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Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom Logo.svg
Dorney Park entrance.jpg
The current entrance to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom with Talon's lift hill in the background
LocationAllentown, Pennsylvania, United States
Coordinates40°34′40.59″N 75°31′53.50″W / 40.5779417°N 75.5315278°W / 40.5779417; -75.5315278Coordinates: 40°34′40.59″N 75°31′53.50″W / 40.5779417°N 75.5315278°W / 40.5779417; -75.5315278
SloganIt's AMAZING in here!
OwnerCedar Fair
General managerMichael Fehnel
Opened1884
Operating seasonMay through mid November
Area200 acres (0.81 km2)
Attractions
Total47
Roller coasters7
Water rides3 1/2
Websitewww.dorneypark.com
StatusOperating

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom is an American amusement and water park owned and operated by Cedar Fair and located in between Allentown and Emmaus, Pennsylvania. The park features seven roller coasters, other adult and children's rides, and a waterpark, Wildwater Kingdom.

It features some of the world's most prominent roller coasters, including Steel Force, the tenth longest steel roller coaster in the world and the second longest on the U.S. East Coast.

History[edit]

Ownership[edit]

Dorney Park traces its history to 1860, when Solomon Dorney built a trout hatchery and summer resort on his estate outside of Allentown. In 1870, Dorney decided to convert the estate into a public attraction. Initially, the facility featured games, playground-style rides, refreshment stands, picnic groves, a hotel, and a restaurant. By the 1880s, Dorney had added a small zoo, and gardens.[1]

When the Allentown-Kutztown Traction Company completed its trolley line from Allentown to Kutztown in 1899, the company added a stop at Dorney's park. Two years later, the traction company purchased the park, operating it until 1923. That year, the park was sold to Robert Plarr and two other partners. Plarr soon bought out his partners and ran Dorney Park until his death in 1966. Plarr built a house for his estranged wife Wiltracy Plarr in the 1930s under the first hill of Thunder Hawk in hopes of driving her to divorce. She lived there until the late 1980s, never granting him the divorce. Ownership then passed to Plarr's son, Stephen, who died within a year. Robert Ott, Plarr's son-in-law, took over as owner in 1967. In 1985, Ott sold Dorney Park to Harris Weinstein. Weinstein owned it until 1992, when he sold the park to Cedar Fair[1] and is one of only fourteen trolley parks still operating in the United States.

Early years[edit]

1910 photo of picnic grove and pavilion
The swimming pool about 1950

Rides have come and gone at Dorney Park, such as the Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters's Grande Carousel which debuted at Dorney in 1932, but was destroyed in a September 1983 fire. The Bucket O' Blood (once known as Pirates Cove) dark ride burned in the same fire. Luckily, the incident occurred after the park was closed for the season. Another early ride was the Whip, in which riders spun on a small track in a pavilion. The Whip is still in operation today and is the park's oldest ride.

Dorney Park also had a swimming pool from the early 1900s until 1963. Plarr was pressured by local business owners to shut down the swimming pool because of "mixed" swimming. Local business owners threatened to boycott the park and stop having their company picnics at the park if he did not shut it down. One side of the former pool had live seals and fish, while the other side was used for the Whale Boats, motorised boats seating two people each. Near the lower entrance to the park was the dark ride called Tunnel Of Love which later was rethemed as The Journey to the Center of the Earth. The ride was a Bill Tracy mill chute. It was a boat ride through a dark tunnel with scary scenes behind glass, and a lift and drop at the end. It was razed following the 1992 season, after Cedar Fair, LP acquired the park. Journey To The Center Of The Earth was located near the park's first roller coaster, which opened in 1923. It was simply known as the Coaster or "the yellow rollercoaster" until 1989 when it was renamed Thunderhawk. It still operates today.[2]

Main entrance to Dorney Park, 1950.

Also near the pool was the Mill Chute, built in 1927 but closed in 1960 to become Journey to the Center of the Earth as described previously. Philadelphia Toboggan built a Cuddle-Up ride at the park in the mid-1940s; this would be enclosed and heavily air-conditioned in the late 1970s as The Iceberg, which featured strobe lights and loud music. It was painted black and retitled Meteorite at the end of the 1980s and removed after the 1993 season. The Gold Mine was a scary walk-through under the Solomon Dorney Mansion in the middle of the park near the Iceberg and PTC Carousel. The Gold Mine closed in the mid-1980s. The Flying Dutchman was a Pinfari compact steel coaster located where the Ferris Wheel is currently located. It was the largest of its kind. It was removed following the 1988 season due to mechanical problems.

