Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom Discussion Thread

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Re: Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby jconsolmagno » Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:39 pm

JG-77 wrote:
Steel Farce wrote:How do you think Kings Island is paying off all those permanent Winterfest fixtures they installed a few months back?

Probably with revenue generated by the people who pay to go to the park and use its services. It's not that complicated...


If Kings Island's biggest issue is putting on Winterfest, we aren't getting 300 ft. B&M chief. Might as well go tell that discussion group they should settle for Flight Commander 2.

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Re: Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby Physical » Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:49 pm

Small trip report: Went to Knoebels with my sister for PPP, on the way home we decided to stop in on the way back to Philly to check out haunt.

We waited about 15 minutes for Talon, and almost immediately decided no coaster here is worth waiting that long for :lmao: so we ended up just walking through the scare zones (every maze was at least an hour) and checking out Blood Drums (They were awesome, as always.)

The major thing, that will ABSOLUTELY have me back before the end of the season.

Dorney acquired a special liquor license for haunt that allows you to walk around with your beer or cocktail

Couple that with cheap 8 dollar, 16oz, Hijinks brewed beers in front of possessed, and it all adds up to one awesome time drinking good beer and walking around, what essentially becomes, a spooky bar. A+ do recommend, I'm not much for haunt attractions but treating Dorney like a spooky bar is definitely something I can recommend.
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Re: Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby Steel Farce » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:22 pm

Going on Friday or saturday with the family. Can't wait to drink and walk around the park!

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Re: Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby Steel Farce » Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:27 pm

Took the family to Haunt on Friday night and had a great time. Couple of notes:

- Blood on the Bayou is the best maze. Good theming, decent length and perfect mix of actors/effects. The snake at the end is perfect and I know why everyone was walking out with smiles and laughing.
- Trick or Treat (In the Dark) is a waste of space. I imagine the flashlight idea was a way of getting another year out of it before a total revamp. They had us enter in a group of 8, which was two groups of three and one couple. We were the middle group of three and didn't receive a flashlight. They give one to the leader and one to the person on the end. The flashlights don't even make a difference. The maze is wayyyyy too short and crowded with annoying witches.
- Urgent Scare has the best prop. Overweight, bed ridden fatty who farts the whole time and includes a nice poop stain. Loved it. My eight year old is still laughing. Also got to give props to the handicapped gentleman at the entry. He's having fun with his deformity and for that I give him a lot of credit. If only more people weren't as uptight as this guy.....
- HiJinx Brewery's Haunted Hops is a great beer. Had two and loved them. Great feeling walking around a park with a can in your hand. Hoppy IPA with nodes of citrus. Port of Call was also a nice addition, my wife and I grabbed a couple Snake Bites there while the kids dance with a pirate character.

Last but not least....Dinosaurs Alive! The exit for Necropolis shares the entrance for Dinos so I brought my youngest down there to wait for my wife and other son to exit the graveyard. I noticed no ropes or anything so we walked a little further.....nothing. We kept going till we were standing beneath a brontosaurus. All the motion sensors are still on and we walked the entire course twice. These lizards still roar and move like its noon on Saturday in July. We grabbed a couple really cool photos of the silhouette of the brontosaurus with the fog and attractions in the background. Walking out of the path we realized that the gift shop was unlocked and still had candy, water and gifts ripe for the taking. A little surprised Dorney didn't take more precautions to rope this up, but it was a unexpected fun trip that will never happen again. Maybe I'm the last customer to walk that path......

All in all a well run event, even with the B-group behind the counters preparing food. Looking forward to the Winterfest after seeing what they are doing at Worlds of Fun.

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Re: Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby jconsolmagno » Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:40 pm

Steel Farce wrote:Took the family to Haunt on Friday night and had a great time. Couple of notes:

- Blood on the Bayou is the best maze. Good theming, decent length and perfect mix of actors/effects. The snake at the end is perfect and I know why everyone was walking out with smiles and laughing.
- Trick or Treat (In the Dark) is a waste of space. I imagine the flashlight idea was a way of getting another year out of it before a total revamp. They had us enter in a group of 8, which was two groups of three and one couple. We were the middle group of three and didn't receive a flashlight. They give one to the leader and one to the person on the end. The flashlights don't even make a difference. The maze is wayyyyy too short and crowded with annoying witches.
- Urgent Scare has the best prop. Overweight, bed ridden fatty who farts the whole time and includes a nice poop stain. Loved it. My eight year old is still laughing. Also got to give props to the handicapped gentleman at the entry. He's having fun with his deformity and for that I give him a lot of credit. If only more people weren't as uptight as this guy.....
- HiJinx Brewery's Haunted Hops is a great beer. Had two and loved them. Great feeling walking around a park with a can in your hand. Hoppy IPA with nodes of citrus. Port of Call was also a nice addition, my wife and I grabbed a couple Snake Bites there while the kids dance with a pirate character.

Last but not least....Dinosaurs Alive! The exit for Necropolis shares the entrance for Dinos so I brought my youngest down there to wait for my wife and other son to exit the graveyard. I noticed no ropes or anything so we walked a little further.....nothing. We kept going till we were standing beneath a brontosaurus. All the motion sensors are still on and we walked the entire course twice. These lizards still roar and move like its noon on Saturday in July. We grabbed a couple really cool photos of the silhouette of the brontosaurus with the fog and attractions in the background. Walking out of the path we realized that the gift shop was unlocked and still had candy, water and gifts ripe for the taking. A little surprised Dorney didn't take more precautions to rope this up, but it was a unexpected fun trip that will never happen again. Maybe I'm the last customer to walk that path......

All in all a well run event, even with the B-group behind the counters preparing food. Looking forward to the Winterfest after seeing what they are doing at Worlds of Fun.


Would you mind sharing the pictures?

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Re: Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby coneyislandchris » Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:24 am

Steel Farce wrote:Took the family to Haunt on Friday night and had a great time.

I'm planning on bringing my son this Friday night as well. How were the crowd levels? Were any of the haunts super gory, or were they mostly on the tame side?
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