Dorney Park traces its history back to 1860, when Solomon Dorney opened his picnic grove to the public. It is one of the few remaining trolley parks
in the U.S. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, electric trolley companies often built amusements at the end of their lines to generate additional revenue. By the early 1900s, Dorney added rides and games to the mix, and through the years, the park has grown to include a world-class collection of roller coasters as well a host of other attractions.
Coasters are the main attraction, however, and the thrill machines include a hypercoaster, along with floorless, inverted, and impulse models. While it has all of the trappings of a modern-day amusement park, part of Dorney Park's appeal is its connection with the past. Riders can take a ride back in time by boarding Thunderhawk, a circa-1923 wooden coaster, for example. Other pieces of living history include the park's 1921 Dentzel carousel and one of the few remaining Whip rides (which dates back to 1920).
Dorney Park also offers a good selection of shows, and kids will enjoy meeting the Peanuts characters. Don't forget your bathing suit. Wildwater Kingdom, the adjacent water park, is included with admission.
Dorney Park offers pay-one-price all-day passes both at the gate and online. Discount tickets are available for children and seniors. Wildwater Kingdom water park is included with admission. The park offers reduced prices for "Starlight" admission (after 5 p.m. or 3:30 p.m., depending on that day's closing time), two-day admission, juniors (under 48 inches), and seniors (62 and older). It also offers season passes and VIP tours are available (at VIP prices).
From I-476 (the Northeast Extension): Take Exit 56.
From I-78 West: Take Exit 54-B.
From I-78 East: Take Exit 54.
New the Park:
For 2012: Stinger
Recycled from California's Great America, the inverted
shuttle coaster will race forwards, then backwards through the same course. Riders will sit in rows facing one another.
Nine coasters, including the hypercoaster Steel Force, Talon, an inverted coaster, and Thunderhawk, a classic woodie. Dorney also offers the drop tower ride, Dominator, an antique carousel, and the water park rides at the adjacent (and included with admission) Wildwater Kingdom.
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