Darien Lake Theme Park
Corfu, New York
Negative-G 2012 Road Trip
May 25, 2012
Mind Eraser like all of the other SLC's look really cool but unfortunately
once you hit the brakes at the end of the ride you wish you could have the
last minute and thirty-six seconds erased from your mind. Thus "Mind
Eraser" being a fitting name for these coasters.
"Ouch" and "Ugh" were what came out of Bond's mouth as we were bashed our
way around Mind Eraser's 2,260 feet of track. Yes, riding Mind Eraser
was painful but everyone had a memorable ride being with Bond as he lost
his "SLC virginity" and many laughs were had with his reaction which mumbed
the pain of the ride.
Moose on the Loose is one of the new rides that Hirschend Family Entertainment
added to Darien Lake this year and all of us wanted to take it for a ride
as it's so damn cute. You ride a moose through a woodland area and
as you ride the moose rocks back and forth like a rocking horse. It's no
thriller but it looks like fun. Unfortunately we weren't the only
ones who wanted to take it for a ride as it had a huge line that kept us
from giving it a try. As popular as it was I could see Hirschend adding
one of these to Dollywood
or Silver Dollar City;
hopefully with greater capacity so we get to ride.
Rowdy's Heave Ho is another new addition to Darien Lake. I've done
these at Silver Dollar City and Dollywood and they're fun rides and are
great things to put your kids on to tire them out so the drive home is a
peaceful one with the kids passed out in the back seat.
In the mid-1980's Darien Lake partnered with Huss Rides to become a showplace
park for the ride manufacturer so that customers in North America could
come and take the German companies rides for a ride. Shortly after
that partnership happened Huss partnered with the steel coaster designer
Arrow Dynamics and out of that three way partnership the custom looping
coaster Viper was the result.