For many years, a clown figure called "Alfundo" (the name was derived from a combination of the words Allentown, FUN and Dorney Park) reigned supreme as the park's trademark, and was used as the decoration of the main entrance to the park (see photo).

1980s[edit]

In 1980, Dorney Park Road, a former two-lane state highway which cut through the park, was closed to traffic and converted to a midway. The state highway (LR 157, which became US 222) had been rerouted more than 60 years earlier south of the park as Hamilton Blvd.[3] Dorney Park Road became a local street and the access road to the park. Prior to the road's closing, Dorney Park's narrow-gauge railroad crossed the road, which led to traffic stoppages every time the train was to cross Dorney Park Road. This railroad crossing also helped park patrons cross the road.

The road closing led to the enclosure of the park by fence and the introduction of a single-price admission fee, which eliminated individual ride tickets. The park previously maintained groves for family picnics. While the groves remained outside the park a while longer, patrons were no longer allowed to bring food inside.

The park opened its log flume ride, Thunder Creek Mountain, in 1982, which still owns the record for longest drop on a log flume ride. In the fall of the next year, a major fire destroyed a large section of the park, including the Carousel, Bucket O' Blood, Flying Bobs, Skeeball and several food stands. The park replaced the rides in 1984, its 100th anniversary, with the addition of Enterprise, Musik Express, Ranger, and Apollo 2000. New skeeball alleys, gift shops, and food stands were added as well.

With the addition of rides as well as improvements to the park, the park became a more attractive asset. It was sold mid-season to Harris Weinstein in 1985. He also bought a neighboring automobile racetrack which had been used once annually for NASCAR racing. The racetrack was razed and replaced by a waterpark named Wildwater Kingdom in 1985. Its admission was separate from the amusement park and attractions included a wave pool, a family water raft ride, body slides, tube slides, and a children's water play area. Season passes were also introduced the same year.

A looping roller coaster designed by Anton Schwarzkopf called Laser was added to the park's lineup in 1986, which featured two loops. It was originally designed as a portable ride for funfairs, but Dorney Park kept it permanently assembled. The coaster was named after a local Hot AC radio station known as Laser 104.1 at the time, later rebranded as WAEB-FM. In 1988, a kiddie coaster was added across from Laser and named Little Laser. The coaster was a former junior coaster placed in storage in 1982. Following Laser's removal in 2008, Little Laser was renamed Steel First.

The park further grew with debut of Hercules, a wooden terrain coaster in 1989. It was built on the top of the hill lining what was then the back of the park, near what was at that time Wildwater Kingdom's parking lot. This coaster was the tallest wooden roller coaster in the world until Cedar Point's Mean Streak debuted in 1991, which boasted a first drop only 4 feet (1.2 m) taller than Hercules. Hercules proved a big hit for Dorney in the coaster's first four seasons, but was soon known for its rough, often jarringly shaky ride, due in large part to significant modifications made to Hercules after the park was purchased by Cedar Fair in 1992. Hercules was removed in 2003 due to high maintenance costs and low ridership. Hydra The Revenge is now where Hercules once stood, which is why its slogan is "It's the Ride That Brought Down Hercules".

1990s[edit]

The first drops of Steel Force and Thunderhawk

In 1991, Dorney Park added a few more flat rides and improved landscaping, preparing to once again sell it. Cedar Fair purchased the park in 1992 for $48M.[4] In 1993, a new midway was being constructed to connect Wildwter Kingdom directly to Dorney Park. Also, the park built a flume ride that plunges riders in 20-passenger boats down an 80-foot (24 m) drop, creating a giant wave that not only soaks riders, but onlookers as well. It was known as the Pepsi Chute and today as White Water Landing. It opened mid season in 1993 while the Midway was still under construction. It was built on the future midway next to Hercules and the Wildwater Kingdom parking lot.

In 1994, a new midway was completed on the top of the hill near Hercules and White Water Landing. This overhauled the look and feel of the park. The parking lot for Wildwater Kingdom was doubled in size and converted to serve both Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom. A new entrance was also built to Dorney Park. Some concession stands and a carousel was also added at this new midway. The new midway, though was pretty empty initially and more rides were planned for it for the future. The old lot and entrance also continued to be used. Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, though were still separately gated until the end of that season. The park now charged guests a then-small charge for parking.

In 1995, admission to both Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom was offered at a single price for the first time. The change was promoted under the slogan "Two Parks for The Price Of One." That year also saw the addition of Thunder Canyon, a river rapids ride consisting of eight-passenger rafts that plunge and rock along a 16,400-foot (5,000 m) path through an authentic looking canyon, propelled by approximately 1 million US gallons (3,800 m3) of water. Both the old and new entrances continued to be used. Over the next few years more rides and concessions were added to the new midway area of the park.

