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What the means is if the wind happens to be going the right direction (towards the first drop), you will be traveling slower through the first half and the brakes will barely grab, while also being pushed by the wind in the right direction towards the bunny hops.


If Steel "Force" ran any slower than it normally does I'm pretty sure it would be going backwards. I'll make sure to avoid windy days.

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Dorney Park 2017 Media Event


On Thursday, I was fortunate enough to attend Dorney Park's media event highlighting the park's new additions for 2017, including Kaleidoscope, Dodgem, and the Parkside Pavillion. These new additions further help round out the park's offerings to guests and fill some holes in its ride lineup. Park personnel served as excellent hosts, putting on a great event and really showing the pride they feel for the new offerings. Although forecasts in the Delaware Valley called for significant thunderstorms, we were fortunately able to have a reprieve from the rain long enough to experience everything they wished to do so.


The park provided each of us with a USB drive with some press material for the event, including some news releases, photos, and a video preview of the new show this year, Cirque Imagine. This first post will consist of said material. I'll follow it up with photos and videos I took throughout the day, along with some of my thoughts.


Cirque Imagine














Parkside Pavillion




Wildwater Kingdom Additions



News release for Memorial Day Weekend events:



Special events, promotions and fireworks over Memorial Day Weekend


DORNEY PARK, Allentown, PA (May 23, 2017) – To celebrate the start of the summer, Dorney Park will be offering special promotions and events during Memorial Day Weekend. From May 27th – 29th, guests can chow down at the Memorial Day Cookout, take advantage of special ticket offers such as Military Days and Season Pass Bring-A-Friend, and enjoy a spectacular fireworks display!


Celebrate summer with a Memorial Day Cookout including all the traditional fixings! Served in the brand new Parkside Pavilion, this All-You-Can-Eat meal includes hamburgers, hot dogs, fried chicken, pasta salad, garden salad, cole slaw, potato chips, watermelon and Coca-Cola beverages! The Memorial Day Cookout will be held on Saturday, May 27th; Sunday, May 28th and Monday, May 29th from 4:30 – 7:00 PM. Admission and meal packages are available, or you can just purchase tickets for the meal only. Tickets are available online in advance or at the front gate. All Season Passholders will receive a discount on the event ticket and Passholders who participate in Dorney’s All Season Dining program can redeem a meal for the Memorial Day Cookout for just $5*.


Dorney Park’s Military Days pays tribute to the brave men and women of the armed forces and will offer a free regular admission ticket to any active or retired military personnel during the Memorial Day (May 27th – 29th) weekend. Along with free admission, active and retired military will be able to purchase discount admission tickets for members of their immediate family (maximum of six). To take advantage of this special appreciation offer, guests can purchase tickets online at www.dorneypark.com or at the Park’s ticket window. A valid military ID should be presented at the turnstile for entry into the park.


In addition to the Memorial Day Cookout and Military Days, Season Passholders can also take advantage of our Bring-A-Friend special by purchasing tickets for up to four friends per pass for only $19* per ticket….a $39 savings off regular general admission price! Bring-A-Friend tickets are available online through the Season Pass Portal or at the park on the day of the event.


Dorney Park’s spectacular Memorial Day Fireworks display will be presented on Saturday, May 27th at 9:00 PM.


Wildwater Kingdom officially opens for the 2017 season on Saturday, May 27th. Wildwater Kingdom is home to a collection of over three dozen slides, pools, rivers and water play areas such as the Python Plummet, Constrictor, Boa Blasters and more! This year, seventeen new Cabanas are available for guests who want to add privacy and luxury to their day. Conveniently located by Wildwater Cove, Wildwater Kingdom’s 29 cabanas provide a semi-private covered area with chaise lounges, pool side service and early entry into the water park. Additional amenities include fresh fruit, bottled water, a personal sized refrigerator, small safe for your belongings, cable TV and in-park coupons. While in Wildwater Kingdom, guests can enjoy freshdough pizza made with fresh toppings and Philly Cheesesteaks at the new Papa Luigi's.


