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Darien Lake is the largest theme park in New York State if I understand correctly. If they invest in a well rounded and well done holiday event, there is not a doubt in my mind that people would show up for it. Their half baked Halloween event brought insane crowds. Viper had an almost 2 hour line one of the last weekends I visited, and those pay-to-do haunted houses had solid lines the entire time. To try and argue that the park wouldn’t have similar results with a HITP event to me is a little bonkers. There’s so much potential for them to have the premier, top of the line must do holiday event. And compared to most other events in the area, that would be wonderful to have. I’d gladly drive a half hour or so to see what they can pull off.

 

For comparison let’s think of what we have now

 

Hamburg Fairgrounds - 2 mile lights display, featuring small family activities, aside from the display the only other thing worth much time is the Kandy Kane show and lets be honest the Festival of Lights has seen much better years

Great Pumpkin Farm - if they still do it, they had a 1 mile lights display with similar events to the fairgrounds

The Ice at Canalside - ice skating, curling, bumper cars, icicle bikes. Yes they have the adult refreshment place, but it’s not much of a holiday event, more than it is a winter event. They have a one night tree lighting which this year was crazy packed - but it’s also worth considering it’s in the city, parking isn’t always great, and not everyone is in to skating and skating-esque activities

Niagara Parks Winter Lights - this is more or less a drive through event with some outdoor elements that were added this year, it’s a cool thing to see and their lighting sculptures are 3D instead of the 2D scenes that the fairgrounds have, which is a nice change - and it’s free unlike the other things mentioned, however it’s a crowded slow crawl that feels more like rush hour with lights around you more than a holiday event - but that’s just my opinion

 

My point with all of that is that there isn’t really anything like what Six Flags does at most of its parks near SFDL, and to put the effort into an event like that? It could easily become the best holiday event in all of WNY. And if you look at how crazy busy the fairgrounds have been this year, with the lack luster lineup they have this year, you’ll know right away most Western New Yorkers could care less about the weather conditions. If they want to attend a holiday event, they’re going to. No matter how stale it may be (they really gotta mix things up and offer some more - they keep cutting it down and it doesn’t look good for the future of the festival if they keep it up).

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Could this mean a new look for Viper’s trains in 2019. Those wraps looked nice when they were put on back in 2013(?), but recently, they’ve really been peeling bad and don’t quite look as nice anymore.

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Yeah, you can find a bunch of vynil shreds near it's Fright Fest exit. I'd be lying if I said that there isn't a bit on my phone.

 

Were these vinyl shreds there during the season? I don’t recall seeing it when I rode Viper a few times at Fright Fest.

 

Also, are there any updates on two train ops on coasters, prep work for SkyScreamer, or the transition to SFDL?

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^ I know the wraps haven't been in the best condition, since people seem to obsess over peeling them, but I don't remember them being so bad that it looked beaten up. It seems to have (based on my recollection) typical wear and tear - especially since they've been in use like that for almost 4 years. That stuff isn't 100% permanent as much as we would like it to be.

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^ I know the wraps haven't been in the best condition, since people seem to obsess over peeling them, but I don't remember them being so bad that it looked beaten up. It seems to have (based on my recollection) typical wear and tear - especially since they've been in use like that for almost 4 years. That stuff isn't 100% permanent as much as we would like it to be.
Compared to the peeling paint and dusty fans in the viper station, I never really noticed the peeling train wrap.

 

I agree it wasn’t too bad looking, but some cars were starting to really show the solid green paint underneath. Glad to see that Six Flags is obviously paying close attention to even smaller scale issues within the park, such as peeling train wraps. Unfortunately, knowing SF, they’ll probably just paint both trains some solid color and call it a day. But who knows, maybe they are just getting new wraps. I really like the looks the wraps bring, and hope they are just getting new wraps installed!

 

Overall, I can’t wait to see the changes Six Flags puts into the park over the off-season. The place has been in need of some help and maybe SF will actually come to the rescue!

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Glad to see that Six Flags is obviously paying close attention to even smaller scale issues within the park, such as peeling train wraps. But who knows, maybe they are just getting new wraps. I really like the looks the wraps bring, and hope they are just getting new wraps installed!

 

Overall, I can’t wait to see the changes Six Flags puts into the park over the off-season. The place has been in need of some help and maybe SF will actually come to the rescue!

 

Who said they are doing anything to it?

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Glad to see that Six Flags is obviously paying close attention to even smaller scale issues within the park, such as peeling train wraps. But who knows, maybe they are just getting new wraps. I really like the looks the wraps bring, and hope they are just getting new wraps installed!

 

Overall, I can’t wait to see the changes Six Flags puts into the park over the off-season. The place has been in need of some help and maybe SF will actually come to the rescue!

 

Who said they are doing anything to it?

 

Did you not just see the last page? They took the vynil wraps off.

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The only thing is, blue train has barley seen the light of day, so it couldn't be peeling that bad. But it's the one they have unwraped, so I'm thinking they may just be repainting the trains.

 

Remember how they used one blue car towards the end of the year because one of the orange ones was broken? I noticed that the wrap in it actually wasn’t looking too great and was pretty peeled. I was surprised since it only ran for what? Two seasons at the most? Surprising how fast people manage to ruin nice things.

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Here’s what I was talking about. One car had a blue stripe for about the last month of the season.

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Glad to see that Six Flags is obviously paying close attention to even smaller scale issues within the park, such as peeling train wraps. But who knows, maybe they are just getting new wraps. I really like the looks the wraps bring, and hope they are just getting new wraps installed!

 

Overall, I can’t wait to see the changes Six Flags puts into the park over the off-season. The place has been in need of some help and maybe SF will actually come to the rescue!

 

Who said they are doing anything to it?

 

Did you not just see the last page? They took the vynil wraps off.

 

It "appears" to be off of one car on one train. There's also a blue shell on the orange train. As stated before, the blue train hasnt been used in over 4 years. Its not necessarily an indicator of what may or may not happen to it.

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Glad to see that Six Flags is obviously paying close attention to even smaller scale issues within the park, such as peeling train wraps. But who knows, maybe they are just getting new wraps. I really like the looks the wraps bring, and hope they are just getting new wraps installed!

 

Overall, I can’t wait to see the changes Six Flags puts into the park over the off-season. The place has been in need of some help and maybe SF will actually come to the rescue!

 

Who said they are doing anything to it?

 

Did you not just see the last page? They took the vynil wraps off.

 

It "appears" to be off of one car on one train. There's also a blue shell on the orange train. As stated before, the blue train hasnt been used in over 4 years. Its not necessarily an indicator of what may or may not happen to it.

 

Actually, it was used in 2016, instead of the orange train. Only 2 years and as dnn said a while back, it was about 95 percent ready to be used in 2018.

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^ that makes me wonder what that extra 5% was that couldn’t be achieved to get the blue train ready to roll for the busier times of the season, namely Fright Fest which brought crazy long lines for Viper.

 

If the train was that close to ready, then I’m not buying the decision to not get it in operable condition.

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