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Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
3830 Dorney Park Road
Allentown, PA 18104
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July 20, 2018 - CALLING ALL CREATURES: DORNEY PARK HOSTS JOB FAIR FOR HALLOWEEN HAUNT

Dorney Park is now hiring for over 500 seasonal positions for its Halloween Haunt and will host a Job Fair on Tuesday, July 24th, from 4:00 – 8:00 PM in the Good Time Theater.

We will be opening our doors for all walks of life, ages 16 and up, interested in seasonal positions including monsters, technicians, makeup artists and ushers.During the Job Fair, auditions for parts and interviews for behind the scenes positions will be held.New employees can earn up from $9.00 - $12.00 per hour in their first year, and coaching and training for actors will be provided. 

Applicants are encouraged to bring friends with them to the Job Fair.  Interested applicants can visit www.dorneypark.com/jobs to learn more and apply online prior to the event.  Applications are now being accepted for the more than 500 available positions. Additional Job Fairs will be held on:

  • Tuesday, August 7th from 4:00 – 8:00 PM in the Good Time Theater
  • Tuesday, August 21st from 4:00 – 8:00 PM in the Good Time Theater

Attendees should enter the main parking lot using the entrance under the billboard on Hamilton Boulevard and follow directional signage to Good Time Theater.

Aside from its competitive wages, Dorney Park offers flexible work schedules, free admission to all Cedar Fair Parks and many other amusement and entertainment attractions, free tickets to Dorney Park for friends and family, and awards for the Best Creature of the Night.

Halloween Haunt will open for its 11th season on Friday, September 21st and will run Friday and Saturday evenings through October 27th,with a bonus Sunday this year on Sunday, October 7th

For more information on Halloween Haunt, visit https://www.dorneypark.com/play/events/halloween-haunt.

July 10, 2018 - 2018 AUTISM AWARENESS WEEK at DORNEY PARK JULY 16 THROUGH 22

Dorney Park will hold its annual Autism Awareness Week, next week – Monday through Sunday, July 16th – 22nd, 2018,  supporting the Autism Society of America (ASA) through Cedar Fair Charities, Inc.

Focusing on community integration, equal access, and a fundraising initiative for ASA, Dorney Park offers fun for all, not only this week, but all-season long.

Dorney Park will showcase sensory friendly shows, which keep a consistent decibel level of 85-88 and no flashing lights.  These shows will include Charlie Brown’s Jungle Journey, Schroeder’s Sing-along, and Franklin’s Dance Party in Plant Snoopy, and the 4 PM showing of Cirque Imagine in Good Time Theatre. Guests can obtain an Autism Awareness Week guide from Dorney Park’s Guest Services, which will outline both sensory friendly and non-sensory friendly shows, rides and attractions, first aid and quiet/sensory spaces and gluten-free dining options.

Dorney Park offers a Multi-Sensory & Calming Room, located in the Family Care Center inside of Planet Snoopy. This dedicated space provides tools for family members, or care-givers, to intensify or reduce sensory stimulation in a controlled environment. Dorney Park also offers free Sensory Packs, which are available to sign-out, daily, from Guest Services and the Family Care Center. Dorney Park’s Sensory Packs include items that will reduce stress or sensory triggers such as noise reducing ear-muffs, shoulder weights, fidget toys and more.  In addition, the park provides Autism Training to members of its staff through Lehigh County to ensure quality services are provided to each of its guests.

Autism Awareness Week online savings are available on single day admission tickets to Dorney Park. Tickets are $42, plus taxes and fees. To order your tickets, visit https://pages.cedarfair.com/autism and select Dorney Park; $2 from every ticket redeemed will be donated to ASA. For an additional opportunity to donate to ASA during Autism Awareness Week at Dorney Park, coin boxes will be placed throughout the park.

June 28, 2018 - CELEBRATE AMERICA THIS FOURTH OF JULY AT DORNEY PARK & WILDWATER KINGDOM

Dorney Park offers special promotions in celebration of Independence Day starting Sunday, July 1st through Wednesday, July 4th.  

Dorney Park’s Military Days program pays tribute to the members of the Armed Forces and will offer FREE admission to all active and retired military personnel from Sunday, July 1st to Wednesday, July 4th.  Along with free admission, active and retired members of the military will be able purchase discount admission tickets for their immediate family (maximum of 6) at a special military discount price of $29* per ticket.  Tickets can be purchased at a Dorney Park ticket window or online at www.dorneypark.com. A valid military ID should be presented at the turnstile for entry into the park.

Guests will be able to take a break from all the thrills and spills to indulge in Dorney Park’s Fourth of July Red, White & Blue BBQ. This patriotic All-You-Care-to-Eat menu includes Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Smoked South Carolina Ribs, BBQ Chicken and more. Served in Parkside Pavilion from 4 – 7 PM, guests can select their meal seating between Sunday, July 1st, Monday, July 2nd, Tuesday, July 3rd and Wednesday, July 4th. Admission and meal packages for this special event are available for $44* online at www.dorneypark.com. 2018 Season Passholders can purchase discount Red, White, & Blue BBQ meal tickets for only $15* and 2018 Season Passholders with All Season Dining can redeem a meal for just $5*. 

Finally, celebrate America’s birthday with an annual Dorney Park tradition – a spectacular fireworks display! Fireworks will begin at 9:30 PM on Wednesday, July 4th.

*Plus taxes and applicable fees.

