Six Flags Darien Lake

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Six Flags Darien Lake
Previously known as Darien Lake Fun Country (1981–1999) [1]
Six Flags Darien Lake (1999-2007, 2019-)
Six Flags Darien Lake Resort (2002-2007, 2019-)
Darien Lake Theme Park Resort (2007-2018)
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Location Corfu, New York, U.S.
Coordinates 42°55′43″N78°23′06″W / 42.92851°N 78.38488°W / 42.92851; -78.38488 Coordinates: 42°55′43″N78°23′06″W / 42.92851°N 78.38488°W / 42.92851; -78.38488
OpenedMay 1981 (1981-05)
Owner EPR Properties
Operated by Six Flags
General managerChris Thorpe
SloganThrill Capital of New York State
Operating seasonMay through October
Attendance1.5 million
Area1,200 acres (4.9 km2)
Roller coasters8
Water rides10
Website Six Flags Darien Lake

Six Flags Darien Lake is a 1,200-acre (4.86 km2) amusement park and resort located in Corfu, New York, off of Interstate 90 between Buffalo and Rochester. Six Flags Darien Lake features a theme park, water park, campground and lodging. It is owned by EPR Properties and operated by Six Flags.



Darien Lake Fun Country

In 1954, Darien Lake was excavated and filled. The lake was a popular swimming destination for many years. [2] In 1964, investor Paul Snyder acquired a 164-acre (66.37 ha) parcel of land bordering the lake and opened a small 23-site campground and picnic area. Snyder continued acquiring more land eventually increasing his holdings to almost 1,000 acres (4.05 km2) of land which included seven lakes, the largest of which was Darien Lake. He stocked one of the smaller lakes, Trout Pond, with fish, increased the number of campsites and added activities for resort guests such as a small petting zoo, horseback and pony rides, paddleboats, skateboarding, tennis courts and miniature golf. [3] From the late 70s and into the early 80s, Snyder added more attractions, including a set of water slides on a hill near the park's entrance called Rainbow Mountain, creating an amusement park he named Darien Lake Fun Country. Snyder made a deal with HUSS Park Attractions, turning Darien Lake into the North American showcase for the German manufacturer's new rides. Through this deal, the park acquired rides such as the Pirate, Ranger, Thrillbilly and the Corn Popper, for use in the park and to give HUSS a location to display them to potential US and Canadian buyers. In 1982, the newly merged Arrow Huss built and opened the park's first major roller coaster, Viper. [4]

Funtime Parks

In 1983, Snyder sold a 50% stake in the park to Funtime Inc., which also owned Geauga Lake and Wyandot Lake Park. [5] The Fun Country was dropped from the name, and Funtime brought in some major improvements. Funtime's first purchase was the Vekoma-built Giant Wheel Ferris wheel, the showcase of the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee and the largest in the United States at the time, which was permanently installed in the park's center. [6] Although no longer the largest in the country, the Giant Wheel is still in operation today (*closing as of 2021 season). Entertainment was also added to the park, with the construction of the Tops Jubilee Theater (now the Grande Theatre), the Lakeside Amphitheater, a large-scale concert stage on the south side of the main lake, presenting big-name acts including The Who, Alice Cooper, and Black Sabbath and Cinema 2000, a wide-angle movie theatre in the back of the park. In the mid-to late 1980s, there was Splashmania, a water skiing show located on Fun Lake. The improvements continued throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, with the addition of a themed kids area, Adventure Land for Kids in 1988 and in 1989 Grizzly Run replaced a kids ride area that was located where a skatepark was. In 1990, six new slides were added to the back of the water slide complex and the area became known as Barracuda Bay and an extra charge was added to the waterpark as well a new locker area, food complex, shopping area and changing rooms. [7] Following the success of a new wooden rollercoaster at Geauga Lake in 1988, Funtime contracted Dinn & Summers to build a new wooden coaster for Darien. The Predator roller coaster opened in May 1990. Around this time, Paul Snyder, sold his remaining share of the park to Funtime, turning over all control to them. [5] In 1992, a new style of entertainment debuted on the midway between Barracuda Bay and the Giant Wheel, a laser light show called Laser Light Fantasy (now called Ignite the Night), which included laser graphics and fireworks. [8] The show was permanently installed in the Lakeside Amphitheater the following year, while concert events were moved to the new Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, which could hold nearly four times as many guests. In 1994, the old Rainbow Mountain waterslides were replaced with a new set called 'Cuda Falls and waterpark became included with park admission.[ citation needed ]

