The schools in NYC just ended 2 days ago and summer feels like it is in full swing. Since both of my tweens did very well in school we decided to reward them for all of their hard work. I thought what better way to show them we appreciate their dedication to school than to take them to an amusement park. My kids and I are big fans of amusement parks and I knew they would be so happy when I gave them the news that we would be heading to Dorney Park in Pennsylvania.
Dorney Park is one of the several amusement parks in our area that we have been planning to check out for years. Dorney Park first came onto our radar when we were driving through Pennsylvania for a vacation in Amish Country. We passed it on the road and everyone in the car quickly turned their heads and said, “What is that?” We could see the signs from the road for Dorney Park and that is when my husband said, “Oh, that is where Dorney Park is.” It was like he was having an epiphany. He shared with all of us that he had always wanted to go to Dorney Park as a kid but his parents weren’t the amusement park type. Now many years later he would get his chance.
So yesterday, last day of June 2016 is when we had our trip. The weather was amazing. Not super hot and mostly sunny.
Dorney park opens at 10 AM
Because we usually like to get to amusement park early to beat the lined, we decided to drive to PA a day earlier and stay at a close hotel with the pool. The road trip from Queens, NYC to Dorney Park took us 3 hours. It is always extra hour spent in NYC traffic no matter where or when you go (sigh..)
The next morning we got to the park at 10 AM exactly. I was very surprised to see the big amount of cars and buses already that early! I was like oh-oh… that is not a good sign because I hate when the park is overcrowded and I hate to wait for 1-2 hours for 40-50 second thrill ride.
We proceeded to the park and got our tickets. I recommend to get a free park map (near the tickets booths) and start your park adventure from one area. According to statistics, most people start from the right of the main entrance, but you can go the opposite directions to beat the crowds. Well we did start from the right and our first thrill ride was Talon (that offers both an incline spiral, which takes riders nearly upside down, and a flat spiral, which stays closer parallel to the horizon)
The next thrill ride was kids choice water ride – White Water Landing. ( “It opened in 1992 – was the tallest, steepest, fastest and wettest waterfall plunge ride in the world”) And it definitely made us soaked. I would recommend this ride after spending few hours in the park, unless you want to get soaked immediately.
Then my kids wanted to go on not too thrilling rides like Wild Mouse, Apollo, the Whip, Tilt-a-Whirl and were checking out the Planet Snoopy (for little kids) while I was checking out Steel Force, Demon Drop and Possessed.
These 3 rides were the only ones I went on by myself because they seemed too thrilling for my tweens. If you ask me what was my most favorite thrill ride out of the whole Dorney park – it is Steel Force. You don’t go upside down or side ways. You experience the longest coaster(at least I’ve ever been to) with two giant hills, two tunnels and plenty of airtime. It takes about one minute to get on top of the hill. See this amazing video in action
My 10 y.o daughter’s favorite was Hydra and my 13 y.o. son’s is Talon.
Fast lane pass.
The fast lane pass is definitely a plus. It cuts waiting time completely. For each eligible ride there’s a Fast lane pass separate entrance and you get up to the coaster entrance. All you need to do is wait in line after people that have already formed the waiting line to go to their seats. I really loved the fast lane pass but to be honest, I was very surprised that the lines were not too big for all coasters. There was a big line to go to Talon, Hydra, but there was NO line to go to Demon Drop, Steel Force, or Possessed. Like I mentioned earlier I saw hundreds of thousand of cars in their parking lots but I didn’t see many people in the park. (I’m comparing to Six Flags Great Adventure).
I’m also thinking that a lot of people went to spend their day at the Wildwater Kingdom – Waterpark part of the Dorney Park.
Christmas in July
Christmas is coming early this year with Dorney Park’s Christmas in July weekend celebration and there will be something for everyone! (see below)
– All you can eat Christmas Dinner on Saturday & Sunday, July 24-25 Served 6-7:30
– Pricing: Admission + Meal: $52 online, $62 at the gate, $18 meal only
– Breakfast with Santa for Passholders Sunday, July 24 9:00-10:30am
– Pictures with Snoopy Santa- Located in Old Time Photo July 18-25 at certain times throughout the day
– Park décor and sound will be themed for the event
– Guests can bring a toy to donate for Toys for Tots and receive a discount on their admission ticket ($38)
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dorney Park. All opinions are my own.
Overall we spend one fantastic day at Dorney park and we’re definitely coming back. Take a look at more photos and videos of some rides in action in my Google+ album