May 22, 2018 - CELEBRATE THE OFFICIAL START TO SUMMER WITH DORNEY PARK DURING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom is celebrating the start of summer by offering special events and promotions throughout Memorial Day Weekend. Guests can kick-off summer with a Memorial Day Cookout, take advantage of special ticket offers with Military Days and Season Passholder Bring-A-Friend Days, make a splash with the opening of Wildwater Kingdom, and enjoy a patriotic show of fireworks on Saturday, May 26th.

Guests can start their summer off right with a Memorial Day Cookout in Parkside Pavilion. This all-you-can-eat buffet includes hamburgers, hot dogs, fried chicken, potato salad, pasta salad, watermelon and Coca-Cola® beverages. Admission and meal packages are available online or at the park. Guests can select their meal seating between Saturday, May 26th, Sunday, May 27th and Monday, May 28th from 4:30 – 7:00 PM. The admission and meal package starts at $44.00*, or guests can purchase a “Meal Only” option for $20.00*. Season Passholders interested in attending the event receive a special discount on the event and pay only $15.00*. Season Passholders with All Season Dining can redeem a meal for only $5.00*.  

Military Days make their return this summer. Dorney Park is offering free regular admission to any active or retired military personnel during Memorial Day Weekend. Military personnel who qualify for the discount include active military, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. Not only do they receive free admission, active and retired members of the military will also be able to purchase discounted admission tickets for their immediate family members (maximum of six) at a special military discount price of $29.00*. To utilize this offer, tickets can be purchased in-person at Dorney Park by presenting a valid Military ID or online at www.dorneypark.com.

Season Passholders can take advantage of Bring-A-Friend Days during Memorial Day weekend. Passholders can bring up to four friends per pass for only $19.99* per ticket, that’s a $39.00 savings off of our regular general admission price. Passholders can purchase Bring-A-Friend tickets online through the Season Pass Portal or in-person at Dorney Park.

Guests are encouraged to join Dorney Park on Saturday evening, May 26th to enjoy Dorney Park’s Memorial Day Fireworks display in honor of the brave men and women of the United States military. Fireworks begin at 9:30 PM.

Wildwater Kingdom officially opens for the summer season on Saturday, May 26th at 11:00 AM. Guests will be able to enjoy the 26 slides, two wave pools, 2 rivers, and multiple play areas. Located inside Wildwater Kingdom will be the new Tidal Wave Café. The nautical themed restaurant will feature hand-battered fried shrimp, rotisserie chicken, hand-breaded chicken tenderloins, and house-smoked pulled pork. Guests will also be able to enjoy Wildwater Kingdom’s newly renovated bathhouse facilities.

Daily operation of Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom begins Memorial Day weekend and continues through Labor Day, Monday, September 3, 2018.

Guests can purchase or renew their 2018 Season Passes online or at the park for as low as five easy payments of $19.25* – but hurry, this offer ends May 28th!  Enjoy unlimited visits to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, free season-long parking, exclusive Passholder events, Bring-A-Friend Days, in-park discounts on food and merchandise, and more. Regular one-day admission tickets can be purchased for $59.00* for adults and $42.00* for seniors and children at the park, and $49.00* for adults and $39.99* for seniors and children when you purchase your tickets online.  Platinum Season Passes, which provide you entrance to all Cedar Fair Parks, are also available for five installments of $34.00*.

*Plus taxes and applicable fees.

May 1, 2018 - DORNEY PARK EMBARKS ON ITS 135TH SEASON FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2018

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, the center of summer fun and family entertainment in the Lehigh Valley, will officially open its gates for the 2018 season on Friday, May 4th at 10:00 AM.  Exclusive pass offers, a new Executive Chef, new dining options, shows and fun will highlight the season.

“Our 135th Season at Dorney Park will be AMAZING! Our new Pre-K Passes bring even more value to a visit at our park; there is truly something for everyone. From new dining experiences and live entertainment, to riding your favorite coaster time and time again – this will be a season to remember,” said Mike Fehnel, Vice President and General Manager of Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom.

For the 2018 season, Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom launched a new Pre-K Season Pass specifically for young children. The Pre-K Pass grants free admission to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, Dinosaurs Alive!, and The Great Pumpkin Fest,  to children 3 to 5 years of age, for the entire season.  Online registration and in-park activation is required for the Pre-K Pass; guests need to register by May 28, 2018, and activate by June 29, 2018. For more information, or to register, visit https://www.dorneypark.com.

Dorney Park 2018 Season Passes are currently at the lowest price of the year; they reach their value in less than two visits and Season Passholders can come and go like they own the place!  In addition to enjoying unlimited visits to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, Season Passholders receive free season-long parking, exclusive Passholder events, and discounts on food and merchandise in 2018. Passholders can also enjoy unlimited visits this fall to Halloween Haunt or The Great Pumpkin Fest. Visit https://www.dorneypark.com for full details.

In celebration of opening weekend, Dorney Park will hold an exclusive Season Passholder Party with the PEANUTS™ event on Saturday and Sunday, May 5th and 6th from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM.   Season Passholders will be able to enjoy a complimentary Character Breakfast and activities with Snoopy and the PEANUTS™ Gang. This event is free for Season Passholders who claim a ticket online prior to the event, limited number available. Visit https://www.dorneypark.com for details.

Throughout the 2018 season, guests can enjoy a variety of special events in addition the thrills and spills of the park.   Celebrate Mom at Dorney Park on May 13th for a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch and get excited for The Harlem Globetrotters Experience on May 19th and 20th.  Dorney Park will offer several special promotions over Memorial Day Weekend to celebrate the official start of summer!  From May 26th through May 28th, guests can chow down at the Memorial Day Cookout, take advantage of special ticket offers, and enjoy a spectacular fireworks display!

