& Wildwater Kingdom
Allentown, PA (Abbreviation: DP)
Cedar Fair L.P.
Park News - Dorney Park To Add 2 New Rides, a Show and More in 2017 (MORE...)
(8/13/16) Based on the photo of the Haunt Hearse parked in front of Dorney Park it looks like 8 of the 9 haunts from last year will return for 2016, with the only one missing is The Asylum. There are two new mystery stickers on the back of the Hearse this year however with giant "?" on them... one of which kind of looks like a UFO to me. We'll have to wait and see what these new haunts will be.
(6/6/16) Sounds like Dorney Park had some difficulty with Stinger over the weekend. I'm told that the coaster stopped between the loop and second lift hill at one point over the weekend, and the ride was reported as being up and down a few times as well. I'm not sure of the current status, but sounds like it is having some difficulties right now.
(5/11/16) Screamscape sources have confirmed that the S&S Screamin Swing was removed from the park over the winter. It came down to low ridership numbers for the upcharge attraction, along with high maintenance / upkeep costs. We’ve also been told that the small Chance Carousel that was next to the park’s Ferris Wheel near the upper part of the park has also been removed.
(5/7/16) A reader visited Dorney Park the other day and noticed something we had not yet reported on, that the park’s S&S Screamin Swing ride has been removed. Can anyone else verify if this is a brand new development, or was it removed sometime last season? These rides seem to have quickly dropped out of favor at Cedar Fair parks, as the nearly identical one at Knott’s Berry Farm was also removed last fall.
(2/6/16) In one of the craziest things I've ever seen the local news reports that Dorney Park and the local police are trying to identify a group of four young people (2 male, 2 female) caught on park security cameras who broke into the closed theme park at night and somehow climbed to the top of the 200-foot Dominator tower ride to remove a blue and white Dorney Park flag. You can see the images caught by the security camera here.
(1/21/16) Dorney Park has posted artwork showing off the new 3-Bench PTC trains they will add to the park's Thunderhawk coaster in 2016. The artwork shows off a dark redish looking train with gold trim along the top of the sides as Train "A", along with a note that Train "B" would feature the reverse color scheme. It also mentions that the coaster itself will be painted a sharp white color (as opposed to the more creamy off-white it is now).
In other news, Dorney Park appears to still be having some issues with OSHA over employees and heat issues. Give this local news article a read to see more details.
(12/1/15) According to a post at CoasterChitChat, Dorney Park has confirmed that they are getting brand new PTC trains for the park’s Thunderhawk coaster in 2016. It seems there was some brief confusion about these being the new PTC-360 style trains, but they are not, they will be regular PTC trains.
(10/19/15) Dorney Park has been granted preliminary approval (final approval still needed) to build two new catering pavilion structures that will take up the space currently used by the Speedway ride. A new pump building will also be built between the Club Blood and Waterwater Landing attractions as well.
2016 - No new attraction has been announced yet for Dorney Park in 2016. It seems this may be a year to focus on internal improvements and attraction upgrades.
2017 - New Attraction(s) - (8/18/16) Dorney Park will add two new rides, new live entertainment and other improvements for the 2017 season. New for 2017 will be the return of bumper cars to the park in the form of Dodgem, which will be located next to Talon. The other new addition will be Kaleidoscope (a Troika flat ride) that will be added to the main midway.
Also new for 2017 will be Parkside Pavilion, a new catering facility available for corporate, church and other group outings to the park, able to accommodate groups of over 2000 guests.
Dorney Park will also be the next to get Cirque Imagine, a great 30-minute live show featuring several Cirque du Soleil style performance acts featuring aerialists, balancing acts, bikes and trampolines.
The Wildwater Kingdom experience will be enhanced with the addition of 17 new cabanas available for rent and an assortment of new food and beverage offerings at the Sunset Beach Bear (including a full-service bar for adults).
(8/8/16) Dorney Park has announced on Twitter that they will announce their new attraction(s) on August 18th. I'm told that we can expect up to three new attractions. This is also the day that Carowinds and Worlds of Fun are expected to announce their new flat rides, so perhaps Dorney is getting something similar.
(7/12/16) The latest rumors about Dorney Park now claim that the park could be hoping to get a couple of those restored flat rides that Cedar Fair bought, possibly for the 2017 season. As for the rumor of removing Dinosaurs Alive, I've been told that the contract to keep the Dino's was expected to run out at the end of this season. Any plans for a larger attraction, like a coaster, are likely to have to wait until 2018.
(5/11/16) According to a message sent in from the spy network, Dorney Park may be looking at removing the Dinosaurs Alive outdoor display to build some kind of new indoor attraction for the 2017 season. The initial thought was an indoor coaster, but with Cedar Fair getting more into dark ride concepts, that could be a possibility as well.