Dorney Park is 200 acre family amusement park
in Allentown, Pennsylvania
and mainly serves the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania metropolitan area
. The park was born in 1860 when Solomon Dorney based a fish hatchery
along Cedar Creek. Shortly thereafter, Solomon added a hotel, restaurant, zoo
, rides and games to his attraction. Following the tradition of trolley park
s, a cable railway
, ferris wheel
and other midway rides were added. In the 1920s, a wooden roller coaster
named "The Coaster" and a water coaster named "The Mill Chute" were added to raise the skyline
of Dorney Park. However, these were the last high profile attractions that were added to the park until the 1970s when more midway
attractions and dark ride
s were added to the park. However, a fire in 1983 burnt down many of the attractions including a Philadelphia Toboggan Company
carousel. Nonetheless, a new owner brought Dorney Park much construction and built Hercules
which was then the tallest wooden roller coaster
and Wildwater Kingdom, a seasonal water park
. In 1992, Cedar Fair
purchased Dorney Park and has since brought it into a better competitor in the tight Northeastern amusement park market. Since Cedar Fair
took over, Dorney Park has added five roller coaster
s to its name and has also topped the 200 ft mark with Steel Force
. Dorney Park now touts 100 rides and attractions and includes admission price
for Wildwater Kingdom in its ticket price.
The newest attraction for Dorney Park is Revolution, a Chance-Morgan family flat ride. With the removal of the head banging Hercules at the end of 2003, it is heavily rumored that a floorless coaster named Hydra: The Revenge will take open in its place during the 2005 season.
Significant Rides and Attractions:
- Laser, a looping roller coaster.
- Steel Force, a Morgan trilogy hypercoaster.
- Talon, an inverted roller coaster.
- Thunderhawk, formerly "The Coaster".
- Wild Mouse, a family roller coaster.
- Wildwater Kingdom, the water park.
- Meteor, a Zamperla flat ride.
- Dominator, a 200 foot tower.
- Thunder Canyon, a river rapids.
- Camp Snoopy, a themed children's area.
- Zephyr, a miniature train.
- Coasters Drive-In Restaurant
- Red Garter Saloon
- Center Stage Theatre
Sources: www.dorneypark.com; www.rcdb.com; www.cedarfair.com