Heading the 2018 culinary initiative, is Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom’s new Executive Chef, Don Stauffer. Chef Don brings 20+ years of experience, and has an extensive background in the entertainment industry and catering.

New eatery, Burrito Cantina will bring the flavor on opening day, and will offer fresh fare with home-made ingredients. Its Mexican-inspired menu will include made-to-order Burritos, Burrito Bowls and Nachos. Burrito Cantina will be located near Center Stage and Dominator in Dorney Park.  In addition to this new eatery, Chef Don will also introduce “The Dominator,” a 2-foot long hot dog, and make enhancements to the extreme milkshakes available at Coasters Drive-In, located on the main midway of Dorney Park, next to Kaleidoscope.

“Amusement Parks are all about excitement and stepping-up the thrill factor,” said Chef Don, Executive Chef of Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom. “We need to create food matching that excitement level, and our 2018 cuisine at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom will do just that.”

Dorney Park offers an assortment of money-saving dining plans – Single Meal Deal, All Day Dining, or All Season Dining for Season Passholders -  including 95 different meal options at 19 different locations, including the popular Chickie’s & Pete’s Sports Bar.  Season Passholders also have the option to add-on a Season Pass Drink Plan.  For more information on Dining and Drink Plans visit https://www.dorneypark.co­­m.  

Additionally, adults 21 years of age and older, can enjoy new adult beverages this season as Dorney Park partnered with HiJinx Brewing Company of Allentown, PA. Two exclusive Dorney Park hand-crafted beers will debut for the 2018 season. To mare the industry, these amusement-themed brews, Lazy Lager and Epic Ale were crafted to excite and amaze taste buds.

Wildwater Kingdom is set to open Saturday, May 26th, 2018.

March 13, 2018 - DORNEY PARK & WILDWATER KINGDOM TO HOST LAST JOB FAIR BEFORE PARK OPENS IN MAY

On Saturday, March 17th, Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom will host its final pre-season Job Fair from 11am – 4pm in the Good Time Theatre.  Job seekers, ages 16 and up,  are invited to learn about what makes working at Dorney Park so much FUN - with hundreds of different job opportunities and internships, there is something for everyone! 

Applications are now being accepted for seasonal positions in the following departments: Food & Beverage, Rides, Lifeguards, Merchandise, Games, Admissions, Safety, Security, Maintenance and many more!  We are also accepting applications for paid internship opportunities within our administrative offices including Finance, Human Resources, and Marketing. New employees ages 16 and older can earn up from $8.50 - $11.00 per hour (plus bonus opportunities) in their first year!  
Applicants are encouraged to bring friends with them to the Job Fair – both you and your friend can earn extra cash for every friend who is newly hired at Dorney Park.  Applicants should view job openings and apply online at www.dorneypark.com/jobs prior to the event. Attendees should enter the main parking lot using the entrance under the billboard off of Hamilton Boulevard and follow directional signage to Good Time Theatre.  If you are unable to attend the Job Fair but interested in employment you are still able to apply online. 

Aside from its competitive wages, Dorney Park offers flexible work schedules, free admission to all Cedar Fair Parks and many other amusement and entertainment attractions, scholarships, and hosts many exclusive associate events throughout the season.  

Dorney Park will open its gates on Friday, May 4th for its 135th operating season! Additional hiring events will occur prior to the park opening.  Visit www.dorneypark.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and information about Dorney Park and seasonal employment opportunities.

February 13, 2018 - SUMMER JOB = SUMMER FUN: DORNEY PARK & WILDWATER KINGDOM NOW HIRING!

The largest seasonal employer in the Lehigh Valley is hiring for 3,000 seasonal positions! On Saturday, February 17th, Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom will hold a Job Fair from 11am – 2pm in the Good Time Theatre. 

We will be opening our doors for job seekers, ages 16 and up, to learn about what makes working at Dorney Park so much FUN. With hundreds of different job opportunities and internships, we truly have something for everyone,” said Dawn Reidenbach, Director of Human Resources for Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom.   Applications are now being accepted for 3,000 positions in the following departments: Food & Beverage, Rides, Lifeguards, Merchandise, Games, Admissions, Safety, Security, Maintenance and many more!  New employees ages 16 and older can earn up from $8.50 - $11.00 per hour (plus bonus opportunities) in their first year!  
Applicants are encouraged to bring friends with them to the Job Fair – both you and your friend can earn extra cash for every friend who is newly hired at Dorney Park.  Applicants should view job openings and apply online at www.dorneypark.com/jobs prior to the event.  Attendees should enter the main parking lot using the entrance under the billboard off of Hamilton Boulevard and follow directional signage to Good Time Theatre.  If you are unable to attend the Job Fair but interested in employment you are still able to apply online or attend our next Job Fair on Saturday, March 17th from 11am – 2pm. 

Aside from its competitive wages, Dorney Park offers flexible work schedules, free admission to all Cedar Fair Parks and many other amusement and entertainment attractions, scholarships, and hosts many exclusive associate events throughout the season.  

Dorney Park will open its gates on Friday, May 4th for its 135th operating season! Additional hiring events will occur prior to the park opening.  Visit www.dorneypark.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and information about Dorney Park and seasonal employment opportunities.

January 9, 2018 - DORNEY PARK & WILDWATER KINGDOM HIRING FOR OVER 3,000 SEASONAL POSITIONS

The largest seasonal employer in the Lehigh Valley is now hiring! Coming off the heels of two consecutive years of job growth, Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom will hire more employees in 2018 than in previous years.  Job seekers and returning associates are invited to attend a Hiring Party on Saturday, January 13th from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM in the Good Time Theater.  

