Dorney - Tracks in Cedar Creek?

Sunday, June 15, 2003 7:51 PM
I'm not exactly up on my Dorney history so maybe someone can explain this.

When you're crossing the bridge from the Laser area to the Steel Force area on the bridge that goes over the creek and the Zephyr track look down in the creek to your left. There are some kind of tracks (looks similar to the small tracks Zephyr uses) running right down the middle of the creek. They run with the creek, not across it and are about dead center in the water.

What are these from?

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Sunday, June 15, 2003 7:53 PM
There used to be a tracked motor boat ride in the creek. Damn, I miss that ride (along with Journy to the Center of the Earth)

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Sunday, June 15, 2003 8:26 PM
Cool. Thanks for the info. Anyone remember the name? Know of any old photos?

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Monday, June 16, 2003 1:41 AM
I'll have to check at my parent's house for some old pictures. There might be some from our visits when I was a child (although I refuse to grow up even though I'm knocking on the door of 30). The other thing I miss from that area is the skyride.

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Monday, June 16, 2003 2:26 AM
I used to love those old boats, I think I have pictures somewhere here with me on them.

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Monday, June 16, 2003 3:48 AM
Yeah, I used to ride those boats all the time, and the sky ride, but I havent been there in soo many years.
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Monday, June 16, 2003 4:50 AM
I'm glad I'm not the only one who misses the boats and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Personally, I miss the old Alfundo builind with bumper cars and the station to Coaster (now Thunderhawk). I miss the unique smell of ozone and grease I only ever found in the building.
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Monday, June 16, 2003 5:21 AM
How about the PTC cuddle-up? Was it called the Meteorite?

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-Rob

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Monday, June 16, 2003 5:26 AM
We are bringing back memories here guys,,,,,,,lol. Those boats were so much fun for me as a kid, I always used to think I was steering the boat, I think every little kid did. If you want to see some good pictures of all the old Dorney rides go to this link: http://www.ridezone.com/opparks/P/dorney/dorneygone1.htm

You can very faintly see the old boats in the one pic with the train in the background. Remember when Thunderhawk was yellow! hahaha Now they painted it white and it came out cream colored. Cedar Fair should have known that when you paint white over yellow your gonna get cream.

And to answer your question, Rob, no it wasn't called the Meteorite, it was called the Iceburg. An enclosed, PTC, cuddle up ride that was in a building replicated to look like an iceburg/cave type thing. They had air conditioners inside that were on full blast and there was also a light show. It was a great ride. I believe there is a pizza place there now, you know, the big one with all the umbrella tables out front.

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*** This post was edited by DorneyDante 6/16/2003 9:35:10 AM ***

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Monday, June 16, 2003 10:26 AM
I had thought that the "cave" was painted black towards the end of its life and was called the Meteorite, but I could be mistaken (other park memories might be getting in the way!) I agree that it was probably where the pizza place is today, but I'm not totally sure.

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-Rob

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Monday, June 16, 2003 10:30 AM
You are right, Rob. I think it was only two or three seasons, but they did retheme the Ice Berg to the Metorite. I think they minimized the air conditioning and started using fog effects- not a good call in that building.
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Monday, June 16, 2003 10:35 AM
Wow, some good history info there everyone. If someone every stumbles upon a shot specifically of those boats, I'd love to see it. Sounds like a neat ride - especially as it used a natural waterway.

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Monday, June 16, 2003 1:56 PM

Rob Ascough said:
I had thought that the "cave" was painted black towards the end of its life and was called the Meteorite, but I could be mistaken (other park memories might be getting in the way!) I agree that it was probably where the pizza place is today, but I'm not totally sure.

Yes, at the end of it's life it was called the Meteorite. Another cool feature about the Iceburg though was the bow of the Titanic that stuck out into the ride area, making it seem as if the ride would run right into it.

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Monday, June 16, 2003 1:59 PM

GForceBlackout said:
I'm glad I'm not the only one who misses the boats and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Personally, I miss the old Alfundo builind with bumper cars and the station to Coaster (now Thunderhawk). I miss the unique smell of ozone and grease I only ever found in the building.

It is a feature I dearly miss as well. You can still get a hint of that smell as you go into the "tunnel" before the lift. CF took so much away from the park, so many memories. I love the new rides, but I so miss the charm the whole place used to have. They should rebuild that station and Alfundo, and bring some a of that charm back, it would be worth the expense. They have their 120th birthday next year, what a great way to celabrate it that would be.

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*** This post was edited by Black 7 6/16/2003 6:01:36 PM ***

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Monday, June 16, 2003 2:12 PM
I miss alot of the things the park used to have, but it has evolved nicely. Of all the things that have been removed over the last 10 years or so, I take Talon over them any day.

Here's a couple more to jog the memory: A couple pay per ride attractions were the speed boats in the lake and the battle tanks where White Water Landing is now. I almost rolled my speedboat one time, which now that I think about it, I guess they weren't all that safe. The tanks were also next to a Top Gun flight simulator ride, which I remember not scoring very well on.

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Monday, June 16, 2003 2:54 PM
What was Journey to the Center of the Earth like? When/ why was it removed?

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Monday, June 16, 2003 5:24 PM

Bubba said:
What was Journey to the Center of the Earth like? When/ why was it removed?

I don't know why it was removed. I believe it was removed in the mid 90's, but I don't know the exact year because I didn't visit for several years.

It was a mill chute ride, basically, a combination of a tunnel of love dark ride, a roller coaster, and a log flume. You would flaot through a long dark tunnel, which ran under the Coaster, and had different scenes (I remember one with a man stuck in a giant spider's web). At the end of the tunnel, the boat was pulled up a lift hill, and then dropped back down for a big splash before returning to the station.

I question weather the improvement to the park were worth the loss of the classic rides. The improvements could have been made and the old rides could have still been kept. It would have left Dorney with some of the old park's charm, as well as several more classic rides. It could also had the last of some rides, like the Iceberg/Meteorite, the mill chute, and the circle swing (which I only got to ride once :( )

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"If you make it too smooth, it'll be like sitting in your living room."
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Monday, June 16, 2003 5:56 PM
Wasn't there another ride in a cave that was like a Disneyworld Tea cup ride....you sort of spun in circles while sitting in a circle with friends? Is this a different ride then what has already been mentioned? I really have memories of a ride like that.
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Monday, June 16, 2003 6:06 PM

JasonPSU20 said:
Wasn't there another ride in a cave that was like a Disneyworld Tea cup ride....you sort of spun in circles while sitting in a circle with friends? Is this a different ride then what has already been mentioned? I really have memories of a ride like that.


That was Iceburg.

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Eastcoaster Field of 64

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Monday, June 16, 2003 6:25 PM
Thanks for posting that link with the pictures. Dorney was my first park when I was a littler kid. I clearly remember riding the Traver Rocket Swings, too.
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