& Wildwater Kingdom
Allentown, PA (Abbreviation: DP)
Cedar Fair L.P.
Park News - (6/13/18) Screamscape sources tell us that some new construction is happening around Dorney Park. Not for a new ride however, this is for a new "Employee Recreation Center" going up next to the employee cafe, which is taking up the site of the Dorney University training center building. Some test drilling on the soil began last week.
Meanwhile, we're also hearing that the proposed new employee dorms could be built on or behind where Dinosaurs Alive is currently. The Dino attraction is expected to close at the end of this season.
(6/2/18) While nothing has been said by the respective parks yet, I'd expect to see all of the Dinosaurs Alive attractions that opened in 2012 to be closed by the end of the 2018 season. In addition to Dorney Park, the list includes Cedar Point, Canada's Wonderland and Kings Dominion. Kings Island opened the first one in 2011 and closed it at the end of their 2017 season. As an attraction where the dinosaurs were leased from the company that made them (Dinosaurs Unearthed I believe...) we assume that a 6-year lease deal was likely signed to operate all of other Dinosaurs Alive attractions as well that opened in 2012 and 2013.
(5/19/18) Dorney Park seems to be taking a nod from their sister park in Ohio and has applied to the South Whitehall Township to build a 100-unit dormitory structure for seasonal workers. According to the article, typically seasonal workers brought into the area on temporary visas to work at the park have been housed at local colleges and some hotels. The building presented would be three-stories tall and be located in the northwest corner of their property in an area currently used for "material and trash storage".
(4/2/18) As best shown in a photo tweeted by NewsPlusNotes over the weekend, the demolition of Stinger at Dorney Park is well under way. It is also worth noting that if you look close at the photo, they are simply cutting Stinger apart into pieces for scrap, so there is no intention to save, restore or sell this coaster to anyone else. Follow the link to see even more pictures of the ride's sections where they appear to have been simply cut away by a blowtorch for easy removal. (Note: Stinger was listed as being for sale over the winter, but I’m guessing they had no takers.)
(12/31/17) Apparently Cedar Fair has no intention of relocating the Stinger coaster (Vekoma Invertigo) from Dorney Park to another Cedar Fair park. The coaster is now listed as being up for sale at Amusement-Rides.com for anyone interested.
Odd factoid... if you look up that style coaster on RCDB, you'll see that Vekoma only ever produced four of them. Of the four, only one of them has stayed in one location for it's entire lifespan... which would be Invertigo at Kings Island. The other three have all been relocated.
(12/19/17) Interesting news came from Dorney Park over the weekend, confirming that the park would be removing Stinger, their Vekoma Invertigo coaster, before the park opened for the 2018 season. Dorney Park is actually the second home to this coaster, as it was originally built and ran at California’s Great America as Invertigo from 1998 to 2010 before reopening at Dorney in 2012.
So now the question is will the coaster be scrapped, sent to Vekoma for refurbishment to be sold elsewhere, or could Cedar Fair be thinking of moving it to another park in the chain? Given that Stinger’s uptime and maintenance record while at Dorney Park wasn’t that stellar, I’m thinking there is a good chance the ride may simply be sold out of the company if the steel is still in solid shape. The official reason for removing Stinger however is to “make room for future planning opportunities”.
In other news, Dorney also confirmed that Thunderhawk would be replacing about 150 feet of track over the winter, from the exit of the”figure 8” to the final approach, and their blog report also goes over the construction status and some menu updates to the new Tidal Wave Cafe going into Wildwater Kingdom.
2018 - Tidal Wave Cafe - (10/6/17) According to a local news article the new Tidal Wave Cafe project was given unanimous approval on Monday from the South Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners. Ignore the date however, as the article also claims that Tidal Wave Cafe is for 2019, while the Dorney Park website has it listed for 2018.
(8/26/17) Turns out Dorney Park is adding something new for 2018 after all, though it isn't a new ride. The park has announced Tidal Wave Cafe is coming in 2018, a new nautical themed restaurant inside Wildwater Kingdom that will feature hand-battered shrimp, rotisserie chicken, hand-breaded chicken tenderloins and house-smoked pulled pork. Even better, the new location will be park of the park's Dining Plan options as well.
2019 - New Coaster - Rumor - (7/5/18) No way to know for sure, but hearing from other sources that the iffy looking drawing showing off a possible path for a new coaster at Dorney Park is likely a fake, so I'm going to remove it to keep it from spreading. As with most projects at Dorney Park, the first confirmed signs that something big is coming always seems to come when the park puts in an application with the Whitehall Township Board.
(7/2/18) The latest rumors suggest that Dorney Park has filed permits to build a new coaster... and from the look of an image that leaked, it will be a new wooden coaster that will take up the old Stinger site and the area behind it, but not venture into the space currently occupied by Dinosaurs Alive. Based on the kind of layout I'm hearing about, this sounds very much like a GCI Twister style coaster, much like the very popular Gold Striker at California's Great America.