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom is pleased to offer competitive pay that exceeds the minimum wage in Pennsylvania.  New employees ages 16 and older can earn from $8.50 - $11.00 per hour (plus bonus opportunities) in their first year!  Applications are now being accepted (ages 16 & up) for more than 3,000 positions in the following departments: Food & Beverage, Rides, Lifeguards, Merchandise, Games, Admissions, Safety, Security and many more!  

Interested candidates, returning employees and their friends are invited to attend the Hiring Party.  “For our returning associates, come see all your co-workers and friends, and learn what’s new for 2018.  For new applicants, come learn what makes Dorney Park such a FUN place to work,” said Michael Fehnel, Vice President and General Manager of Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom.  Attendees will be entered into a raffle to win awesome prizes such as a PlayStation 4, TV, iPad, Apple Watch and hundreds of dollars in gift cards!  Additionally, we’ll have an exclusive movie screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story immediately after the job fair for anyone in attendance. 
Applicants are encouraged to bring friends with them to the Hiring Party – both you and your friend can earn extra cash for every friend who is newly hired at Dorney Park.  Applicants should view job openings and apply online at www.dorneypark.com/jobs prior to the party. Attendees should enter the main parking lot using the entrance under the billboard off of Hamilton Boulevard and follow directional signage to Good Time Theater.  If you are unable to 
attend the Hiring Party but interested in employment you are still able to apply online.  

Aside from its competitive wages, Dorney Park offers flexible work schedules, free admission to all Cedar Fair Parks and many other amusement and entertainment attractions, scholarships, and hosts many exclusive associate events throughout the season.  

Dorney Park will open its gates on Friday, May 4th for its 135th operating season! Additional hiring events will occur prior to the park opening.  Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for the latest news and information about Dorney Park and seasonal employment opportunities. 

About Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom features “two great parks for the price of one,” with more than 100 rides, shows and attractions. Guests can enjoy seven roller coasters, the largest collection of kids’ rides in Planet Snoopy™ and one of the country’s best-ranked water parks. For more information, see www.dorneypark.com. Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a publicly traded partnership and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. The Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, two outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels. For more information, see www.cedarfair.com. 

August 24, 2017 - DORNEY PARK ANNOUNCES ITS NEW FEATURES FOR FRIGHT-FILLED EVENINGS AND DAYTIME FAMILY FUN THIS FALL

Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom will debut a gruesome new maze this fall when its Halloween Haunt nighttime event opens for its 10th season on Friday, September 15th, 2017. Haunt will feature seven mazes, four scare zones, three live shows, 25 rides and more than 500 costumed creatures throughout the park, ready to scare visitors over the age of 13. The Great Pumpkin Fest also returns to Dorney Park, opening on Saturday, September 16th, providing a family-friendly daytime Halloween experience featuring the classic PEANUTS™ characters.

The park’s new Haunt maze, Tourist Trap, is themed after a ramshackle hotel run by a morbid collector of the macabre. Tourist Trap will take guests back in time to the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago where they will witness the horrendous fate of patrons who checked in and soon after disappeared; scenes of terror and torture will shock guests during their twisted travels through a variety of hidden rooms.

Dorney Park allows guests to experience more fear during Haunt with the Fright & Fast Lane Pass including Skeleton Key. This premium add-on experience includes priority access to eight mazes and attractions and features more intense and interactive scares in seven Skeleton Key attractions. In addition, the pass allows priority boarding on all Fast Lane rides and attractions. Dorney Park will feature five new Skeleton Key experiences in 2017, including an immersive stereophonic experience at Tourist Trap and an experiment in fear at Blackout where you take control of the maze experience of other guests. Fright & Fast Lane with Skeleton Key is available online or at the park for as low as $40.00* per person.  Guests who want to join their friends, but want to have a scare free night will be able to purchase a No Boo Necklace for $10.00* to let monsters know to keep away.  For more information about Halloween Haunt or to purchase tickets, please visit www.dorneypark.com/play/haunt and share your terrifying photos with us using #DPHaunt.

On Saturdays and Sundays from September 16th – October 29th The Great Pumpkin Fest will feature a collection of family-friendly Halloween activities presented by the PEANUTS™ characters, such as pumpkin and mask painting, a petting zoo, live entertainment, all of the fun of Planet Snoopy™ and much more.  For more information about The Great Pumpkin Fest or to purchase tickets, please visit www.dorneypark.com/play/great-pumpkin-fest and share your photos with us using #DPGreatPumpkin.

Children ages three to five can get Dorney Park’s new Pre-K Pass which grants complimentary admission for the entire 2018 season. Online registration and in-park activation is required for the Pre-K Pass; guests who register and activate before October 29, 2017 will receive unlimited park visits for the remainder of 2017, including The Great Pumpkin Fest, as well as all of 2018. To register, go to www.dorneypark.com, select Season Passes and then select the Pre-K Pass.  Follow the directions to submit and activate the pass.

 Guests can start next year’s fun now by purchasing or renewing their 2018 Season Pass at the lowest price available now through October 29th.  Enjoy unlimited visits to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, free season-long parking, exclusive passholder events, Bring-A-Friend-Days and in-park discounts on food and merchandise. Season Passes can be purchased online for as low as 9 easy payments of $12.77* each.  Platinum Season Passes, which provide access to all Cedar Fair Parks, are also available at the lowest price of the year.

 *Plus taxes and applicable fees.

August 16, 2017 - NEW FREE SEASON PASS FOR CHILDREN - THE PRE-K PASS - COMING TO DORNEY PARK & WILDWATER KINGDOM IN 2018

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom will launch a new type of season pass specifically for young children for 2018. The Pre-K Pass grants free admission to children three to five years of age for the entire 2018 season as well as the remainder of 2017.

