Dorney Park denied nightly fireworks by zoning board, appealing decision

Posted Saturday, May 18, 2013 10:39 AM | Contributed by VitaminsAndGravy

The Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom website is still touting plans to light the sky with fireworks every night from June 29 to Aug. 5, but South Whitehall Township says the displays are too much and won't allow them. The park has appealed the ruling but no decision is imminent.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013 2:04 AM
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LostKause said:

And this is coming from a high school educated guy who is pretty terrible at math and really has no interest in how the economy works.

Then we'll treat it accordingly. ;)

Sunday, May 26, 2013 2:19 AM
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My point was that even I know what a tourist attraction can do for a local economy, and I am just some dude who doesn't have a Masters Degree in economics.

Sunday, May 26, 2013 2:45 AM
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So basically if they don't send up 7 minutes worth of fireworks every night, Allentown is a ghost town?

There's no doubt that Dorney is a part of the local economy (a major part even), but to try to piggyback all of that onto a fireworks show...

...I don't know.


LVB: From an economic development standpoint, how does Dorney benefit/stimulate the local economy?

McClure: Dorney Park makes a significant economic contribution to the Lehigh Valley. With a typical capital project, you’re talking millions of dollars in costs, most of which is spent right here in the Lehigh Valley. Even more important, with nearly 100 full-time associates and more than 2,000 seasonal staff, Dorney Park’s wage base is a multi-million dollar economic factor for the Valley.

(link to the article)


Sunday, May 26, 2013 9:18 AM
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I think LK was responding to the silly notion that Dorney pockets all of the tourist money, which has nothing to do with the fireworks.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013 9:37 AM
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Yea. I was replying directly to DorneyParkRoadResident's question number 1. He (or she) made it sound as if Dorney did nothing for Allentown at all except for create traffic congestion and annoy the residents. I was pointing out that there are also a lot of benefits that come with having a tourist attraction in your backyard.

That's all I have on the subject, because I don't know anything else about it.

Now ask me how to quantize a bass track and a drum track that aren't quite matching up in Logic Express, or how to cut and paste many takes of a vocal performance together to get one really good take, and I will nail it.

I'm really a jack of all trades, master of none kind of guy. lol

By the way, great article, Gonch.

Last edited by LostKause, Sunday, May 26, 2013 9:39 AM
Sunday, May 26, 2013 10:12 AM

Weis SuperMarket sells a lot more Gibbles Cheese Curls when I visit Dorney...just sayin'...

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 10:13 AM

Just popping in to add something that I'm surprised hasn't been brought up, safety issues concerning fallout and what seems to be a rather small zone to try and keep fallout in if there is any sort of noticeable wind. I see only one suitable main launch area, the bit of land that used to be part of the Hercules turnaround beside the pond. If you have any misfires or failed shells that don't explode properly, with any significant wind those shells can very easily end up on top of a house or in someone's yard.

I'm not coming down on one side or the other, yet, just adding another bit of information to the debate.

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