Skip to Main Content

Media Center

Dorney Park is Closed for the 2020 Season. See you in 2021! Learn More.

Skip to Next Section

Media Center

This page has been provided for the use of credentials members of the media. Non-members of the news media are asked to call our Information Center at (610) 395-3724. The Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom is happy to assist media members in producing superior news stories, programs and features that contain timely and up-to-date information. Please take a moment to browse through our Media Relations page.

Please direct any media inquiries to:

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom Public Relations
3830 Dorney Park Road
Allentown, PA 18104
Office: (610) 391-7720
Fax: (610) 391-7685
E-mail: publicrelations@dorneypark.com

Note: Non-members of the news media are asked to call our Information Center (610) 395-3724

Interviews

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom Public Relations is more than happy to assist you in setting up the perfect interview regarding the park and its attractions. Please contact the Public Relations Department to set up an interview.

Live Remotes

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom Public Relations is able to provide assistance with both radio and television live remotes. All remotes must be arranged no less than one week prior to the remote (except for breaking news).

Advertising

For advertising inquiries, please contact Cramer-Krasselt at 312-616-9600

Skip to Next Section

Media Pass Requests

The Media Pass Program has been postponed until 2021.

Skip to Next Section

Blogger and Influencer Program

We’re looking for creative bloggers, YouTubers and social influencers to visit us and help us tell our story.

Skip to Next Section

Latest News and Events

Catch up on the latest news from Dorney Park.

Skip to Next Section

February 3, 2020 - Dorney Park to Hire 3000+ Seasonal Associates for the 2020 Season

Dorney Park to Hire 3000+ Seasonal Associates for the 2020 Season

Job seekers Invited to Attend Job Fair this Saturday, February 8th

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom (3830 Dorney Park Road, Allentown, PA) will host its first annual job fair for the 2020 operating season this Saturday, February 8th from 10 am – 4 pm at Good Time Theater. This no-cost event is open to the public.

As the largest seasonal employer in the Lehigh Valley, Dorney Park offers a diverse range of job opportunities in all areas of park operation, along with new, increased pay rates for the 2020 Season. Job seekers and returning associates will have the opportunity to speak with department representatives, complete an application, and receive a same-day interview. Opportunities include positions in the following departments: food and beverage, admissions, aquatics, safety and security, games and merchandise, finance, maintenance and warehouse, entertainment, and more.

A limited number of jobs require a minimum age of 14, while most of the park’s seasonal positions are available to individuals 16 years of age and older. Adults looking to supplement their income and retirees are encouraged to attend as well.

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. 

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. Applicants are encouraged to view job openings and apply online at www.dorneypark.com/jobs prior to the Job Fair. Interested applicants can also text FUN to 97211.

Dorney Park will open its gates on Friday, May 1st for its 137th 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.

 

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom offers Pennsylvania’s best value - Two Great Parks All in 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 with 26 water slides and two giant wave pools. Special themed festivals, as well as the best Halloween event in the region, make Dorney Park the best place to create lasting memories.

###

PRESS CONTACT:
Tana Korpics | Manager, PR & Communications
610-391-7720 (Media Calls Only)
tkorpics@dorneypark.com

November 11, 2019 - Thunderhawk Named ACE Roller Coaster Landmark

Thunderhawk Named ACE Roller Coaster Landmark

The world’s largest club of amusement park enthusiasts, the American Coaster Enthusiast (ACE) has voted to designate Dorney Park’s wooden roller coaster as an International Roller Coaster Landmark.

This award is given to rollers coasters that are historically significant. Thunderhawk, now in its 95th Season here at Dorney Park, is the oldest operating wooden roller coaster designed by the famed roller coaster designer, Herbert Schmeck, and the Philadelphia Toboggan Company.

Thunderhawk will be officially decorated with a special cast aluminum landmark plaque along with a presentation by ACE to help commemorate the landmark during their annual convention, which will be co-hosted by Dorney Park in 2020, Coaster Con 43.

Thunderhawk, originally named The Coaster, is the 4th oldest operating wooden roller coaster in the United States, and the 8th oldest in the world.

To learn more about ACE, visit: https://www.aceonline.org/

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom offers Pennsylvania’s best value - Two Great Parks All in 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 with 26 water slides and two giant wave pools. Special themed festivals, as well as the best Halloween event in the region, make Dorney Park the best place to create lasting memories.

###

PRESS CONTACT:
Tana Korpics | Manager, PR & Communications
610-391-7720 (Media Calls Only)
tkorpics@dorneypark.com

 

November 5, 2019 - Dorney Park Adds New Attractions for its 2020 Season, While Guest-Favorites Return

DORNEY PARK ADDS NEW ATTRACTIONS FOR ITS 2020 SEASON WHILE GUEST-FAVORITES RETURN

The park’s 137th season will introduce a new water park attraction, a limited-time experience for summer evenings, and the return of Grand Carnivale.


Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom’s 2020 season will bring a brand-new structure to its water park and evening entertainment to the midways. New and returning attractions and experiences are set to bring both thrills and a spectacle. Replacing Island Water Works is Seaside Splashworks, a multi-level, beach-themed play structure that will be the largest structure in the water park. The new family attraction will feature more than 75 play elements to engage the entire family for hours. The structure will include 6 water slides, interactive spray jets, and water cannons, a giant 317-gallon tipping bucket, and even a splash zone just for toddlers. With plenty of lounge chairs and shade structures overhead, Seaside Splashworks is designed for parents to relax in the shade or soak up the sun while their children play nearby. Seaside Splashworks will open with Wildwater Kingdom’s 2020 season opening on Saturday, May 23, 2020.

