Posted Tuesday, April 25, 2000 1:26 PM | Contributed by DaveTKoch
The article states that after many initially rancourous debates, the local planning commission is giving Dorney Park approval to build a new $15 million inverted coaster that will begin construction around Labor Day of 2001. Issues surrounded the local seventy foot zoning ordinance limiting the height of rides at the park. Cedar Fair officals have been working to mainitain a delicate balance with the community, though, and have pledged that no future atttractions will exceed the height of Steel Force, a 200 ft. hyper-coaster at the park. The new coaster will tower 135 ft. tall and occupy about 2.75 acres near the front entrance to the park. To lessen any noise pollution to surrounding areas, Dorney has agreed to fill the tracks with sand. They stated that a study on noise reduction was conducted on a similar coaster at Universal Studios: IOA in Florida, and results were successful.
Read the whole story from The Lehigh Valley News.
Tuesday, April 25, 2000 3:22 PM
Good for Dorney! They desperately need a new major attraction. Why on God's green earth no one has cloned Raptor is beyond me though, that would be a perfect style of ride for Dorney. Or maybe there are Raptor clones out there I am not aware of.
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Tuesday, April 25, 2000 3:40 PM
Yes I think there is a Raptor clone, but it's not in the US.
Tuesday, April 25, 2000 5:02 PM
Yes there is a Raptor clone it's in Japan
Tuesday, April 25, 2000 7:04 PM
I have not rode a lot of rides (all and CP, Kings Island, and Michigan's Adventure, Shivering Timbers -4- LIFE) but Raptor is my favorite RIDE experiance.
Tuesday, April 25, 2000 9:48 PM
I got to Cedar Point and Raptor was broken down. Go figure.
"May the Force be with you"
Wednesday, April 26, 2000 10:06 AM
Raptor was the first big ride i rode. I liked it alot. But sometimes i couldn't even tell what the
ride was doing because it was going upsidedown alot.
Wednesday, April 26, 2000 11:53 AM
As a seasonal worker for Dorney, I'm excited about this new coaster, but when I read it, I got the picture there will only be one coaster train for this coaster. I read something about there being 32 people on the ride. At first I thought it meant one train could hold 32 people, but now when I read it, it seems there will only be one train. Can any one collaborate on what I read?
Millennium Force in 16 days!!!!
Wednesday, April 26, 2000 1:05 PM
The first Roller Coaster I've ever ridden was the Jr. Gemini at Cedar Point, but the first major coaster that I went on, I think was the Magnum when I was around 10 or 11. I didn't make the height restriction by about a centimeter, so we went to the bathroom and stuffed my shoes with toilet paper, and I got to ride it. It was great because that was the first year that I got to ride all of the "grown-up" rides, but the sad thing was I went on Thunder Canyon, got really drenched and the toilet paper got soggy, and when I tried to ride the Wild Cat, I couldn't. :-( It wasn't until along time after, that I finally got to ride it.;-)
Wednesday, April 26, 2000 5:49 PM
Knowing Cedar Fair's emphasis on ride capacity, I can almost guarentee that there will be more than one train.
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Thursday, April 27, 2000 10:13 PM
My favorite train is Burlington Northern, followed by Amtrak.
Oops, it's now BNSF, it merged with Santa Fe.
"May the Force be with you"
Friday, April 28, 2000 1:42 PM
Dorney annonced new info about this ride, it will be 135 ft, tall and have four inversions. More at their website http://www.dorneypark.com/news/story.cfm?id=39
Friday, August 25, 2000 10:35 AM
Sweet! All I can say is I'm definately adding Dorney Park to my eastern state coaster trip next year! With Steel Force AND a new inverted, it'll be a great experience. Has anyone ridden Steel Force? Is it a good ride or is it just ok? It looks like a great one. Peace. :)
Medusa at Marine World rocks!
Thursday, September 7, 2000 3:40 PM
Gee I wonder Steel Force is only the best hyper-coaster I've rode.
Feel the force--Steel Force