In 1996, Dorney went "green" and transplanted 120 30-year-old trees in the new midwayto make shade. It also made the park look nicer. Construction began on a steel hypercoaster slightly over 200 feet (61 m) tall. It was designed by D.H. Morgan, a former employee of Arrow. Morgan helped design Magnum XL-200 at Cedar Point in 1988. This coaster would have a similar out and back layout but would have a smoother braking system and be a more pleasant ride than Magnum. It opened in an area that was previously considered the front of the park taking up that entire stretch of land. This coaster is known as Steel Force and opened in the spring of 1997. This brought the park up to four adult coasters and a kiddie coaster. At that point, the former front entrance was restricted to employees and was now considered the back entrance. Over the years, the waterpark added some newer water slides as well as a second lazy river.

In 1998, Dorney Park added a top spin ride called "Hang Time". At the end of this year, the "Monster" was temporarily removed and eventually relocated within the park. This was also the last year for the "Sky Ride", it was removed at the end of the season. During the offseason, the Laser was repainted in a neon green and purple style, replacing the red and white theme it had since its introduction to the park.

In 1999, a 200-foot (61 m) tower called Dominator, featuring two gravity-defying rides, was added. One tower blasts riders straight up 15 stories before dropping them back to earth, while another tower slowly lifts riders to a staggering 170 feet (52 m), then thrusts them downward at faster-than-free-fall speeds.

2000s[edit]

Dominator

2000 saw the debut of Camp Snoopy, a themed children's play area. A junior coaster (managed like a kiddie coaster in that adults without children cannot ride) called Woodstock Express was added that year, bringing the coaster count to eight, including four adult coasters, a junior coaster, and three kiddie coasters. The Wild Mouse was also added this year. Also, a new separate-charge admission thrill ride, Skyscraper, a Booster-type thrill ride by Gravity Works, Inc., was added.

In 2001, a Bolliger & Mabillard designed roller coaster called Talon was added near the now-front entrance of park. The ride was a steel inverted looping coaster with ski lift type seats, and approximately the size of the Raptor coaster at Cedar Point. The addition of the new adult coaster brought the park's roller coaster count to nine.

In 2002, the park added Meteor. Meteor is a flatride that was built by Zamperla in Italy. Meteor takes up to 24 riders each ride on 2 swing arms. The waterpark was also modified with a few waterslides.

In 2003, Wildwater Kingdom was overhauled. Several older body slides were removed and replaced with four modern colored body slides, two of which were open and two of which were enclosed tube slides. Three inflated tube slides were also added. One of the slides is mostly open and straight down, another is winding and completely enclosed, and the third slide also winds but is partially open. A new children's water play area was also added. In July, the park announced that Hercules would close Labor Day and in 2005 be replaced by Hydra the Revenge, a $13 million, steel floorless Bolliger & Mabillard coaster. Hercules closed and would be replaced as a result of high maintenance costs, a rough ride, and low ridership. Soon after, it was demolished, reducing the coaster count to eight.

In 2004, construction on Hydra began soon after razing Hercules and continued throughout the season. Around the same time, Skyscraper was relocated to Valleyfair, which ran from 2005 until 2007 before relocating to Cedar Point.

Hydra the Revenge opened on opening day for the 2005 season on 7 May 2005. The coaster is a half-mile in length and features a105-foot (32 m) drop. It is the first and only floorless roller coaster in Pennsylvania. The addition made the park home once again to nine adult and children's coasters.

On 22 September 2007, Dorney Park announced it would be opening its sixth adult roller coaster, a shuttle twisted impulse U-shaped coaster built by Intamin. The coaster, located at Geauga Lake in Aurora, Ohio, from 2000 to 2006, was originally known as Superman: Ultimate Escape, but was renamed Steel Venom when the park was bought by Cedar Fair from Six Flags in 2004. Steel Venom was removed from Geauga Lake in 2006 and unofficially opened as Voodoo at Dorney Park on 17 May 2008. Its grand opening was held six days later. The ride was renamed Possessed after the 2008 season to resolve a conflict with Six Flags, which held the rights to the name Voodoo.

In summer 2008, Dorney Park announced that Laser would be removed after the season ended to expand the park's opportunities, since it has been at Dorney Park since 1986. Laser took its final ride at Dorney Park on 1 November 2008. It now runs in Germany as Teststrecke and travels to different German Fairs.