Dorney Park vice president and general manager Mike Fehnel said, “We’re introducing the Pre-K Pass to help families with young children more easily and affordably enjoy everything that Dorney Park has to offer, in a way that considers the unique needs of this age group. The Pre-K Pass allows parents to save money as the entire family experiences not only the kid’s rides in Planet Snoopy™ but also roller coasters, thrill rides, shows and our fantastic water park.”

Online registration and in-park activation is required for the Pre-K Pass; guests who register and activate between August 16 through October 29, 2017 will receive unlimited park visits for the remainder of 2017 as well as all of 2018. To register, go to www.dorneypark.com, select Season Passes and then select the Pre-K Pass.  Follow the directions to submit and activate the pass.

Also new for 2018 is the Tidal Wave Café, opening in Wildwater Kingdom. The nautical themed restaurant will feature popular fare such as hand-battered fried shrimp, rotisserie chicken, hand-breaded chicken tenderloins, and house-smoked pulled pork.

Guests can purchase their 2018 Season Pass at the lowest price of the year now through October 29, 2017.  In addition to enjoying unlimited visits to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, free season-long parking, exclusive passholder events and discounts on food and merchandise in 2018, passholders can enjoy one free visit this fall to experience Halloween Haunt or The Great Pumpkin Fest. See www.dorneypark.com for full details.

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With more than 100 world-class rides, shows and attractions, Dorney Park offers the perfect combination of thrills and family fun. Call 610-395-3724 or www.dorneypark.com.

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Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom features two great parks for the price of one. There are more than 100 rides, shows and attractions, including Planet Snoopy™ and one of the country’s best-ranked water parks, and is the perfect combination of thrills and family fun. Call 610-395-3724 or visit www.dorneypark.com. 

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Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom features two great parks for the price of one. There are more than 100 rides, shows and attractions to enjoy, including eight roller coasters, the largest collection of kids’ rides in Planet Snoopy™ and one of the country’s best-ranked water parks. Dorney Park is one of the most visited amusement parks in the United States and is the perfect combination of thrills and family fun. Call 610-395-3724 or visit www.dorneypark.com. 

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Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom features two great parks for the price of one. There are more than 100 rides, shows and attractions, guests can enjoy including eight roller coasters, the largest collection of kids’ rides in Planet Snoopy™ and one of the country’s best-ranked water parks. Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom is one of the most visited amusement parks in the United States and is the perfect combination of thrills and family fun. Dorney Park is open late April through October and Wildwater Kingdom is open late May through early September. Call 610-395-3724 or visit www.dorneypark.com. 

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Thrill Rides

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom is home to more than 100 rides and attractions, including eight roller coasters and dozens of state-of-the-art thrill machines.

Planet Snoopy

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom's Planet Snoopy kid's theme-park is the largest collection of kid's rides in the region! Kids visit Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the PEANUTS™ gang, ride 16 rides, and enjoy special live show performances. Parents' and guardians find ease and convenience with the Park's family care center equipped for nursing and diaper changing.

Wildwater Kingdom

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom offers two great parks for the price of one. Splash around and beat the heat in one of the country's best-ranked water parks.

Community

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdoms is proud to give back to the community through in-kind donations for charitable and non-profit organizations, hosting special fundraising events at the park and participation in the programs and events offered through its Cedar Fair Charities. We are also actively involved in the community through our support and partnership with several other organizations such as Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation; American Heart Association; Boys & Girls Club; Camelot for Children; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living; Make-A-Wish Foundation; March of Dimes; and Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley.  Additionally, Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom offers special programs and discounts to active military members, veterans, its local emergency responders and partners with its local school districts in a variety of ways. Dorney Park takes great pride in donating tickets and supporting goodwill efforts to hundreds of causes throughout the tri-state area each year.

History

Find out how Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom evolved from trout ponds and picnic groves in the mid-1800’s to its current status as one of the most visited amusement parks and water parks in the United States.

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Park History Timeline

It's doubtful that Solomon Dorney ever imagined that one of the longest, tallest and fastest roller coasters in the Northeast would be sweeping over his shady picnic groves and trout ponds. However, this resort has become one of the greatest family amusement parks in the country.

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1860

Solomon Dorney built a fish hatchery with the initial purpose of purveying fish to markets across the country, and providing local anglers and trout gourmets with a ready supply of their favorite dish. This "Fish Weir and Summer Resort" along Cedar Creek featured eight trout ponds and several shady picnic groves.
 

1870

Solomon Dorney realized that the best future for his estate would be as an attraction. He added games, playground-style rides, refreshment stands, and even a hotel and restaurant. The resort also included a small zoo, featuring deer, bears, wolves, monkeys, foxes, squirrels, peacocks, swans, ducks, tortoises, and turtles. Soon after, Solomon Dorney had added an unprecedented number of mechanical rides and attractions, including Bowling-on-the-Greens, Quoits, Russian Ten Pins, Archery, Glass Ball Shooting, Safety Swings, gardens and conservatories; all of which provided hours of enjoyment for Guests.
 

1884

In 1884, the estate was renamed "Dorney's Trout Ponds and Summer Resort" and the rich history of Dorney Park as an amusement park truly began. During the next few years, the Cable Ride, the Scenic Railway, the Old Mill, the Casino with its indoor bowling alleys, billiard tables, the Circle Swing, the Ferris Wheel, the Photo Gallery, the Pony Ride and the swimming pool were all added to the resort's growing list of attractions.

