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Ride Profile


Tantrums all round at Darien Lake


According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a ‘tantrum’ is a sudden short period of angry, unreasonable behaviour. At New York theme park Darien Lake, however, Tantrum refers to their seventh and newest wild roller coaster, and whilst ‘sudden’ may be accurate, anger is far from the minds of its delighted riders. Paul Ruben reports


coaster’s first hill. In a matter of seconds, upon reaching its apex, the train plummets into a 97º drop and pretzel inversion. Reaching speeds of 52 mph (84 kph), the coaster snakes through the structure over a bunny hop, keeping riders wondering which way is up or down during an Immelmann turn, and finishes with a tilted loop. That’s not bad temper. That’s controlled mayhem. “We are elated to bring the newest thrill ride, Tantrum, to


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our great park,” says Chris Thorpe, general manger, Darien Lake Theme Park Resort. “We were looking for a very thrilling and unique coaster experience to complement and enhance our existing coaster offerings. With so many unique features, the coaster will be a must ride for the summer plus with an extended season, guests will get to ride Tantrum, plus our six other coasters and our other rides into the Fall as well.” “Tantrum was a great project and really fits the park,”


observes Andreas Simonis, one of the managing directors of Gerstlauer Amusement Rides. “The orange and green colors the park chose really pop, it stands out among the park’s great coaster collection.”


$5 million addition, the custom Euro-Fighter 380 from Gerstlauer takes riders up a 98 foot (30 m) vertical lift at a 90º angle, straight to the top of the


Its signature beyond-vertical drop offers a thrilling, unique


experience that hasn’t previously been offered to park guests, and the public has reacted positively. “The thrilling vertical lift combined with the beyond vertical 97º drop is enough to get even the bravest of thrill seekers heart pumping,” reports Thorpe, “but there are other elements of this ride like the twist at the top and speedy turns that have people smiling, fist- pumping, and high-fiving in the brakes. The reaction has been tremendous and gratifying.” Thorpe himself has ridden frequently. “I have been on it about a dozen times now. Beyond all the great features, the best part of the ride for me was my daughter’s reaction as we hit the initial brakes and prepared to disembark. Looks of astonishment, screams, smiles, and giggles of ‘Can we go again?’ made my day.” The opening of Tantrum is expected to affect the park in


several ways. “The last time we put a coaster in our attendance increased more than 10 per cent,” recalls Thorpe. “In-park spending also recognized a boost with our new ride photo sales and ride specific souvenirs.” Tantrum is the first Euro-Fighter in New York State and Ontario, Canada, eighth in North America, and 21st worldwide. Tantrum has replaced the Thunder Rapids log flume, one of the park’s oldest attractions. “We were impressed with Euro-Fighter installations around the world and this coaster met the requirements we sought,” explains Thorpe. “It had all the features that would be unique to Darien Lake. It also fit within our existing footprint of our retired log flume and most importantly, it is dynamic and delivers big thills. It was great to work with the team at Gerstlauer.”


Six Flags Entertainment Corporation recently entered into a


purchase agreement with affiliates of Premier Parks, to acquire the multi-decade lease rights to operate five parks owned by EPR Properties, including Darien Lake.


Marketing director Linda Taylor cuts her last ribbon before retirement. L-R: Tom Turnbull, David Hagelberger, Linda Taylor, Mary Loliger, Chris Thorpe, Chris Suozzi.


Tantrum Fast Facts Model: Euro-Fighter 380


Length of Ride: 1min and 20sec Height: 98 Feet (30m) Track Length: 1,246 feet (380m) First Drop: 97º Number of Trains: 3 Riders per Train: 8 Passenger Height Requirement: 48 inches (122cm) Maximum Speed: 52 mph (84kph) Hourly Capacity: 700 Restraints: Lap Bar Restraint and Seatbelt


Features include: 98-foot vertical lift at 90º 97º first drop Pretzel Inversion Airtime Hop Immelmann Turn Tilted Loop Magnetic Brakes


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