due to capacity.
Rich and I decided to head to Dorney on Saturday to meet up with our friend, Steve, who was visiting from CT. We had expected crowds, but not nearly as much as we encountered.
We got there at opening and headed to Talon. The line was already in the switchbacks, but with 2 trains running we got on in about 15 minutes. Not my favorite inverted, but still a great ride.
Our next ride was the Wild Mouse with close to 1/2 hour wait. They now have a ridiculous new rule of only 2 adults per car and just about every car going out only had 2 people in it, adults or not. This causes an already slow line to absolutely crawl.
When we got to Hercules, we saw something we hadn't seen in a long time--2 FULL trains in use!! Normally, it's 1/2 of one train. Rich and Steve rode this one while I happily waved from the bench. I already rode once this year and that's more than enough.
We then took a ride on Thunderhawk before heading to Steel Force. With 2 trains running(they even added the 3rd in early afternoon), the line was quite short and we got 7 rides on it. Part of the reason we rode so much was to see the "chaos" going on--seeing the main lot fill up, seeing the overflow grass/gravel lot fill up, seeing the former lake area by SF which is now dried out fill up, and finally seeing 1/2 of the employee lot filled up by the GP. The line of cars coming in was just non-stop for as far as the eye could see! They had cash registers set up behind the SF photo booth for the people parking in the employee lot to purchase tickets. They had the gate open by SF for the people to enter the park.
Before leaving around 2, we also took a ride on Laser which only had a couple trains wait. We then HAD to take a walk through Wildwater Kingdom. Being that the coaster lines weren't bad at all, we knew that was where the masses were. It was hard to even move in there--the wave pool was so full that you couldn't see the water and all the slide lines were overflowing onto the midways.
Even when we left at 2, it was hard to get out of the lot due to the bumper-to-bumper traffic on Hamilton Blvd. of people still trying to get into the park. The Allentown police were out there blocking off the left turn lane and the ramp into the park.
The crowds really didn't matter to Rich and I since we have season passes, but I was glad that Steve got to do everything he wanted since he paid for admission. Overall, we had a good time!
Wow... it's amazing the way Dorney is setting all kinds of attendance records even this year without a big-ticket addition. I loved visiting for the first time last year and can't wait to get back again!
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The overfill lot was full when I went too last Sunday, that's where we parked even. I think the place was more crowded than CP on a Sunday.
I'm glad to hear they found their trains and used them unlike when I went.
Dorney Park visits in 2002: 15
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*** This post was edited by WoodenCyclone on 8/12/2002. ***
B&M ROCKS said:
Did they actually close the park????
Yes, they really did. There were signs out on Hamilton Blvd. saying "Dorney Park is closed due to capacity". The Allentown police were also blocking off the road to the entrance.
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