Thunderhawk

What's New

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom will honor its 132 years of bringing thrills and family fun to the Lehigh Valley with a refresh to one of its most historic rides.

ThunderHawk, originally opened in 1924 as “The Coaster,” is being refurbished and will bring a bit of nostalgia back to Dorney for the 2016 season. Renovations include all new trains, and the entire coaster is being painted, reminiscent of its original design. Bright, white lights will also outline the classic wooden roller coaster, sure to remind riders of the timeless American wooden roller coasters of days gone by.


“We wanted to retain the historic feel of one of America’s most iconic wooden roller coasters,” said Mike Fehnel, Vice President and General Manager of Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom. “Our thought was to keep the refurbishment as true to its original, classic design as possible, complete with an open air train in the front.” Today, ThunderHawk remains one of the great classic American wooden roller coasters. It’s the eighth oldest roller coaster in the United States, and the tenth oldest roller coaster in the world, and it continues to be a favorite among our guests. 

Dorney Park also continues to expand its dining offerings with the addition of an All Season Bottle to its Souvenir Bottle line up. This program, available to both season passholders and day ticket guests, allows unlimited soda refills each time they visit Dorney Park during the current season. This new bottle will be in addition to the traditional single day Souvenir Bottle program offering unlimited refills on a guest's first visit. Guests can then refill their Souvenir Bottle on additional visits for $1.00 per refill.