Dorney Park, 5/5/07 Opening Day

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After a way too long of offeason (save for a trip to WDW and SFGADV), I was really looking forward to opening day this year.

I got to the park at about 3:00 and went to Talon. Walk on for any row but the front. Fun ride as always. I got 2 rides. I saw Thunder Canyon had the waterfalls on (I had hoped they would be off since it was early in the season) so I went to Enterprise next. It was closed and they had 3 people working in the hub of the ride. Thunder Creek Mountain was also closed.

Dominator Blue was into the 2nd switchback and with at least 1 seat closed, I went to the red side which was a 2 cycle wait.

Thunderhawk only had 1 train running and looked to have about a 15 minute wait so I skipped it and went to Laser which was a 3 train wait. New this year are seatbelts for Laser. I'm surprised they added seatbelts this season since it seems like something Cedar Fair would have added years ago and not now. I would like to think it means they plan to keep the ride for a while.

Steel Force was running red and blue trains with the black train not on the transfer track. The line was all the way down the stairs and was a little less than 15 minutes. They had a lifeguard at the entrance to the station and for some reason they weren't letting enough people into the station at once which caused for a row or 2 on most trains to go out empty. There are also 10 year anniversary banners for Steel Force throughout the park.

The same thing happened at Thunderhawk but once a regular op took over, they let more people into the station. Someone on the train was wearing a Knoebel's shirt and one of the restraint checkers told him that Cedar Fair bought Knoebels and Hersheypark as well. I don't understand the point of it if it was supposed to be a joke or not because it all seemed serious (she didn't tell them it wasn't really true).

I went to Hydra and got 2 rides both with 2 train waits and decided to go to the Wild Mouse since the line didn't look too bad. It was a little over 15 minutes and they seemed more strict about the 2 adults per car rule as I saw way more cars going out with only 2 riders compared to last year.

Cotton Candy is no longer $0.25. It's $2.83 and I didn't see anyone buying it. I think they should have raised it to $0.50 or $1.00. Still reasonable not too cheap that it causes 15 minute lines.

I was starting to feel really tired so I left even though I didn't get that many rides in.

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