The first time I ever went to Darien Lake was 1999 or 2000, so sadly, I didn't get to experience the park back when it first became an actual theme park in 1981.

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Before that, it was a camping site (still is). It was called Darien Lake Fun Country until 1999, when it became Six Flags Darien Lake. It became Six Flags again last year after a 12-year absense of Six Flags.

A fun fact is that the Viper, which was debuted in 1982, was the first steel coaster in the world to include five inversions. Yes, the WORLD.

Check out these nostalgic videos from Darien Lake in the early 1980's.