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Darien Lake will add a 185-foot tower thrill ride for its 2013 season.
"Blast Off" will accelerate riders to the top in a way that simulates a NASA launch. It will be located in the park's Waterfront Boardwalk area, which will undergo renovations in the off-season.
The park is also upgrading its nightly "Laser Blast" show, adding water technology, pyrotechnics and high-value production. The revamped show will be known as "Ignite the Night," and will feature a 60-foot water screen as a backdrop to a show chronicling events from the 1950s to today.
The opening day for the park's 2013 season is set for May 11.