Premier Parks/Six Flags

In 1995, growing regional park chain Premier Parks bought Funtime, Inc. and its three parks. [9] Premier dove right into changes and additions. In 1995, Skycoaster opened located over Fun Lake. In 1996, Adventure Land was replaced by Popeye's Seaport with all new kiddie rides like a Ferris wheel made to look like barrels, a hand-cranked train ride, a submarine ride, a ship themed play place (removed in 2004), children's shows Popeye's Magic Show and Olive Oyl's Circus that featured audience volunteers, and a food stand and restrooms in the then new kiddie area in an area that was occupied by miniature golf course. A new miniature golf course opened behind the then-new kiddie area near Viper which replaced the old golf course. Also a waterpark expansion with new attractions took place in 1996 and 1997 with Hook's Lagoon (opened in 1996) the Crocodile Isle wave pool (opened in 1997) took over Adventure Land's old location by Elk Lake with new changing rooms and a food stand were built, and a bridge was built to connect the Barracuda Bay slides with the then new water park area and a boat tag game was added to the midway. Three of the old Adventure Land rides were moved to another part of the park as the Tiny Trio in 1997. From 1996-1999, Premier would also install a new roller coaster each year, Nightmare at Phantom Cave in 1996, Mind Eraser in 1997, Boomerang: Coast to Coaster in 1998 and Superman Ride of Steel (the world's first Intamin hypercoaster) in 1999. [10] [11] Nightmare was removed in 1998 and relocated to sister park The Great Escape. In 1998, Premier purchased Six Flags Theme Parks and began to rebrand its own parks as Six Flags. In May 1999, Six Flags Darien Lake opened under its new name, with a few major changes. Premier brought Six Flags' own character base, Looney Tunes and DC Comics, into the parks, renaming Popeye's Seaport to Looney Tunes Seaport, added a show in the vacant former Nightmare at Phantom Cave building called the Batman Thrill Spectacular and Hydro Force, Pipeline Plunge, Riptide Run and Torpedo Rapids were removed from Barracuda Bay and Scrambler replaced Cinema 2000. The midway stage was added to replace the boat tag game and The Emporium gift shop opened in Lasso's old location, Crazy Quilt was removed and replaced with Lasso. Premier Parks formed in 2000, assuming the name "Six Flags Inc." and adding new attractions. The next major attractions installed the Twister in 2000 and Shipwreck Falls in 2002, replacing the old Cascade Canyon water slides on the east side of Barracuda Bay as well as Slingshot behind the 'Cuda Falls water slides; and the Tornado in 2005.

Troubled times

2006 was a year of turmoil for Six Flags and its parks. For the 2006 season, Six Flags moved the Big Kahuna, a family-sized waterslide, from Six Flags AstroWorld to Darien Lake and also moved the Batman The Escape roller coaster from Astroworld into storage at Darien Lake, with possible plans to build it. They also added an opportunity to meet with the entire Justice League at the park. Only a month into the season, however, Six Flags began pulling back the Justice League from Darien Lake and announced Darien Lake, along with eight other parks, was being considered for sale. Many parks throughout the chain, not just those for sale, also experienced numerous changes and cutbacks throughout the summer. In October 2006, after shortened operating hours and seasons, Six Flags officially announced the parks were being offered for sale as a package. Paul Snyder stated in a radio interview he would have considered purchasing Darien Lake from Six Flags if they allowed the parks to be sold individually. In January 2007, Six Flags announced a potential sale of seven of the parks to a new company, PARC 7F (officially called PARC Management). [12] Six Flags chose to retain two parks it had originally considered for sale. [13]

PARC Management/CNL Lifestyle (2007-2010)

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Former Darien Lake logo used from 2007–2012

In April 2007, Six Flags completed the sale of Darien Lake and six other parks to PARC Management. Upon completion of the sale, PARC entered into a fifty-year contract with CNL Income Properties, under which CNL purchased the properties from and lease them back to PARC for operation. [14] Because of the timing of the final sale with respect to the park's opening, PARC was unable to make any major changes for the 2007 season. The biggest changes for the season were the addition of an all-new show, Le Grande Cirque, which replaced the Batman Thrill Spectacular, and the removal of all Six Flags-, Looney Tunes- and DC Comics-themed signage and references. In 2008, the park debuted the Orange County Choppers MotoCoaster, its first launched rollercoaster. A Zamperla Motocoaster coaster, it was the prototype that had been running outside Zamperla's factory in Italy. PARC pledged to lower admission prices that had risen under Six Flags ownership. Floodgate Falls was closed. [15] In March 2010, Darien Lake expanded its current waterpark to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor (Darien Lake) (featuring several new attractions and a repaint of the 'Cuda Falls waterslide complex in Barracuda Bay), a new 16-foot-wide (4.9 m) lazy river called Flotation Station, Swirl City slide complex (with four new slides) and a kiddie wave pool called Lazy Days Lagoon. [14] :127 2010 also brought about some minor park changes such as Viper being repainted with a black track, The Predator getting new trains and the addition of the Critter Chase in Adventure Isle replacing Raft Adventure. [16] CNL subsequently announced that it had reached an agreement to terminate PARC's lease of Darien Lake and up to 17 other locations. [17] The move was made after, according to their 2010 SEC filings, PARC defaulted on their lease obligations. [18]

Herschend Family Entertainment/CNL Lifestyle (2011-2014)

In 2011, Herschend Family Entertainment assumed day-to-day operation and management of Darien Lake and Elitch Gardens. [19] Rowdy's Ridge opened in 2012 with several family rides. [20] For the 2013 season, Blast Off was placed in the newly rethemed Waterfront Boardwalk area, which included major renovations to rides like the Grand Carousel and the Giant Wheel, along with some new dining options. Laserblast received new improvements and was rebranded Ignite the Night. [21] UFO and the 'Cuda Falls waterslides were closed and removed. The Scrambler ride returned after two years in storage.