Friday, May 26th also marks the start of daily operations for Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom that continues through Monday, September 4th. For park hours, please refer to the 2017 Operating Calendar which can be found at www.dorneypark.com.


It’s not too late to fill up on fun! Guests can purchase or renew a 2017 Season Passes online or at the park for as low as six easy payments of $20.50* – but hurry, this offer ends May 29th! In addition to enjoying unlimited visits to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, free season-long parking, exclusive passholder events, Bring-A-Friend-Days, in-park discounts on food and merchandise, passholders can experience numerous other benefits. Regular one-day admission tickets can be purchased for $58.00* for adults and $42.00* for seniors and children. Platinum season passes, which provide you entrance to all Cedar Fair Parks, are also available for six easy payments of $35.00*.


*Plus taxes and applicable fees.


Additional upcoming events:



Season Pass Bring-A-Friend (May 27th – 29th)

Enjoy all of the fun and thrills with friends! On select Super Saver Bring-A-Friend Days, Passholders can bring up to four friends per pass for only $19* per ticket….a $39 savings off regular general admission price! Bring-A-Friend tickets are available online through the Passholder Portal or at the park on the day of the event.

Mark your calendars for these special Super Saver days:


  • Memorial Day Weekend May 27th – 29th
  • Father’s Day (June 18th)
  • 4th of July Weekend (July 1st – 4th)
  • Labor Day Weekend (September 2nd – 4th)

Season Passholders can save $24 off a full-price Regular General Admission Ticket any public operating day. Discount valid for one ticket per pass, which can be purchased online or by presenting your Season Pass ID at any ticket window on your visit date.


Lemonade Days (June 1st – 30th)

This June, help us make an impact on the fight against childhood cancer. Throughout the entire month, all guests can be a kid again! With Dorney Park’s Everybody Pays Kids Price offer, you save $19 off the front gate price AND help cure childhood cancer. A portion of proceeds from every ticket sold will go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Everybody Pays Kids Price tickets are available online only at http://www.dorneypark.com.


Since 2015, Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom has partnered with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and has helped to raise over $110,000 through its Lemonade Days promotions.


Lemon Run (June 4th)

Support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation by participating in the Lemon Run Lehigh Valley, being hosted at Dorney Park on Sunday, June 4th.


The race will be a wave start, with each wave starting on Steel Force! Runners will board the roller coaster and experience the 205-foot drop, dips, turns and 75 MPH speeds before heading out on the 5K.


Registration includes an event t-shirt (guaranteed for those registered before May 19th), entry into Dorney Park for the day, early ride time on Steel Force and Talon before the park opens to the public and refreshing lemonade after the race. A portion of each registration will be donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Register online at https://lemonrun.itsyourrace.com/register/


Coaster Campout (June 9th – 10th)

Ever wondered what an amusement park looked like after the guests have left and the employees have clocked out? Dorney Park is hosting their Coaster Campout June 9th - June 10th. This is the chance for you to camp for one night INSIDE Dorney Park, so grab your friends and get ready for the best sleepover ever!


Your $200 donation for a campsite includes:

  • Admission to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom on Friday, June 9th after 4PM and all day Saturday, June 10th
  • Parking for Saturday, June 10th (Parking for 1 vehicle per campsite is included)
  • Two meals (Dinner on Friday night and breakfast on Saturday morning)
  • Extra Ride Time
  • Dino’s After Dark

Campers must bring their own tent and each campsite can only accommodate a 10’x10’ tent for four people. Four additional campers can be added to a campsite for $49.99 each. The proceeds from this rain-or-shine event will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Allentown through the Cedar Fair Charities program.


Event tickets for Coaster Campout are only available online through June 7th at www.dorneypark.com/play/events/coaster-campout. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to camp beside your favorite coaster at Dorney Park!


*Plus tax and applicable fees.

