Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom: Visit #6
By: Kevin Michaels
September 25, 2015
It's Friday and Six Flags Great Adventure isn't open so we decided to venture out to Dorney Park for our 6th visit of the season.
Meeting with Friends?
Sheri, her husband, Danny, Vincent and his son are all expected to be here tonight for Halloween Haunt at Dorney Park.
Metal detectors at entrance
As we walked into the park tonight, they were scanning all guests entering the park with the metal detector wands.
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom: Visit #5
By: Kevin Michaels
September 19, 2015
Are you ready for Halloween Haunt at Dorney Park?? The Haunts here at the park began last night for the season, but we are here all day today for the rides and the Haunt, it should be a blast. While we are approaching fall, summer weather is still here as it is set to be 85 degrees and sunny today. That is a perfect day for a theme park, but not a perfect day for me. Bring on the brisk fall mornings, I cannot wait!
Park opens at 11am
We arrived to the park around 10:30am and got a good spot in the parking lot and then got in the line of people waiting to get into the park. For Halloween Haunt, the park opens at 11am but will remain open until midnight! I don't know if I will make it all the way until midnight as I have a 2 hour drive home, but I will try my hardest. It actually depends on how long the lines get for the Haunts. If they become unbearable, then I'll call it a night otherwise I will stick it out. Either way, my goal is to peel myself out of bed tomorrow to head to Six Flags Great Adventure!
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom: Visit #4
By: Kevin Michaels
August 1, 2015
It's Saturday morning and we are headed off to Dorney Park! It's going to be a little warm out today, but clear and sunny out all day!
I was on the road and realized that I had forgotten my video devices so I had to turn around and go back home and get them. To my friends, they would say to do without, but my YouTube Channel is very important and is a big part of this website. Believe it or not, the monthly income I make from the YouTube Channel is paying for our Theme Park trips and I cannot thank our viewers enough for watching and the support of the channel! On Thursday, July 30th, we reached 5,000 subscribers to our channel! As long as you guys keep supporting us and watching, we will keep pumping out videos! Again, THANK YOU!
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom: Visit #3
By: Kevin Michaels
July 19, 2015
It's Sunday morning and it's time to head home from our 10 day "theme park tour." Knowing that we will be passing Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom on the way home, it is always in the back of my mind to stop there and use the park as a rest stop, a place for three rides and a place to grab some food on the way out! We are Platinum Season Pass Members with Cedar Fair and we have the All Season Dining, so why not take advantage?
This place is MOBBED...
I thought this place was crowded the last time I was here, but today was much worse. The line to get into the parking lot was ridiculous and when we finally got in, we were directed to a parking lot that I didn't even know existed! This is going to be a long walk to the park. When we got up to the front gates, I couldn't believe the amount of people that were lined up and waiting to get into the park. It was an incredible sight here at Dorney Park. There is only one or two other times that I have seen the park this crowded, and I really didn't expect this today.
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom: Visit #2
By: Kevin Michaels
July 5, 2015
Today was a brief and unexpected trip to Dorney Park. This morning, we woke up in Sandusky, Ohio and our goal was to drive straight home to New Jersey. At about 10:30 in the morning, I had stopped at a McDonalds, hoping to get a burger but they were still serving breakfast. Wait, the McDonalds is open 24/7, but they don't serve lunch/dinner anytime? Ok, how annoying.
With Ritz Crackers in my car, we struggled along. Once we got near the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I saw signs for Allentown. Hmm, Allentown, we're hungry, Dorney Park has food, bathrooms and rides; let's do this. The parking lot seemed extremely crowded and they were checking all bags and scanning your body with a metal wand at the gate. It took a while to get into the park, but we finally made it in.
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom: Visit #1
By: Kevin Michaels
May 2, 2015
It's opening day at Dorney Park and it's set to be a beautiful day as the forecast is calling for 75 degrees. Here at Dorney Park, we are granted early entry into the park at 9:30am and the early rides are the Carousel, the Waveswinger and Talon!