Premier Parks, LLC (2014-2018)

Herschend Family Entertainment's lease ended after the 2014 season and was taken over by Premier Parks, LLC. New rides installed during this period include Rolling Thunder, a 72-foot Larson 22M Giant Loop; Brain Drain, a set of two body slides that drops riders through a trapdoor at high speeds; and Ripcurl Racer, a six-lane Proslide Kracken Racer. [22] [23] Following the 2016 season, CNL Lifestyle sold Darien Lake and 14 other amusement parks to EPR Properties. The park continued to be leased and operated by Premier Parks, with no immediate change in operations or staffing. Tantrum, a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter coaster, opened for the 2018 season. [24]

Six Flags/EPR Properties (2018-present)

In May 2018, Six Flags Entertainment Corporation acquired lease rights to operate the park, with the park remaining under the ownership of EPR Properties. [25] Six Flags SkyScreamer, a Funtime Star Flyer, opened for the 2019 season. During this season, the park reverted to the Six Flags Darien Lake branding. [26] For the 2020 season, it was announced that Wahoo Wave, a ProSlide waterslide, would be added to the newly re-named and re-themed Hurricane Harbor WaterPark.[ citation needed ]

However, the park was temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic (except for the campgrounds and Darien Square), with no timeframe from the state of New York on when theme parks can open. [27] Despite this, the park announced on September 11th, 2020 the park would remain closed and all season passes and tickets would be carried over to the 2021 season. [28]

Current rides and attractions

Roller coasters

Boomerang: Coast to Coaster
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1998 Vekoma A Boomerang Shuttle roller coaster. This ride is located on the edge of Fun Lake in the Darien Square section of the park. The coaster features a 120-foot (37 m) tall backwards lift hill, a cobra roll and a loop. The train passes both forwards and backwards through both inversion elements.
Mind Eraser
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1997 Vekoma A steel Suspended Looping Coaster, which is considered to be New York's only Suspended Looping Coaster. This ride is approximately 120 feet (37 m) with 5 inversions including a heart-loop (half loop followed by twist followed by another half loop).
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2008 Zamperla A Motorbike roller coaster which was the first of its kind in the United States. The Orange County Choppers branding was removed in 2010. [29] The coaster launches riders from 0 to 40 miles per hour (0 to 64 km/h) in several seconds up to the top, followed by dips and turns on the way down before reaching the brakes.
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1990 Dinn Corporation A wooden roller coaster. The Predator currently holds the title of New York's largest wooden roller coaster. In 2010, used trains from The Voyage were added to the ride.
Ride of Steel
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1999 Intamin A steel Mega Coaster, formerly known as Superman – Ride of Steel. With a top height of 208 feet (63 m), and a maximum speed of 72 miles per hour (116 km/h), the coaster is the tallest in New York State and one of Darien Lake's largest attractions.
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2018 Gerstlauer A Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter. Tantrum features a 98-foot vertical lift hill with a 97-degree drop, a pretzel inversion, a bunny hop, an Immelman turn and a tilted loop. It reaches a top speed of 52 miles per hour (84 km/h).
The Viper
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1982 Arrow Huss A steel looping roller coaster. The Viper was the first coaster in the world with 5 inversions. Originally painted all black, the track was painted green when Six Flags took over and painted black in 2010.
Hoot N Holler
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1981 Zierer A steel kiddie roller coaster. Formerly called Ladybug and Nessie the Dreamy Dragon while it was part of Adventure Land for Kids. The ride was also part of the Tiny Trio and used to be called Brain Teaser. In 2012, the train was remodeled to look like an owl and the ride was given the name Hoot N Holler so that it would fit in with the new Rowdy's Ridge theme.

Thrill rides

Many of the rides manufactured by Huss Park Attractions were installed as part of a deal with Huss to use Darien Lake as a North American showcase for Huss's new rides in the early 1980s.

Blast Off2013 S&S Power Space Shot This attraction uses compressed air to rapidly propel riders up a 185-foot tall tower then gently lower them with a series of air-cushioned bounces back to the loading platform. Relocated from Alabama Adventure, which closed in 2011. Stands on the former spot of the Raging Seas.
Red Hawk1995 Sky Fun 1 SkycoasterA ride that hoists riders to 180 feet (55 m) and releases them in a swinging motion. This attraction was originally named Skycoaster. In 2013, the name changed to Red Hawk. Not included in the admission price.
Rolling Thunder2015Larson International22M Giant LoopThe ride's train is rocked back and forth at a generous rate as it elevates on every pass through the station until it has gained enough momentum to make it completely around the loop, thus riders experiencing hangtime. Located on the former site of a UFO ride.
Skyscreamer 2019 Funtime StarflyerA tower swings riders 242 feet (73.8 m) high in the air at 35 mph (56 km/h).
Slingshot2002A reverse bungee model that is located at the front of the park. It's the tallest attraction at Darien Lake at 300 feet (91 m). Not included in the admission price.

