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August 14, 2006

Six Flags Darien Lake To Close Early This Season

Darien Center, NY -- Six Flags Darien Lake will close October 1, one month earlier than previously planned. The theme park also shortened operating hours five days per week in August.

The changes are in response to growing financial problems at parent company Six Flags, Inc. Attendance is down this year at Six Flags' theme parks. The company is also faced with more than $2 million in debt and recently reported a loss in the second quarter.

According to a Six Flags spokesperson weather and attendance projections were the deciding factors to move Fright Fest to September and close Darien Lake early.

The park also ended the Batman Stunt Show and laid off the show's performers. The cast was told that Six Flags made the decision to end the stunt show after the 7 p.m. performance on Sunday, August 6.

Darien Lake, the largest theme park in New York State, is currently one of six parks that Six Flags may possibly sell.

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