Local officials greenlight Invertigo roller coaster for Dorney Park

Posted Thursday, April 7, 2011 1:04 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Dorney Park's proposal to install an inverted roller coaster in place of the old Laser ride was approved in a unanimous vote by South Whitehall Township commissioners Wednesday. Dorney Park's 2012 plan calls for the installation of an "inverted boomerang" coaster to be relocated from a California park owned by parent company Cedar Fair LP.

Read more from The Morning Call.

Thursday, April 7, 2011 7:12 PM

Gee, I thought it was only "similar to the coaster formerly at Great America." ;)

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Thursday, April 7, 2011 11:39 PM

You know what would look GREAT in Laser's old spot?

LASER!!!

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Thursday, April 7, 2011 11:50 PM

^ true

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Friday, April 8, 2011 12:20 AM

Thank you, Gonch, for letting them use your picture!

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Friday, April 8, 2011 12:28 AM

:)

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Friday, April 8, 2011 3:39 AM

Even more of those classy reader comments we love to read on that newspaper's website. ;)

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Friday, April 8, 2011 10:51 AM

So Dorney is the second park to have a Vekoma inverted Boomerang, an Intamin inverted impulse, and a B&M inverted full circuit.

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Friday, April 8, 2011 12:28 PM

I wonder if the photo that's "courtesy of CoasterImage.com" really had permission.

The irony in the newspaper comments is that people think it's too expensive and the quality of guests is too low. You can't have it both ways.

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Friday, April 8, 2011 12:32 PM

I've found that the newspapers are generally pretty good at contacting you for use. This was no exception.

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Friday, April 8, 2011 12:50 PM

The lawyer's name is BUBBA. And it's his LAST name. Wow...

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Friday, April 8, 2011 1:02 PM

Ha Ha ... From the newspaper comments:

Filthy_Rat at 4:36 PM April 7, 2011

I wish I had room, I would build my own. Not a fancy one, just a backyard one. A friend of mine built one on his property a few years ago. He used 2" PVC pipe for the rails and 4x4's between them to tie them together. The PVC pipe is strong and durable, yet flexivle enough to bend for curves and whatnot. I think it's like 23' high at the start. He built a wooden platform as a station, and you have to hoist the car up with a rope and pulley, but it works great. I believe it's going 31 MPH at the bottom of the first hill - don't remember for sure, somewhere around there. There's a couple of banked turns too. lol it really IS pretty sweet, and really not all that expensive to build either. I mean heck, anyone could do it. Like I said, I would if I had the space/land.

You can't make up stuff like this if you tried!

His friend "built one" that goes as fast as the much talked about Geauga Lake Big Dipper out of 2X4's and PVC pipe (because it's durable yet flexivle).

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Friday, April 8, 2011 2:08 PM

I hope they will get an original coaster within a few years after Invertigo... I really would like to see a new coaster and not a relocated coaster.

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Friday, April 8, 2011 3:38 PM

I have to agree with CoasterDemon. Laser would look best there. I bet it would fit perfectly too. Just a hunch.

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Friday, April 8, 2011 4:21 PM

^The removal of Laser really hurt. I wonder if it was removed b/c not many folks got back there? If it had been relocated in the park, spiffed up (a tunnel or something that people generally like). Sure, it needed fixing... but damn, what a loss.

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Friday, April 8, 2011 10:31 PM

A lot of us are right there with you, Billy. And that's a great idea about spiffing up the l' ride. I wish more parks would do stuff like that. ...And yes, I really do enjoy Disaster Transport. lol

I keep looking forward to the day when Dorney builds another original coaster. Maybe they don't need another original coaster, because if they did, they would have already built another one. ;)

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Saturday, April 9, 2011 12:58 PM

Nice to see this rumor confirmed.

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Saturday, April 9, 2011 11:19 PM

Well the last original coaster they built was Hydra. (Granted I only rode it opening weekend and loved it, but...)

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Sunday, April 10, 2011 12:17 AM

What kind of new original layout coaster would be good for Dorney? I say a mine ride would fit nicely. Or how about a GCI twister?

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Sunday, April 10, 2011 1:13 AM

Given the relatively small crowds that Dorney pulls, and the limited space it has to work with, I think one of them new-fangled ball coasters would be a good fit.

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