Six Flags Darien Lake

Six Flags Darien Lake
Six Flags Darien Lake 2019 Logo.jpg
amusement park
Darien Center, New York, USA
Status Operating
Opened 1981
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

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

History[edit | edit source]

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]

On March 29, 1982 Ohio-based Funtime Parks acquired a 50% stake in the park.[2] In June 1985, Funtime purchased the other 50% and became the sole owner of the park.[3] Darien Lake was sold to Premier Parks on August 15, 1995 as part of a $60 million deal that also included Geauga Lake and Wyandot Lake.[4]

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.[5] Herschend Family Entertainment took over operations of Darien Lake and Elitch Gardens, starting January 25, 2011.[6] Operations were transferred to Premier Parks after the 2014 season.[7]

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.[8] The park officially returned to Six Flags branding for the 2019 Season.[9]

Roller coasters[edit | edit source]

Present[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Status
Boomerang Coast to Coaster 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[edit | edit source]

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

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