Family rides

Bear Valley Bumper Buggies1981DUCE Ride Manufacturers Bumper Cars Riders steer their cars in any direction across the metal rectangular floor bumping other cars out of their way. Guests drive around in one direction.
Boat Docks - Midway MarinaGuests can rent a paddle boat and paddle across Fun Lake. Not included in the admission price.
Corn Popper1982 HUSS Swing Around The ride rotates in a circle, and the arms swing out, and then come in. They keep on doing this during the ride, in bigger and bigger increments until the very end, where they all swing out, using pneumatic pressure. Part of the Huss showcase. This ride was called Rodeo Round Up when the park was owned by Six Flags. The name was changed back to Corn Popper in 2010.
Grand Carousel 1981International Amusement DevicesCarouselA traditional carousel. It received a large refurbishment before the start of the 2013 season.
Grand Prix Speedway1987A go-kart track. Not included in the admission price.
Haymaker1981Heintz FahtzeParatrooperA Paratrooper-style ride, the only one of its kind. Features ten umbrella-covered cars that rotate counter-clockwise on a long arm. During the ride, the hydraulic-powered arm the cars are mounted to raises to a 45 degree angle. [30]
Hornet's Nest2012Larson Rides Flying Scooters A consisting of a center post with ride vehicles suspended from arms attached to the center post, when in operation, a motor causes the arms to spin, with centrifugal forces causing the ride vehicles to fly outwards.
Lasso1981 Zierer Wave Swinger A swing ride that lifts and undulates. Lasso was previously located where the Emporium currently stands. It is now located where Crazy Quilt once stood.
Moose on the Loose2012MetallbauPony TrekRiders ride a runaway moose through multiple scenes.
Pirate1981 HUSS Pirate Boat A large pirate-themed boat suspended from a giant "A" frame structure. The boat swings back and forth until it achieves a height of 60 feet (18 m) and is at a 75-degree angle with its initial resting position, giving riders the sensation of weightlessness. Located at the edge of Fun Lake. It was installed as part of the HUSS showcase.
Rowdy's Heave Ho2012HEEGELift TowerGuests pull themselves up a tower and then drop down.
Scrambler1999 Eli Bridge Scrambler Riders are seated in small carriages clustered together and connected by beams at the top to a central point. The clustered vehicles are spun in one direction, while the ride as a whole spins in the opposite direction. It was removed before the 2012 season to make way for the Rowdy's Ridge family area. The ride remained in storage until the middle of the 2014 season, when it returned in a new location next to The Predator.
Shipwreck Falls2002 Intamin Shoot the Chutes Consists of a flat-bottomed boat that slides down a ramp into a massive lagoon.
Silver Bullet1981Heintz Fahtze Enterprise Features 20 swinging gondolas, which travel in a circular clockwise motion on a large wheel. Once it achieves a fast enough speed, the wheel raises riders to a 90-degree angle and spins the riders upside down. This is the only Enterprise manufactured by Heintz Fahtze in operation. [31]
Sleighride1981 Mack Rides MatterhornConsists of a number of cars attached to axles that swing in and out. The hill and valley shape of the ride causes a pronounced swinging motion. The faster the ride goes, the more dramatic the swinging motion.
Tin Lizzy's1981 Arrow Dynamics Track carsAn antique car ride.

Kids rides

Adventure Land for Kids contained all kiddie rides from 1988 through 1996 when it was replaced by Beaver Brothers Bay (previously called Popeye's Seaport, Looney Tunes Seaport and Adventure Isle) with all new rides, exclusively from Zamperla. The Tiny Trio was a set of older kiddie rides from Adventure Land located near Mind Eraser. In 2012, the trio was expanded into Rowdy's Ridge. The Bay is located on an island surrounded by the midway originally formed by Treasure Island Mini-Golf.

