Sunday, April 29, 2018

Darien Lake's New Tantrum Coaster Heads to the Sky

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Darien Lake is excited to be building their first new major roller coaster in nearly a decade, named Tantrum.  The coaster is a compact Euro-Fighter model from Gerstlauer Rides, similar in layout to Iron Shark at Galveston Pleasure Pier.

The park shared some photos of both the construction process and also the design of the trains for Tantrum, seen above.  The individual cars seat four across in two rows and have already had some graphics applied to them.

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In order to make some room for Tantrum, Darien Lake removed their log flume.  With that work complete the new coaster's footers were installed, and within the past two weeks vertical construction started.  Here we have a photo of the ride's main lift tower being put into place, you can also see a bit of the ride's green track at the base of the hill.

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Much more recently, the park shared this photo which shows that major progress has been made in the past week.  The ride's lift track is starting to climb the hill to the maximum height of 100 feet, and nearly all of the beyond vertical, 95 degree first drop is in place.

The rest of Tantrum's 1,246 foot layout includes a giant twisted Immelmann/dive loop element, an overbank turn and a a tilted vertical loop.  Passengers will hit a maximum speed of 52 miles per hour when Tantrum opens at Darien Lake later this spring.