In 2009, Dorney Park added "The Good Time Theatre." This theatre was announced in February 2009 and broke ground in April 2009. The theatre was finished in spring of 2009.[5]

2010s[edit]

White Water Landing

In 2010, the park removed its bumper car ride called "Krazy Kars" to add the Demon Drop from Cedar Point. Rita's Italian Ice was also introduced as a new concession. Meanwhile, the park announced that Planet Snoopy would open for the 2011 season.[6][7]

In 2011, Dorney Park introduced an 8 million dollar extensive overhaul to the former Camp Snoopy kid's park area. The new area is named Planet Snoopy with additions such as seven new rides, a new family care centre offering services and amenities for parents and their young children, a new and larger outdoor amphitheatre, and extensive new PEANUTS theme attributes being applied to differentiate the now 3.5-acre (14,000 m2) kid's park from the rest of Dorney Park. Theme attributes include a new bright colour palette, large billboard like Planet Snoopy signage, arch entry ways, paver blocks on the midways instead of concrete, and a Snoopy sculpture as a centrepiece and kids photo op.

In 2012, Dorney Park added Stinger, formerly Invertigo from California's Great America, to its roller coaster collection. The park also added the new Fast Lane virtual queue system, already present at the other Cedar Fair parks, and "Dinosaurs Alive!" near the Steel Force entrance. "Dinosaurs Alive!" was a walkthrough attraction that guests paid an additional fee to access. It featured life-size, animatronic dinosaurs that move and produce sound effects. Children also had access to a faux dig site for unearthing fossils, bones, and other dinosaur-themed objects.

In 2013, Dorney Park featured no major new attractions, but rather small changes to the park, such as a new Fast Pay wristband, allowing guests to add money to an RFID prepaid wristband, allowing them to pay for food and merchandise without carrying cash.[8] On 28 August 2013, Dorney Park announced that a new 65-foot-tall (20 m) tall water slide complex, Snake Pit, would be constructed for the 2014 season. Snake Pit features six water slides, Python Plummet, which is three free-fall body slides, Constrictor, which is an enclosed tube slide, and Boa Blaster, which is a twin tube slide featuring high speed drops. Snake Pit replaced Riptide Run and The Lily Pads. The first slide pieces of Snake Pit began to arrive at Dorney Park on Wednesday, 22 January 2014. Snake Pit opened on 30 May.[9][10] Also new for 2014 is an in park television channel called FUNtv. FUNtv is shown on television screens in the queue lines of many of the park's major attractions. Content shown includes weather, music videos, and trivia. The content for FUNtv is controlled out of sister park Kings Island in Mason OH.[11][12]

On 17 November 2014, Dorney Park announced a new attraction for 2015, the Cedar Creek Flyers, to be located in the lower section of the park next to Stinger. The ride features eight eagle themed gondolas suspended twenty eight feet in the air. Riders spin around in a circle and are able to control their ride experience. This gives riders a unique opportunity to determine whether they want a mild ride or a more aggressive one. The ride is manufactured by Larson International, Inc.[13]

Prior to the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Dorney Park removed their Top Spin ride, Hang Time and their S&S pendulum ride, Screamin' Swing.

On 18 August 2016, Dorney Park announced the return of their bumper car attractions, which will be named Dodgem, located in the location formerly occupied by Hang Time; and the addition of Kaleidoscope, a HUSS Troika, which will be located on the Main Midway, next to the Coasters Diner. Also, the addition of Parkside Pavilion, Cirque Imagine, as well as more cabanas and new food offerings including Auntie Anne's (replacing Philly Pretzel Factory), Papa Luigi's (which will be in the water park replacing Typhoon Treats), and a new drink refill station.

2020s[edit]

On March 11, 2020, the park announced that it would be open as usual and that the Covid 19 situation should be resolved by that time. Then as that situation unraveled over the next few days, on March 20, 2020, the park announced it would not open as scheduled for the 2020 season, but would hopefully open later in the season, like other Cedar Fair parks as well as parks owned by other companies, on grounds of COVID-19 pandemic.

On June 26, 2020, the park announced that they would be reopening with new safety protocols due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dorney Park reopened to season pass holders on July 8, 2020, and then to all guests on July 11, 2020. It was also announced that Wildwater Kingdom would not open with the park. New safety procedures included pre-arrival health screenings, temperature checks, social distancing, limited ride capacity, and mandatory masks.[14]

On August 4, 2020, the park announced that its water park, Wildwater Kingdom, would remain closed through 2020. The opening of Seaside Splashworks was pushed back until the 2021 season. Additionally, it was announced that Halloween Haunt, the park's premier Halloween event, would not occur in 2020. The park's final operating day for the 2020 season occurred on Labor Day, September 7, 2020.

