Dorney Park adding a Huss Troika and bumper cars for 2017

Posted Thursday, August 18, 2016 10:56 AM | Contributed by Jeff

From the press release:

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, the center of summer fun and family entertainment in the Lehigh Valley, will be making several new additions to enhance the guest experience in 2017! Plans include two new rides, new live entertainment, a new catering pavilion, as well as enhancements to Wildwater Kingdom.

Back by the popular demand of Dorney Park guests...bumper cars! Just when you think you've got a clear path, BAM!--there's someone you didn't dodge. Get behind the wheel of this midway classic and take a crash course in family fun.

Kaleidoscope and Dodgem will make their debut in the spring, adding more thrills to your visit!

Kaleidoscope - Manufactured by HUSS, it is a circular ride with three arms of seven gondolas moving counterclockwise against the ride's main clockwise direction. Riders will experience weightlessness, strong accelerations, and side-to-side movement.

Dodgem– Back by the popular demand of Dorney Park guests...bumper cars! Just when you think you've got a clear path, BAM!--there's someone you didn't dodge. Get behind the wheel of this midway classic and take a crash course in family fun.

"We are always looking for ways to give our guests the 'best day' experience and the addition of these two new rides will complement our already impressive collection of family rides and slides," said Mike Fehnel, Vice President and General Manager of Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom. "We are particularly excited to announce the return of bumper cars, as our guests have been asking for this particular addition!"

Guests will be mesmerized as they witness the breathtaking stunts and aerial performances of Cirque Imagine – which is included in the price of admission to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom! This thrilling 30-minute live show, perfect for families and guests of all ages, features acts including Trampolines, Cyr wheel, Aerialists, Hand Balancing and Bikes.

Adding these classic amusement park rides and an exciting live show will give guests more family entertainment options, but that's not all! A new dining experience will be available in the 2017 season. The addition of Parkside Pavilion will provide a catering facility for corporate, school, church and other group outings. Parkside Pavilion will have a chef's kitchen offering extensive new culinary options and will comfortably accommodate over 2,000 guests.

Wildwater Kingdom will also receive enhancements for the 2017 season including 17 new cabanas for guests who want to add some privacy and luxury to their day. Cabana rentals provide the perfect amount of R&R and include private seating/lounge chairs, cabana-side food and beverage service and numerous other amenities. Wildwater Kingdom guests can enjoy new food and beverage offerings at the Sunset Beach Bar including outdoor seating space and a full-service bar for adults.

Read the entire press release from Cedar Fair.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 2:05 PM

Cedar Point sure is busy getting ready for next year. Between Mean Streak and the Soak City expansion, I didn't know they were working of the front of the park too.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 4:02 PM

Uh, this news item is about Dorney.

The press release text has some duplicate sections in it. It looks like the Cedar Fair hyperlink got removed or updated somewhere else.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 6:10 PM

Dorney and Kings Dominion only get the things that no one else wants! How about a NEW Coaster one day.

I did say NEW not something old that's moved. After going to Cedar Point and Kings Island the Last 2 Years it's clear where DP and KD stand in the parks list to Cedar Fair!

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 6:55 PM

I don't know what park you're talking about, but it's not Kings Dominion. Unless by "things that no one else wants" is SFGAFan speak for "things I don't want."

2010: I305 (largest investment ever by the park)
2011: Light show
2012: Windseeker & Dinosaurs Alive!
2013: Planet Snoopy update with 8 new rides
2014: 40th Anniversary (return of Candy Apple Grove, Safari Village, & Singing Mushrooms)
2015: 3 new waterpark attractions
2016: Delirium

Yes, there hasn't been a new coaster since 2010, but considering the collection it has, what other coaster does one of the most well-rounded parks in the chain need?

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 7:04 PM

Dragon Wagon...

Well, duh.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 7:09 PM

Damn. Even I didn't think to go there. Well done.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 7:12 PM

You should never have confessed to slipping on that one, Mr. Vater. We were all very certain you were just opening up the door....

