Dorney Park 2016

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October 9, 2016
Allentown PA

Dorney Park is one of those parks that you kind of just show up, stay a couple of hours to get everything in, and then leave unless you’re doing an event or the water park. I knew it wouldn’t be a long visit and with Platinum Cedar Fair passes, why not stop by? We got in fairly quickly and headed straight to the closest coaster to the front.

TalonThere was a one train wait for the front row, and I’d almost feel spoiled, but it is Dorney. The first drop is really great. It’s odd how quiet the coaster is. The loop is really great, the next set of inversions are fun and powerful, and the ride has a really great layout. I really like it.

The mouse had a bit of a line as usual. I think it may be the only ride that ever has a line at Dorney. So we walked back towards more coasters. Dorney really kind of reminds me of a mini Cedar Point. You can definitely see the influence in the front gate, midway, and in the Shoot the Chutes ride. Up next was a quick shot of Hydra.

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Hydra The RevengeOther than the jojo roll, the ride is fairly unimpressive. We rode in the front row. It’s fun, don’t get me wrong. And I like the drop into an inversion. It definitely is not a cookie cutter layout. Plus the cobra roll looks very different. We waited at the exit for the train to dispatch so we could take photos and video of the jojo roll thru.

We toyed with riding Apollo, and then even Dominator but didn’t. We walked over to Demon Drop, but it was closed. Bummer. So we walked to the park’s lone wooden coaster.

ThunderhawkIt looks really great with the refurbishment, and I like the new trains. But the ride is still a bit rough and uninspiring. It could be more fun, I mean, it is a Schmeck coaster, and has a Shmeck seat, but any hint of airtime is trimmed out and rattly. But the paint job looks pretty.

We walked thru the nice looking section by Thunderhawk over towards Steel Force.  Meh…

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Steel ForceMore like Still Forceless, Amirite? Ugh. It looks so pretty. But wow, is it a boring hyper coaster. I like speed. The first drop is fun. I don’t dislike the ride. I do actually like the bunny hops. But I swear, in all my rides on this thing, I’ve never felt anything resembling airtime. The trains are right. It has hills. It just doesn’t do much. I’m glad the newer Morgans deliver.

Since this was basically a drive by coaster stop we headed to the next coaster in site after a quick restroom break.

PossessedI couldn’t fit in Wicked Twister earlier in the year (had no issues the previous year) so I wasn’t sure if I would have any issues. I didn’t. At all. Not sure why they think that one half inch of belt is acceptable in another park in the chain, but whatever. I love these things, but unfortunately the back brake was not on, and that really is the best part.  We rode in the front row. The second launch up the twisty spike is unnerving.

We walked over for a quick ride on Stinger next.

StingerThis may have been my favorite inverted boomerang. The station design and drop floor was different (yay, no cages!). The ride looked really nice and I loved the sign. We faced a really fun mother and daughter for the ride, and it was a smooth ride. I like these, but this one seemed to be running the best of the 3 I’d ridden.

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I wanted to ride Zephyr, the train (I love the signs in this park, by the way), but there was a wait for it to come back around, and we really had limited time, so we rode another Mangles Whip this weekend. Again, lots of fun. Love me some Whip action.

We walked up the hill in to Planet Snoopy. They had a haunt open during the day, but during the day it was kid friendly (and the whole house wasn’t open), so we decided to try it. Basically it was hotel themed and actually well done, but the scaracters were being very nice and not scary and telling kids to stay in school. It was, um, interesting. A neat idea, actually. I just wanted to see the production values for the Dorney Haunt, which I’ve heard were pretty good.

So we headed to the mouse. The line was about 30 minutes long, but that’s okay. It’s your typical wild mouse, which scares me, but is also a lot of fun.

I needed some sugar before we left so on the way out I got a Cinnabon. The girl at the counter gave it to me gratis. She was very sweet. So was the pecan caramel Cinnabon.  We headed out of the park and headed back to NC. The ride was long, and I had to work the next morning, but it was well worth the trip.

 

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