Tantrum Euro-Fighter Coaster Opens at Darien Lake
Darien Lake officially opened Tantrum, a Gerstlauer euro-fighter coaster, on Friday, June 1 — though it had soft opened to guests over the Memorial Day weekend.
The ride was manufactured by Gerstlauer Amusement Rides and was installed by Ride Entertainment.
“Tantrum was a great project and really fits the park,” said Andreas Simonis of Gerstlauer Amusement Rides.
“The orange and green colors the park chose really pop, it stands out among the park’s great coaster collection.”
Tantrum’s lift hill stands just under 100 feet tall and features a 97-degree, beyond-vertical drop.
“The ride really is a powerhouse,” said Adam Sandy, Chief Business Development Officer for Ride Entertainment.
“…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.”
The 8-passenger vehicles feature lap bars and are extremely comfortable and offer the park the flexibility of running one, two or three trains each day.
Ride Entertainment’s Bill Wright said construction was expedited in order to open the coaster by Memorial Day weekend: “We worked hand-in-hand with the Darien team to get the ride up as quickly as possible and get the soft opening done in time for Memorial Day Weekend. A majority of the ride steel went up in only a few days.”
Tantrum at Darien Lake: Ride Stats
- Manufacturer: Gerstlauer Amusement Rides (Germany)
- Model: Euro-Fighter
- Height: 98 feet
- Track Length: 1,246 feet
- Top Speed: 51 mph
- Inversions: 1
- Number of Trains: 3, 8-passenger
- Height Requirement: 48 inches
- Installed by: Ride Entertainment
Tantrum at Darien Lake: Elements
- Vertical Lift
- 97-degree Beyond Vertical Drop
- Diving Loop
- Structure Slalom
- Top Hat
- Tilted Loop
Tantrum is Gerstlauer’s “Euro-Fighter 380” model, the same as Iron Shark at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier.
Watch the ride in action as well as an on-ride POV below:
Tantrum is Darien Lake’s first new roller coaster since Moto Coaster opened in 2008. It replaced the park’s Thunder Rapids log flume.
Unrelated to Tantrum, Six Flags recently announced its plans to acquire operating rights of Darien Lake, which from the mid-1990s until 2006 was part of the Six Flags chain.
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