Starlight is after 5 no matter what time they close...if they close at 10 or 11 doesn't matter.
We haven't gone there yet this season but last season we went in May and Sept and every ride was a walk on..expect Talon to be a long wait though and Steel Force.
The other ones are usually walk-ons to 10 minute waits.
My only guess for the crowding at night is the Wild Water Kingdom closing earlier than the park. The last two years I spent a few days at Dorney then around 5:30 6:00 the park gets busy. A 5 -10 minute wait for Steel Force can turn into an hour wait (usually when it's completely dark). Still if you go you should be able to hit everything major, coasters,and a few of the good flats. After all you are still gonna be there 6 hours if you get there at 5 and stay till they kick you out at 11.
I haven't been to Dorney yet this year (and I still need to get my pass). Maybe I'll head to Dorney Saturday and attempt to meet up with ya! I'm pretty easy to spot ask gregleg or Woody. just look for the dude with the coaster shirt, cut off cameo's a Motorhead hat and a few facial piercing. If you see him it's me! I don't bite.
The longest lines you'll see will be Steel Force and Talon and even those shouldn't be long. We just moved to the Allentown area and I'm surprised at how empty the park usually is. The longest I've waited for anything in 11 trips this season was 35 minutes for Talon on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.
I understand that season is just really beginning to pick up and get busy but my experience so far this season is that the park empties out after the waterpark closes. The major difference in crowds for us to this point has been the number of busses in the parking lot. Your mileage may vary. I would say 6 hours should be plenty of time to do all the major rides and any flat rides you enjoy.
Dorney Park visits in 2002: 11
Knoebels visits in 2002. 4
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