Darien Lake Theme Park will open for the season on Saturday, operators announced.
This year marks the 35th season for the Viper, the Genesee County theme park's classic roller coaster that opened in 1982.
Riding the Viper is on The Buffalo News' list of 100 Things every Western New Yorker should do at least once.
"Many of our guests throughout the years have pinpointed the first time they were tall enough to ride the Viper as one of their fondest memories," said Darien Lake General Manager Chris Thorpe. "Thirty-five years later, it’s a wonderful thing to see those guests bring their children and grandchildren here to re-create that special moment."
A party commemorating the roller coaster's 35th year will be held in June. This is also the 25th year the theme park, at 9993 Allegheny Road in Corfu, will host concerts at its amphitheater.
Concertgoers who take in a show at Darien Lake this year will also get free same-day admission to the theme park. If you have a season pass, you get free lawn tickets to three concerts. There are also 19 shows where you can get tickets for $20.
The park is operated by Premier Parks and is owned by EPR Properties, a publicly traded, Missouri-based real estate investment trust. The theme park was sold last April by CNL Lifestyle Properties to EPR for $456 million.
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