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^ I said that it was pure rumor and not confirmed. I guess that it wouldn't surprise me with the current ownership, but that doesn't mean that it's really going to happen.

 

I think that the fact that the concerts are such a big draw as well as having an Anchor Bar (wings with no beer?) as well as a campground/hotel next door (where people could drink anyway) that this might not fly as they would be losing out revenue as well as turning off a lot of it's local clientele.

 

SDC and Dollywood, yes...but for Darien Lake? Probably not a good idea.

 

Well, I have no comment on weather or not Darien Lake would stop selling booze in the park. I could see Darien Lake restricting booze consumption and sales in a beer garden in 2015.

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I doubt they would remove alcohol from this park, it makes huge money for the park, I have seen a ton of people drink then go on rides, other parks in the area serve alcohol as well as far as I know.

 

Anyone else remember the days of company picnics at MFI and watching your parents coworkers get hammered at company picnics as a kid because I sure do!

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I could see the park restricting alcohol sales to certain "restaurant" areas of the park. It creates more of a family friendly atmosphere in the park, and clearly that is what HFE is looking to promote. The only park I know of that sells absolutely no alcohol is magic kingdom. No alcohol anywhere there. The other three parks at wdw sell alcohol but magic kingdom is the true family spot and thus no alcohol anywhere. I hear dollywood and sdc may also be dry, but it doubt totally. I bet you can have a beer in a sit down restaurant at those two parks, but I'm not sure

 

For those of you talking about the campground and PAC, those should and hopefully would be different. I think they are thinking of taking alcohol out of the park itself, and not the surrounding properties. Technically I don't think DL even owns the PAC, I think it owned by live nation or something. Even if DL does, I highly doubt HFE is managing it

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I hear dollywood and sdc may also be dry, but it doubt totally. I bet you can have a beer in a sit down restaurant at those two parks, but I'm not sure

 

Nope, there's definitely no alcohol at SDC. I've actually never been to DW yet, but I'm almost certain its the same there. I'm not sure anyone who hasn't been to Branson really understands how much of a religious company HFEC is. Even the magic show at SDC ends with a gospel presentation. If you look anywhere beyond the rides and coasters, it almost feels like a church camp sometimes.

 

I am certain that HFEC has objections to serving alcohol in a property that they are associated with, but they will deal with it as long as CNL is in the picture.

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Went to Darien Lake today and I took some photos!

 

Rides rode (all once)

. Hook's Lagoon tree house slide (the tallest one)

. Big Kahuna

. Tornado

. Swirl City (Mr. Twister)

. Ride of Steel

. Viper

. Grizzly Run

. Thunder Rapids

. Shipwreck Falls

. Motocoaster

 

Now for the pics!

 

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Ride of Steel

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A dead coaster

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Hook's Lagoon, too bad the bucket doesn't tip anymore! :(

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The Barracuda Bay bridge is now a dead end!

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Proslide Tornado

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Random water park sign

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Swirl City slides

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Maria's is no longer a "Spaghetti House"

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Predator for old times sake!

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Some Folks being tortured by the Predator

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Jo's snack bar with a new paint job and Coke logo added to it

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Here we go to the coaster formerly know as "Superman"

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Ride of Steel and Predator

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I see you, Predator

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Rear end of Ride of Steel

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Going up!

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Viper's new sign, reminds of the original one

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Old Darien Lake logo on the Grizzly Run rafts

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Shark hunting, anyone?

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'Cuda Falls is no more than a pile of nothing for now!

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The seaport boat is still in the kiddie land, it's now a garden area

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Nik Wallenda is taking over "Phantom Cave" and there go Viper!

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Motocoaster!

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Motocoaster going

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Motocoaster logo

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Motocoaster going again

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Yet again, Motocoaster is still going!

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Twister doing its thing

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Twister still doing it!

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Classic Viper shot

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(Blue) and Silver Bullet

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Barracuda Bay's bunny house still stands, I don't think it's going anytime soon!

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Hook's Lagoon (again!)

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"We miss you already!" Don't worry Darien Lake, I'll be back next year!

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My running joke last year was the sign said "We miss you already" because they knew people weren't coming back because of the horrible operations. The park seems to have cleaned up its act so far. They actually put an effort into sprucing up Galaxy Theater as well. If it's gonna stand, it mind as we'll not be an eyesore.

