In what may someday be known as the coaster comeback story of the decade, Darien Lake has some exciting plans for its incredibly rough wooden roller coaster Predator . In an unusual move, a survey sent out to guests pretty much spills the beans. See below:
Darien Lake - Lake Monster - Roller Coaster 2014

Could It Be Another Great Coaster from Rocky Mountain Construction?

There’s obviously time for the ride’s details to change, but all I can is WOW! Note the image of this year’s hit roller coaster Outlaw Run on the right side of the image. Darien Lake is operated by Herschend, the same company that runs Silver Dollar City. So, it makes sense that Lake Monster could be another wooden coaster with topper track like Outlaw Run.

Suspended Corkscrews, Wing Overs, & Hop Reversals?

The ride’s cutting edge elements sound really interesting. It’s uncertain whether this is just marketing-speak for elements that we already know or really some exciting new features. A wing over drop sounds like those super slow-starting loops performed at the top of

and Gate Keeper’s lift hills. That’d be pretty cool to do on a wooden coaster.

A corkscrew is pretty straight-forward. Maybe it’ll look like Hades 360’s corkscrew, but I don’t know why they’ve named it a “suspended” corkscrew. Lastly, anybody want to guess what a “hop reversal” is? Lastly, ScreamScape reported that Lake Monster could live up to its name actually go over the lake, like neighboring hyper coaster Ride of Steel does. Any chance the corkscrew will be over the lake?

What’s Your Take?
How does Lake Monster sound to you? Leave a comment below.

11 Responses

  1. ukcoasterfan

    Again im insanely jealous of this new woodie (when dont I say that?)

    Looks like a top ride and if it goes over the lake could potentially be a top 10 wooden coaster.

  2. Zach

    This sounds like an awesome addition to park slightly lacking in rides and its cool to see wooden coasters really move into a new age with inversions that all kinda started with the son of beast and rmc has decided to pursue this movement

  3. Ryan

    Sounds like a hop reversal is something that makes you go backwards like on some TOGO ultra twists.

  4. Jo.E

    What if a half reversal is a cutback? Like on the defunct Drachen Fire at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. So a half-corckscrew followed by another half-corckscrew that sends the car back the way it came.

  5. dylan

    Outlaw run dosen have topper track. ITS NOT A HYBRID just a wooden coaster. I have seen you say its a hybrid in tree diffrent articles.

  6. Piedude81

    From my Roller Coaster Tycoon expertise, I can tell you that there is an in-game track option that allows you to put in an “inverted corkscrew”. What the game places down is a corkscrew that is flipped upside down. So instead of you being brought upwards and flipped, you are basically preforming it like a suspended coaster. It’s kind of hard to explain. Does anybody understand what I’m saying?

  7. Rosie

    I don’t know…I love extreme coasters and all but a wooden that acts like a steel coaster? I’m no coaster designer either but wouldn’t that put A LOT of dangerous stress on the track? sounds like a rough ride and its honestly something I wouldn’t dare plunk my butt in.

    • Lou

      Stress on the track is caused mostly by the force of the train. The coaster’s track shape and support structure were precisely designed to avoid unsafe levels of force.

      The coaster’s articulated trains and steel-reinforced track will allow the ride to stay smooth for much longer than a traditional wooden coaster.

  8. John D

    6 years later, and we’re still waiting. Worse parks then this are getting good rides and DL gets nothing but a new waterslide. Please let this happen. Enough’s enough with the old rough Predator already!


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