Cedar Fair acquires land next to Dorney Park for expansion

Posted Thursday, June 9, 2011 11:59 AM | Contributed by Jeff

[Ed. note: The following is an excerpt of a press release. -J]

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company today announced that Lehigh County has accepted its $2.75 million bid to purchase 6.75 acres of land adjacent to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Pending approval from the Lehigh County Commissioners, this land acquisition will enable the Company to continue enhancing the guest experience at the park through the introduction of new rides and attractions, future park development and the expansion of parking facilities. The transaction is expected to close 30 to 60 days following approval by the County Commissioners.

"We are excited about the expansion and development opportunities this additional space will provide to Dorney Park, as well as the increased economic impact it will have for the county," said Dick Kinzel, president and chief executive officer of Cedar Fair. "In addition, we appreciate the opportunity provided by the Lehigh County Commissioners to bid on this property and would like to thank them for their ongoing strong support of regional economic development and tourism. We look forward to expanding our ability to provide unique, family entertainment at a great value in the region."

Read the entire press release from Cedar Fair.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011 12:53 PM

6.75 acres doesn't seem like a lot, but I don't know much about math and geography :(

I'm wondering if the re-located Invertigo could go in this area, rather than Laser's old stomping grounds. I imagine the footprint would be small enough.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011 1:59 PM

Come on... GCI twister... GCI twister... GCI twister...

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Thursday, June 9, 2011 2:06 PM

^Thats almost a given I think.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011 2:10 PM

Dorney Park encompasses 200 acres, so this addition represents about a 3.4% increase in the size of the park.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011 2:19 PM

There is a parcel of undeveloped land in front of the park, next to the overflow parking. Perhaps this is the land in question.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011 3:47 PM

They can move the parking lot there and build a monorail so that they have more space!! Or am I confusing that with another CF park? ;)

~Rob

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Thursday, June 9, 2011 7:09 PM

I wonder how many recycled rides they can fit into this space.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011 7:40 PM

You know what would probably fit nicely in that space? Laser.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011 9:59 PM

New Plus Notes posted a picture of the land acquired.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011 10:00 PM

6.75 acres is a lot of car/bus parking. With the current overflow lot and the addition they could expand the park into the current main lot. That could be used for part waterpark and amusement side expansions. That's a big plus for the park. Bravo!

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Friday, June 10, 2011 8:32 AM

What a ridiculous price!! From that NewsPlusNotes picture, the land has been empty for years, if not forever... how could it cost so much?

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Friday, June 10, 2011 8:56 AM

Because someone was willing to pay that much.

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Friday, June 10, 2011 9:35 AM

Coasterfantom2 said:
With the current overflow lot and the addition they could expand the park into the current main lot. That could be used for part waterpark and amusement side expansions.

I think you're right on with that idea but I wouldn't be surprised if they just tossed in a new woodie into the space.

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Friday, June 10, 2011 11:29 AM

Isn't this the same parcel they had a deal for in 2003 for $680,000? I didn't realize real estate was doing that well in the past 8 years, but I guess they'll be getting what they've always wanted.

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Friday, June 10, 2011 1:20 PM

Wish they had room for an intamin prefab...

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Friday, June 10, 2011 1:33 PM

They just need to bulldoze their Togo Heartline twister that never runs and is brutal on riders. Oh wait...wrong park.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011 9:48 PM

DaveStroem said:
I wonder how many recycled rides they can fit into this space.

People complain when rides are destroyed...people complain when rides are recycled.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011 10:22 PM

You could simplify that statement Tekwardo.

Where there are people, there are complainers.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011 10:34 PM

Or simplify it even more:

People complain.

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