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'''Six Flags Darien Lake''' is an [[amusement park]] located in Darien Center, New York.
 
'''Six Flags Darien Lake''' is an [[amusement park]] located in Darien Center, New York.
 
==History==
 
==History==
It opened in 1954 as a campground, but it expanded into a theme park between the years of 1979-1981. The park's first roller coaster, [[Hoot N Holler]] opened in 1981. In 1982 Darien Lake introduced the first roller coaster in the world with five inversions, [[Viper (Six Flags Darien Lake)|Viper]]. In 1990 The [[Predator (Six Flags Darien Lake)|Predator]] opened at Darien Lake as the largest wooden coaster in New York state. In 1996 an indoor roller coaster [[Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon|Nightmare at Phantom Cave]] was relocated from Kentucky Kingdom where it operated as Starchaser in 1999 Nightmare at Phantom was relocated to The Great Escape in Queensbury, New York, as [[Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon]]. It operated at The Great Escape until 2006. In 1997 the [[Mind Eraser (Six Flags Darien Lake)|Mind Eraser]] opened as the only suspended looping coaster in New York state. In 1998 [[Boomerang (Six Flags Darien Lake)|Boomerang: Coast to Coaster]] opened.  In 2018, a new coaster, [[Tantrum]], a virtual copy of [[Iron Shark]] at [[Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier]], opened with much acclaim.<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://www.amusementinsider.com/2018/05/darien-lake-opens-tantrum.html|title=Darien Lake Opens Tantrum|publisher=Amusement Insider}}</ref>   
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Darien Lake opened in 1954 as a campground, but later expanded into a theme park between the years of 1979-1981. The park's first roller coaster, [[Hoot N Holler]] opened in 1981. In 1982 Darien Lake introduced the first roller coaster in the world with five inversions, [[Viper (Six Flags Darien Lake)|Viper]]. In 1990 The [[Predator (Six Flags Darien Lake)|Predator]] opened at Darien Lake as the largest wooden coaster in New York state. In 1996 an indoor roller coaster [[Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon|Nightmare at Phantom Cave]] was relocated from Kentucky Kingdom where it operated as Starchaser. In 1999 Nightmare at Phantom was relocated to The Great Escape in Queensbury, New York, as [[Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon]]. It operated at The Great Escape until 2006. In 1997 the [[Mind Eraser (Six Flags Darien Lake)|Mind Eraser]] opened as the only suspended looping coaster in New York state. In 1998 [[Boomerang (Six Flags Darien Lake)|Boomerang: Coast to Coaster]] opened.  In 1999, [[Ride of Steel|Superman: Ride of Steel]] (Now known as [[Ride of Steel]]) was built as the tallest and fastest roller coaster in New York State. In 2018, a new coaster, [[Tantrum]], a [[Gerstlauer]] [[Eurofighter|EuroFighter 380]] and virtual copy of [[Iron Shark]] at [[Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier]], opened with much acclaim.<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://www.amusementinsider.com/2018/05/darien-lake-opens-tantrum.html|title=Darien Lake Opens Tantrum|publisher=Amusement Insider}}</ref>   
  
 
As part of a restructuring, in 2007 Six Flags sold Darien Lake to [[PARC Management]]. PARC simultaneously sold the park to [[CNL Lifestyle Properties]] who leased it back to PARC to operate.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://variety.com/2007/biz/news/six-flags-sells-parks-for-312-million-1117957179/|title=Six Flags sells parks for $312 million|publisher=Variety}}</ref> [[Herschend Family Entertainment]] took over operations of Darien Lake and Elitch Gardens, starting {{date|January 25, 2011}}.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20150315112650/http://www.hfecorp.com/about/HFE-CNLAnnouncement012511.pdf|title=Herschend Family Entertainment To Manage DARIEN LAKE THEME PARK RESORT and ELITCH GARDENS|publisher=CNL Lifestyle Properties and Herschend Family Entertainment|archive=yes}}</ref> Operations were transferred to [[Premier Parks]] after the 2014 season.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.newyorkupstate.com/western-ny/2016/11/darien_lakes_new_owner_business_as_usual_at_theme_park.html|title=Darien Lake's new owner: 'Business as usual' at theme park|publisher=NYup.com}}</ref>
 
