Your Thrill Factor
Flags Darien Lake
by Sandra Scott
Test your “thrill factor,” get that adrenaline pumping, and
let the fun begin. For a getaway with more thrills than you ever imagined,
head to Six Flags Darien Lake, New York’s largest Theme Park and
Resort. It is the only Six Flags resort featuring 100 rides, shows and
attractions, three on-site lodging choices, a water park, kids park and
Performing Arts Center. Six Flags Darien Lake is located between Rochester
and Buffalo, New York, just off the New York State Thruway.
Check your cares and inhibitions at the registration desk and set yourself
free. Free to test your fear limits… your scream power… your
The Thrill Factor
Nothing gets the adrenaline pumping and the blood coursing through one’s
veins like the coasters. Faster than the legal speed limit, Superman Ride
of Steel, at 208 feet, is one of the tallest, fastest roller coasters
in the northeast and hurls passengers along at 72 mph!
Talk about hanging around! The Mind Eraser is the only suspended roller
coaster in New York State. Passengers soar over 10 stories skyward reaching
speeds in excess of 60 mph.
Experience the creak, groans, screams, and shimmy of The Predator, the
tallest wooden coaster in New York and one of the top 10 wooden roller
coasters in the world! Ten hair-raising drops have earned it international
Still not had enough? Head to the Viper, the first roller coaster in the
world to turn passengers upside down - five times! Take the change out
of your pockets before you drop 75 feet, go through the 360-degree loop,
the double corkscrew, and the boomerang curve at 50 mph!
At the water fun park, if you are not wet you are not having fun. Getting
wet is no problem thus the fun continues at Barracuda Bay with five water
slides, the Crocodile Isle wave pool, and Hook’s
Lagoon, an interactive family water attraction with a three-story tree
house and 150 aquatic features. Of course, you could just laze by the
water with a good book. You could, but how long do you really want to
do that, because there is more.
Much more. Six Flags Darien Lake has 42 adult rides, 26 kiddy rides, and
an 18-feature water park so plan to spend a couple of days. A couple of
super-special thrills have a separate fee – the Skycoaster, a combination
of hand-gliding and parachuting; the Slingshot that catapults riders up
to 300 feet in the air, and the Turbobungy that allows guest to propel
themselves 20 feet in the air with the air of four trampoline pads. Try
them all – if you dare!
The show’s the thing
At the “Batman Thrill Spectacular” cheer on the Caped Crusader
and Supermodel Jennifer Morgan as they take on the Joker and his evil
henchmen. Motorcycles roar across the stage with the Batmobile in hot
pursuit during this action-packed, stunt-filled show complete with special
effect and pyrotechnics.
Travel along with “Bugs Bunny and Friends” as they go to Hollywood.
The live show features the antics of the Looney Tune characters on the
set of Bugs’ latest movie. Stay around to meet and greet the characters:
Bugs, of course, Tweety, Sylvester, and their Looney Tune buddies.
It rocks! Get ready to sing and dance at “American Pop,” a
new musical production, that combines music from the 50s with contemporary
hit songs. Or, how about some “Rockin’ Country” music
that will have you line dancing and a-clappin’?
End the day with a blast… Laserblast! Spread out your blanket on
the grassy hillside for the nightly state-of-the-art Laserblast that combines
fireworks, pyrotechnics, laser animation, light, sound and music. What
a dynamite way to end the day.
A quiet moment
If the excitement get too overwhelming, when your psyche needs readjusting
or just slowing down, walk around the tranquil pond or just sit and enjoy
a moment of serenity. You can even fish a bit. What is more relaxing that
that? Or, laze around the pool. Just relax and ready yourself for another
round of thrills.
Where to stay
Chose between a 162-room timbered Lodge on Lake, with a heated swimming
pool. Or, camp out in the 1200-site campground in one of Darien Lake’s
430 recreational vehicles. Each 34-foot RV can accommodate up to six people.
Or, bring your own tent or camper. All accommodations packages include
theme park admission with unlimited rides, attractions, live shows, and
free parking. With Subway, Beaver Brothers Lakeside Café, fudge
shops, hot dogs and more you’ll never go hungry.
“Awesome!” “Cool, very cool!” “I’m
gonna’ do it! I’m going on Superman!” “Ok, I’ll
go on the Mind Eraser with you again, but only if you promise not to scream
in my ear!”
But the best testimony came from a lady who drove up from Pennsylvania.
“We brought our kids here, now we are bringing our grandchildren.
It is so clean and safe.”
Save a buck!
Deep discounts apply for season holders. Off-season discounts are available
plus discount tickets can be purchased at Wegmans Food Markets. All day
admissions range from $18.99 for senior citizens to $31.99 for all-day
adult admission. Save by getting your tickets on-line. For more information
on Six Flags Darien Lake, check www.sixflags.com/darienlake
or call (585) 599-4641. Ask about their special events, which range from
Physics Day to Mardi Gras Celebration to October’s Fright Fest.
The thrills are addicting, so as you drive away and begin to suffer from
withdrawal, get another shot of thrill seeking. Stop in Niagara Falls,
New York and test your Thrill Factor some more. Start with Cave of the
where you get drenched with tons of water from the American Falls, then
feel the power of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls upclose and personal as
the Maid of the Mist motors to the foot of the falls.
But the final Thrill Factor test comes on the Whirlpool Jet Boat, www.whirlpooljet.com,
(888) 438-4444. The powerful Jet Boat speeds up the Niagara River through
the breathtaking stonewall canyon of the Niagara Gorge. The anticipation
builds as the boat crashes and splashes through the whitewater of Devil's
Hole Rapids. The ultimate destination is the legendary Whirlpool, just
a half-mile below the tumbling waters of one of the wonders of the world,
the mighty Niagara Falls!
Darien Lake, along with Niagara Falls, is the best place to test your
Images courtesy of Darien Lake, Whirlpool
Jet Boats and Sandra Scott
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