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April 14, 2003

Six Flags Darien Lake 2003 Season Begins May 10

Darien Center, NY -- Unpack your shorts and T-shirts from that dusty box in the attic, and get ready for a spectacular summer of thrills at Six Flags Darien Lake. The theme park officially opens May 10th and continues to provide Western New Yorkers the closest and most affordable entertainment package in the area.

In combination with Buffalo Niagara's "One Summerlong Sensation", Six Flags Darien Lake introduces an array of festivals, ALL included with theme park admission. From explosive fireworks to delicious foods from around the world, amazing fire-eaters to awesome acrobats, we'll make your summer getaway worth every penny.

"We have increased the value of our entertainment package this season. As the largest entertainment complex in New York State, it is our job to provide our guests with the best entertainment package in the area at the most affordable price," says Lauren Spallone, public relations manager.

Festivals for the 2003 season include the 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Party Gras, May 24-26, with plenty of New Orleans flavor, family-style. There will be an entire weekend of jesters, Dixie Land Jazz and plenty of delicious food. Also, join us on Memorial Day for a special performance by The Sauce Boss, nationally known blues sensation, as he rocks the house while mixing a giant pot of Louisiana style gumbo on stage!

Six Flags Darien Lake introduces Pyromania, a new Canada Day and Independence Day celebration-Six Flags style. Pyromania, slated for June 30th-July 6th, is a weeklong spectacular display of fireworks with a colossal tribute to our two nations following the new Laserblast! laser light show.

Also debuting this season is the newly enhanced International Fest, September 20-21, 27-28, brought back by popular demand. Plan for two weekends filled with authentic food and entertainment, and come prepared for over FIVE stages of specialty performances from FIVE continents, including the unbelievable Kenya Wizards, past performers in the Ringling Brothers and UniverSoul Circuses, and grand prize winners of FOX-TV's "30 Seconds to Fame!" Adults 55 and over get in FREE.

Other Special Events and Festivals Scheduled for 2003

  • Father's Day Car Show, June 14-15
  • Kingdom Bound, August 3-6
  • Praise in the Park: A Gospel Fest Celebration, September 13
  • 3rd Annual NYS Cheerleading and Dance Competition, September (TBD)
  • Fright Fest, weekends October 3-November 2

New Live Shows

  • Radio Active, an electrifying performance to the tune of contemporary pop music.
  • Rockin' Country, the hottest country act in Western New York!

One of many park improvements this season will include new RV's in our accommodation area. "Executive row," with ten new RV units and on-site amenities such as gas grills and fire pits offers the best location on property, only steps from the theme park entrance.

Clear Channel Communications, the largest concert promoter in the nation, continues to enhance Six Flags Darien Lake's entertainment package, booking a spectacular line up of national recording artists in the performing arts center for the 2003 season. Concert tickets can be upgraded to include theme park admission for only an additional $9.00 in advance or $12.00 day of show. Please visit or call Ticketmaster for concert updates and ticket information.

Season passes are currently on sale at the discounted rate of $179.99 per four pack or $49.99 per individual pass until June 15. NEW this season, season pass holders can purchase unlimited parking for $20.00 per vehicle. Season passes pay for themselves in just two visits. Call (585) 599-4641 for more information.

Six Flags Darien Lake, located midway between Buffalo and Rochester, NY and less than one hour from Niagara Falls, is New York State's largest entertainment resort.

Six Flags Darien Lake operates weekends in May, daily beginning June 12-September 1, and is open 10:30am to 8pm on May 10-11. For operating hours visit the website at