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Some further tidbits from my trip to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom yesterday with a buddy from college:

-So, passholders need to make reservations for the water park only, and daily ticket buyers have two choices - rides or rides and water park.  But, there's only one main gate...and no one was checking to see if you had the proper credentials to enter the water park.  I mean, I'm an upstanding individual, so of course I had a reservation and my friend had the proper dual-park ticket, but it did kinda annoy me that others could scam the system if so desired.
-The path from the water park to Thunder Canyon (the rapids ride) was locked shut, meaning if you wanted to ride the rapids you had to put shirt/shoes back on and walk through the dry park, as opposed to just heading straight over in swimwear as you could in the past.
-Like I said, every ride in the dry park was operating, and the only rides closed in the water park were the original wave pool and original lazy river, which is sadly the better of the two.
-Food stands were probably at around 50-60% operating, and we didn't encounter any insane waits.
-Note that the "build your own mac & cheese" at the Tidal Wave Cafe is nothing like what you get at Mac Bowl (King's Dominion) or Mac Shack (Cedar Point) - your only option was bacon or not.
-Fast Lane+ was mostly a waste at the dry park (only helpful for Wild Mouse and a few flats), as is usual.  There weren't any employee at the merge points at any line, so it was kinda a free-for-all, but crowds didn't really necessitate it.  Note that I have the all-season, all-park, but I did buy it for my friend.
-Fast Lane+ *was* a huge help at the water park, especially on Pepsi Aquablast (I will forever call it that).  Really they need to add it to Patriot's Plunge and the Lighting Falls slides.
-I found it absolutely hilarious that there was a live band playing for pretty much all-day around the water park's bar, but the bar itself wasn't open.  Though, I did encounter a bartender from Chickie & Pete's outside on a smoke break while I was as well, and he said that he was the only bartender employed by the park at the moment (another quit a few weeks ago), so I guess it's understandable.
-A minor gripe, but the smoking section is outside the ticket gate, as I've come to expect from Cedar Fair Parks in this post-COVID world, but if you're coming from the water park you need shirt and shoes to get back in...you're only in the dry park for like 30 seconds between the gate and the water park entrance, so this seems a bit unnecessary to me.
-Steel Force's black train was nowhere to be found; only running red and blue and the parking track was empty.
-Still no activity whatsoever on the older Laser/Stinger site, nor with the former Dino's Alive site, for that one person that was going to ask.

All-in-all, we had a great day, which was capped off by a trip for some adult beverages and Ishkabibble's cheesesteaks in Philly on the way home.

Next planned trip is to Idlewild/Kennywood/Lakemont on the weekend of July 9th.

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Planning a visit on August 13th to do the after 3 ticket. A few questions.

1. Assume we will pay parking as usual?

2. Possible to ride all coasters, plus Log Flume, maybe rapids, and train in the 4 hours before park closes at 7? We'll probably ignore water park.

3. Any other tips, things we should not miss?

4. Anything been closed ride wise recently?

Been years since I've been there. Since before Laser closed!

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1.  No idea, I would presume yes.

2.  Yeah, with time to spare.

3. They have some classic flats that are getting more rare - looking at you Enterprise and Apollo.  Their Whip isn't half bad either.  Not to mention Demon Drop, the only 1st gen Intamin drop tower left in the US.

4. Not in the dry park.

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^ To pile on to Number 3, Kaleidoscope and Monster are worth a ride.  IIRC their Tilt-A-Whirl is run pretty darn well, too.

You mentioned the rapids ride and I kinda want to stop you.  I've not ridden it in a loooooong time but when I did the water smelled like sewage and the smell didn't leave any of our clothes until a couple of cycles through the washing machine.  It may have been an isolated incident but you're never gonna catch me on that ride again.  The log flume is great, though!

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I'll be going to Dorney FINALLY for my first time, and taking my 4 kids a week from today! We're hitting it on our way to my relatives on the Jersey shore, so we'll only be there for the last 4 hours or so as well, so the above information was helpful. Thank you to all who chipped in advice! Just to confirm: The log flume is a must-ride here, correct? I seem to recall hearing that over the years, beyond just from Bill! 😁

(I'm also still excited to finally ride Hydra after all these years, no matter what all the naysayers about it have said! 😆)

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14 minutes ago, DILinator said:

I'll be going to Dorney FINALLY for my first time, and taking my 4 kids a week from today! We're hitting it on our way to my relatives on the Jersey shore, so we'll only be there for the last 4 hours or so as well, so the above information was helpful. Thank you to all who chipped in advice! Just to confirm: The log flume is a must-ride here, correct? I seem to recall hearing that over the years, beyond just from Bill! 😁

(I'm also still excited to finally ride Hydra after all these years, no matter what all the naysayers about it have said! 😆)

Yeah, the log flume is awesome.  You will get wet, especially if the boat is laden down.  If you split into two groups (one adult, two kids per boat) you might be only slightly dampened and not completely drenched.