1899

The Allentown-Kutztown Traction Company took interest in Dorney's creation. In 1899, they completed a double-track trolley that extended from Allentown to Kutztown, making a stop at Dorney Park. Roundtrip fare on the trolley cost five cents.

1901

The Traction Company purchased Dorney Park from Solomon Dorney in 1901. That same year, Jacob Plarr, an enterprising caterer and butcher from Philadelphia, came to Dorney Park as a concessionaire. He brought with him a Dentzel Carousel, a ride that revolutionized the Park.

1915

By 1915, a casino, pool hall and roller-skating rink were added to the Park.

1920

The Whip was added to Dorney Park's list of growing attractions in 1920, and still continues to entertain Guests at the Park today. The Whip is currently Dorney Park's oldest ride.

1923

In 1923, The Coaster was built. This wooden roller coaster, made from pressure treated pine, was originally a simple out-and-back ride until it was reconfigured to form a figure eight in 1930. During that same year, the Park incorporated and was renamed "Dorney Park Coaster Company, Inc.," and Robert Plarr, Bill Ruske and Ray Sandt purchased the Park from the Allentown-Kutztown Traction Company. A few years later, Robert Plarr purchased the Park outright from his partners.

1927

The Mill Chute, also known as the Tunnel of Love, and Al-Dorn, an open-air dance pavilion, were built in 1927. In addition, kiddie rides, the pretzel ride and a penny arcade were added to the Park.

1935

About this time, the depression hit, almost causing the Park to close. Robert Plarr realized that the only way to keep the Park running was to add a new attraction. He enlisted the help of Miles Erbor of Wescosville to build a train ride modeled after the first steamline train, the Burlington Zephyr. This attraction, known as the Zephyr, saved Dorney Park from closing and still takes Guests on scenic tours through the Park today.

1940s

Despite World War II and the war effort, Dorney Park was able to add some rides throughout the 1940's, including the Flying Scooters in 1941, Water Scooters in 1946, Paratrooper in 1948 and Tilt-a-Whirl in 1949.

1954

In 1954, a double anniversary was recognized--Dorney Park observed 70 years as an amusement attraction, and Robert Plarr celebrated 50 years with the Park. Mr. Plarr had been employed by the Park for many years before he took ownership in the 1920's. In conjunction with Mr. Plarr's golden anniversary with the Park, the Coaster (ThunderHawk) was painted a golden yellow. The original Denzel Carousel was also painted gold and provided free rides to Park Guests throughout the summer.

1960

By 1960, the Park had renamed and re-themed the Old Mill into Journey to the Center of the Earth. The Pirates Cove was added and new midways stretched across the Park.

1966

Robert Plarr died in 1966 and left the Park to his son Stephen, who died one year later. Robert Ott, son-in-law to Robert Plarr, became the new owner.

1970s

The 1970's brought many exciting additions to the Park, including the Bucket of Blood, Gold Mine, Whacky Shack, Flying Dutchman and more midways. Alfundo (a combined abbreviation of the words Allentown, Fun, and Dorney) the clown was the park mascot at this time. In 1976, the Dentzel carousel became operational again for the nations bicentenial, and was adorned in red, white, and blue.

1980

Dorney Park Road, once known as the "state highway" to Reading, was closed to traffic traveling through the center of the Park. This led to the enclosure of the Park by fence and the addition an admission fee. The electro-hydraulic swing Sea Dragon was also added during this year.

1982

1982 brought the addition of the popular family classic Thunder Creek Mountain, which was the longest in-ground flume ride in the country at the time.

1983

In 1983, a major fire burned many of Dorney Park's attractions, including Bucket of Blood and the 1916 Philadelphia Toboggan Carousel.

1984

1984 was a very exciting time for Dorney Park, as the park celebrated its 100th anniversary. To commemorate this experience, Dorney added three new rides which are still around today. The Apollo, Musik Express and the Enterprise still thrill people of all ages just as they did over 25 years ago.

1985

In 1985, Wildwater Kingdom opened, offering the Northeast one of the only seasonal water parks in the country. Its exciting collection of water slides, activity pools and the gigantic wave pool created a new experience for people throughout the Northeast. Added to the Park itself was the Wave Swinger. This year also marks the sale of the Park to Harris Weinstein.

1986

1986 was the year the park added the Antique Carousel. Also added to the park was the double loop, all –steel coaster called the Laser. The Laser was retired from the park in 2008.

1987

When Runaway River was added to the park in 1987, it was the largest inner tube ride in the country. Comprised of hydra-swirl whirlpools, waterfalls, mist-filled caves, blow holes, and fountains, the Runaway River was an excellent addition to the park in 1987.

1988

1988 was the year the Joker was introduced to the park. The Joker, a large vertical rotation ride, was removed after the 2004 season. Center Stage was added and has provided a vast array of shows for thousands of people over the years. 

1989

In 1989, Dorney Park broke ground on a new and ambitious project. With an unprecedented 157-foot drop, Hercules was born as the tallest wooden coaster anywhere in the world. The colossal coaster attracted international attention and put Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom on the map as one of the most exciting amusement experiences in the Northeast. The classic wooden "Coaster" was renamed ThunderHawk for this season and continues to dazzle Guests today. The 90-foot-high Ferris Whell was also introduced. Several other rides and attractions were added to the Park under Weinstein's ownership, including Laser, Aquablast, Joker, Balloon Race and Dragon Coaster.

1990

1990 was a great year for Wildwater Kingdom. Wildwater River was introduced and was the first ever tube ride constructed with its own wave machine. Lightening Falls and it’s two 70-foot-tall tube water slides was also introduced.

