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Video: Preview the roller coaster launching at Darien Lake in May

Darien Lake Theme Park says its new $5 million roller coaster, called Tantrum, will begin thrilling riders in May.

Tantrum riders will go up a 98-foot vertical lift at a 90-degree angle, straight up the coaster’s first hill. In seconds, the coaster will plummet into a 97-degree drop and pretzel inversion. Passengers will reach speeds of 52 mph as the coaster snakes through its course and finishes with a tilted loop.

The ride includes a beyond-vertical drop, the only roller coaster in New York State and Ontario, Canada, that will have that, according to the theme park.

“This ride confirms our status as New York State’s Coaster Capital and our commitment to providing guests with cutting edge experiences,” said Chris Thorpe, Darien Lake's general manager.

The new roller coaster is aimed at improving the park's draw regionally and from across the state, as well as the northeast United States and southern Ontario, according to Thorpe's presentation to the Genesee County Town of Darien.

Tantrum will be Darien Lake's seventh coaster. Darien Lake plans to demolish the Thunder Rapids log ride to make way for the new ride.

Season passes to the theme park are on sale now for $59.99, the lowest price of the season.

The theme park was purchased last year by EPR Properties, a Kansas City, Mo.-based real estate investment trust, from CNL Lifestyle Properties. It was sold by Six Flags Inc. to CNL in 2007.

Darien Lake last opened a new roller coaster – the $3.4 million Orange County Choppers MotoCoaster – in 2008.

Darien Lake theme park one step closer on new roller coaster

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