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Allentown, PA (Abbreviation: DP)
Cedar Fair L.P.
Park News - (2/27/22) While nothing has been said about the future of Dorney Park, I’m told that the next big meeting of the South Whitehall Township will be happening in a few weeks. Traditionally the plans for whatever Dorney Park has in store for the park the following year get presented during one of these spring meeting sessions, essentially leaking the project a year early in order to get the needed permissions and permits to build it.
As you may recall, the leaked plans for what appeared to be a possible wooden shuttle coaster came through such a meeting back in 2020 before the rise of COVID caused Dorney Park to pull the plans and put the project on hold at the time. Leaping ahead two years, it has been said that Cedar Fair may be planning to invest upwards of $175 million on new attractions for the 2023 season, so keeping an eye on these local meetings would be a great way to see if they plan to revive this former project or move ahead with something new for the park.
(9/18/21) It has been pointed out that if the use the proper ‘order of operations” to solve Dorney’s social media math puzzle, the correct answer would actually be 25 and not 45, which sort of throws out the “106” theory. This is assuming the puzzle was meant to use the order of operations method instead of just being presented in the order of the puzzle. So I guess we need to figure out is there is any deeper meaning to the answer “25” or to the total of all the sums, which would be “86”.
I don’t see any good meaning behind “86’ except in reference to Laser that was added to the park in 1986, but one wouldn’t celebrate a coaster that was removed in 2010. Instead, I think the intended meaning is ‘25’, as in the 2022 season will mark the 25th Anniversary of Dorney Park’s STEEL FORCE coaster, having opened way back in 1997.
So I guess the big question is what kind of upgrades and surprises can they bring to STEEL FORCE for the big 2-5?
2022 - Nothing New - (8/13/21) So far the only item confirmed as coming to Dorney Park in 2022 will be the Grand Carnivale celebration during the regular season.
???? - Wooden Shuttle Coaster - Planning Phase - (5/3/20) A little good news about those proposed coaster plans for Dorney Park that were spotted a couple of weeks ago before being pulled down. A new update from NewsPlusNotes confirms that the park did share the plans with a different planning commission this week, but not the one they need to to get final permission. Since the park is still sharing the plans, it seems the project is still active. They also confirmed that the pulling of the previous plans from the South Whitehall Township was because the township asked for all plans to be pulled because they were having difficulties setting their new virtual meetings up and wanted to delay until they could get their end of things ready. So all said and done, Dorney will still need to showcase these plans before South Whitehall before they can build anything, but it is good news that they are still actively presenting the plans, which means the project has not been canceled.
(4/12/20) Weird happenings at Dorney Park this week. On Thursday we were sent a copy of a PDF file that Dorney Park had sent to the local planning commission about a future ride proposal. The proposal said that the plan would involve relocating a portion of the Zephyr train ride to make room and that the new attraction would be 106 feet tall and take up much of the location where Stinger (Vekoma Invertigo) used to sit.
I’ve overlayed the plans over an aerial of the park and you can make out a pretty clear layout of where where the track of a new wooden coaster would be placed, along with guest queue paths, and even the modification of the turn on the Zephyr that would be pushed out towards the back-road to make room for the coaster. The coaster itself has a rather interesting feature… it appears to have a spike on the end, which would make this a shuttle coaster. A wooden shuttle coaster, which immediately brings the Switchback at ZDT in Texas to mind, an ultra compact intense creation of the Gravity Group. Switchback is a lot smaller however, standing just 64 feet tall, but made to fit the compact space of a FEC location, rather than a full size theme park.
Take a look at the overlay images I put together below to show off the layout, going up the lift like a normal coaster, hitting the spike at the end, and then rolling backwards through the entire layout until stalling out a second time while going backwards up the first drop. It would then roll forwards into a set of brakes before a switch track that would activate to send the train back into the station. You can also see a POV of Switchback in action below as well.
One small note… sometime between late Friday and Saturday the PDF of the ride’s layout was removed from the planning board website, and a note added that all the proposals for the online meeting planned that day were cancelled. I can only hope that we’ll see this resurface at a later date, assuming the park doesn’t change their future plans due to budget cuts due to the virus.