Buffalo, New York (Abbreviation: DL)
Known as Six Flags Darien Lake (1999 to 2006)
Owned by CNL Lifestyles Properties
Managed by Herschend Family Entertainment
Park News - (8/19/13) While we’ve been focused on Darien Lake’s proposed Lake Monster project, it
seems they also released another interesting image in a guest survey as well for a new custom restaurant concept called Smokehouse Blues, mixing great American style BBQ dishes and comfort food with Blues music, including nightly live performances and a special Sunday Morning “R&B Brunch”.
(5/22/13) A reader tells me that the latest park map for Darien Lake has been posted on the park’s website, where they noticed that the old UFO ride (Huss UFO) is no longer on the park map, or listed anywhere on the park’s website. Looks like they decided to remove this classic ride. According to Wikipedia, the UFO at Darien Lake was the last such ride running in the US.
(4/29/13) The Buffalo restaurant credited for the creation of the infamous Buffalo Chicken Wing back in 1964 at the original Anchor Bar restaurant is opening a new location inside Darien Lake this season. Look for the new Anchor Bar to be located along the park’s Waterfront Boardwalk area and ready for opening day on May 11th.
(4/8/13) Darien Lake has put up details about their new Guest Houses and Conference offerings on their official website.
(1/9/13) The family of the military veteran / double amputee killed when thrown from the Ride of Steel at Darien Lake in 2011 has reached a seven-figure private settlement with the park to settle the wrongful-death case.
(9/19/12) Details and prices for Fright Fest at Darien Lake can be found on their website. While it looks like they are only offering two haunts, they do have a couple of interesting rides to offer, like the bumper cars transformed into the Road Rage Cage or the Twister Possessed (Huss Top Spin) where they claim it will never run the same ride sequence twice.
2014 - Circus Show - Rumor - (10/10/13) While no one seems to know what happened to the Lake Monster proposal, a new guest survey sent out to one of our readers featured an ad for a Circus coming to the park in 2014. The unfortunate thing is that is they go ahead with the circus, it will be an upcharge show and not included with regular park admission. Based on the price structure, you can actually see the Circus only for $19.99 and not have to have admission to the park at all, or $9.99 for park guests, or $4.99 for passholders. If you are staying overnight at the resort or campground however, admission is free.
2014 - Sidewinder - Planning - (7/26/13) According to a reader, they received a different survey from Darien Lake over the past week that didn’t mention the Lake Monster at all, but instead talked about added a Giant Frisbee ride to the park, to be called Sidewinder. If they move on both of this, would this mean two new rides for 2014, or perhaps Sidewinder for 2014 and Lake Monster for 2015 instead? I suppose it is worth mentioning that the survey about Sidewinder came to them over this past weekend, just a day or so after the tragic death took place at Six Flags over Texas, which makes me also wonder if Lake Monster may take a back seat until the SFOT investigation is over.
???? - Lake Monster - Planning - (12/4/13) The latest word on the proposed Lake Monster / Predator transformation project is that it’s officially dead for 2014… but may be revisited for the 2015 season, so cross your fingers.
(7/22/13) Darien Lake has sent out a guest survey this month that mentions a possible new roller coaster for 2014. They call it the Lake Monster and it sounds similar to Rocky Mountain Coaster’s Outlaw Run (and has a picture of it) that opened as sister park, Silver Dollar City. The description says it would feature the first “wing over drop” on a wooden coaster, a “Zero-G Camelback Hop Reversal” and “Suspended corkscrew” all within a 3,190 foot long course.
(10/21/13) According to the latest gossip from Screamscape sources, Darien Lake and Herschend are ready to go ahead with the new Lake Monster conversion of Predator. The hold up comes from CNL, as they are the actual park owners… HFE is just on board to manage and run it for them. So the ball is in CNL’s court right now to approve the project and provide the funding while the quickly closing window to get it open for 2014 is still there.
(8/16/13) A reader at Darien Lake spotted some interesting things taking place around Predator. Several of the coaster’s footers have now been sprayed with bright orange paint. A man was also spotted on site doing some site survey work… but even more interesting was what appeared to be a GCI logo on the back of his shirt. Could GCI be the one’s behind the transformation of Predator? Things just got interesting
(8/15/13) According to the local news the local planning board met last Thursday and recommended approval for plans Darien Lake has submitted for a complete renovation to The Predator wooden coaster. The plans call for “re-tracking and adding new unique elements and trains.” However the renovation will not change the size of the ride’s footprint.
(7/23/13) A reader contacted Screamscape to report that the proposed Lake Monster coaster at Darien Lake may actually be a rebuild of the park’s Predator coaster. According to our reader, "During the WNYCC Holiday Party in January, near Buffalo, Bob Montgomery spoke of some major changes coming to Predator. He said that all that might be left of the original is the station and lift hill, and that it would likely go over the lake. This must be what you're now reporting. At the time Bob didn't say which company would be chosen for the project, but did note that several now use steel structure, which may or may not happen. Who knows what the final coaster will be, but it is exciting news."
Given that Darien Lake is now run by Hershend who just opened Outlaw Run by Rocky Mountain Coasters to rave reviews, I can’t help but think that RMC is their first choice. Don’t look for this to be an I-Box Hybrid project like Texas Giant and Iron Rattler however, I’d bet on this using RMC’s Topper Track system like Outlaw Run, which would also keep the Lake Monster’s status as a true wooden coaster. Stay tuned!