of "old Six Flags" ownership, my family couldn't help but hear the employees say they were very happy that Six Flags was leaving. Sure, Six Flags invested a lot into Superman and the park at first, but then they stopped investing into the park and really cut back on staff and ride operations. Some people seem to forget about the employees rotating into different areas of the park and certain rides being operated at certain times during the day. This was during the Six Flags era. I remember seeing the Bugs Bunny breakfast host in the morning and then seeing her again in the theatre show, and then seeing her again at the character dance party around the fountain. Six Flags really cut back on staff during the last couple of years they owned the park. Even the games were operated by only a couple of employees who would have to move to the games that actually had someone who wanted to play. There were times when the entire kids area was closed due to lack of staff.


    Please don't forget that it has taken over 10 years to just start to repair what Six Flags let deteriorate. The last year that Six Flags owned DL, Superman was not operating because the lift chain broke and Six Flags did not want to pay to repair it. Over time, people have forgotten just what Six Flags did to Darien Lake. We can only hope this doesn't happen again.


    I can definitely vouch for that. I worked as a bathroom attendant in 97 and 2002. In 97 we might have had 1 or 2 bathrooms to clean. By 2002, it was 4.

  3. We’ll see. If you start noticing stuffed Looney Tunes merchandise in the gift shops, SF will probably own it. I remember back in 97. It was an open secret among staff that Six Flags actually owned DL before it became Six Flags Darien Lake.


    Again, you want to see bigger crowds. You need “major” attractions. They did it before, they can do it again.


    Premier owned it and bought Six Flags so that doesnt make sense...


    When I started in 97, the word was that DL was either owned or being run by Six Flags even though it wasn’t made public.

  4. Is there something wrong with fans of a park being excited to see a major company step in?


    There's a difference between that and people who have entirely unrealistic expectations. It's a small market park. It has 8 coasters including an awesome Intamin hyper and a brand new coaster that just opened one a month or two ago which is really impressive considering the market that they're in. Would it be nice if they added a second train on some coasters? Sure. Does it really need to other than a small handful of days out of the year? Not really.


    None of the posts in this thread are about the brand new, super-fun coaster or the fact that the park is finally getting a Halloween event again (which could be a gateway to Holiday in the Park down the line as they're already pushing the schedule). People posted about those awesome things for like 2 seconds but they've already moved on and they're all back to posting their Darien lake to-do lists. That happens occasionally in every thread, but this fanbase takes it to the next level.


    Darien Lake actually really surprised me, I like the park a lot. I feel like a lot of the people in this thread fail to appreciate the park that they have because everyone wants it to be something it's never going to be.


    Darien Lake has the potential to be so much more. I worked there in 97 (Mind Eraser) and 99 (Superman) and I’m telling you there were days that you couldn’t see the ground there were so many people. I still remember Darien Lake being featured on the Travel Channel.


    If Six Flags put forth the effort, DL could become a major attraction again.

  5. We went to Darien Lake for the 4th. Let me start out by saying, Six Flags has its work cut out, particularly in the midway. The water park is fine. You want to get wet, there’s plenty of options. The water park area was PACKED.


    Now for the main park. Where do I start? Some of those rides, (the pirate, which was down, and those two rides, the silver bullet and that other ride with the blue cars, are well past their expiration date and need to be replaced. I come there one a year and far too often, too many rides are down.


    They desperately need to come up with an attraction that will get people in the midway. There were literally areas that had no one. And this is the Fourth of July. I still remember when I worked at DL in 1997 when the Mind Eraser opened. I swear, there were days that you couldn’t see the ground there were so many people. The same in 99 when the Superman opened. It’s been a while, DL desperately needs something MAJOR. No offense, this new coaster doesn’t quite cut it.


    Old Rainbow Mountain. I would turn that hill, which is an eyesore right now, into a put put golf area.


    Just a nitpick, but when it’s so hot, as it was yesterday, is it too much for DL to give FREE ice water?

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