As part of a restructuring, in 2007 Six Flags sold Darien Lake to [[PARC Management]]. PARC simultaneously sold the park to [[CNL Lifestyle Properties]] who leased it back to PARC to operate.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://variety.com/2007/biz/news/six-flags-sells-parks-for-312-million-1117957179/|title=Six Flags sells parks for $312 million|publisher=Variety}}</ref> [[Herschend Family Entertainment]] took over operations of Darien Lake and Elitch Gardens, starting {{date|January 25, 2011}}.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20150315112650/http://www.hfecorp.com/about/HFE-CNLAnnouncement012511.pdf|title=Herschend Family Entertainment To Manage DARIEN LAKE THEME PARK RESORT and ELITCH GARDENS|publisher=CNL Lifestyle Properties and Herschend Family Entertainment|archive=yes}}</ref> Operations were transferred to [[Premier Parks]] after the 2014 season.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.newyorkupstate.com/western-ny/2016/11/darien_lakes_new_owner_business_as_usual_at_theme_park.html|title=Darien Lake's new owner: 'Business as usual' at theme park|publisher=NYup.com}}</ref>

Revision as of 04:47, 13 July 2019

amusement park
Six Flags Darien Lake
Six Flags Darien Lake 2019 Logo.jpg
Location
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Darien Center, New York, USA
Status Operating
Opened 1954
Owner EPR Properties (November 2016 - present)
Operator Six Flags (2018 - present)
Premier Parks (2015 - 2017)
Herschend Family Entertainment (January 2011 - 2014)
PARC Management (March 2007 - January 2011)
Previous names Darien Lake (2006-2018), Six Flags Darien Lake (1999-2006), Darien Lake Fun Country
Area 980 acres
Website https://sixflags.com/darienlake

Six Flags Darien Lake is an amusement park located in Darien Center, New York.

History

Darien Lake opened in 1954 as a campground, but later expanded into a theme park between the years of 1979-1981. The park's first roller coaster, Hoot N Holler opened in 1981. In 1982 Darien Lake introduced the first roller coaster in the world with five inversions, Viper. In 1990 The Predator opened at Darien Lake as the largest wooden coaster in New York state. In 1996 an indoor roller coaster Nightmare at Phantom Cave was relocated from Kentucky Kingdom where it operated as Starchaser. In 1999 Nightmare at Phantom was relocated to The Great Escape in Queensbury, New York, as Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon. It operated at The Great Escape until 2006. In 1997 the Mind Eraser opened as the only suspended looping coaster in New York state. In 1998 Boomerang: Coast to Coaster opened. In 1999, Superman: Ride of Steel (Now known as Ride of Steel) was built as the tallest and fastest roller coaster in New York State. In 2018, a new coaster, Tantrum, a Gerstlauer EuroFighter 380 and virtual copy of Iron Shark at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, opened with much acclaim.[1]

As part of a restructuring, in 2007 Six Flags sold Darien Lake to PARC Management. PARC simultaneously sold the park to CNL Lifestyle Properties who leased it back to PARC to operate.[2] Herschend Family Entertainment took over operations of Darien Lake and Elitch Gardens, starting January 25, 2011.[3] Operations were transferred to Premier Parks after the 2014 season.[4]

In November 2016, the park was sold to the Missouri-based EPR Properties. EPR are known for owning the Schlitterbahn chain of waterparks.

On May 22, 2018, it was announced that Six Flags had repurchased the park's operating lease along with four other former Six Flags properties, including Frontier City in Oklahoma.[5] The park officially returned to Six Flags branding for the 2019 Season.[6]

Roller coasters

Present

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Status
Boomerang Vekoma Shuttle 1998 Operating
Hoot N Holler Zierer Kiddie 1981 Operating
Mind Eraser Vekoma Inverted 1997 Operating
Moto Coaster Zamperla Motorbike 2008 Operating
Predator Dinn Corporation Wooden 1990 Operating
Ride of Steel Intamin Hyper 1999 Operating
Tantrum Gerstlauer Steel 2018 Operating
Viper Arrow Dynamics Sit-Down 1982 Operating

Past

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Relocated
Nightmare At Phantom Cave Schwarzkopf Enclosed 1996 1998 Great Escape
unknown Intamin Stand-Up N/A

References