Thunderhawk

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Level 4 - High Thrill

At a Glance


Duration: 1 min., 30 sec.
Height Requirement: 48
Manufacturer: Philadelphia Toboggan Co.
Speed: 45 mph

Designed by Herbert Schmeck, this wooden roller coaster was manufactured and installed by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. The Thunderhawk roller coaster was originally constructed as an "out-and-back" roller coaster, but was modified into its present figure-eight pattern in 1930.

  • Thunderhawk was originally named The Coaster until 1989.
  • ThunderHawk was reconfigured in 1930. The ride was into a figure eight, the trip lengthened, and the height was increased to 80 feet.
  • Thunderhawk is Dorney Park’s oldest roller coaster.
  • Thunderhawk is the oldest operating Philadelphia Toboggan Coaster company coaster with under wheels. It is also the second oldest operating PTC coaster in the world.
  • Opened: 1923