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Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Two-time Olympian kicks off Memorial Day Festivities and new partnership between Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom and the U.S. Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative

ALLENTOWN, Pa- Two time Olympic Champion Cullen Jones will return to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom this Saturday when Wildwater Kingdom opens for the 2013 season. Cullen’s inspiration to learn to swim came from a near incident at the park when he was just 5 years old. His work ethic and drive lead him to be the first African-American to break a world record as well as to a swimming Gold at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing as a part of the world-record shattering 4x100m Freestyle relay team. In the 2012 London Olympic Games, Cullen added two Silver medals and a Gold medal, including an individual Silver medal in his specialty 50m Freestyle.

Cullen’s visit to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom will also kick off a partnership between the regional amusement park and the U.S. Swimming Foundation in support of the Make a Splash program. Cullen currently serves as an ambassador for this program, which focuses on teaching children and minorities to swim and the importance of water safety and drowning prevention.

In support of this partnership, Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom will host a Water Safety Awareness Week May 25-31 providing tips and facts to guests as they prepare for the summer swimming season. As a part of this campaign, discount tickets will be available online with $1 of ticket sales going to support the Make a Splash initiative. In addition, guests who complete a swim lesson course during the 2013 summer season will be able to present their certificate for a discount ticket at the park through Labor Day.

Saturday, Cullen will start the Memorial Day festivities with a ribbon cutting ceremony to the waterpark at 11:00 am, followed by a motivational speech and meet and greet session at Center Stage later in the afternoon. Wildwater Kingdom will be open 11:00 am – 6:00 pm while Dorney Park hours are 10:00 am- 10:00 pm. The Memorial Day celebration includes a holiday fireworks display Saturday night at 9:00 pm and free admission May 25-27 for active and retired military personnel. Guest can enjoy the now daily operation of the 2013 season with a Dorney Park Season Pass, available for as low as 6 monthly payments of $18.50 through May 27th when prices go up and the 6 month payment plan goes away.

About Dorney Park
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” In addition to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, five water parks, one indoor waterpark resort, and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, Calif. under a management contract.

About USA Swimming Foundation
The USA Swimming Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming. Established in 2004, the Foundation works to strengthen the sport by saving lives and building champions—in the pool and in life. Whether we're equipping our children with learn-to-swim skills through our Make a Splash initiative, or providing financial support to our heroes on the U.S. National Team, the USA Swimming Foundation aims to provide the wonderful experience of swimming to kids at all levels across the country. To learn more, visit

About Make a Splash
Make a Splash is the national child-focused water safety initiative of the USA Swimming Foundation, which aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim. To date, the Foundation has invested millions of dollars to provide grants to qualified Local Partner learn-to-swim programs, to spread national awareness and to bring together strategic partners to end drowning. To date, more than 1.8 million kids have received the lifesaving gift of swim lessons through our Local Partner network, comprised of more than 600 qualified lesson providers across the nation. To learn more, visit

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