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& Wildwater Kingdom
Allentown, PA (Abbreviation: DP)
Cedar Fair L.P.





icon_STOPPark News - (4/8/2024) According to a reader, Dorney has opted to remove the “Speed Slides” from the waterpark. Artwork of them has been edited out of the park map at this time, and I’m told that these were probably two of the older slides at the waterpark that had gotten a bit rough over the years. Based on a comparison to new and older park maps, the Speed Slides tower was located next to the Aqua Racer tower on the map, right on the eastern edge of the waterpark. I don’t know the current physical status of the slide tower itself however, but if it hasn’t been removed, I’d expect it to come down at some point this year unless they are planning to refurbish it.
    In other news, our source also tells us that the park has removed the Monster ride from the park, which was located in the area near the new Iron Menace and Possessed coasters. However, the thought is that the ride will be refurbished and likely brought back into the park in the future in a new location if possible.
    (3/31/2024) As I previously mentioned, 2024 is going to be a big year for Dorney Park. Not only is the park adding Iron Menace, but the park’s Thunderhawk wooden coaster has now officially turned 100 years old. Thunderhawk first opened to guests on March 30, 1924.

    (11/21/2023) Just a heads up, but the 2024 season will be a special one for Dorney Park. Not only is the park opening Iron Menace but the the park’s wooden roller coaster, Thunderhawk, will be turning 100 years old! When it first opened in 1924 the coaster, built by PTC and designed by Herbert Paul Schmeck, was simply named “Coaster”. It kept that name through to 1988. If I’m not mistaken, Thunderhawk is tied for 5th place as the oldest coaster in the USA with the Giant Dipper at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. (Note: The oldest operating roller coaster currently, anywhere in the world, would be Leap the Dips at Lakemont Park which opened in 1902.


icon_STOP2024 - Iron Menace - (4/10/2024) In an interesting development, the local news reports that the minimum height to ride Dorney Park’s new Iron Menace dive coaster will be just 48 inches. Typically, the vast majority of B&M coasters require either a 52” or 54” minimum height to ride. This includes other similar B&M dive coasters such as Dr. Diabolical’s Cliffhanger at Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Emperor at SeaWorld San Diego that are both set at 52”.
    I’m not quite sure what sets Iron Menace apart from its siblings to allow for a 48” minimum height, unless something is different about the restraints. Anyone know more?
    (3/31/2024) Dorney Park will be hosting a number of preview dates to get your first rides in on the new Iron Menace coaster, ahead of the season opening day on May 10th. This includes various passholder preview dates and times on April 27-28 and May 4-5, as well as a special charity event for the first riders on April 19.
    (3/27/2024) Dorney Park has posted a full POV video of Iron Menace taking a test lap around the track. Check it out below!

    (3/21/2024) It has begun… Iron Menace is now testing at Dorney Park.

    (3/10/2024) The first train for Iron Menace has been loaded onto the tracks as crews work to finish the installation of the park’s new B&M Dive Machine coaster!






    (3/2/2024) Based on emails going out to long-time passholders at Dorney Park, the new Iron Menace coaster will be ready for a passholder preview event sometime in April, with the final date still TBD. Since Dorney Park doesn’t even open for the 2024 season until May 10th, my guess is that the Passholder Preview will probably take place sometime around the end of April.
    The email also says that they are probably just days away from the start of testing on the new coaster, so if you are in the area, keep your eyes open!
    (2/13/2024) A new video shows off details about the “Steel Yard” themed area of the Iron Menace attraction space that will feature a new restaurant, store and more. They also reveal that the park’s Cedar Creek Flyers ride will be rethemed as “MT Buckets”.

    (1/27/2024) Dorney Park has posted a new video construction update for Iron Menace this week which you can see below.

    (1/1/2024) The latest photos of Iron Menace construction posted by Dorney Park over the past few days show that a lot of progress has been made. The beyond vertical first drop has now been completed, followed a couple of days later with a picture of the Immelman inversion quickly rising high into the sky.
    Meanwhile photos of the first train were also sent in by B&M just before they packed it up to be shipped to the park.

    (12/15/2023) Dorney Park has posted a look down from the top of their new Iron Menace coaster lift hill.

    (12/10/2023) Dorney Park has posted some new construction pictures of Iron Menace as the lift hill is now climbing high into the sky! Check it out below!

    (11/22/2023) A new progress update from Dorney Park for Iron Menace has been posted this week, including an interview with Dorney Park’s GM who answers all your burning questions about the creation of the park’s latest B&M. Check it out below!

    (11/17/2023) Iron Menace has gone vertical, as the first pieces of track for the new Dive Machine coaster have been installed. So far it looks like the track installation has been for the station and brake run sections, though I would expect the lift hill to begin to rise very soon.

    (10/20/2023) The first track pieces for the new Iron Menace have now arrived at Dorney Park.

    (9/30/2023) A fantastic look at the future site of Iron Menace has been posted to FB by Dorney Park this week. As  you can see, site prep work is well under way with crews preparing and pouring the footers for this new B&M Dive coaster. As a sort of tie in, the park’s Halloween Haunt is featuring a new maze this year called Ghost in the Machine, set inside the McTavish Steel Factory for an encounter with “the tormented past of steel workers who met their tragic fates here.”

