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Dorney Park

The USA: for many people a real coaster-heaven. Again and again the big players among the amusement parks create new thrilling roller coasters which all pass daring manoeuvres and therefore impress the guests by their size and speed, regardless if they are made of wood or steel, if flying or inverted, or if they rush through multiple loops. Some of these parks will be presented on Parkscout in random order. Smaller amusement parks situated in the land of unlimited possibilities are also included. This time the journey leads to the Dorney Park, around 93 miles (150 km) west of New York in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Steel Force
This amusement park is truly worth visiting thanks to its eight roller coasters, lots of attractions and an adjacent water park. The park's history dates back to 1860 when the US American businessman Solomon Dorney built a trout hatchery and a summer resort on his estate outside of Allentown. Ten years later he decided to convert the area into a public attraction, and launched little by little mechanical rides, picnic groves, a hotel, a small zoo, etc. Since 1992 the park is owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company. In 1997 an investment sum of around 10 million US$ was spent to built Steel Force, a roller coaster that still is the park's mayor attraction. It towers 200 ft (61 m), is 5,600 ft (1.7 km) in lengths and can be seen from anywhere at the park. Today, after 15 years, this ride, which offers much airtime, is still so pleasant as if it was built yesterday. Another main attraction is the inverted coaster Talon built by B&M. The layout constitutes its special feature. It differs to other coasters of that type, and attracts by its highly interesting track. Stinger as a Vekoma's invertigo and Possessed as an Intamin's shuttle roller coaster are extraordinary rides, too.

Dorney Park - Impressions
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The park itself is rather medium-sized. Among other attractions it features two Freefall rides: One of the oldest operating of its kind named Demon Drop by Intamin, and Dominator by S&S with a Space Shot and Turbo Drop. The classic log flume water ride may not be that appealing at first sight, but the river rafting water ride designed in typical American style all the more. The third water attraction is a fun Shoot-the-Chutes ride. Interestingly enough, all three are placed next to each other in one area.

Get soaked on "Thunder Canyon"!
In the heart of the park there is an area called Planet Snoopy that provides a number of rides for kids. Some of them are Enterprise, a Top Spin, Musik Express, a pirate ship, and a wave swinger. One third of Dorney Park is located on a slope where e.g. a little Ferris wheel is placed from which visitors have an breathtaking view of the whole amusement park. Last but not least, the park's newest attraction is also worth mentioning: Dinosaur Alive! An extra fee of $5 is required in order to enter the attraction primarily aimed to children. Appropriately dressed in a tropical costume, a guide leads visitor groups on a small footpath through a forested setting. On both sides it features various life sized dinosaurs that come to life when pushing buttons. Dorney Park as a whole provides a cozy atmosphere with many green spaces and trees, attracting to both families and young adults.

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