Beaver Dam Explorer1996 Zamperla Crazy BusThemed as a Submarine. Formerly called "S.S. Popeye (1996–1998), "Daffy's Diver" (1999–2006) and "Dipsy Diver" (2007–2011).
Bucky's Barrels1996 Zamperla Sun & MoonBarrel themed Mini Ferris wheel, formerly called "Olive's Barrels of Fun" (1996–1998), Michigan J Frog's "Ferris Wheel" (1999–2006) and "Barrels of Fun" (2007–2011).
Chucky's Mud Buckets1996 Zamperla Mini Tea CupTeacups style ride themed as open aluminum spinach cans. Formerly called "Spinach Spinnaker" (1996–1998), "Bugs' Carrot Cans" (1999–2006) and "Twisty Tubs" (2007–2011).
Critter Chase2010 Zamperla Mini JetAn animal themed ride where the rider makes the animal go up down manually. It originally operated from 1988 until 1997. The ride returned in 2010 to Beaver Brothers Bay.
Raccoon Rally1981Kiddie Bumper Cars Has been relocated several times. Formerly known as Dodgems.
Tree Stump Turnpike1996 Zamperla ConvoyFormerly called Foghorn's Coastal Delivery, Monster Trucks and Brutus' Monster Trucks.
Wally's Weather Balloons1996 Zamperla Samba BalloonA Samba Balloon ride. Formerly called Seaport Weather Balloons, Weather Balloons and Up Up and Ahoy.
Woody's Whirlers1996 Zamperla Mini SwingsA mini swing ride for small children that was formerly named Taz Twister, Whirlwind and Swee' Pea's Swings.

Water park rides


All show venues listed here are included with price of admission.

NameRecent ShowsComments
Galaxy TheatreNik Wallenda: Beyond the Falls (2014), Sea Lion Splash (2010–2011), Survivor Live! (2009), Cirque Nouveau (2008), Le Grande Cirque (2007), Batman Thrill Spectacular (1999–2006)Building originally housed Nightmare at Phantom Cave, an indoor roller coaster. Was called the Gotham City Theatre while holding the Batman Thrill Spectacular show during the Six Flags era. This venue was closed for the 2012 and 2013 seasons with the exception of the building being temporarily used in 2013 during Kingdom Bound and for a haunted attraction during Fright Fest.
Beaver Brothers Bay ShowplaceBackstage Variety Show (2018), The Wizard's Apprentice (2016–2017), Character Tales (2015), Multiple shows in 2013, Beaver Mania & Beaver Fever Dance Party (2012), Thomas & Friends Full Steam Ahead Live! (2011), Bob the Builder Let's Recycle (2010), Bob the Builder Live (2009), An Alarming Adventure (2008), Blake Daring's Storybook Adventure (2007), Bugs Bunny Goes Hollywood (2002, 2004–2006)Features shows for families and children. Located in Beaver Brothers Bay.
Grande TheatreAaron Radatz Illusion Show (2018–19), American Pop (2017), American Rock (2016), World of Magic (2015), Multiple shows in 2012 and 2013 including Street Beat (2013) and the Aaron Radatz Illusion Show (2013), Legends of Rock (2011), RockNation! Don't Stop Believin (2010), RockNation! (2009), Rhythmnicity (2008), The Magic of Cliff Hopkins & Kelly (2007), Totally Pop (2006), America: State of Rhythm (2005), American Pop (2004), Radioactive (2003), Broadway Rhythm (2002)Opened as the Tops Jubilee Theatre in 1980, has also been named Tops Palace Theatre.
The Lakeside AmphitheatreIgnite the Night: COLORBLAST (2016-2019), Ignite the Night (2013–2015), LaserBlast! (1998–2012), LaserLight Reality (1995–1997), LaserLight Fantasy (1992–1994)The Lakeside Amphitheatre used to be the home of major concerts and other events until the 90s when the Performing Arts Center opened. It also held several concerts that were free to Darien Lake guests. It was also the place for the nightly Laser Show and had taken place at the park from 1992-2019.
The Gazebo StageHypnotist Tammy Barton (2018–19), Multiple shows in 2012 and 2013 such as Hypnotist Tammy Barton (2012–2013), Jump, Jive and Swing (2011), Midway Dance Party Blow Out (2007–2008, 2011), The Heart Of Country (2010), Country Unleashed (2009), And The Answer Is! (2008), Keepin' the Beat (2007), Rockin' Country (2003–2006), Bahama Boys/Street Pop (2002)Outdoor stage in the midway. Sometimes holds special events such as karaoke.

Fright Fest

The original Six Flags Fright Fest was an annual event held at the end of the operating season (Weekends in October, typically) from 1998-2006, which celebrated Halloween. Fright Fest added new areas to the park (Bloodstone Hollow, a free haunted graveyard and town; and Brutal Planet, an upcharge haunted house) and different shows than the regular season (Dead Man's Party in The Grande Theater and Laser Spooktacular at the Lakeside Amphitheatre.) When the park was sold to PARC Management in 2007, the event was rebranded as "Fall Family Fun Fest," adding family oriented areas such as hay mazes and pumpkin painting in addition to the haunted house. During this event, admission to the park was free, with individual charges for each ride and attraction. A re-branded FrightFest [32] returned in 2008 with similar elements to the former Six Flags Fright Fest and additional new elements such as the Fright Night Field Trip, a bus ride through the haunted campgrounds. (However, the event's name had a lack of space between the words "Fright" and "Fest" in order to steer clear of any legal conflict with Six Flags.) The Haunted House and the Trick or Treat Trail also returned from previous years. Fright Fest was removed from Darien Lake in 2015 and replaced by Harvest Fest. [33] [32] The Halloween-themed event returned to Darien Lake in 2018 under the Six Flags branding. [34]

Magic of Lights

In August 2021, the park unveiled a new Christmas Lights display that would be taking place at the park during the upcoming 2021 Holiday season. It ran from November 19th, 2021 through January 2nd, 2022. It’s a 1.25 mile drive-thru holiday light display extravaganza running through the park. This event was free to all current Season Pass Holders and Members. It didn’t return in 2022 based on the website.