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Dorney Park Media Event, Cont'd


In the days approaching the event, I kept a close eye on the weather forecasts, all of which were calling for some pretty significant downpours throughout Thursday. Disappointed, I held out hope that we'd get a bit of a reprieve from the rain long enough to allow for the event to go on without any major setbacks. Fortunately, the storm clouds moved through the Delaware Valley at a faster pace than originally predicted. This meant that although my drive up to the park occurred during the middle of pretty heavy rainfall (which further exacerbated the already-s**tty rush hour traffic on the Blue Route), the rain had pretty much passed by the time the event started.


Even with the significant traffic delays, I was one of the very first people to arrive. The park was closed to the public that day, so it was a weird experience pulling into a completely empty parking lot and walking up to a completely barren entrance plaza. Fortunately I ran into some park employees at the gate who were there to guide us to the event.



First seeing this, I definitely double-checked the invitation a couple times to make sure I had the right date.


Strange being the only soul around for a few minutes.


Eventually I found employees and they let me through.


The nature of the event kept us limited to the area by the front of the park. No hill-climbing today!


So we'll just pretend this stuff doesn't exist for the day.


Echo, echo, echo...


Signs advertising the new rides are hung in the main plaza.


The event occurred in the new Parkside Pavilion, located just past Hydra. You could tell the park took great care with this new addition, with close attention paid to the many details throughout. The pavilion is built to host up to 2,500 guests at once, with amenities including a chef's kitchen, self-serving lines, digital signage, and fully customizable menus. The park's executive chef, Malo Jones, is able to offer a variety of specialty menus as well, including Tastes of Italy, a Fajita Bar, and a Hawaiian Luau.



Each section of the pavilion has its own soft drink fountains.


Kitchen area is enclosed in the center.


The other side of the main pavilion pathway has a raised section with a sign backdrop, able to be used as a focal point for a presentation or ceremony.


The surrounding area is landscaped well, with fresh sod and mulch laid throughout.


The pavilion's location gives some cool views of Hydra and Steel Force.


General Manager Mike Fehnel spoke to us for a few minutes, discussing each of the new additions in detail.



Mike beginning the presentation.


Well what do we have here? A nice fridge magnet maybe? Eraser? Pin?


Nope! It's the USB drive I told you about! Cool, huh?


Here's a video of his presentation. I missed the first twenty seconds or so due to a technical issue, but it was mostly just an introduction.




Once the presentation ended, it was time to eat. There were many food options available to us, including a salad bar, salad cups, Asian pulled pork sliders, pulled chicken, potato wedges, shrimp, and a variety of desserts. I tried to sample as much as I could without being a pig about it. Everything I had was delicious, especially the pulled pork sliders. Chef Jones gave me props for being one of the few people to follow his instructions, using the shredded coleslaw from the salad bar as a dressing to the sandwich. I gave him props right back for being an excellent cook.



Chef Jones clearly took a lot of pride in his work as he discussed the details of the food being offered.


I'm sure Snoopy helped, though.


Salad bar, including the coleslaw topping for the Asian pork sliders.


Salad cups.


Asian pulled pork, pulled chicken, and potato wedges.


The Asian pulled pork slider is REALLY good.


It's even better when you put chicken on it. #FatKid


Shrimp and ice sculptures.



After we finished eating, we had 1.5 hours of ride time available to us on Kaleidoscope, Dodgem, the Carousel, and Talon. Overall, the rides are what to be expected from a large chain like Cedar Fair: clean, vibrant color and lighting packages, coupled with a slightly tamer ride cycles. I've been on better Troikas and bumper cars before, but these will still please the average park-goer.



First up, Kaleidoscope!


The ride fits in really nicely.


The color scheme and lighting package will really stand out to guests.


Restaints = seat belt + lap bar


Here's a video of Kaleidoscope so you can gauge the ride speed for yourself:





Next stop, Dodgem!


They did a nice job with the design. Bright, vibrant colors, retro-looking sign, and a great lighting package




No sea belt, just a lap bar. Doesn't lock, though, just rests across your lap. It was actually quite comfortable and nonrestrictive.


