Buffalo, New York (Abbreviation: DL)
Known as Six Flags Darien Lake (1999 to 2006)
Owned by EPR Properties
Managed by Six Flags Theme Parks
Park News - (8/9/18) Is Six Flags planning on “Flagging” Darien Lake for next season? One of our readers came across a temporary webpage for the park on the Six Flags webserver that labels it as “Six Flags Darien Lake” once again. The rest of the menu links on the page all seem to cloned from the Six Flags St. Louis page, except for a link to get more details about the park’s new Tantrum coaster. Then a separate page that lists the park’s attractions has a The Great Escape logo at the top instead.
(6/28/18) Good news for Darien Lake fans looking for a little Halloween fun. According to the local news Six Flags confirmed this week that they will bring back the Fright Fest haunt event to the park for five weekends this fall, starting Sept. 28th. They promise that Fright Fest will be bigger than before, with hordes of zombies roaming the park, all new scare zones and haunted houses and Spooktacular, a new laser light show at night.
(5/16/18) According to the local news, a woman riding the Mind Eraser at Darien Lake got a bit of a surprise on Mother's Day. While in mid-ride, she says she reached down to grasp the armrest only for it to break away free in her hand, leaving her holding it for the rest of the ride out of fear that it would fly off and strike someone.
Thankfully the armrest isn't part of the safety restraint system, and she was never in any danger, but it is a little unsettling for something like that to break free in mid-ride.
2018 - Tantrum - Now Open - (5/28/18) Congratulations to Darien Lake and Ride Entertainment / Gerstlauer for following through to their word and getting the park's new Tantrum coaster up and running for the Memorial Day Weekend. You can see a few pictures of it in action below.
(5/5/18) While Darien Lake is still hard at work putting up their new Tantrum coaster, a local news article claims it will be ready to open on May 25th in time for Memorial Day Weekend. Based on the last progress picture I saw, I have serious doubts it will be finished, inspected, tested and ready for guests in just 3 weeks time.
(4/29/18) The vertical lift hill on the new Tantrum coaster at Darien Lake is almost complete in the latest picture posted to Twitter by the park below.
(4/3/18) Darien Lake tweeted out a picture of the first shipment of steel for their new Tantrum coaster arriving at the park on March 30th.
(11/15/17) Ride Entertainment and Darien Lake have confirmed Tantrum will be the name of the park's newest roller coaster coming in 2018, a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter design.
(11/11/17) According to this update, the local planning board had submitted a recommendation to approve the new Darien Lake coaster project after reviewing the plans. The Darien Town Planning Board will next meet on Nov. 20th to make a final vote on the plan.
(11/4/17) Darien Lake's new proposed 2018 attraction is apparently a compact Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter coaster with a vertical lift hill and a beyond-vertical first drop. The local news got a peek at some proposed artwork showing off such a coaster proposed to the town, which would also take the place of the park's Thunder Rapids log flume. So yes... yet another log flume is being retired this year in what is now an ongoing epidemic it seems.
As for the layout itself... while this could just be a temporary layout, what they are showing appears to be identical to the Iron Shark installed to the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier which stands 100 feet tall, 1,246 feet long and hits a top speed of 52mph.
(10/30/17) According to the local news Darien Lake will receive just over $360,000 in sales tax abatements as part of an incentive plan for a $4.5 million capital investment into the park by the owners. While nothing has been announced yet, the new attraction is said to open for the park's 2018 season. Anyone know more about what this new attraction might be?
(6/21/17) Screamscape was sent an interesting rumor about the future of Darien Lake this week. According to our source, the park may finally be working on building a new steel coaster for the park, to open as early as the 2018 season. If the rumor holds true, I’m told that the coaster would come from a German manufacturer (which more than likely points to Mack Rides or Gerstaluer), feature 3 inversions, and possibly take on some kind of niche-record. Anyone know more?