 

Dorney Park is bringing live music, special summer food, family-friendly games, and much more to its midways with Summer Nights. After school lets out, kick-off summer with friends and family by experiencing the ultimate summertime atmosphere. Summer Nights will be held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings beginning on June 20 and lasting through July 12, 2020.

 

Grand Carnivale returns in 2020 to bring myth and magic back to Dorney Park. The festival celebrates and immerses guests in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes from cultures around the world. Grand Carnivale offers something for all types of guests; engage in activities and crafts, taste delectable food and drink, and witness astounding entertainment. Grand Carnivale is a limited-time celebration held evenings July 25 through August 16, 2020.

 

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom offers Pennsylvania’s best value - Two Great Parks All in 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 with 26 water slides and two giant wave pools. Special themed festivals, as well as the best Halloween event in the region, make Dorney Park the best place to create lasting memories.

###

PRESS CONTACT:
Tana Korpics | Manager, PR & Communications
610-391-7720 (Media Calls Only)
tkorpics@dorneypark.com

August 15, 2019 - New Multi-Level Interactive Water Park Attraction Coming to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in 2020

NEW MULTI-LEVEL INTERACTIVE WATER PARK ATTRACTION COMING TO DORNEY PARK & WILDWATER KINGDOM IN 2020

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom will be making waves in its water park when the new beach-themed multi-level play structure, Seaside Splashworks, debuts in 2020. The new family attraction will feature more than 75 play elements to engage the entire family for hours, including:

  • Six water slides, totaling 430ft in length, with twists and turns for refreshing entertainment;
  • interactive spray jets that guests of all ages can operate;
  • oversized water cannons for splashing family and friends;
  • an adventuresome 195ft net bridge trail where guests can challenge their climbing and discovery skills;
  • a giant 317 gallon tipping bucket that drenches everyone standing below every 3-4 minutes; and
  • a splash zone just for toddlers.

With plenty of lounge chairs and shade structures overhead, Seaside Splashworks is designed for parents to relax in the shade or soak up the sun while their children play nearby.  The attraction will be the largest structure in the water park featuring 6 towers, 12 water cannons and nine tipping cones; it replaces the Island Water Works playground and splash pad.

“Wildwater Kingdom is already one of the top ranked water parks in the country, and Seaside Splashworks brings us to a new level with something for everyone to enjoy,” said Michael Fehnel, Dorney Park’s vice president and general manager. “We’re committed to bringing our guests a diverse array of entertainment, from our immersive events like the new Grand Carnivale international festival and fan favorite Halloween Haunt, to a terrific new attraction like this. Our team is proud to deliver an experience that’s unmatched in the region.”

The best way to experience every moment of Seaside Splashworks, alongside a full calendar of events, is with a 2020 Season Pass. Season Passes are on sale now at the lowest price of the year and include unlimited visits for the remainder of 2019, and all of 2020, free parking, Bring-A-Friend tickets and so much more. 

To celebrate National Roller Coaster Day, the park has a limited time 2020 Season Pass offer only valid through this Sunday, August 18. Guests who purchase a 2020 Season Pass, or renew their 2019 Season Pass, will be able to skip the regular lines when they receive a free Fast Lane Plus ticket to use one time on select dates.

About Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom offers Pennsylvania’s best value - Two Great Parks All in 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 with 26 water slides and two giant wave pools. Special themed festivals as well as the best Halloween event in the region make Dorney Park the best place to create lasting memories.

About Cedar Fair

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world, is a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio. Focused on its mission to make people happy by providing fun, immersive and memorable experiences, the Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, four outdoor water parks, an indoor water park and resort accommodations totaling more than 2,300 rooms and more than 600 luxury RV sites. Its parks are located in Ohio, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, Texas and Toronto, Ontario. It also operates an additional theme park in California under a management contract.

# # #

Media Kit and B Roll: https://bit.ly/31IfEEk 

PRESS CONTACT:
Tana Korpics | Manager, PR & Communications
610-391-7720 (Media Calls Only)
tkorpics@dorneypark.com

Skip to Next Section

Park Descriptions

Looking for just the right words and word count? We can help you!

Skip to Next Section

25 Words

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.

50 Words

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. 

75 Words

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. 

100 Words

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. 

Skip to Next Section

Story Ideas

The Public Relations Department at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom maintains a collection of information available for feature pieces. To obtain an extensive list of suggestions for feature pieces or to secure a place on our media distribution list, please email publicrelations@dorneypark.com or call 610-391-7720.

Skip to Next Section

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.

Skip to Next Section

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.

Skip to Next Section

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. 

2018

Nautical-themed restaurant, Tidal Wave Cafe opened in Wildwater Kingdom. This restaurant features popular fare such as hand-battered fried shrimp, rotisserie chicken, hand-breaded chicken tenderloins, and house-smoked pulled pork.

 

In 2018, Dorney Park introduced the Free Pre-K Pass for children ages 3 to 5. At the end of 2018, it was announced that the Dinosaurs Alive! attraction would be removed from that park.

2019

Dorney Park introduced Grand Carnivale, an immersive 23-day-long immersive festival celebrating the sights, sounds, smells and tastes from cultures around the world. Grand Carnivale provides something for everyone, from crafts and games to delectable food and drink, and live music and astounding entertainment - including the Spectacle of Color, an interactive electric light parade.

Dorney Park partnered with Feld Entertainment during the Fall with the all-new, limited time, interactive experience Monster Jam Thunder Alley. Guests explored four adrenaline-inspired attractions and activity areas with dozens of hands-on and larger-than-life experience, like the custom-made Free-Style Ride Trucks with unique to Dorney Park track.