On March 12, 2021, the park announced that they would have a delayed opening for the 2021 season. Dorney Park opened on Saturday, May 22, and Wildwater Kingdom opened on Saturday, May 29. Seaside Splashworks officially opened Memorial Day weekend. It was also announced that daily operations would begin on June 16. Then on June 17, due to staffing concerns, the park announced they would be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays throughout the duration of the summer. Grand Carnivale, the park's popular large international and cultural celebration, returned on operating dates between July 24 and August 8.[15]

In July 2021, the park announced that Halloween Haunt and the Great Pumpkin' Fest would return in 2021, operating select days from September 18 - October 31.[16]

Attractions[edit]

Dorney Park first added a Dentzel Carousel in 1901, and has since grown to include 64 rides as of the 2018 season. See the complete list of rides at Dorney Park below for more information on each.

Roller coasters[edit]

Intensity rating (out of 5)[17]
  1 (low)   2 (mild)   3 (moderate)   4 (high)   5 (aggressive)
Name Picture Opened Manufacturer Description
Hydra the Revenge Hydra (Jo-Jo Roll).JPG 2005 Bolliger & Mabillard A steel floorless roller coaster. It is notable for having an inversion before the lift hill. This is called a "Jo-Jo Roll". 5
Possessed Possessed (Back 2).jpg 2008 Intamin A steel launched Inverted Impulse roller coaster. It was previously located at Geauga Lake as Steel Venom. 5
Steel Force Steel Force (Return).jpg 1997 D.H. Morgan Manufacturing A steel Hypercoaster. It is over a mile, making it one of the longest coasters on the East Coast of the United States. 5
Talon Talon (Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom) 08.jpg 2001 Bolliger & Mabillard A steel inverted roller coaster, with a vertical loop, a zero-g-roll, an immelmann, and a flat spin 5
Thunderhawk DP-Thunderhawk.jpg 1923 Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters A wooden roller coaster. One of the oldest operating roller coasters in the world. 4
Wild Mouse 2000 Maurer Söhne A steel wild mouse roller coaster 4
Woodstock Express Woodstock Express (Dorney Park) 1.jpg 2000 Zamperla A steel family roller coaster 3

Thrill rides[edit]

Name Opened Manufacturer Description
Demon Drop 2010 Intamin A 1st generation freefall ride. It was previously located at Cedar Point. 5
Dominator 1999 S&S Worldwide A combo turbo drop and space shot tower. 5
Enterprise 1984 HUSS A classic Enterprise ride 4
Meteor 2002 Zamperla A Hawk 48 ride. 5
Revolution 2004 Chance A Revolution ride 5

Family rides[edit]

Name Opened Manufacturer Description
Antique Carousel 1995 Dentzel A 1921 Dentzel carousel featuring a 66 piece menagerie of animals and two chariots. It opened at Cedar Point in 1972 and was relocated to Dorney Park in 1995. A Wurlitzer style #153 Military Band Organ provides the carousel's music. 1
Apollo 1984 Sorani and Moser A Sorani and Moser Swing Around Ride. 3
Cedar Creek Cannonball 1993 Crown Metal Products A 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge,[18] old-fashioned replica steam engine train ride. 1
Cedar Creek Flyers 2015 Larson International A Flying Scooters ride with eight carriages that each have a paddle, enabling guests to change the movement of their carriage 3
Dodgem 2017 Soli Bumper Cars; 20 Riders get behind the wheel of this midway classic and take a crash course in family fun. 4
Ferris Wheel 1991 Chance Rides A classic ferris wheel ride 2
Kaleidoscope 2017 HUSS A HUSS Troika, Featuring three arms of seven gondolas moving counterclockwise against the ride's main clockwise direction. 3
Monster 1995 Eyerly Aircraft Company A monster type ride 3
Musik Express 1984 Mack Rides A music express ride 3
Road Rally 1994 Morgan A car ride that features gasoline-powered vehicles that are modeled after classic sports cars. 3
Scrambler 1970 Eli Bridge A Twist type ride[citation needed] 3
Sea Dragon 1984 Chance Rides A pirate ship type ride 3
Tilt-A-Whirl 2002 Sellner A classic Tilt-A-Whirl ride 3
Wave Swinger 1985 Zierer A classic swing ride 3
Whip 1920 W.F. Mangels Riders travel in carts through an oval that "whips" them around 180-degree turns. 2
Zephyr Railroad[19] 1935 A 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge,[20] gas-electric train that takes riders on a scenic trip around the park. It is a one-of-a-kind train designed after the Pioneer Zephyr—the first streamline train. 1

Water rides[edit]

Name Opened Manufacturer Description
Thunder Canyon 1994 Barr Engineering A river rafting water ride 5
Thunder Creek Mountain 1982 Barr Engineering A classic log flume water ride 4
White Water Landing 1993 Arrow Dynamics A shoot-the-chutes water ride 5

Defunct roller coasters[edit]

