Posted Friday, October 4, 2002 5:10 AM | Contributed by Swoosh
Dorney Park officials have presented a plan to the local planning authority for approval that contains ten new water slides for the water park. One set of three, colored red, white and blue, will be called the "Patriot Plunge."
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Given the individuals that brought down the plane in PA, I am not sure "Patriots Plunge" is the best name. I like the spirit of it but it seems a little odd.
I think Cedar Fair and Dorney mgmt have done an excellent job with the park in the last several years and the improvements to the water park fit in nicely. This park is an example of what a strong company with clear direction can do with a park that has great potential. They didn't sweep in and try to fix everything at once. There has been great care in keeping the community satisfied while expanding the business.
I agree, CF has done a great job with improving Dorney. As far as the "presentable" comment, had anyone been there about 6 years ago. The place just couldn't compete with parks like Hershey and SFGA. If CF hadn't moved in, I'm afraid Dorney wouldn't exist today. It's like CF built a completely new park, but still kept some of the charm of old Dorney (although I do miss Journey and the old coaster building).
My only complaints with CF are that they still have Laser sitting on wooden blocks, I think that Thunder Canyon is a poor excuse for a river raft ride, and Hercules has to go.
Don't be surprised if Dorney announces a major attraction in the rides section for 2003!
I think you can figure out what type of ride Dorney can get by the price.
Ceda Fair is following a pattern. This year is the same as 2000. Cedar Point is getting a BIG coaster and Valleyfair is getting 9 million dollars. I believe in 2000 Dorney got around 13 million. If you can figure out how much the revamp of the waterpark will cost, you can figure how much they might have left to spend.
I think that the "almost presentable" comment could mean that the park is planning to add a few more big rides in order to consider themselves a complete package. After this happens, they will be a large enough park to be considered worth a few days stay. Just my opinion though.
Lazer is pretty good, but I really think that they next should build some kind of looper, maybe a B&M Floorless. also a launched coaster like a Rocket coaster would help.
About the name "Patriot Plunge", maybe the name will be changed. Remember Banshee? I don't care what they name it, but I can see why someone would be offended by that name. Do people even look at the name of waterslides?
What did Dorney get in 2000 that cost 13 million?
If you were referring to Talon, which cost 13 mil, that was 2001. Steel Force was 10 mil in 1997. I don't remember any larger additions than those in the recent history.
Waiting for the CP announcement to be made so that about 1000+ posts will be made complaining about it.
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If we have another summer anywhere near as hot as this year, the 10 slides will be a great help. There were many days that Wild Water Kingdom was absolutely packed, and the rides section was almost a ghost town. There were times when every coaster was practically a walk-on and the Aquablast was close to an hour wait. They are going to drastically improve capacity without taking up much space in a park that space can quickly become an issue.
Its good to see they are expanding the waterpark. Now all they need to do is add the adult section like CP has, and they'll be set.
Whatever brings in capital for their next coaster project. I personally do not enjoy waterslides as much as coasters, but they do combine thrill (for some) with a sort of family appeal (I would think more so than actual rollercoasters). Power to them for investing in some of their 'other' parks.
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