Finally weekends (or even better weekdays) in March, April, May (pre memorial day,) Sept, and early Oct are usually dead for seasonal parks.
Its a mediocre park with mediocre atmosphere filled to the brim with mediocre rides that would have a better than mediocre water park if it wasn't packed shoulder to shoulder with people whenever the temperature got over 75.....
...or at least that's what I would post here if I was in a trolling kinda mood! Good thing I'm not. ;)
*ducks tomatoes* *** Edited 6/24/2006 8:29:58 PM UTC by matt.***
But yeah, everything else is pretty mediocre.
They have some great water rides there as well.
Would having to deal with that along with fitting into certain limitations with the city every time be a reason for "mediocre" rides there?
Not defending, just curious.
Being that, I have VF in my immediate area and I would say that DP has better rides as far as a CF park goes. At least they have two B&M's.
I actually really like Talon. It's my favorite invert
And remarkably, its my least favorite, and I think it may be my least favorite by quite a bit. But hey, that's what makes the world go 'round!
(Ooh, I should add. Least favorite of the B&M inverts. Gah, don't want to make that mistake!) *** Edited 6/24/2006 11:03:39 PM UTC by matt.***
Lazer and the Raft rides are the two highlights of Dorney, Everything else is just Blah IMHO theyve ripped the charm right out of it.
Chuck, who would gladly visit hershey over it any day of the year.
Lazer still rocks - although I hate the loading procedure.
Talon works for me...Hydra, not so much.
Steel Force has kinda grown on me, I like it a little better each trip.
Unfortunately, the CF-style TPM is thick.
I wouldn't say that Dorney is completely mediocre. They've got a really good selection of flats–Top Spin, Hawk 48, Revolution, and Swing-Out, Whip etc. The log flume is cool, Thunder Canyon is sadistic, and White-Water Landing is one big-ass shoot-the-chutes. It looks like they built a really nice go-kart track last year as well under the turnaround on Steel Force.
Last year during the Coasterbuzz event, we got to power ride Hydra first, and it was ok, but then we moved over to the other side to power ride Talon, and let me tell you it was an amazing ride and very forceful at 10pm (or later) at night!
I will agree that Cedar Fair slowly stripped the atmosphere out of DP. For example, my late grandfather gave me pictures he took of Steel Force's construction, and you wouldn't believe how different the park looked back then. On the other hand, without Cedar Fair, would there even be a Steel Force–which was my first hyper?
It sucks for the park that the neighbors are there. From what I could determine back in 01', it looked like there was more development built near the park since the last time I had visited back in the mid to late 90's. Why do people move near amusement parks and then complain?
Like has been said, Dorney has a nice collection of flats. Their water ride selection isn't bad, either. Their log flume is fairly good and gets you wet. The rapids and STCs are good, too. Dorney also has a great waterpark included in admission--let's not forget this.
The coaster selection is decent. 2 of their coasters make 2 of my top ten lists--wood and steel--Thunderhawk and Talon. Hercules was crappy, and Hydra is definitely a nicer ride, but like I've said before, the JoJo roll kinda ruins this for me. Steel Force is nice, but weak in the air dept. Laser is a decent, positive-G filled Schwartzkopf (sp?), and I supposed the 2-3 kiddie coasters are ok for what they are. 1 or 2 more adult coasters would be nice, but it's still one of my favorite parks.
I also like not having to wait in lines too much in the amusement park portion. The same can be said for Geauga Lake, but not always for CP and KBF. I hope the park isn't doing poorly. I hope to get up there at least once this year.
Hidden Secret - maybe - the only people I know who have ever even heard of it are coaster enthusiasts (and I am from Ohio). I felt the park was like a big, very clean county fair with a few coasters - I really liked Steel Force; and I can say my visit wasn't a waste of time because of that, but nothing else was worth remembering. They had a series of well maintained but unremarkable smaller rides, and that's about it. Hurt-me-please was an embarassment, and I applaud Cedar Fair for removing it. Its multiple reworks left it a pacing nightmare. Best thing about it - the drop down through the woods to the chain lift, which was memorable.
I would need a better reason than another B&M inverted and floorless coaster to ever make a special trip back (I would stop by if I were ever in the area again, though).
As far as Dorney it's ok overall. I consider it an "on the way" park and only if I have a Cedar Fair pass.
The last time I went to Dorney as last year. I was on my way to Great Adventure. I needed Hydra so I literally went into the park, rode Hydra twice and Talon once, and then left. I was there about 20 minutes and it was POURING rain. :-)
*** Edited 6/25/2006 4:01:27 AM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***
There were some other old rides and attractions, including several dark rides, that were also removed before CF purchased the park. Years ago, the road you use to enter the park (before you make the sharp turn into the parking lot) went through the park. This basically divided the lower section of the park in half with a lot of non-park traffic driving through. That part was NOT charming.
Hercules was a really good ride when first constructed. It just aged really badly.
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