First ride of the day, Talon
We skipped past the Carousel as that's more of an old time ride just to pass some time. First up, Talon. As we are approaching the ride, it's running but it's awfully quiet. Six Flags Great Adventure has pretty much the same ride and that's called Batman the Ride and it's a smooth and rough mess. Talon on the other hand? I couldn't believe how quiet and smooth it was. Granted, it is 8 years newer than Batman the Ride, but obviously Cedar Fair has a better way of maintaining their rides and keeping them quieter.
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
Planning a trip to the Park?!
Are you planning a trip to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown, Pennsylvania? Here are a few tips from the Theme Park Maniacs! In 2013, we made a total of 8 visits to the park and we made 8 more visits to the park in 2014! With that many visits in the past 2 years, we do have some experience at Dorney Park!
Dorney Park is a great place to be...
Many other parks, I have said that the number one tip is to arrive early. Dorney Park is a different beast. During our 16 visits in the past 2 years, I'd say that only 2 of them have had really crowded days where the rides had long lines. We've found that Dorney Park is the perfect place to visit and spend your day on a Saturday as opposed to our homepark of Six Flags Great Adventure.
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
What's new in 2015?!
Opening in 2015 is the Cedar Creek Flyers! This ride is known as the Flyin' Eagles at other theme parks. It is a family style spinning ride, good for all ages! Once you climb aboard the Cedar Creek Flyers, it is up to you to make your bird fly higher than the others as you have control of the wing to make your eagle fly high!
Stinger back in 2015?!
This ride is being placed next to Stinger. Speaking of Stinger, that will be reopened for the 2015 operating season. As you know, the ride had a malfunction at the beginning of last season which kept it out of commission for the rest of the season but the plan is to have this ride in full operation in 2015!
Dorney Park: Cedar Creek Flyers
Manufactured by: Larson International, Inc.
Cedar Creek Flyers is a children's ride at Dorney Park, manufactured by Larson International and opens at the park during the 2015 operating season!
Once you climb aboard an Eagle at Dorney Park, it is totally up to you to decide just how high you can fly! There is a lever that controls the "wing" of the bird. As the ride is in motion, you can move that back and forth to gain more momentum to fly high!
Dorney Park: Zephyr
Manufactured by: Miles
Zephyr is a small train ride at Dorney Park that was manufactured by a company called Miles. This ride opened up at the park in 1935!
Once you climb aboard Zephyr, you will be taken on a short tour around the park. You will pass by rides such as Possessed & Stinger before being brought back to the station.
Dorney Park: Woodstock Whirlybirds
Manufactured by: Zamperla
And the Tea Cups! The Woodstock Whirlybirds is Dorney Park's version of the mini-Tea Cups. This ride was manufactured by Zamperla and it is located in Planet Snoopy.
Climb aboard the Whirlybirds and see how fast you can get your individual cup spinning by turning the wheel in the center of the ride! This is a low thrill attraction designed for children.
Dorney Park: White Water Landing
Manufactured by: Arrow Dynamics
White Water Landing is a giant boat ride at Dorney Park, also known as "Shoot the Chutes." This ride was manufactured by Arrow Dynamics and it opened up at the park in 1992.
Once you climb aboard this giant boat, you will be slowly brought up to a height of 80 feet. Once you come around the bend, you will see a big drop ahead of you. This is where the splashdown occurs, so get ready to get DRENCHED! Depending on where you are sitting on the boat, you will get soaked, from head to toe!
Dorney Park: Whip
Manufactured by: W.F. Mangels Company
The Whip is an old time amusement park ride that your parents and even grandparents will remember from their time. This ride was manufactured by W.F. Mangels Company and it opened up at Dorney Park in 1920!
This particular Whip is the oldest ride at Dorney Park and it is one of the two oldest Whip rides to date. Once you climb aboard the Whip, you'll be 'whipped' around the oval track. Your cars are coupled to a chain and it will slowly move around the track but for each of the curves it goes around, you will feel the whipping experience!
Dorney Park: Wave Swinger
Manufactured by: Zierer Corporation
The Wave Swinger is a swing ride at Dorney Park, manufactured by the Zierer Corporation, opening at the park during the 1985 operating season.
This classic swing ride will lift you up off the ground and swing you around in a circle and wave you up and down as the ride swings; hence the name Wave Swinger!