Here's a video of Dodgem in action. Note the lighting:





Okay, new stuff out of the way. Talon time!


It was really great that the park had this coaster open for us.


The small guest count meant for a lot of empty rides.


Seriously, ow could you not take advantage of this?


This was about the most riders you'd see on a train throughout the event.


I didn't end up riding the Carousel, but it was nice for it to be running. The music helped give the event a nice atmosphere.


As 2:00PM approached (end of the event), many people began to leave. I went around and got a couple more rides each and then headed for the gate. A big thank you to Dorney Park for putting on a stellar event! Though the new additions may not exactly make the hearts of coaster geeks palpitate, they're still well-rounded, solid additions that fill needs for the park.



Until next time, Dorney!


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Dorney Park Media Event, Cont'd


So it was a weird experience pulling into a completely empty parking lot


Why? Thats what you'd see on an average weekend Summer Day. Seriously, those bumper cars have doubled the number of vehicles that have ever been to the park

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^ & ^^ Don't be jerks about it. Anyone with any semblance of intelligence could tell the difference between the standard low crowds the park usuallly sees and being literally the ONLY car on the parking lot. The comments were clearly made to be interpreted in context.

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I'm heading to Dorney for the first time tomorrow and I will have the Fast Lane. What plan does anyone recommend to navigate the park/start with? Looking to ride as much as possible and maybe hit up the water park if the weather clears up.



I would wait to get the fast lane. Get there at opening and you'll probably be fine on the dry side. No itinerary necessary.

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I'm heading to Dorney for the first time tomorrow and I will have the Fast Lane. What plan does anyone recommend to navigate the park/start with? Looking to ride as much as possible and maybe hit up the water park if the weather clears up.



I would wait to get the fast lane. Get there at opening and you'll probably be fine on the dry side. No itinerary necessary.


This is the truth. I spontaneously dropped in for a few hours on a June weekday last summer, and I was able to ride every major coaster (plus a few re-rides) in about 2 hours. Unfortunately Talon was closed that day, but I rode Steel Force, Hydra, Possessed, Demon Drop, Thunderhawk, and Stinger all in that time, the latter two being the only ones I didn't re-ride because they sucked. You will have no problem at all getting on what you want without FastLane.

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So that means everything is a 5 minute wait instead of a walk-on then?


Even on weekends, all the crowds seem to flock to the water park leaving the rides walk-ons.

Haha yeah, that's what it ended up meaning. Still painful as the ops seem to wait until every person has exited the station before even opening the gates.


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Still painful as the ops seem to wait until every person has exited the station before even opening the gates.


That seems to becoming the norm at a lot of parks these days. As much as I miss working at a park, the changes in operations so many have made in the last few years I don't know if I could handle it anymore.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Cedar Fair has gotten even stricter with seatbelts. Now on the non coaster rides, them ride operators walk around and tighten everyone's seatbelt to the point where it is uncomfortable. On the Whip, they also now put the slack of each belt around the lap bar and it takes close to 4 minutes from when the riders are let into the ride area until the ride starts.


They are also now selling game prizes at each game booth if you would rather just buy the stuffed animal. Prices range from $4 to $125 depending on the item.

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Hey folks. Ive never even heard of this park, much less been to it, but apparently its not far from New Brunswick!


Ive read the last few pages, and the consensus seems to be that crowds arent an issue.


Does that hold for the water park? I'm thinking of going Monday. I went to Hurricane Harbor last year and it was a disaster, so I was hoping this spot would be a little more pleasant.


If not, I think Ill go tubing off Easton.

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I never go to either waterpark but apparently Dorneys is in fact larger (and better by most accounts) than Hurricane Harbor, however the waterpark is where most of the crowds go @ Dorney. The dry park stays quiet most times, at least til the waterpark closes. The park does offer Fast Lane for the waterpark, you'll never come close to needed it for the dry side.

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