Darien Lake Theme Park Resort, New York's largest theme and water park vacation destination, opens for the 2011 season on May 14 with new family cabins, six new live shows and three in-park concerts including "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks and Nickelodeon star Miranda Cosgrove. In-park concerts are free with admission and to season pass holders.
"One of the best things about Darien Lake is you can stay where you play. Our all-inclusive park resort means families who stay at the park's hotel or campground have unlimited access to the theme and water park. You can park your car and never use it again during your visit," said Christopher Thorpe, Darien Lake's general manager. "And we are budget-friendly too -- guests who purchase a Family Four Pack of season passes by May 30 get free parking all season long and bring-a-friend-free coupons."
New Summer Entertainment For All Ages
Platinum-selling and youngest-ever "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks and a guest appearance by Avery kick off the Time Warner Cable in-park summer concerts on May 21. Dance rock sensations Neon Trees with special guest We the Kings take the stage May 28. Nickelodeon's very own "iCarly," Miranda Cosgrove, performs July 16 with YouTube sensation Greyson Chance.
Everyone's favorite blue engine, Thomas the Tank Engine, makes his park premiere this summer in "Thomas & Friends Full Steam Ahead Live!" an interactive show for kids. In this fun-filled adventure, kids embark on adventures with Thomas as he experiences timeless life lessons, including discovery, friendship and cooperation.
Marking the debut of the first South American male sea lion born in the U.S., "Sea Lion Splash: A Family Affair" stars a baby sea lion. Freddie joins the sea lions in the Galaxy Theatre exclusively at Darien Lake. Kids and parents have the opportunity to learn about animal behavior and conservation while being entertained by the sea lions' inherent antics.
In addition to these new shows, the entertainment line-up also includes:
New Family Places To Stay And Conveniences
In response to guests' feedback, Darien Lake has doubled the size of its Brown Bear Cabins area this year. The new cabin additions are built in a "village style" setting with a common play area for children. The play area surrounds the cabin village allowing children another fun way to spend their day, while still being within earshot of the grownups.
The cabin additions are designed for larger families to spend time together in a relaxed environment, and still be steps away from the thrills of the theme park and water park. Each cabin includes a fireplace, loft, bedroom, fully equipped kitchen, eating area, wireless Internet and a flat-screen television. And families can enjoy the great outdoors by relaxing on the front porch or cooking up some fun on the outdoor fire-pit and gas grill.
Another addition for families this summer at Darien Lake is the Family Care Center. Conveniently located in the theme park, the Family Care Center provides baby changing centers, nursing stations for mothers and enhanced family bathrooms.
Darien Lake Theme Park opens for the 2011 season May 14. SplashTown Water Park opens May 20. All shows and in-park family concerts are included with admission. All-inclusive season passes are on-sale now at www.GoDarienLake.com or by calling 585-599-4641. Family Four Packs bought and activated by May 30 include free parking and bring-a-free-friend coupons.