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I doubt they would remove alcohol from this park, it makes huge money for the park, I have seen a ton of people drink then go on rides, other parks in the area serve alcohol as well as far as I know.

 

Anyone else remember the days of company picnics at MFI and watching your parents coworkers get hammered at company picnics as a kid because I sure do!

 

Never had one at MFI, but I do remember my Dad's shop picnics at Waldameer where they would have kegs of beer and give out prizes like tv's, vcr's and Buffalo Bills tickets.

 

Ahhh...the good old days!

 

And to those wondering about alcohol sales at Dollywood, I don't believe that they sell any there either. I usually check the park maps upon entering to see where they might have a place that sells beer because a cold one always tastes good on those hot summer days...even if it sets me back about $10.

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I doubt they would remove alcohol from this park, it makes huge money for the park, I have seen a ton of people drink then go on rides, other parks in the area serve alcohol as well as far as I know.

 

Anyone else remember the days of company picnics at MFI and watching your parents coworkers get hammered at company picnics as a kid because I sure do!

 

Never had one at MFI, but I do remember my Dad's shop picnics at Waldameer where they would have kegs of beer and give out prizes like tv's, vcr's and Buffalo Bills tickets.

 

Ahhh...the good old days!

 

And to those wondering about alcohol sales at Dollywood, I don't believe that they sell any there either. I usually check the park maps upon entering to see where they might have a place that sells beer because a cold one always tastes good on those hot summer days...even if it sets me back about $10.

 

I doubt MFI does kegs anymore and I am not sure if it's still there or the area has been cleaned up but the picnic shelter we used to have was right by a creek or some other small body of water with a hill ( it wasn't the one by the paddle boats pond) though and people would get drunk on the kegs and then fall down the hill into the water and get filthy and muddy. They also would bring funnels and everything. Mind you I was like 10 at the time, I turned out fine and I don't drink either.

 

Not too many places are allowing alcohol at company picnics these days, or having company picnics at all...we have them now at DL and it only includes their lousy company picnic food and gross soda machines with bees all over them. Too much of a liability.

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A 600ft spinning coaster, called Tony Hawk's REALLY Big Spin, meant to be the new tallest coaster in the world for 2017.

Just kidding.

 

I'm pretty sure that Darien Lake (or any other park) would not get 600 ft. tall coaster of any kind at all! I could see Darien Lake putting a (Gerstlauer) spinning coaster in where 'Cuda Falls was, next year. I wouldn't think that Herschend would get the right to use "Tony Hawk's Big Spin".

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Now I heard a rumor today, and I'm not saying this is true or will happen by any means. This sounds extremely crazy but who knows. Today I overheard an operator by predator say that in the Cuda Falls space, they will be building "the tallest roller coaster like at Cedar Point". Now to me that sounds like a strata coaster like TTD. But this idea is extremely crazy and probably not true. The only reason why I'm posting this is because it came from a ride op and not just some crazy drunk in the park. We all know that the Yolocoaster idea started the same way, but I still find it hard to believe.

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I was there this weekend and I really can't say much negative about the park. It was very clean and the landscaping was quite nice. Food was decent and not too pricy either. I will actually come back again this summer for sure as my 9 and 12 year old had a blast! I felt comfortable in the park, and didn't have to keep a super close eye on them. The coasters were fun and they loved the flats! There were also a lot of staff everywhere (many getting trained). The best thing is their new fun guarantees- if certain rides are closed for more than 4 hours, you can get a pass to return for free within the week. If any line is more than 45 minutes, go to guest services for a free front of the line pass. This is impressive. Now, about operations, they were slow. Like 4-6 minute train dispatches on predator and ride of steel. They need to really work on this. I did however appreciate that they checked the height of my daughter to make sure it was safe to ride. She is exactly 54". The ride op actually apologized for checking! I told him that I was thankful that he was looking out for safety. This kind of threw him for a loop! Anyways, long story short, I will return! No plans to visit Canada's wonderland though....to busy and crowded! Darien lake has won my family over!! Just a couple of fun pics now.ImageUploadedByTapatalk1402180534.772529.jpg.69bcf6c513b4e1bde29fc7b40c82220a.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1402180546.985728.jpg.c162ed37682648a5d46f2c965cbe5aca.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1402180561.576372.jpg.a602925d37c72271d61f13965289cfac.jpg

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Now I heard a rumor today, and I'm not saying this is true or will happen by any means. This sounds extremely crazy but who knows. Today I overheard an operator by predator say that in the Cuda Falls space, they will be building "the tallest roller coaster like at Cedar Point". Now to me that sounds like a strata coaster like TTD. But this idea is extremely crazy and probably not true. The only reason why I'm posting this is because it came from a ride op and not just some crazy drunk in the park. We all know that the Yolocoaster idea started the same way, but I still find it hard to believe.

