& Wildwater Kingdom
Allentown, PA (Abbreviation: DP)
Cedar Fair L.P.
Park News - (9/10/13) Pictures showing off the progress made on the land clearing project at Dorney Park can be found on Facebook at the Coaster Talk No B.S. Zone page.
(8/5/13) I’m told that Dorney Park has begun land clearing on property that they purchased a few years ago, which will likely be used for overflow parking based on the location. You can see a few pictures on Facebook.
(6/17/13) Dorney Park is current being sued by the family of a foreign employee who died last year. According to the local news the employee in question was a Chinese citizen working at the park for the 2012 season, who was struck and killed by a car while she was talking “across an on-ramp to Interstate 78”. The lawsuit from the family claims that Dorney Park did not provide “adequate transportation” between the park and where the foreign staff were housed.
Since I am unaware of the terms of the labor agreement for the park’s foreign work-force, I really can’t comment on if this may be a legit claim or not. While not necessarily a fair comparison, I believe Walt Disney World does provide transportation shuttles for both their College Program as well as Foreign Cast Members taking them not only to work, but running shuttles to local store locations as well so they can shop for food and various personal items.
(5/22/13) It’s been awhile, but Dorney Park has come to another epic disagreement with the South Whitehall Township over plans for the theme park. Dorney Park wants to hold a nightly fireworks show from June 29th to Aug. 5th while the local politicos have ruled against them, saying the noise would be too much. Dorney Park has filed an appeal but there is no telling if or when a new ruling may be made, or perhaps meet half-way and allow the park to at least have fireworks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
2014 - Snake Pit / Waterpark Expansion - (12/2/13) Dorney Park’s new Snake Pit waterslide tower addition for 2014 has received the nod of approval from the local planning commission this week needed to get the final approval process running in time to open it by Memorial Day Weekend. No further complications are expected.
(8/29/13) Dorney Park has confirmed that they will add Snake Pit to the Wildwater Kingdom waterpark for 2014. This large new slide complex will add six new slides to the waterpark. At the peak will be the three Python Plummet slides, that start off loading you into a drop pod chamber before you get sent down a 450 foot long slide to the bottom. The complex will also offer three tube slides… the Constrictor (enclosed with extremely tight banked turns) and the two Boa Blasters.
(8/27/13) Dorney Park official will announce plans for a major new addition to the waterpark in 2014 at the park this Wednesday at 9:15am. Stay tuned!
(7/12/13) The rumored major focus of Dorney Park’s 2014 plans include an overhaul to the waterpark that will bring a large water fortress to the park, the removal of some older slides (speed slides?) as well as adding in a new slide tower of some kind as a replacement. As for the rest of the park, I’m told that we can expect to see some kind of classic flat ride added in 2014 as well, but nothing else. If I had to guess, I’d say we can expect to see a few Flying Scooters ride added to the park, as I don’t think Dorney has one currently and Cedar Fair added one to Knott’s Berry Farm as well as Michigan’s Adventure this season.
2015 - Roller Coaster - Rumor - (7/15/13) The latest word from the Screamscape rumor mill is that Dorney Park could be finally planning on adding a large new coaster to the park for the 2015 season. Where will it go? I’m told we may likely see Dinosaurs Alive removed and sent to another park to make room for it.