1991

The record breaking Aquablast was introduced to Wildwater Kingdom in 1991. At the time, Aquablast was the longest elevated water slide in the world as well as the highest elevated family raft ride ever made.

1992

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom's success did not go unnoticed. In 1992, Cedar Fair L.P. bought the Park and ushered in a new era for the entertainment complex. Today, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company owns and operates ten other amusement parks, including Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH; Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA; Michigan's Adventure in Muskegon, MI; Valleyfair! in Shakopee, MN; Worlds Of Fun in Kansas City, MO; Kings Dominion in Richmond, VA; Carowinds in Charlotte, NC; Kings Island in Mason, OH; Great America in Santa Clara, CA; Canada's Wonderland in Toronto Canada. Cedar Fair also operates Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, CA under a management contract. Cedar Fair Entertainment Company also owns and operates Geauga Lake's Wildwater Kingdom, the Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark Resort in Sandusky, OH and five other water parks in the U.S., including Soak City, adjacent to Cedar Point; Oceans of Fun, adjacent to Worlds of Fun; Soak City, USA, adjacent to Knott's Berry Farm; Soak City, USA, San Diego, CA; and Soak City, USA, Palm Springs, CA.

1993

In 1993, Dorney Park added the tallest, steepest, fastest, wettest waterfall plunge ride in the world. White Water Landing plunges Guests 80 feet down where they become soaked at the end. A second train is added to the park called Cedar Creek Cannonball, which is an old-fashioned replica steam engine that provides a relaxing trip around a section of the park. The Berenstain Bears also make their debut this year, as Papa, Mama, Brother, and Sister walk around the Totspot greeting children.

1994

New to the 1994 season were Road Rally and Thunder Canyon. Road Rally is a calming ride that allows Guests to drive an old style car through two different landscapes. Thunder Canyon on the other hand, is a fast paced river rapids ride that holds up to 8 people and has them plunging through a 1,640 foot path through caves and rapids. The Joker was also brought back after being removed in 1993 for the park expansion. 1994 was the first year that separate tickets for Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom were not offered.

1995

New to the 1994 season were Road Rally and Thunder Canyon. Road Rally is a calming ride that allows Guests to drive an old style car through two different landscapes. Thunder Canyon on the other hand, is a fast paced river rapids ride that holds up to 8 people and has them plunging through a 1,640 foot path through caves and rapids. The Joker was also brought back after being removed in 1993 for the park expansion. 1994 was the first year that separate tickets for Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom were not offered.

1996

The Dentzel carousel turned 75-years-old in 1996. When the carousel first came around there were originally 7,000 operating Dentzels. As of 1996 there were only 28 running. Many renovations were also made this year including a new midway, several rest facilities outside the main entrance, and swan boats at the lower part of the lake.

1997

In 1997, Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom made the most significant addition to the Park since the opening of Wildwater Kingdom. Rising 200 feet in the air as the longest, tallest and fastest coaster in the Northeast, Steel Force altered the landscape of Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom and set it apart from all other parks.

1998

New for Dorney Park in 1998 were Hang Time, Thunder Creek Speedway, and the diner Coasters. Hang Time is a 60-foot-tall thrill ride that whirls, twirls, reels and spins Guests repeatedly throughout the ride. Thunder Creek Speedway, which requires and additional fee, allows Guests to drive a race car through 1,200 feet of track. Coasters is a 50’s style diner that includes vinyl booths with chrome edged tables. New to Wildwater Kingdom for 1998 was the Island Water Works, which is a three-story activity area with over 70 water gags. Halloweekends also started for this first time in the fall.

1999

The 1999 season marked the birth of an all-new and exciting marquee attraction. Climbing 20 stories into the sky, Dominator looms over Park Guests with awe-inspiring height and thrilling speed. This rapid vertical ascent and descent ride chills Guests with hair-raising excitement.

2000

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom celebrated the new century with the addition of Camp Snoopy, a two-acre comic strip playland where kids can meet Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy and many more of the world-famous PEANUTS™ characters. Camp Bus, Flying Ace, Little Convoy, Woodstock's Airmail, Woodstock Express and Woodstock's Wagon Wheel still thrill Guests to this day. The completion of a brand new Main Midway and the addition of the Wild Mouse family roller coaster rounded out the new attractions for this season.
 

2001

Dorney Park introduced Talon, the longest & tallest inverted coaster in the Northeast. This thrill machine brings the Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom roller coaster count to a whopping seven!

2002

A new thrill ride, Meteor, screams across the skies at the Park as it suspends riders face-to-face, looping them forward and backward with nothing between their feet and the sky. Also new this season is a rebuilt Center Stage outdoor theater, a second new outdoor theater, a new Tilt-a-Whirl ride and midway renovations.

2003

With the addition of ten new water slides in 2003, Wildwater Kingdom has one of the largest collections of water attractions in the country. The Wave Pool is refinished and upgraded with a brand new wave making system.  Patriots's Plunge, Wildwater Rapids, and Jumpin' Jack Splash were all added to Wildwater Kingdom to make for some exciting new rides. Also added to Dorney Park was the new PEANUTS™ Characters Show near Camp Snoopy that entertains families.

2004

The 2004 season brings the introduction of Revolution. Riders are suspended with nothing below their feet as this thrill ride swings Guests 65 feet in the air as the ring of seats rotates 120 degrees. 

2005

Hydra The Revenge, the first and only floorless coaster in Pennsylvania, was introduced. Hydra reigns the land where the great Hercules wooden roller coaster once stood. This $13 million monster coaster features seven inversions including the first-of-its-kind JoJo Roll, a pre-lift inversion right out of the station. Hydra The Revenge is roller coaster #8 for Dorney Park. Also for 2005 was the new giant air-launched Screamin' Swing ride and the newly-renovated Game Day Grille restaurant.

