Dorney gets approval for new coaster

Posted Monday, June 25, 2007 9:53 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Plans for a state-of-the-art roller coaster proposed at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom have gotten a nod of approval from the South Whitehall Planning Commission. Park officials want to erect a 184-foot-tall coaster powered by a linear induction motor, a type of motor used in rapid-transit trains and conveyor belts as well as amusement rides.

Read more from The Morning Call.

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Monday, June 25, 2007 10:20 AM
Wow. Nothing like good journalism [/sarcasm]

For starters, the Skyscraper was removed at the END of the 2004 season, not in 2003.

Second, the area was approved for ONE ride, the ripcord, that was never built. 2 years later when they were planning the Skyscraper, it just made sense to use the already-approved zoning there rather than apply for more zoning elsewhere.

Third, what's with that crap at the bottom that mentions to fansite forums that have "speculated" that it's Steel Venom. I'm going to make a website called and create a forum. I'll just completely make stuff up, and see how much of it they'll actually print.

Monday, June 25, 2007 11:20 AM
HeyIsntThatRob?'s avatar Ah well...

Better luck next time MiA!


~Rob Willi

Monday, June 25, 2007 11:21 AM
Congratulations Dorney
Monday, June 25, 2007 12:46 PM
Good for Dorney....the last thing KD needs is another launcher.

That said,we know now of at least one CF park recieiving a coaster for 08 & the parks that recieved coasters in 07 can be ruled out in 08 so that still leaves KD as being a strong contender to get something in terms of a new ride.

Now one problem I have with this move is this:Why relocate a damaged coaster to established park in the chain when CF could've simply purchased a brand new model from Intamin?Sure the X-Flight/Firehawk relocation made sense for KI as they are a newcomer to the CF chain & CF felt they needed a new coaster their first season but moving SV to Dorney just makes no economical sense to me...just my .02.

*** This post was edited by BATWING FAN SFA 6/25/2007 12:47:51 PM ***

Monday, June 25, 2007 12:50 PM

Good for Dorney, however ... "state-of-the-art"? Man, that is funny. Yeah not the greatest article, but really about par with every other one we all read.
Monday, June 25, 2007 2:25 PM
Jason Hammond's avatar ^^It's likely much cheaper to relocate and repair the existing ride than pay for a brand new one. And there's no gaurentee the new one wouldn't have kinks to work out of it as well.
Monday, June 25, 2007 3:03 PM
Carowinds is Rumored to add something and I quote "Huge" to compete with the Hard Rock park. I don't remember where I read that but they actually used the word Huge in all caps.
Monday, June 25, 2007 3:26 PM
^ Was it another site, and if it was it was just garbage. Because it is just people saying what they want. That doesnt mean it's true. Just because HRP is coming doesnt mean CF is going to put big $ in to Carowinds.
Monday, June 25, 2007 3:53 PM
rollergator's avatar I still think the Impulse would've been a GOOD addition for Carowinds...Dorney is severely lacking in wood. Maybe CF was worried about locking horns with Da Bull?

Nonetheless, a good ride - apparently I like Impulses more than most enthusiasts, LOL. Dorney is a pretty solid park, but def. needed something to fight off GAdv - a small-footprint, hi-tech, inverted, backwards-travelling shuttle....yeah, that fits the bill, in a BIG way.

Monday, June 25, 2007 4:19 PM
There are 2 many good parks around Dorney with good wood coasters so Dorney is going with steel.
Monday, June 25, 2007 4:22 PM
Steel Venom was state of the art when it opened 7 years ago. Anyhow its something new on the east coast unless im just not thinking. It will look good there to finally fill in all that grass.
Monday, June 25, 2007 4:59 PM
Dorney now has Steel Venom and that now it will do better business when it opens next year and it's sad they got rid of Venom and X-Flight but I have to get over it.

Geauga Lakes future might be tragic or bright we have to find out and doing so can make us happy or sad.

Steel Venom put GL back on the map when it opened with three other coasters in 2000. X-Flight was the true first midwest flying coaster when it opend 6 years ago in 2001.

Monday, June 25, 2007 5:25 PM
Jason Hammond's avatar ^ Was that first line a sentence?

Geauga Lake was never off the Map. When SV and the other 4 coasters went in, SF turned GL into something could never maintain. Even CP doesn't invest as much money in itself, as SF did to GL then. CP pulled more than 3 times the attendence then and it still does now.

Monday, June 25, 2007 7:20 PM
Not then but now 3 times as much. The year they got all those rides GL hit 3 million.
Monday, June 25, 2007 8:26 PM
Jason Hammond's avatar I was speaking of before the coasters. The attendance gained by the installed coasters was the non-maintainable aspect I was speaking off. Could CP put 4 coasters in the park in one year? Sure. Their attendance would probably be the highest they ever had too. They'd also be severly in debt and have to take drastic measures to fix the problem. Luckily Cedar Fair seems to have a more sensable long term plan.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007 10:14 AM
who says Dorney won't ever get a wood coaster? They'll put up the impulse next year, and in three or four years they'll do a wooden twister. By then the region will be up for a new one. Don't worry, kids, you'll find plenty of things to take up your limited attention span - especially if you're hanging around Carowinds or Kings Dominion. CF likes its new further-South longer-season parks a lot. I expect a lot of money to be spent there. If I had to pick one of the former Paramounts to get the first hypercoaster, it's probably going to be Carowinds.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007 12:17 PM
I think the first Hyper is going to CW.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007 1:22 PM
That ride would have fit perfect into Carowinds lol. Right across from where the Saturator sits. They could have named the ride after southern moonshine and put it in a pirate themed area with water all around.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007 6:35 PM
So, To CF, why not build new coasters, instead of pulling from other parks, and marketing the coasters as "NEW"?

I'm starting to think that GL is going to dwindle down to a water park and alot of lockers. Or CF needs to build something new, to attract the GP and make GL a tourist attraction, and not a trap.

As for Dorney, I'm kind of happy, my Maxx pass for CF works there, so i'm not going to complain that much about losing Superman, or "Steel Venom".


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