Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom Discussion Thread

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Re: Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby ScreaminNewEngland » Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:32 pm

michaellynn4 wrote:Welp, there goes one of the only attributes in the plus column for this park.


Really? A holding brake? :roll:

I'll never understand why this park gets bashed on here so much. It's so much better than Valleyfair and MiA in the chain.

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Re: Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby CaptainUnknown » Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:57 pm

ScreaminNewEngland wrote:
michaellynn4 wrote:Welp, there goes one of the only attributes in the plus column for this park.


Really? A holding brake? :roll:


Yes, Intamin Impulses are gimmicky to a fault, but they're awesome. And that nut-shattering holding break is the best gimmick and very few still operate that way.

I'll never understand why this park gets bashed on here so much. It's so much better than Valleyfair and MiA in the chain.


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-Knoebels is spitting distance away
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-Since it's part of a chain, there's a lot to compare it to. Unfortunately Dorney drew the short end of the stick and gets compared to Cedar Point. CP is getting enthusiast nirvana while DP is getting...a restaurant in the waterpark.

But I'm still looking forward to my potential first trip to the park next year.
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Re: Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:32 am

CaptainUnknown wrote:-Noise complaints prohibit the B&M roar on Talon and Hydra


Yeah, if the coasters were louder this would be a top 10 park for sure. Coaster loudness is always a major factor when determining how good a park is.



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Re: Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby boldikus » Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:35 am

ScreaminNewEngland wrote:
michaellynn4 wrote:Welp, there goes one of the only attributes in the plus column for this park.


Really? A holding brake? :roll:


Yes. That holding brake was one of the best parts of one of the best rides in the park. Will it not working cause me to stop going to Dorney? Absolutely not. But I loved that holding brake.

ScreaminNewEngland wrote:I'll never understand why this park gets bashed on here so much. It's so much better than Valleyfair and MiA in the chain.


Its a matter of monkey-see-monkey-do. Enthusiasts are notorious for it. My running theory is that its because enthusiasts are such f*cking nerds and generally have zero social skills whatsoever that they kind of go along with what other enthusiasts say/do. The evidence is there: just look at they way Six Flags is consistently bashed, even though you can usually find many of the same things people gripe about @ Six Flags parks happening at many other parks as well, but somehow its more of an issue if its at a Six Flags park. Hell, this forum has an entire thread dedicated to doing just that. A perfect example of this type of thing is the poster two posts above mine who has provided a superficial list of reasons why Dorney is bad, even though he has never even been there.

Personally, Dorney is fine, if you just take it for what it is. I don't pine to go there all the time, but I enjoy my visits. On paper, particularly from an enthusiast standpoint, the park seems like it sucks. But Dorney is very clean, very well landscaped, has a unique layout, has a great flat ride collection, a huge and solid waterpark, has a few really good (and a couple of great) coasters, a great Haunt event, and there is never a wait for the rides. Not to mention not one but two Chickies and Petes. Absolutely none of that is a bad thing.

You want the real reason the park gets bashed here? Simple: they haven't added an original coaster in 12 years. That's it, that's all.

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CaptainUnknown wrote:-Noise complaints prohibit the B&M roar on Talon and Hydra

Yeah, if the coasters were louder this would be a top 10 park for sure. Coaster loudness is always a major factor when determining how good a park is.

... lol wtf?


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Re: Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby coneyislandchris » Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:35 am

boldikus wrote:
ScreaminNewEngland wrote:I'll never understand why this park gets bashed on here so much. It's so much better than Valleyfair and MiA in the chain.


Its a matter of monkey-see-monkey-do. Enthusiasts are notorious for it. My running theory is that its because enthusiasts are such f*cking nerds and generally have zero social skills whatsoever that they kind of go along with what other enthusiasts say/do. The evidence is there: just look at they way Six Flags is consistently bashed, even though you can usually find many of the same things people gripe about @ Six Flags parks happening at many other parks as well, but somehow its more of an issue if its at a Six Flags park. Hell, this forum has an entire thread dedicated to doing just that. A perfect example of this type of thing is the poster two posts above mine who has provided a superficial list of reasons why Dorney is bad, even though he has never even been there.

