--The park was more crowded than when I went in July, but still, not crowded as usual, at least in the amusement park.
--Met a fellow Buzzer while there, who informed me of the possibility of an impulse coaster going in on the old skyscraper spot. It would be a great fit for the location, IMO.
--Don't expect to be able to purchase food with a credit card at some of the locations within Dorney Park. This is one area where I think Six Flags has the advantage.
--Most, if not almost all, of the rides were running, which is definitely better than we can say of some of the SF parks lately. Didn't notice many breakdowns/seat closures, either.
--Dorney could use some paint in places, such as Steel Force and Lazer. Some other things could have used some cleaning or replacement, such as ride seat parts, etc.
--Hydra was running bumpy as usual. It's worst when you ride on an end seat over a wheel. The inner seats are smoother.
--We couldn't ride Woodstock Express with more than 1 adult in a car at a time, which wasn't posted, AFAIK. I was able to do this at SFGAdv on the same type of coaster several years back.
--Normal train op on all the coasters--Steel Force (2), Talon (2), Hydra (2), Thunderhawk (1), Lazer (1).
--The Screamin' Swing doesn't seem to get much ridership. Should they decrease the price?
--Thunderhawk seems to be under-rated. If you want some INSANE airtime, ride it in the "Schmeck" seat. The one pop was so crazy that I was stopped by the seat belt, which wasn't on tight.
Overall, Dorney is just a great medium-sized park with some nice attractions, small crowds (in the amusement park--the water park can get busy sometimes), and good operations. It does seem to lack some character and/or theming, but it's decent at what it does. You're much more apt to ride a lot here than at SFGAdv.
I agree about Laser needing paint. You can see the old red color the track used to be in a lot of spots.
The last sentence you wrote; "You're much more apt to ride a lot here than at SFGAdv." is exactly why I have a season pass for Dorney and not Great Adventure. I know I can go to Dorney and spend 3 - 3 1/2 hours in the park and ride all the coasters and flats I want and have time for lots of re-rides. At Great Adventure, I would be lucky to get 5 or 6 rides total in that same amount of time.
Still seems like a decent idea 3 1/2 years later. :)
Some interesting comments in that linked thread - especially with all that has gone down in the time between then and now. Give it a looksie if you have a few minutes,
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