Thunderhawk Wooden Roller Coaster at Dorney Park

Park: 11 AM - 7 PM Waterpark: Closed View Hours
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First it was called The Coaster, but now this classic wooden coaster takes flight through a figure-eight under a steel giant. This family favorite roller coaster is the oldest in the park, helping create “First Roller Coaster” family traditions in the Lehigh Valley since its inception in 1923. The 80-foot climb up the chain-lift hill offers its riders a historic view of what was once the ride’s traditional out-and-back layout. Over, under and through the coaster’s wooden frame, the trains will take you to a top speed of 45mph before turning around over the midway to bring you safely back to the station. This coaster has been making memories for over 95 years and through some much needed TLC, Thunderhawk will be making memories for many more years to come. Thunderhawk may be one of the oldest coasters in the Northeast, but it’s jam-packed with hills, thrills and a whole lot of history.

Guests must be 48" tall to ride

Rider Safety Information

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  • An out and back wooden roller coaster with banked curves and airtime hills. Riders will experience changes in speed and direction, weightlessness, and rapid movements from side to side.
  • An individual lap bar and seatbelt secures each rider across the thighs and pelvis.
  • Due to the nature of the restraint, this ride may not accommodate guests of a larger size.
  • Guests must have a minimum of two functioning extremities.
  • Two functioning arms are sufficient instead of one functioning arm and one functioning leg if the guest has a normal center of gravity and lower extremities are sufficiently strong to maintain proper riding posture under the dynamic conditions of the ride.  Amputations must be at the knee or below.
  • Guests with a cervical collar, neck brace, broken collarbone, full arm cast, braced arm cast, or full leg cast are not permitted to ride.
  • Alternate access is available at the ride exit. Riders will have to transfer into the seat, on their own or with the assistance of a companion. A transfer device is available upon request, which may assist a rider out of a wheelchair and into the ride unit.
  • Please do not use the ride restraints for support while entering and exiting, as they will shift.
  • Visit our Guest Assistance Guide for additional Accessibility information.