 

I can't imagine walking into Darien Lake and seeing a 400-something ft tall Top Thrill Dragster-esque coaster in where 'Cuda Falls was, or can I?

 

Speaking of coasters, the only type of coaster I think that Darien Lake need to put in is either a kiddie/family coaster that kids under 48" can ride with an adult.

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Like I said the rumor sounds EXTREMELY false but I only shared because it came from an employee.

 

My guess exactly when was reading that post about a ride op saying that Darien Lake is going to something like Top Thrill Dragster in where 'Cuda Falls was.

 

Well, I have two wild guesses about what's going in there either a coaster or new water slides!

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I was there this weekend and I really can't say much negative about the park. It was very clean and the landscaping was quite nice. Food was decent and not too pricy either. I will actually come back again this summer for sure as my 9 and 12 year old had a blast! I felt comfortable in the park, and didn't have to keep a super close eye on them. The coasters were fun and they loved the flats! There were also a lot of staff everywhere (many getting trained). The best thing is their new fun guarantees- if certain rides are closed for more than 4 hours, you can get a pass to return for free within the week. If any line is more than 45 minutes, go to guest services for a free front of the line pass. This is impressive. Now, about operations, they were slow. Like 4-6 minute train dispatches on predator and ride of steel. They need to really work on this. I did however appreciate that they checked the height of my daughter to make sure it was safe to ride. She is exactly 54". The ride op actually apologized for checking! I told him that I was thankful that he was looking out for safety. This kind of threw him for a loop! Anyways, long story short, I will return! No plans to visit Canada's wonderland though....to busy and crowded! Darien lake has won my family over!! Just a couple of fun pics now.[attachment=0]ImageUploadedByTapatalk1402180534.772529.jpg[/attachment][attachment=1]ImageUploadedByTapatalk1402180546.985728.jpg[/attachment][attachment=2]ImageUploadedByTapatalk1402180561.576372.jpg[/attachment]

 

You are exactly the park's target audience when it comes to Canadians. People that find CW too overwhelming with size, and less of a family vacation atmosphere.

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Don't get me wrong, my kids love the bigger rides, leviathan being one of our favourites (for those who have ridden), but I actually enjoyed Darien Lake better than CW. CW is just too crowded and the masses make it less enjoyable! I'd take a smaller park any day, even without the biggest and best coasters, because leaving at the end of the day tired and happy is more important than tired frustrated and grumpy.

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Yeah I have to agree, I prefer a smaller to medium size park where I can actually get on some rides instead of the endless waits at the big parks. Now I don't want a park that has little to nothing or just one coaster, Waldameer and sea breeze are also good, especially Waldameer.

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Now I heard a rumor today, and I'm not saying this is true or will happen by any means. This sounds extremely crazy but who knows. Today I overheard an operator by predator say that in the Cuda Falls space, they will be building "the tallest roller coaster like at Cedar Point". Now to me that sounds like a strata coaster like TTD. But this idea is extremely crazy and probably not true. The only reason why I'm posting this is because it came from a ride op and not just some crazy drunk in the park. We all know that the Yolocoaster idea started the same way, but I still find it hard to believe.

 

I don't see this happening...at all.

 

IF DL ever gets a new coaster, I would place my money on a smaller family coaster or something like the one just put into Kentucky Kingdom.

 

There have been too many problems with TTD and Ka where it would be a liability to have something that massive going down for maintenance issues all of the time. Too much of a financial risk for a smaller park to take.

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There have been too many problems with TTD and Ka where it would be a liability to have something that massive going down for maintenance issues all of the time. Too much of a financial risk for a smaller park to take.

 

If Darien Lake were to get something like Top Thrill Dargster or Kingda Ka, they wouldn't be able to afford it let alone keep it up and running for years. They would either have leave the coaster SBNO or scrap it because no other park would want it!

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