Name Manufacturer Type Design In operation
Scenic Railway Frederick Ingersoll Wooden Sit Down 1903–1920
Wild Mouse B.A. Schiff & Associates Steel Sit Down 1964–1965
Flying Dutchman Pinfari Steel Sit Down 1972–1988
Hercules Dinn Corporation Wooden Sit Down 1989–2003
Laser Anton Schwarzkopf Steel Sit Down 1986–2008
Steel First Allan Herschell Company Steel Kiddie 1990–2010
Dragon Coaster Zamperla Steel Powered 1992–2010
Stinger Vekoma Steel Inverted 2012-2017

Other Past Attractions[edit]

Name Manufacturer Type In operation
Berenstain Bear Country 1995-
Hangtime Huss Topspin 1998-2015
Skyscraper Gravity Works Inc. 2000-2007
Joker Zamperla Joker
Screamin Swing S&S 2005-2015
Paratrooper 1960's-2001
Skyride -1999

Wildwater Kingdom[edit]

Wildwater Kingdom, located on the park grounds, is one of the largest water parks located within an amusement park (as opposed to stand-alone or separately gated waterparks) in the country, with over a dozen water rides and pools. It opened in 1985. It has become a major summer attraction and is especially popular with residents from the local Lehigh Valley, as well as Allentown's two closest major cities, New York City and Philadelphia. It is included with admission to Dorney Park.

Wildwater Kingdom has 22 water slides, three aquatic playlands for children, a water funhouse, two tubing rivers, two wave pools and other water rides. In the 2006 season, Wildwater Kingdom introduced an additional wave pool (called Wildwater Cove) to accommodate the immense popularity of the park's existing wave pool. The season pass lot was eliminated and now season pass holders must park in the regular lot at no additional cost. In 2007, a six-lane mat racing water slide called the Aqua Racer was added, sponsored by Capital BlueCross. Two enclosed tube slides (Torpedo Tubes) were dismantled at the end of 2006. In 2014, Wildwater Kingdom opened a new slide complex called Snake Pit. Snake Pit features 6 slides total and includes Python Plummet, Boa Blasters, and Constrictor. Riptide Run and The Lily Pads were removed to make way for Snake Pit. Following the 2019 season, Island Water Works and the adjacent splash pad were removed to make room for Seaside Splashworks, which was set to open in summer 2020, but was pushed back a year.

Attractions[edit]

Ride Opened Height Requirement Style Rating[17]
Aqua Racer 2007 Over 42" Multi-lane mat racer 4
Aquablast 1991 Over 46" Multi person slide 5
Boa Blasters 2014 Over 48" Two enclosed tube slides featuring sharp drops 5
Cascade 1990 Over 48" Double tube slide 4
Constrictor 2014 Over 48" Enclosed slide with four 360 degree tight turns 5
Jumpin' Jack Splash 2003 Over 48" One open air and two enclosed body slides 4
Kids Cove 1992 Under 54" or with child Kids area 1
Lightning Falls 1990 Over 48" Two tube slides 5
Lollipop Lagoon Under 54" or with child Kids area 1
Patriot's Plunge 2003 Over 48" Three water slides 5
Python Plummet 2014 Over 48" Three trap door slides 5
Runaway River 1987 Over 42" or with adult Lazy River 2
Speed Slides Over 48" Two slides 3
Seaside Splashworks 2021 Over 36" or with adult Mulit-level play structure with 6 slides 1
Splash Landing 2003 Under 54" or with child Kids area 1
Wave Pool 1985 Over 42" or with adult Wave pool 4
Wildwater Cove 2006 Over 42" Wave pool 4
Wildwater Rapids 2003 Over 46" Two enclosed and two open air body slides 4
Wildwater River 1990 Over 42" or with adult Lazy River 2

Fast Lane[edit]

Fast Lane is a secondary queue system available at Cedar Fair amusement parks. For an additional cost separate from park admission, visitors can purchase Fast Lane passes in the form of a wrist band, which grants them access to the shorter queue available on many popular attractions. Fast Lane Plus is an upgrade option to the standard Fast Lane pass and includes additional rides in Wildwater Kingdom.

Halloween Haunt[edit]

Halloween Haunt logo

Halloween Haunt was originally introduced in 1998 as HalloWeekends, but was rebranded Halloween Haunt in 2008. Haunt is intended for children 13 years of age and older, while its counterpart, Boo Blast, is intended for small children. Boo Blast occurs during the day on Saturdays and Sundays in mid-September to late-October, while Haunt occurs at night on Fridays and Saturdays (and one Sunday). In 2015, Boo Blast was rebranded Snoopy's Halloween Party, in order to end any confusion as to whether or not it was scare-free and kid friendly (it is in fact scare-free and very family friendly). In 2016, Boo Blast was rebranded as the Great Pumpkin Festival to match other Cedar Fair parks.