Harvest Fest

In 2015, Darien Lake replaced their fall events with a more family-friendly event named Harvest Fest. Although this idea was attempted before with Fall Family Fun Fest, here rides were included with admission and less focus was put on scary attractions. Instead of upcharge haunts, hay rides and crafts for children were included with admission. Food trucks, craft beers and other vendors were made available to offset lower staffing during the offseason. Also, the schedule of the season was shortened to end in September, rather than the end of October. In 2018 and 2019 the season was extended through October, this event took place on weekends in September until Fright Fest started. This event didn’t take place during the 2021 or 2022 seasons.

Former attractions

BMX Motocross1980s2011Hampton RidesA circular kiddie ride featuring BMX style motorbikes that jumped over humps as they were moving. It was originally located near the Giant Wheel. The ride moved to Adventure Land in 1988 and to the Tiny Trio in 1997 before it was relocated to Elitch Gardens in 2012 as Tike Bikes.
Boat Tag19961999A boat ride that was located where the Midway Gazebo Stage now stands.
Boats1980s1990sA small boat ride. It was located near the Giant Wheel.
Crazy Quilt19811998 Mack Rides A Calypso ride. It was located where Lasso currently stands.
Earth Orbiter1980s1996 Zierer A small kiddie ferris wheel that was part of Adventure Land.
Funtime Junction1980s1997 Chance Rides A miniature railway located around Elk Lake in Adventure Land.
Giant Wheel19832021 Vekoma A 165 feet (50 m) tall ferris wheel. It was originally part of the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee and was the tallest in the United States when constructed. [35] The ride was SBNO during the 2021 season and removed prior to the 2022 season.
Grizzly Run19892019 Intamin A river rapids ride. Removed as part of corporate's 15 rides removal initiative in response to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Monty's Moon Walk1980s1996A ball pit in Adventure Land.
Mountain View Golf19962012A miniature golf course located underneath the Viper. It replaced Treasure Island Golf.
Nightmare at Phantom Cave 19961998 Schwarzkopf This coaster was Relocated to Darien Lake from Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom in 1996 and housed in the building next to the Viper. It was relocated to Great Escape in 1999 as Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon.
Raft Adventure19962010 Zamperla A mini jet ride made to look like wooden rafts. The ride was replaced by Critter Chase.
Raging Seas19812012 Mack Rides A Seesturmbahn ride that featured small hills and was themed with boats. The boats would spin as they went up and down the hills. This ride was called Sea Storm until 1999. It was removed towards the end of the 2012 operating season and was replaced by Blast Off.
Ranger19822015 HUSS An original Huss Ranger, the first of its kind in North America. It was the only Huss Ranger ride still operating in North America. It was installed as part of the HUSS showcase. This ride was removed due to high maintenance costs and a lack of parts, as well as the addition of Rolling Thunder.
Red Baron1980sUnknownA kiddie airplane ride that was located near the Giant Wheel.
Runaway Railway1996 Zamperla A miniature train ride. Formerly called Elmer Fudd's Tiny Tooter Railroad and Muscle Junction.
SS Looney Tunes19962004A play structure themed as a ship. It was formerly called SS Olive.
Thrillbilly19811983 HUSS A Troika ride located where the Predator now stands. The ride was installed as part of the HUSS showcase.
Treasure Island Golf19811996Located where Beaver Brothers Bay now stands. It was replaced by Mountain View Golf.
Turbobungy20022007An upcharge trampoline. Riders were attached to bungy cords while jumping. This attraction was located in the vicinity of the Mind Eraser bridge.
UFO19812012 HUSS An original HUSS UFO ride that was installed as part of the HUSS showcase. It was removed prior to the 2013 season due to unreliability with maintenance.
Thunder Rapids19812017 Arrow Dynamics A Log Flume which stood where Tantrum now stands for the 2018 season. Removed at the end of the 2017 season due to high maintenance costs, as well to make room for Tantrum.
Twister20002018 HUSS A Top Spin ride. It was themed to look like it was made out of wood. Removed at the end of the 2018 season and replaced by Six Flags SkyScreamer.

Past entertainment

Former entertainment venues within the park.

Big Top Circus1996Circus showLocated in Adventure Land.
Cinema 200019993D cinemaLocated where Rowdy's Ridge currently stands.
50's BandstandMusic showLocated where the queue line for Predator is now.
SplashmaniaWater ski showA water ski show on Fun Lake. The pole that was used by the divers is still in the lake.