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 7:15 PM

Next thing you know, he's going to be wearing black socks with his sandals.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 7:23 PM

Considering the lack of new items Dorney Park has been getting the last few years, and the three ride removals in the last couple of years, I must say I am very happy about the latest announcement. (Though there is no way the bumper cars will be as good as the old Lusses, if these are the same Ninjas that Cedar Point got last year, I will be satisfied.)

The announcement that made me the most excited was the new catering pavilions. With a seating capacity of two thousand, I would put money on Food Fest Grove and Carousel Grove being retired. The new catering facility is being built in an area that has severe building restrictions due to being near houses, which pretty much made the land pretty much useless for most rides. The existing catering groves are located centrally in the park, in an area that has minimal building restrictions. I feel very optimistic about the next few years, and am happy even though I will have to wait a bit longer for that GCI.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 8:05 PM

Where did the Troika Troika Troika come from? Or is it still in production by HUSS?

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 8:09 PM

I've been wondering the same thing. It looks like Carowinds is getting one too. Either CP's is moving or they acquired some used rides in the previously announced global hunt for classic rides.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 8:13 PM

Oh I hope CP isn't unloading theirs... I just "discovered" it a few years back and love it! Such fun!

On a side note, apparently Darien Lake had one called Thrillbilly in the 80s and early 90s as part of their HUSS showcase... I have no recollection of that ride whatsoever, and I've been going to that park for 30 years. Can't even find a picture of it!

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 8:44 PM

Courtesy of our friends at NPN, the seven rides identified as being brought back from the CF "picker tour" of Europe:

a Mondial Top Scan,

a Mack Music Express,

a Zierer Wave Swinger,

a Huss Rides Condor,

Breakdance,

and two Trokias...

...(no mention of partridges or pear trees).

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 9:04 PM

Will there be a CF park that doesn't have a Troika? KD found one a few years back as well.
And they have to be found items, the ride is no longer in the Huss catalog.

As for Dorney's Dodgem, it would be nice if they got nice new cars, but doesn't everyone here know they'll just be getting Cedar Point's old ones?

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 9:10 PM

Actually, Cedar Fair will be adding three Troikas next year. Worlds of Fun is getting one too. Cedar Fair must be very happy with the low cost of upkeep of these well built classics.

Last edited by Jscll, Thursday, August 18, 2016 9:12 PM
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Thursday, August 18, 2016 9:33 PM

As Gator said The company found 7 flats in Europe they brought back as was posted months ago.

Four go to Carowinds. All refurbs. The third Troika I'm not sure about but the company announced after Europe they were heading to Japan for more rides so maybe it came from that.

They spent about a million per ride.

Last edited by Tekwardo, Thursday, August 18, 2016 9:34 PM
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Thursday, August 18, 2016 10:08 PM

It's nice to see investment in the park, but I kind of feel like these rides are unnecessary. Bumper cars are somewhat of an amusement park staple, so I guess that addition makes sense. But I feel like they already have an abundance of flat rides, most of which never have much of a line. This isn't meant to be a complaint, as I personally really like spinning rides, but the Trokia seems a little bit redundant.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 10:22 PM

And I think the Cedar Fair parks, in general, are lacking in quality flats. What I find disappointing in this round-up of used rides is things like Troikas and Himalayas. Europe is chock full of incredible flat rides that travel, the likes of which we don't see often in the America. Carowinds' Top Scan comes closest to real thrills from a flat.

I'll be crossing off a life-long bucket list item next month with a visit to Germany that will include a day at Munich's Oktoberfest. I'll finally lay eyes on some of those fabulous rides and portable coasters and I can't wait.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 11:04 PM

I'm looking forward to the park having bumper cars again after Krazy Kars were removed for Demon Drop. As much as I want to see a new coaster, I can understand why that probably won't happen anytime soon. I have been to the park 9 times so far this season and other than Wild Mouse with the usual minimum 20 minute wait (with 4 cars running, and only 2 adults per car), I have seen a coaster line longer than 15 minutes exactly once and most of the time the coasters are station waits.

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