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Yoshi

Dorney Park, 9/4/17

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Yoshi    95

I went to Dorney today for Wildwater Kingdom's final operating day of the season.

 

I thought it would be somewhat crowded and was not expecting to see the main lot full, 2nd lot full and overflow lot full with cars parking on the grass. That's the fullest I have ever seen the parking lot. The bus lot was empty which helped with crowds.

 

Wildwater Kingdom had most of the crowds as expected and it was the most crowded I have ever seen the water park. Aqua Blast had a line past the stairs and had to be around an hour. Even smaller slides like Jumpin Jack Splash had a line into a switchback past the stairs. All slides were open as well as both lazy rivers and wave pools. I mostly spent time at Snake Pit and then went to some other non Fast Lane slides later once people started to leave. In 3 hours I rode 18 slides, 1 lazy river and Thunder Canyon. Thunder Canyon had what looked like around a 45 minute wait. I was debating if I was going to buy Fast Lane for next year since the price went up $125 from $100 but after a day like today where I saved hours of time, I think I am going to get it again.

 

The food lines on both the ride side and water park were bad since it was $1 days. In addition to some merchandise like glasses for $1 and skill games for $1 per try, Crab Fries, Hot Dogs, Nachos, Icees and Ice Cream were all $1 as well. I didn't even attempt to use my dining pass at Chicke's and Pete's when I saw a long line to order and a lot of people waiting at the pickup window because of the $1 Crab Fries.

 

Ride lines weren't too bad, they were worse than normal Dorney lines but still nothing compared to other parks. Talon, Hydra and Steel Force looked to be around 10 - 15 minutes, Stinger, Thunderhawk and Possessed were probably around 10 and Wild Mouse was probably around 45 minutes. I didn't ride too much on the ride side, just Talon, Steel Force 2 times and Cedar Creek Flyers 2 times.

 

A lot of the food places not having the $1 deals closed at or before 7 leaving the choices limited on where to use the dining pass without much of a line. I ended up going to Subway. You get a 6" sub, chips or 2 cookies with the dining pass.

 

When I was walking back to the lockers to get my stuff, there was an announcement that select rides were going to be open until 8:30 instead of 8:00 I guess because of the crowds.

 

Without Wildwater Kingdom, I'm probably not going to be visiting Dorney much the rest of the year, maybe two more times. I just get bored of the park too quickly and would rather go to Hershey, Knoebels or Great Adventure. I just hate having to wait until the end of next May for it to be water park season again.

 

 

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Mrpq    33

Dorney is a nice park, but I can see where you say it can get boring on the rides side. With a major new coaster lacking the past few years its deff not a park you need to keep going back to. I much rather, as you said, go to Hershey.

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Yoshi    95

If it wasn't the closest park to me, I would probably not visit much at all in the beginning or end of the season. Hershey's an extra 40 minutes of driving each way but I can spend hours there and not want to leave (same with Great Adventure, I rarely want to leave there either).

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Mrpq    33

I find myself wanting to leave GA recently.  If I am there at opening I can call it quits by 5, which sucks cus I like the night time atmosphere

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dougdrummer    48
3 hours ago, Mrpq said:

I find myself wanting to leave GA recently.  If I am there at opening I can call it quits by 5, which sucks cus I like the night time atmosphere

same here, but it's more about keeping my wife happy, and she doesn't want to be there for many hours

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Lemur    1
On 9/6/2017 at 11:39 AM, Mrpq said:

I find myself wanting to leave GA recently.  If I am there at opening I can call it quits by 5, which sucks cus I like the night time atmosphere

 

I usually don't roll in to GA until after 5, and rarely during the high season between Memorial and Labor Days.  (In short, I live for the shoulder seasons.)

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Mrpq    33

Since I come from Long Island, I would find it hard to leave that late in the day to get there,  if you don't get off the island by morning time traffic is brutal.  So leaving here to get there for that time is just asking for a 3 hour ride to go 80 miles lol

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Lemur    1
37 minutes ago, Mrpq said:

Since I come from Long Island, I would find it hard to leave that late in the day to get there,  if you don't get off the island by morning time traffic is brutal.  So leaving here to get there for that time is just asking for a 3 hour ride to go 80 miles lol

 

Very true.  I'm at the eastern end of 195 (literally), so it's a twenty minute jaunt with traffic.  Usually my only pinch point is the Wawa on 537.

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dougdrummer    48
On 9/12/2017 at 0:20 PM, Lemur said:

 

Very true.  I'm at the eastern end of 195 (literally), so it's a twenty minute jaunt with traffic.  Usually my only pinch point is the Wawa on 537.

I come from the other direction so I don't even have to deal with the Wawa!

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