First trip to Dorney Park 6/1

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Saturday, June 12, 2004 2:21 AM
Arrived just before 9:30am, there were only a handful of cars in the lot, but just as we got out of the car 3 school busses pulled up. They played the national anthem and the gates opened for 9:30, we walked around for a little while and then headed down to Steel Force. There we had to wait to cross over until 10:00. Finally at 10 we made our way over to SF, where there was more waiting. SF would not open until 10:30. Once they let us in, we were got front row on the second train out. I was disappointed, it seemed really slow, and the drop wasn’t all that great. Sure there is tons of airtime, but overall it’s got to be the tamest hyper I've ever been on.

Next up was a ride on Revolution, fun times. We then hit Thunderhawk which had about a 15 minute wait. Again, nothing really impressive. Decided to skip Laser, and we went around and checked out some of the flats.

After some time in the waterpark, which did really impress me, we took a spin on the Wild Mouse, same old same old. Talon was to be the last ride of the day, and I had high expectations for this one. I walked off the ride with a smile, not quite as good as Montu, but its pretty close. I'd put it in the same with Fire and Ice. Talon is definitely the prize coaster of the park.

With that said, just as we were walking out it started to downpour, with hail and everything, which was quite the sight, as it was 75* outside. Everyone was making a mad dash for the exit, and I imagine those who stayed had a pretty empty park after the storm passed.

Overall, it was worth the 2 1/2 hour drive, but I don't think I'll be back again until Hydra opens next season.

Saturday, June 12, 2004 10:33 AM
Too bad you couldn't ride Laser. It's a Schwarzkopf and a very good one at that! Well I'm glad you enjoyed the park. Talon really is a great coaster, Steel Force is good too. But, not as good as its sister down in Missouri. Sounds like you had a good time, hopefully Hydra will make the park even better.
Saturday, June 12, 2004 11:11 PM
Mamba and Steel Force are pretty much the same ride summed up in a nutshell.

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