Personally, Dorney is fine, if you just take it for what it is. I don't pine to go there all the time, but I enjoy my visits. On paper, particularly from an enthusiast standpoint, the park seems like it sucks. But Dorney is very clean, very well landscaped, has a unique layout, has a great flat ride collection, a huge and solid waterpark, has a few really good (and a couple of great) coasters, a great Haunt event, and there is never a wait for the rides. Not to mention not one but two Chickies and Petes. Absolutely none of that is a bad thing.

You want the real reason the park gets bashed here? Simple: they haven't added an original coaster in 12 years. That's it, that's all.

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Re: Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby YoshiFan » Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:21 am

I have been trying to look at the park as a water park with some other rides thrown in (even though the ride side is a full size park) and that's how most of my trips this year have been only visiting twice without Wildwater Kingdom open. I spend 75% of my time at the water park and water rides on the ride side and then take a quick lap around the park riding each coaster except Stinger and Woodstock Express once (or sometimes only a few coasters), a couple of flats and leave. Even with 11 trips this year, I am not up to double digit rode counts on most of the coasters.

On Friday, I was driving by the park and stopped in for an hour and 40 minutes which was enough time for 9 rides and dinner using the dining pass. If I had more time, I would have gone for some re-rides but felt like it wasn't that necessary. On the other hand, when visiting Hersheypark or Great Adventure, I rarely feel like I am ready to leave and want to stay even after a 6 - 8 hour trip to one of those parks.

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Re: Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby Diamondbacker27 » Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:46 am

CaptainUnknown wrote:-Noise complaints prohibit the B&M roar on Talon and Hydra


:lmao: :lmao: :lmao:
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Re: Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby alilstronger » Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:28 am

boldikus wrote:
ScreaminNewEngland wrote:
michaellynn4 wrote:Welp, there goes one of the only attributes in the plus column for this park.


Really? A holding brake? :roll:


Yes. That holding brake was one of the best parts of one of the best rides in the park. Will it not working cause me to stop going to Dorney? Absolutely not. But I loved that holding brake.

ScreaminNewEngland wrote:I'll never understand why this park gets bashed on here so much. It's so much better than Valleyfair and MiA in the chain.


Its a matter of monkey-see-monkey-do. Enthusiasts are notorious for it. My running theory is that its because enthusiasts are such f*cking nerds and generally have zero social skills whatsoever that they kind of go along with what other enthusiasts say/do. The evidence is there: just look at they way Six Flags is consistently bashed, even though you can usually find many of the same things people gripe about @ Six Flags parks happening at many other parks as well, but somehow its more of an issue if its at a Six Flags park. Hell, this forum has an entire thread dedicated to doing just that. A perfect example of this type of thing is the poster two posts above mine who has provided a superficial list of reasons why Dorney is bad, even though he has never even been there.

Personally, Dorney is fine, if you just take it for what it is. I don't pine to go there all the time, but I enjoy my visits. On paper, particularly from an enthusiast standpoint, the park seems like it sucks. But Dorney is very clean, very well landscaped, has a unique layout, has a great flat ride collection, a huge and solid waterpark, has a few really good (and a couple of great) coasters, a great Haunt event, and there is never a wait for the rides. Not to mention not one but two Chickies and Petes. Absolutely none of that is a bad thing.

You want the real reason the park gets bashed here? Simple: they haven't added an original coaster in 12 years. That's it, that's all.

coasterbill wrote:
CaptainUnknown wrote:-Noise complaints prohibit the B&M roar on Talon and Hydra

Yeah, if the coasters were louder this would be a top 10 park for sure. Coaster loudness is always a major factor when determining how good a park is.

... lol wtf?


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Could not agree more! I actually really enjoy this park, shall I even dare to say I like it more than Busch Gardens....

It is all a matter of opinion and I think once a majority of the enthusiast community makes a decision everyone else kinda just follows in the same foot steps.

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Re: Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:33 am

alilstronger wrote:shall I even dare to say I like it more than Busch Gardens....


I like Dorney and all but... :lol: :lmao: :lol: :lmao: :lol:

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Re: Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby Rai Fox » Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:12 am

alilstronger wrote:Could not agree more! I actually really enjoy this park, shall I even dare to say I like it more than Busch Gardens....


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