As for Hyrdra, the back is the best for forces, but the front will probably give you a smoother ride. Either way, it's worth it for the jo-jo roll.

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^I'll make sure we hit up the flume then! I've always enjoyed a good flume (still miss WWL at CP - though I prefer Maverick obviously), as long as I don't end up completely soaked. Sounds like splitting up into two groups, with my oldest son (who is as tall as I am now) in the other boat, will be the best plan. Thanks for the tip! 

I definitely plan to ride Hydra multiple times, assuming the crowds are as low as I've heard they tend to be. I like B&M Floorless coasters more than most to begin with, and have always loved the look of Hydra, and been intrigued by the jo-jo roll. So I'll want to try it both in front and back for sure! 

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13 minutes ago, DILinator said:

I definitely plan to ride Hydra multiple times, assuming the crowds are as low as I've heard they tend to be. I like B&M Floorless coasters more than most to begin with, and have always loved the look of Hydra, and been intrigued by the jo-jo roll. So I'll want to try it both in front and back for sure! 

Meh, in my opinion prepare to be underwhelmed.  It's not the worst floorless (looking at you here, Firebird), but its far from the best.  I'd recommend doing one lap, doing the rest of the park, and then hitting it again if you have time, and have already done second laps on the better coasters (all of them except for Wild Mouse and the kiddie coaster) unless it has absolutely NO line.  Seriously I'd rank any of their flats ahead of a *second* ride on Hydra.
 

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Talon is easily the best coaster there, by far.  Sit in the back row.  Steel Force is probably number 2 or 3.  I kinda like the front for speed on those type of coasters, but you can get some good air in the back, especially if you leave some gap between your body and the bar.  The "Magnum Trick" (slide forwards while they're checking the restraints, then slide back on the lift) kinda works here, but the tightness of the seatbelts doesn't matter as much since the hills aren't shaped like triangles.

Oh, and don't waste time on Wild Mouse until you've done everything else you might want to do.  It's the only ride in the park that gets a substantial line (showing 60 minutes right now LOL).

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Dorney's line-up is unfortunate because it's full of solid supporting coasters, but doesn't have a single stand-out attraction (though I'm sure in the late 90's/early 2000's, Steel Force seemed pretty spectacular to the community). It has the exact opposite problem of Carowinds and Canada's Wonderland.

I'd still place Steel Force as my favorite coaster at Dorney, but I also think Talon and Hydra are quite fun. They both have unique layouts, but are relatively forceless (aside from Talon's finale).

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5 hours ago, DILinator said:

^I'll make sure we hit up the flume then! I've always enjoyed a good flume (still miss WWL at CP - though I prefer Maverick obviously), as long as I don't end up completely soaked. Sounds like splitting up into two groups, with my oldest son (who is as tall as I am now) in the other boat, will be the best plan. Thanks for the tip! 

I definitely plan to ride Hydra multiple times, assuming the crowds are as low as I've heard they tend to be. I like B&M Floorless coasters more than most to begin with, and have always loved the look of Hydra, and been intrigued by the jo-jo roll. So I'll want to try it both in front and back for sure! 

At the top portion of the log flume after the lift and some turns, there is a small drop of a few feet. I find that that drop usually causes a wave of water and gets me more soaked than the bigger drop. If you want to avoid that (or most of that part), sit towards the front of the log.

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The front is easily the best row on Steel Force. If you ride up there it kind of feels like you’re riding a rollercoaster and not sitting on your couch. That’s the only place on the train where I’ve experienced that sensation.

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Talon absolutely kicks butt.  It may not be quite as good as Montu or Raptor, but it is forceful, glass smooth and re-rideable.  Hydra is fine but not nearly as good.  I remember waiting in line for a second ride during the opening season and talking with some other guests about how it did not touch Talon.  It has some weird track bends and even had a small rattle opening season.  The drop is good in the back row and the JoJo roll is interesting.  

 

Steel Force is always quite good, especially when it warms up.  As long as you're not expecting Intamin air.  

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On 7/7/2021 at 2:51 PM, DILinator said:

I'll be going to Dorney FINALLY for my first time, and taking my 4 kids a week from today! We're hitting it on our way to my relatives on the Jersey shore, so we'll only be there for the last 4 hours or so as well, so the above information was helpful. Thank you to all who chipped in advice! Just to confirm: The log flume is a must-ride here, correct? I seem to recall hearing that over the years, beyond just from Bill! 😁

(I'm also still excited to finally ride Hydra after all these years, no matter what all the naysayers about it have said! 😆)

We came close to meeting at Mt Olympus last year. I am hoping we can meet at a park one of these years!

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1 hour ago, grsupercity said:

We came close to meeting at Mt Olympus last year. I am hoping we can meet at a park one of these years!

Well, I'll be going to Indiana Beach a few more times this year (we all got Season Passes), and I plan to make an appearance at MiA even (a very rare occurrence, even though it's the closest park to me!) So I imagine we should at least be able to meet at the latter park, hopefully! (I think I'm planning on being there the 8th of August, currently.) 

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