Friday May 24th Photo Trip Report
Dorney Park is a little over 3 hours away from me and in my 13 years of being a coaster enthusiast I have never made the trip out there, until this past Memorial Day weekend.
The weather was perfect in Allentown and I arrived to the park around 12pm. Started heading towards the front gate when I noticed swarms of students wearing the dreaded matching shirts
There was a bunch of school music groups at the park that day. If it weren't for all the school kids it would of been absolutely dead. Wait times still were not bad at all. Never over 20-30 minutes.
We decided to hit Hydra first and chose the back row. I was so surprised by this floorless. The drop was nice in the back and I loved the flow of the inversions. The jojo roll was very fun and neat as well. I think this ties for my favorite floorless with Bizarro. So after Hydra we rode Thunder Canyon, White Water Landing, and Thunder Creek Mountain. Needless to say, we were wet. To dry off we waited the longest wait of the day and rode Thunderhawk. It was running one train operations until the staff did eventually add another train and test it which added to our wait at the time. My brother and I really liked Thunderhawk though. Airtime was there and a really cool turnaround topped with rich history and bam, that's a winner for me. From there we went over to Possessed. I enjoyed the non twisting spike a lot and wish I could of experienced the holding- brake! We also got stuck after the ride was finished as someone pushed on a gate in the station which flipped a sensor. The train was just sitting in the launch section for about 10-15 min. Not the worst experience. Since we were in the area, we waited about 10 minutes and hopped in the very last row of Steel Force. I was very excited to ride my first Morgan hyper and compare it to Magnum as well. Great floater airtime on every hill and a crazy turnaround on this one. Just a very fun re-rideable coaster. Was it better than Magnum for me? No, I still prefer Magnum just a tiny bit. After Steel Force we decided to check out some flat rides. Demon Drop was really cool in a messed up sort of way. Very horrifying and interesting experience. Revolution was fun and had no wait at all so that was nice. it was at this point in the day that the only remaining task my brother and I wanted to accomplish was ride Talon. This turned to be quite the adventure. Talon was running earlier in the afternoon but when we decided to head that way in the evening, there was the sight nobody wants to see, a chain across the entrance and an employee posted there to give the bad news. We walked away feeling defeated and I was already having feelings of regret for not having ridden it earlier in the day. This invert has been on my mind for such a long time and I was beyond bummed. To cheer ourselves up we bought some Rita's Italian ice and tried Hydra in the front row. I vote backrow over front for this ride. Upon exiting Hydra I saw a beautiful thing off in the distance... a train heading up Talon's lift. We made a beeline for it and were waiting in a 15 minute line. I was happy. We made it to the station and before you know it our restraints were being checked. But, instead of hearing an "All Clear" over the speakers, something less desired was stated. The ride ops told the station that Talon would be suspending operations for the moment and that everyone could continue to wait in line, but was not recommended. So, once again we walked away from Talon, this time hurting a little more than the first. I was starting to plan a second trip to Dorney in my head just to get a ride on this thing. To ease our pain this time we tried another run on Steel Force and was effective at changing our moods. At this point we decided to start heading towards the front gate and head home. To our surprise we saw Talon running as we were walking out. No questions asked we took our third attempt at riding the elusive invert. This time it was a walk on, so we chose the very front row. We had our restraints checked and this time, we were headed out the station and up the lift. This was definitely one of the smoothest B&M inverts I have ridden if not the smoothest. I loved the pacing, inversions, and the strong and fast finish. Well worth the wait I would say.
Overall, a really perfect day and a great first time for us at the park.
Onto the photos! Oh, and please excuse the lack of trains in the shots, I was feeling a little impatient that day