Current attractions[edit]

Halloween Haunt currently features 10 attractions including six mazes and four scare zones, as well as roaming Street Talent sliders and actors, and four live mainstage shows (Ghouling Organs, IllumiNightmares, Overlord's Incantation, and Skeleton Crew).[21]

Attraction Type Opened Location
The Lair Scare Zone 2019 Road Rally Midway
Enigma Maze 2021 Next to Cedar Creek Flyers
Blackout Maze 2014 Talon Midway
CarnEVIL Scare Zone 2014 Hydra Plaza
The Hollow Scare Zone 2021 Possessed Midway
Cornstalkers: Barn Bred & Blood Fed Maze 2008 (Renovated in 2015) Demon Drop Plaza
Blood on the Bayou Maze 2016 Across from Cedar Creek Cannonball
Necropolis Scare Zone 2018 Behind Revolution
Tourist Trap Maze 2017 Food Fest Groves
Trick Or Treat Maze 2015 Steel Force Plaza
Steamworx Scare Zone 2019 Main Midway

Halloween Haunt Attraction history[edit]

Year Attractions
2008 Returning attractions: Magical House on Kill Hill, Screamworks
Upgraded/Renovated Attractions: Doctor of Doom (received clown theme)
New attractions: Club Blood, Cornstalkers, Headstone Hollow, Terror Square
2009 Returning attractions: Magical House on Kill Hill, Club Blood, Cornstalkers, Terror Square, Headstone Hollow
Upgraded/Renovated Attractions: Psycho Circus (renaming of Dr. Doom)
New attractions: Pirate Passage, The Gauntlet, The Asylum, Backwoods, Death Trap
2010 Returning attractions: Club Blood, Cornstalkers, Terror Square, Headstone Hollow, Pirate Passage, The Gauntlet, The Asylum, Backwoods, Death Trap, Psycho Circus
New attractions: Mansion House Hotel
2011 Returning attractions: Club Blood, Cornstalkers, Terror Square, Mansion House Hotel, The Asylum, Backwoods, Death Trap, Psycho Circus
New attractions: Cut Throat Island, Age of Darkness, Grave Walkers
2012 Returning attractions: Cornstalkers, Mansion House Hotel, The Asylum, Death Trap, Cut Throat Island, Age of Darkness, Grave Walkers, Psycho Circus
New attractions: Desolation, Blood Shed, Head Hunters
2013 Returning attractions: Cornstalkers, Mansion House Hotel, The Asylum, Desolation, Blood Shed, Cut Throat Island, Grave Walkers, Psycho Circus
Upgraded/Renovated attractions: Age of Darkness (expanded into Death Trap's attraction area and received new props), Head Hunters (received expansive new set pieces)
2014 Returning attractions: Cornstalkers, Mansion House Hotel, The Asylum, Desolation, Blood Shed, Grave Walkers, Age of Darkness, Head Hunters
Relocated Attractions: Cut Throat Island (Relocated from Hydra Plaza to White Water Landing Midway)
New attractions: Chamber of Horrors Wax Museum, CarnEVIL, Blackout (Fright Lane only)
Retired Attractions: Psycho Circus
2015 Returning Attractions: Mansion House Hotel, The Asylum, Desolation, Grave Walkers, Age of Darkness (slight expansion to create a Skeleton Key room), Cut Throat Island, Chamber of Horrors Wax Museum, CarnEVIL, Blackout (Fright Lane only)
Upgraded/Renovated Attractions: Cornstalkers: Barn Bred and Blood Fed (Relocated from Wildwater Kingdom to the Demon Drop plaza, combined with Blood Shed, given a new Skeleton Key room, and renamed)
New Attractions: Trick or Treat (located in the Steel Force Plaza)
Retired Attractions: Head Hunters, Blood Shed
2016 Returning Attractions: Cornstalkers, Mansion House Hotel (new Skeleton Key Room), Grave Walkers, Trick or Treat, Age of Darkness, Cut Throat Island (added Skeleton Key Room), Chamber of Horrors Wax Museum, CarnEVIL, Blackout (No longer Fright Lane only)
New Attractions: Blood on the Bayou, The Ward (later renamed Urgent Scare)
Retired Attractions: Desolation, The Asylum[22]
2017 Returning Attractions: Age of Darkness, Blackout, Blood on the Bayou, Grave Walkers, Trick or Treat, Cut Throat Island, Cornstalkers, Urgent Scare, CarnEvil, Chamber of Horrors Wax Museum
New Attractions: Tourist Trap
Retired Attractions: Mansion House Hotel
2018 Returning Attractions: Age of Darkness, Blackout, Blood on the Bayou, Trick or Treat (new "Lights Out" theme), Cornstalkers, Urgent Scare, CarnEvil, Chamber of Horrors Wax Museum, Tourist Trap
New Attractions: Necropolis (Grave Walkers replacement/ upgrade)
Retired Attractions: Grave Walkers, Cut Throat Island
2019 Returning Attractions: Blackout, Blood on the Bayou, CarnEvil, Chamber of Horrors Wax Museum, Cornstalkers, Necropolis, Tourist Trap, Trick or Treat: Lights Out, Urgent Scare

