Construction begins on Darien Lake thrill ride

DARIEN, N.Y. (WIVB) – Construction is now underway on the newest thrill ride at Darien Lake. It’s called “Rolling Thunder.”

The high-speed ride rockets people back and forth as it gains momentum to go over several loops. It then hangs riders upside-down, reverses direction and starts all over again.

Information from Darien Lake
Information from Darien Lake

“Rolling Thunder” is expected to be completed before opening day on May 9th.

A new water slide is also coming to the park this season. The “Brain Drain” is a 70-foot high water slide that includes two identical free-fall drops that blast riders into a pool. The ride launches riders into a tunnel to be propelled at 38-feet per second, while spiraling through curves and loops. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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