2006

Wildwater Kingdom got an upgrade in 2006 with the addition of a second wave pool added by the main entrance gate to the water park. This wave pool, titled Wildwater Cove, is two-thirds the size of existing giant wave pool but offers geysers and wall sprayers in the shallow end. Cabanas were also added to Wildwater Kingdom in 2006. These spacious tents include table and chairs and access to waitered food and beverage services. Plus, the addition of 25 cent cotton candy gave Guests the taste of the old days.

2007

2007 marks the second consecutive year of major capital improvements in Wildwater Kingdom. With the addition of Wildwater Cove and the Capital BlueCross sponsored six lane mat racing water slide Aqua Racer, Wildwater Kingdom claims its place as one of the top waterparks in North America, and the only to have two wave pools and 22 waterslides.

2008

Dorney Park upgrades again with the introduction of Possessed. Originally introduced as Voodoo, Possessed is the first suspended linear induction impulse coaster in the Northeast. Additionally Dorney announced the largest expansion to the Halloween program since the inception of HalloWeekends in 1998. The new Halloween HAUNT at Dorney Park brings three major new attractions Club Blood, CornStalkers, and Terror Square.

2009

With a rich 125 years of history, Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom is 200 acres of more than 100 rides, games, restaurants and attractions for the entire family. With two great Parks for the price of one, the value is unprecedented in the Mid-Atlantic region. During this 125th anniversary season, Dorney Park announced the largest investment and expansion in theatrical live entertainment in the 125 year history of the Park, the new Good Time Theater and Snoopy Rocks on Ice show. Dorney also again expanded on the success of last years new Halloween HAUNT concept. This years upgrade will provide Guests with a total of 13 haunted attraction experiences that includes new attractions concepts like ASYLUM, DEATH TRAP, BACK WOODS,, GAUNTLET, PIRATES PASSAGE, and PSYCHO CIRCUS, as well as last years favorites like CLUB BLOOD, CORNSTALKERS, and TERROR SQUARE.

2011

Dorney Park upgraded Camp Snoopy by filling in the lower half of the area with new rides. Since it was going to be such a large addition, it was rebranded to the Planet Snoopy theme with Charlie Brown's Wind-Up, Flying Ace Balloon Race, Kite Eating Tree, Linus Launcher, PEANUTS™ 500, PEANUTS™ Road Rally, Sally's Swing Set, Snoopy's Cloud Climbers, Snoopy's Junction, Snoopy's Moon Bounce, Snoopy's Rocket Express and Woodstock Whirlybirds.

2012

Dinosaurs Alive! opened, featuring over 40 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, which are scientifically accurate based on the latest paleontological knowledge. These fascinating specimens were created by the Canadian-based company, Dinosaurs Unearthed. Launched, in 2005, Dinosaurs Unearthed is an innovative traveling exhibition company that creates dynamic, multi-sensory experiences about the fascinating world of dinosaur discovery. This new attraction offers Guests an educational experience, the ability to control some of the dinosaurs' movement, and the chance to feel like a paleontologist in the dig site.

2014

Dorney offered even more fun at night this year. For a limited time only - on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through August 31st - Dinosaurs Alive! extended its hours to become Dinos After Dark!, offering a whole new experience including s'mores.

2015

Cedar Creek Flyers debuted for the 2015 season! This family ride features eight two-person carriages that sends guests flying 28 feet over the midway. Riders are able to take their flight from mild to wild as they control the level of their trip using a moveable front wing. A new restaurant opened this season - the addition of Smokehouse Barbecue enhanced the dining experience for our guests by offering a full BBQ favorites paired classic sides like homemade mac & cheese, hush puppies and southern-style desserts. That wasn't all for dining enhancements - All Season Dining was introduced for Season Passholders. This affordable program allows guests to redeem lunch and dinner every time they visit throughout the season. 

2016

Dorney Park's most historic roller coaster and second oldest operating ride, Thunderhawk, has been completely refurbished! The current renovations include all new trains with a new color scheme of maroon and gold, and a fresh coat of paint for the coaster. Bright, white lights now outline the classic wooden roller coaster - sure to bring back a bit of nostalgia to Dorney Park! Originally built in 1923, Thunderhawk remains a classic, old-fashioned American wooden roller coaster with thrilling out-of-seat airtime pops. It is the eight oldest roller coaster in the United States, the tenth oldest roller coaster in the world and remains a favorite among Dorney Park guests! Dorney Park continues to enhance the guest experience by expanding the dining services offered within the park with the addition of a new Executive Chef, Malo Jones. Chef Jones has a very strong culinary background having worked in a number of different venues and cuisines, as well as experience in teaching and is a seasoned veteran in contract food services. Since joining Dorney’s Food and Beverage Team in March of 2016, Chef Jones has been busy developing new and unique dining experiences for park guests – be sure to visit the Smokehouse Barbecue to taste some of his delicious new menu offerings.

2017

Back by the popular demand of Dorney Park guests...Bumper Cars!  A second family-friendly ride, Kaleidoscope was also added this year.  A new live show, Cirque Imagine, made its debut leaving guests mesemerized as they witness breathtaking stunts and aerial performances.  The park also expanded its catering and group outing options by construction a brand-new catering facility.  The ammenities of Parkside Pavilion include a Chef's Kitchen with extensive new culinary options and a speciality menu, self-serving lives, digital signage and comfortable accomodates over 2,500 guests.