Some things just get better with time. For example, wine, cheese and Dorney Park’s iconic Steel Force, which is celebrating its 20th birthday in May. This 75mph steel coaster first opened on May 20, 1997 as the tallest freestanding coaster, breaking the 200-foot height barrier on the East Coast. Dubbed a “Top Ten Coaster,” the height of this coaster’s main drop is even 54 feet higher than the Statue of Liberty.
Whether you’re riding for the first time or taking a trip down memory lane, here are three ways to celebrate Steel Force’s anniversary this summer:
Try Every Seat Until You Find Your Favorite
Goldie Locks wasn’t shy about testing her options, so why should you be? Steel Force offers a variety of experiences depending on where you ride the coaster.
Avid riders know that roller coasters build up a reservoir of potential energy due to the downward pull of gravity. Once you add acceleration, partnered with the up-and-down movement of the train, it produces an exhilarating sensation in your body.
Rear cars tend to have a higher acceleration at the top of hills than the first car does. This increased force can make you feel like you’re almost about to fly out of your seat! However, those sitting in front of you could obstruct your view.
If you prefer views over higher acceleration, then the first car will likely be a better fit. The visual component of the ride is also important because it gives you a sense of speed and peril – especially as you see obstacles whipping past you.
Want a mixture of both experiences? Give the middle seat a spin!
Ride with a Friend…or Two…or Three
Enjoy all of the fun and thrills with friends! Season Passholders can also save $24 off a full-price Regular General Admission Ticket any public operating day. And if you’re able to round up your friends for “Super Saver Days,” you can bring up to four (4) friends for just $19 each:
- Mother's Day: May 14, 2017
- Memorial Day: May 27-29, 2017
- Father's Day: June 18, 2017
- July 4th Weekend: July 1-4, 2017
- Labor Day: September 2-4, 2017
Take the Journey 20 Times!
Can’t get enough of Steel Force? Ride the coaster twenty times in honor of its 20th anniversary or all year long by purchasing a Gold or Platinum Season Pass. You will also save $24 off a full-price Regular General Admission Ticket any public operating day.
So what’s holding you back? Steel Force roller coaster is waiting for you!