Darien Lake, New York’s largest water & theme park with rides, thrills, and coasters, celebrated the opening of its new attraction Tantrum, a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter on Friday, June 1.
General Manager Chris Thorpe told WSYR that the park is thrilled about the coaster. He said they were, “Very excited to be opening this ride. It’s our first ride in ten years that we’ve put in. What’s unique to this attraction is that it’s straight up, beyond vertical.”
“Tantrum was a great project and really fits the park,” said 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.”
To celebrate the launch of its new attraction, the park teamed with Perry’s Ice Cream to create Tantrum Twist, a flavor inspired by the roller coaster. Guests present in the park appreciated both the taste of ice cream and the roller coaster.
“The ride really is a powerhouse,” said Adam Sandy, Chief Business Development Officer for Ride Entertainment. “It takes a lot of people by surprise because of its size. Darien Lake Park has a lot of big coasters, so Tantrum isn’t the largest ride there. But, the vertical lift and beyond-vertical drop start the ride off with a scream-worthy rush and after that, it is non-stop, back-to-back inversions that make for a fun, intense ride from the time you leave the chain until the magnetic brakes slow you.”
Ride Entertainment also handled the ride installation. Bill Wright, Managing Director of the company’s Installation Division, oversaw the ride erection.
Tantrum at Darien Lake: Ride Stats.
Manufacturer: Gerstlauer Amusement Rides (Germany)
Height: 98 feet (30 meters)
Track Length: 1,246 feet (380 meters)
Top Speed: 51 mph (85 km/h)
Number of Trains: 3, 8-passenger
Height Requirement: 48 inches (1.22 meters)
Elements: • Vertical Lift • 97-degree Beyond Vertical Drop
- Diving Loop
- Structure Slalom
- Top Hat
- Tilted Loop
Installed by: Ride Entertainment
Information Source: Ride Entertainment
Photo courtesy of Ride Entertainment