Dorney Park: Thunder Canyon
Manufactured by: Barr Engineering
Thunder Canyon is the river rapids ride at Dorney Park, manufactured by Barr Engineering and it opened up at the park during the 1994 operating season!
This particular river rapids ride gives "getting wet" a new meaning! You will travel through the rough waters at Dorney Park under a total of 14 waterfalls that will drench riders! If the first and second waterfall misses you, have no fear because you will get SOAKED on the next waterfalls. Do not think you are going to go on this ride and come off dry because it just doesn't happen. If you plan on going on this ride, plan on coming off looking like a wet rat.
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom: Visit #8
By: Kevin Michaels
October 18, 2014
After a Six Flags Suck Adventure, it's time for our 8th and final visit to Dorney Park this season! Today, we are joined by Danny, Ryan, Brendan and Robert! There are 7 of us and this is sure to be a fun day at Dorney Park as the Theme Park Maniacs run wild!
Team Fat Guy has to eat...
Since we get the All Day Dining Plan here at Dorney, we always take advantage of that by getting our first meal at the Pizza Place near the front of the park. Today's services really sucked. They were very slow moving and the guy behind the counter couldn't figure out how to activate the All Day Dining Wristband. I would say that we spent at least 30 minutes getting our wristbands and food.
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom. Now this is a place that when I ask someone if they've been there, no matter what their age is, their answer is always "I haven't been there since I was a small child." I know that I've gone to Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom as a child, but I don't remember anything about it. When the year 2013 came and I found out that I could fit on many of the rides at Great Adventure, I decided that I wanted to go to Dorney Park again and this time as an adult!
Before I would go to Dorney Park, there was a decision to be made. Do I get a one day pass, or do I go for the season pass? Am I really going to go to Dorney Park enough for the season pass to pay for itself? The deciding factor was an upcoming visit to Indiana. Knowing that we were going to Indiana to visit our good friends John and Angelica, we started looking at some theme park options in his vicinity. One theme park that John suggested was Cedar Point.
After John suggested Cedar Point, I had gone to their website and I noticed that their website was very similar to that of Dorney Park. So I had to look into it a little further... these two parks are owned by the same company. Then I started to check on the prices for the Cedar Fair season passes and they were at 180 dollars, which sounds like a lot but it pays for the parking at each of their parks. I read further into it and I've read on sites that if you go to a park at least 3 times, the pass would pay for itself.
So we had Dorney Park and Cedar Point lined up, but that was only counting two visits. I was unsure if I would visit Dorney Park more than once for the season, so I really became a pain in the ass and pressured my friend into visiting Kings Island as well during our visit. On the week of May 27th, we made back to back visits to both Kings Island and Cedar Point and this was my deciding factor in getting a season pass for the Cedar Fair parks!
As of this writing, we have gone to Dorney Park a total of four times and I really feel like we will get there at least 2 or 3 more times by the end of the season. So even if I didn't go to Cedar Point and Kings Island, the Cedar Fair pass did pay for itself but being able to go to the other Cedar Fair Parks is a huge perk as I am currently plotting a visit to Kings Dominion down in Virginia! I don't have a timeframe on this visit, but if and when it happens, expect another section of this site to open up!
What do we like about Dorney Park? It is a different experience than Six Flags Great Adventure. Great Adventure is known for it's bigger rides and bigger roller coasters, but Dorney Park has a lot of the older school rides and different coasters. None of the coasters are as big as what you'll find at Great Adventure but a lot of the smaller rides that are missed at Great Adventure like Musik Express, Enterprise, Tilt a Whirl and the Demon Drop can be found at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom. Two of my favorite non roller coaster rides at Dorney are Meteor and Revolution. I don't recall Great Adventure ever having a ride like Meteor, so when I first rode that ride it was an all new experience!
I won't be talking about the water park right now as I am yet to go in there but if I do go in there before the summer ends, I'll be sure to add a lot of content about the water park. A lot of people look at Dorney as being just a water park but there is so much more to Dorney Park than just Wildwater Kingdom. Being that everyone looks at the place as a water park, that makes it better for us who like to ride the other rides because the lines will stay shorter when people go there to spend their day in Wildwater Kingdom!