Other on-site entities

Lodge on the Lake Hotel

In 1998, Premier Parks made a major investment to the property with the park's first on-site hotel, designed with a North Woods theme. The $12 million Lodge on the Lake Hotel opened with 161 hotel rooms, two suites and an outdoor heated pool. A few months later, the similarly themed Beaver Brothers Cafe opened as a full-service restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. [36]


The campground and picnic area offers campsites, approximately half of which are equipped with park-owned RVs and cabins.

Darien Square

Located within the campgrounds which includes; a General Store, 2 restaurants, a gift shop, arcade and lounge, laundry and the campground Office.

Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

The Darien Lake Performing Arts Center is an outdoor music venue on the park grounds.

Ignite the Night COLORBLAST

Concerts were formerly held at the Laser Stage, also known as the Lakeside Amphitheater. A pool was added in front of the stage as part of the Ignite the Night laser show.


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Six Flags Great Adventure is an amusement park located in Jackson, New Jersey. Owned and operated by Six Flags, the park complex is situated between New York City and Philadelphia and includes a water park named Hurricane Harbor. It first opened to the public as simply Great Adventure in 1974 under the direction of restaurateur Warner LeRoy. Six Flags acquired the park in 1977.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Six Flags America</span> Amusement park in Maryland

Six Flags America is a theme park located in the Woodmore CDP of Prince George's County, Maryland, near Upper Marlboro, and in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Geauga Lake</span> Defunct amusement park in Ohio

Geauga Lake was an amusement park in Bainbridge Township and Aurora, Ohio. It was established in 1887, in what had been a local recreation area adjacent to a lake of the same name. The first amusement ride was added in 1889, and the park's first roller coaster – later known as the Big Dipper – was built in 1925. The park was sold to Funtime, Inc., in 1969 and was expanded over the years with additional rides and amenities. Funtime was acquired by Premier Parks in 1995, and for the 2000 season, they re-branded Geauga Lake as Six Flags Ohio, adding four new roller coasters. The following year, Six Flags bought the adjacent SeaWorld Ohio and combined the two parks under the name Six Flags Worlds of Adventure.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Kings Dominion</span> Amusement park in Virginia

Kings Dominion is an amusement park located in Doswell, Virginia, 20 miles (30 km) north of Richmond and 75 miles (120 km) south of Washington, D.C. Owned and operated by Cedar Fair, the 280-acre (1.1 km2) park opened to the public on May 3, 1975, and features more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including 13 roller coasters and a 20-acre (81,000 m2) water park. Its name is derived from the name of its sister park, Kings Island, and the nickname for the state of Virginia, "Old Dominion."

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Lake Compounce</span> Amusement park in Connecticut, U.S.

Lake Compounce is an amusement park located in Bristol and Southington, Connecticut. Opened in 1846, it is the oldest continuously operating amusement park in the United States. It spans 332 acres (134 ha), which includes a beach and a water park called Crocodile Cove included in the price of admission. The park was acquired from Kennywood Entertainment Company by Palace Entertainment, the U.S. subsidiary of Parques Reunidos. In addition to the 14th oldest wooden roller coaster in the world, Wildcat, its newer wooden roller coaster, Boulder Dash, has won the Golden Ticket Award for the #1 Wooden Coaster in the World for five consecutive years.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Six Flags New England</span> Theme park in Agawam, Massachusetts

Six Flags New England, formerly known as Gallup's Grove (1870–1886), Riverside Grove (1887–1911), Riverside Park (1912–1995) and Riverside: The Great Escape (1996–2000), is an amusement park located in Agawam, Massachusetts, a western suburb of Springfield, Massachusetts. Opening in the late 19th century, it is the oldest amusement park in the Six Flags chain, acquired by Premier Parks in 1996 and rebranded Six Flags New England in 2000. Superman The Ride is among the park's most notable rides, having appeared as a highly ranked roller coaster in the annual Golden Ticket Awards from Amusement Today since the ride opened in 2000.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Six Flags Fiesta Texas</span> Theme park in San Antonio, Texas

Six Flags Fiesta Texas, formerly known simply as Fiesta Texas, is a theme park located in Northwest San Antonio. It opened on March 14, 1992, in the La Cantera master-planned development and district as the first business in that development. Spanning 200 acres (81 ha), the park was originally built to become a destination musical show park with its focus on the musical culture of the state of Texas. The park was purchased by Time Warner in 1995, and branded as a Six Flags park for the 1996 season.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Six Flags Great America</span> Amusement park in Gurnee, Illinois

Six Flags Great America is a 304-acre (123 ha) amusement park located in Gurnee, Illinois, within the northern Chicago metropolitan area. The amusement park originally opened as Marriott's Great America on May 29, 1976, as one of two theme parks built by the Marriott Corporation. Six Flags acquired the amusement park in 1984 after the theme park division was an earnings disappointment for Marriott. The sale gave Six Flags rights to the Looney Tunes intellectual properties.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Elitch Gardens Theme Park</span> Amusement park in Colorado, United States

Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park is an amusement park in Denver, Colorado. It is owned by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment and operated by Premier Parks, LLC. Distinctive for being located in a downtown area, it is open April through October.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Zoombezi Bay</span> Water park in Powell, Ohio

Zoombezi Bay is a 22.7-acre (9.2 ha) water park owned by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium near Powell, Ohio just north of Columbus. The park sits on the site of the former Wyandot Lake Adventure Park, which was purchased by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in 2006. Zoombezi Bay opened to the public on May 26, 2008, and currently ranks as one of the Midwest's most popular water parks, attracting more than 400,000 visitors annually.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Wild Waves Theme Park</span> Amusement park in Washington state, United States

Wild Waves Theme & Water Park is an amusement park and water park in Federal Way, Washington. Opened in 1977 as The Enchanted Village, the park is a popular summer destination in the Pacific Northwest and is one of three waterparks in Washington state. The park's name was reverted to Wild Waves Water Park and Enchanted Village Amusement Park in April 2016, and once again changed to Wild Waves Theme and Water Park in November 2016, as a result of the park's acquisition by EPR Properties.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Magic Springs</span> Amusement park in Arkansas

Magic Springs Theme and Water Park, known as Magic Springs, is an amusement park and water park located in Hot Springs, Arkansas, about 50 mi (80 km) from Little Rock. A single price admission includes all day use of the rides and attractions in both parks. The park is open weekends from April through October and daily late-May through mid-August. Magic Springs Theme and Water Park was opened in 1977, closed in 1995, and reopened in 2000. Magic Springs Theme and Water Park is owned by EPR Properties and operated by Premier Parks, LLC.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Lil' Devil Coaster</span> Steel roller coaster

Lil' Devil Coaster is a steel roller coaster located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey. The ride opened in 1999 as Road Runner Railway, but was reintroduced as Lil’ Devil Coaster in 2021. It was manufactured by Zamperla of Italy and is a small, kiddie coaster located in the Jr. Thrill Seekers section of the park. It is themed to the Jersey Devil to fit in with the nearby Jersey Devil Coaster.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Frontier City</span> Amusement park in Oklahoma City

Frontier City is a western-themed amusement park in Oklahoma City. It is owned by EPR and operated by Six Flags. The park originally opened in 1958. Frontier City is the third-oldest Six Flags park behind Six Flags New England and Six Flags Great Escape and Hurricane Harbor. Frontier City—and La Ronde in Montreal, Canada, are the only two company parks not officially branded as Six Flags parks.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Viper (Six Flags Darien Lake)</span> Steel roller coaster at Six Flags Darien Lake

Viper is a steel roller coaster located at Six Flags Darien Lake amusement park in Darien, New York, United States. Built by the newly-formed Arrow Huss, the ride opened in 1982 as the first roller coaster in the world to feature five inversions, surpassing Carolina Cyclone at Carowinds which featured four. Viper retained the inversions record until Vortex opened at Kings Island in 1987.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Six Flags Discovery Kingdom</span> Zoological theme park in California

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is a 135-acre (55 ha) animal theme park located in Vallejo, California, off of Interstate 80 between San Francisco and Sacramento. The park includes a variety of roller coasters and other amusement rides. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom has been part of the Six Flags chain of amusement parks since 1999.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Six Flags Fright Fest</span> Annual Halloween-oriented haunt event

Fright Fest is a Halloween-oriented haunt event held annually at Six Flags theme parks in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. It mainly features haunted attractions, themed areas named Scare Zones, and live entertainment.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Batman The Escape</span> Defunct roller coaster

Batman The Escape was a stand-up roller coaster located at Six Flags AstroWorld in Houston, Texas, United States. Manufactured by Intamin, the ride featured one inversion and originally opened as Shockwave at Six Flags Magic Mountain in 1986. After briefly operating at Six Flags Great Adventure, it was moved a second time to AstroWorld, where it reopened in 1993 as Batman The Escape. The coaster operated there until the park's permanent closure in 2005. The track was eventually moved to Six Flags Darien Lake, placed into storage, and never reassembled.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Six Flags Hurricane Harbor (Darien Lake)</span> Water park in Darien, New York

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is a water park located at Six Flags Darien Lake in Darien, New York. Opened in 1990 as Barracuda Bay, the water park is included with the price of admission to the amusement park, and both are operated by Six Flags. The park was known as Splashtown at Darien Lake from 2010 through the 2021 season.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Six Flags Great Escape and Hurricane Harbor</span> Amusement and water park

Six Flags Great Escape and Hurricane Harbor is an amusement and water park owned and operated by Six Flags. It is located approximately 60 miles (97 km) north of Albany, in Queensbury, New York. It was one of three Six Flags parks not to be officially branded with the "Six Flags" name until 2022, with La Ronde in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and Frontier City in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, being the last two without the Six Flags branding.


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