    (8/21/2023) If you’re heading to Dorney Park you might want to keep an eye out for Iron Menace pieces. A reader mentioned seeing a truck with a couple of very large gray coaster supports in the Pennsylvania area.
    (8/10/2023) Dorney Park has announced Iron Menace, a new B&M Dive Machine coaster featuring a beyond-vertical, 95º first drop. This will actually be the “northeast’s first dive coaster”, standing 160 feet tall, featuring four inversions and a top speed of 64 mph.
    It is interesting to note that they’ve built a backstory behind this ride as well about a Scottish businessman from the early 1900’s named Hiram S. McTavish. McTavish, owner of a steel mill, built “a massive hauler” to transport workers and ore on rails at dizzying speeds that he named the Iron Menace. Soon after McTavish vansihed without a trace, leaving the mill to close and rot away.
    Keeping an eye on the concept art and animation,you’ll notice that this B&M Dive Machine features 3-rows of 7-across seating, just like the one that opened at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in 2022, making this the second “D7” production model. Also, unlike just about every other B&M Dive Machine built, this one does not feature a large turn at the top… instead you will rise up and head straight for the 152 foot drop, much like the popular “Baron 1898” model built at Efteling. Pulling out of the plunge, riders climb up into a massive immelman, a zero-g-roll, an incline loop and then a final corkscrew before heading back to the brake run. You did read that right, Iron Menance features the return of B&M’s tilted or incline loop, a feature found on many of their previous generation Stand-Up coasters, but otherwise not really seen put on a newer design in many years, making this the first time it has been used on a Dive Machine.
    As for “Hiram McTavish”, this is a name that fans of Knott’s Berry Farm may recognize. If you’ve visited Knott’s and come across the small boot hill cemetery, there is a grave for a Hiram McTavish that tells a legend about how McTavish’s “heart will beat again after 100 years and any varmit placin thar foot on his grave who feels that beatin will be saddled with good luck”. The trick here is that guests who stand upon the grave will actually feeling the beating of his heart coming from the ground. As you can see on the tombstone below, ole Hiram McTavish passed away in 1886.

    (7/30/2023) Dorney Park has posted new teasers for their upcoming announcement on August 10th, including a blog post titled, “Forge Your Own Fate” with links to three creepy teaser videos. Based on the creepy content alone, I had first thought that this may be something for Halloween, but the blog confirms this is for the park’s upcoming 2024 coaster project announcement.
    So what exactly does “Forge Your Own Fate” mean then? Will riders be given a choice of some kind to make? This brings to mind the unique Fury roller coaster that opened at Bobbejaanland in 2019. This unique creation from Gerstlauer rolls out of the station and onto a turntable, where guests are asked to push a button to “vote” if they want to experience the ride forwards or backwards. At this point the votes are tabulated and the turntable begins to spin into the right position to begin the swing-launch sequence that starts off the ride experience. (See Fury In Action Here)
    So what do you think? Could we be seeing a similar concept brought to Dorney Park for 2024?
    (7/22/2023) We know a new roller coaster is now the plan for Dorney Park in 2024, and the park has now set an August 10th date to make some kind of announcement, along with the message, “Forge Your Own Fate”. They’ve also posted a short creepy video clip that at first glance almost seems more like something for Halloween Haunt, except it also ends with the Aug. 10th announcement date teaser, promising that we’ll find out “What’s happening behind the fences at Dorney Park for 2024”.

    (5/8/2023) Based on photos posted to Twitter, some early digging and survey markings for Dorney Park’s 2024 coaster project can now be seen. According to other posters, the BM on the stake actually stands for Benchmark, which is the placement of “a post or other permanent mark established at a know elevation that is used as the basis for measuring the elevation of other topographical points.”
   So… to be clear… “BM” does not equal “B&M”.

    (4/22/2023) It is full steam ahead for Dorney Park to add a new roller coaster for the 2024 season. The project was first revealed in a meeting with the South Whitehall Townshiip Planning board in February to build a 161 foot roller coaster on the former site of the Stinger roller coaster, and now the township has granted the project approval as of April 19th.
    While the full details of what the new ride will be, Dorney Park officials have confirmed that this will be a steel roller coaster, and something brand new, and not a transplant of a used ride from another existing Cedar Fair park.
    (2/18/2023) The meeting at South Whitehall Township went well for Dorney Park, as the intended plans to add a new roller coaster to the park for 2024 were officially presented and given in initial “ok” from the Township. There are still some necessary project approval phases that must be met before things are fully green-lit but nothing major is expected to come-up that could derail the project. Once everything is approved later this year, we can expect Dorney Park to release the full details, likely in the late summer or early fall when they start to sell 2024 season passes to the park.
    Currently all we know for sure is that the roller coaster will stand 162 feet tall, and be placed on the 2.7 acre site that used to be home to the park’s Stinger roller coaster that was removed in 2018.



Track Record

Dorney Park &
Wildwater Kingdom
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Cedar Fair L.P.

Abbreviation: DP

Newest Developments
2021 - Seaside Splashworks

2017 - Kaleidoscope and Dodgem
2015 - Cedar Creek Flyers

2014 - Snake Pit

2012 - Stinger &
Dinosaurs Alive

2011 - Planet Snoopy

2010 - Demon Drop

2009 - Good Times Theater

2008 - VooDoo

2007 - AquaRacer



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