New Attractions: The Lair, SteamWorx

Retired Attractions: Age of Darkness

2020 Halloween HAUNT did not occur in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Returning Attractions: Blackout, Blood on the Bayou, CarnEvil, Cornstalkers, Necropolis, SteamWorx The Lair, Tourist Trap, Trick or Treat

New Attractions: Enigma, The Hollow

Retired Attractions: Chamber of Horrors Wax Museum, Urgent Scare

Bus access[edit]

LANta bus route 322 serves the park vicinity with the closest stop being on Route 222 at Lincoln Avenue. Private bus lines serve nearby Wescosville at the Park & Ride, which is also served by bus route 322.

In popular culture[edit]

Dorney Park is featured as the "Tilted Acres" park backdrop in the 1988 John Waters' film Hairspray. In the film, the character Franklin Von Tussle, played by Sonny Bono, owns an amusement park.

The 1968 film Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows features scenes of Dorney Park.[23]

In Summer 2006, a music video for the Kidz Bop song "Move Along" by The All-American Rejects was filmed at Dorney Park.

Dorney Park was featured in the TruTV show All Worked Up[24]

Matt Strohm, one of Halloween Haunt's actors, has published two memoirs about his experience: Haunted and "Waxed". He also wrote a contemporary fantasy story, "Contradictions", which takes place within the park.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "History". Dorney Park official website. Archived from the original on 26 July 2008. Retrieved 20 September 2008.
  2. ^ "Park History Timeline". Cedar Fair. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  3. ^ Map of the Public Roads in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1915. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  4. ^ Call, DAN FRICKER, The Morning. "DORNEY PARK IS SOLD $48 MILLION DEAL COMPLETED AFTER MONTHS OF TALKS". themorningcall.com. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  5. ^ Margolis, Liz; Duckett, Jodi (20 March 2009). "Dorney's Voodoo becomes Possessed". The Morning Call. p. D.1. ISSN 0884-5557. Archived from the original on 22 March 2009. Retrieved 8 March 2011.
  6. ^ Season pass information that reveals the Planet Snoopy opening Archived 3 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 25 November 2010.
  7. ^ "Dorney Park News". Dorney Park. Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
  8. ^ "Two Great Parks For The Price of One-Amusement Parks in PA – Dorney Park". dorneypark.com. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Dorney Park on Twitter". Twitter.
  10. ^ "Dorney Park News". The Morning Call. 28 August 2013. Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2013. > Alt URL
  11. ^ "NewsPlusNotes: Dorney Park Opens for 130th Season of Fun". newsplusnotes.blogspot.com.
  12. ^ "Cedar Point Amusement Park, The Roller Coaster Capital of the World!". cedarpoint.com. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Two Great Parks For The Price of One-Amusement Parks in PA – Dorney Park". dorneypark.com. Archived from the original on 19 December 2014.
  14. ^ "Dorney Park Amusement Park | Coronavirus Update". www.dorneypark.com. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  15. ^ "Dorney Park Amusement Park | Coronavirus Update". www.dorneypark.com. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  16. ^ "Halloween Events & Haunted Attractions | Halloween Haunt | Dorney Park". www.dorneypark.com. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  17. ^ a b Ratings assigned per Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom's own system, where "1" is the least intense and "5" is the most. See their "Guest Assistance Guide" (PDF). Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 October 2012. for more specific details.
  18. ^ "Crown Locomotive Roster". trainweb.org.
  19. ^ "Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom – Zephyr". themeparkreview.com.
  20. ^ "Dorney Park Zephyr Railroad – Theme Park Review". themeparkreview.com.
  21. ^ "Halloween Haunt attractions". Dorney Park. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  22. ^ "Michael Fehnel on Twitter". twitter.com.
  23. ^ "Locations for Where Angels Go Trouble Follows!". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  24. ^ "themorningcall.com: TV Watchers Blog". mcall.com.

Further reading[edit]

  • Futrell, Jim. Amusement Parks of Pennsylvania. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2002.

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