Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom is a 200-acre amusement and water park in South Whitehall Township, just outside of Allentown, Pennsylvania. It is one of the most popular amusement parks on the east coast and is famous for its many roller coasters and one of the largest water parks in the country. The park currently hosts more than 100 rides, games, restaurants, attractions.
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom is two parks in one. Their motto is “two great Parks for the price of one.” One price of under $40 covers admission to both parks. An even better deal is their season pass for under $100, which will get you admission for the whole season. *Note: There is a small fee charged for parking.
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom is a great spot for a summer getaway for the whole family. It has something for everyone. It is just one of the many affordable summer activities in the Lehigh Valley.
Dorney Park Roller Coasters
Dorney Park has five primary roller coasters that are some of the most famous coasters in the world.
The Thunderhawk is a wooden coaster, which was built in 1923, making it one of the oldest roller coasters still operating in northeast America. The other four are steel coasters and include Laser, Steel Force, Talon: the Grip of Fear, and Hydra: the Revenge, Hydra is a floorless, half mile long roller coaster that opened in 2005 at the cost of $13 million. This brings Dorney Park to nine roller coasters.
In 1985, Dorney Park opened Wildwater Kingdom, one of the largest water parks in the country. It boasts more than a dozen water rides and pools. This part of the park has eighteen water slides, three aquatic playlands for children, a water funhouse, two tubing rivers, and other water rides.
Wildwater Kingdom’s wave pool was so popular that a second wave pool was added in 2006. And in 2007, a six-lane mat racing waterslide was added.
Dorney Park is over 140 years old and has a long, rich history. I will not go into it with too much detail, but I will list a few of the park’s highlights.
Originally founded in 1860 by Solomon Dorney as a fish hatchery, it sold fish to markets across the country. It began with eight trout ponds and picnic groves.
In 1870, Dorney added playground rides, concession stands, a zoo, mechanical rides, bowling, archery, gun shoots, swings, gardens, and conservatories.
It was not until 1884 that Dorney Park really started on the road to where it is today when the hatchery was renamed Dorney’s Trout Ponds and Summer Resort. Several more rides and attractions were then added.
In 1983, a fire destroyed many of Dorney Park’s attractions. Fortunately, it occurred after the park was closed for the season so no visitors were injured.
In 1985, Wildwater Kingdom was opened, making it one of the country’s only seasonal water parks.
In 1989, Dorney Park added the Hercules coaster, which, at the time, was the tallest wooden coaster anywhere in the world. This addition gained Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom international acclaim.
Dorney Park was purchased in 1992 by Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., a large company that now owns thirteen amusement parks across the country. Cedar Point (OH), Knott’s Berry Farm (CA), Michigan’s Adventure in Muskegon (MI), Valleyfair (MN), Worlds Of Fun (MO), Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom (OH), Kings Dominion (VA), Carowinds (NC), Kings Island (OH), Great America (CA), Canada’s Wonderland in (Toronto), and Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park (CA). They also own six water parks, including Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark Resort (OH), Soak City (OH), Oceans of Fun (MO), and three Soak Cities (CA).
In 1997, Steel Force, the longest, tallest, and fastest coaster in the northeast, was added.
In 2000, Dorney Park entered into a partnership with the Peanuts franchise of characters by adding Camp Snoopy, a two-acre playland for kids to meet Peanuts characters.
In 2001, Dorney Park added Talon, the longest and tallest inverted coaster in the northeast.
In 2003, Wildwater Kingdom added ten new water slides, making it one of the largest water attractions in the country.
In 2005, Hydra The Revenge, the only floorless coaster in Pennsylvania, was added.
In Movies & Video
Dorney Park has been seen in a few movies and videos over the years. Some include “Where Angels Go” (1968), “Hairspray” (1988), and a music video Kidz Bop’s “All-American Rejects” in 2006.
Dorney Park is open from late May through August and on select days in September and October. On most days, they are open from 10 AM until 7:30 PM or later.
Wildwater Kingdom is open from the end of May through August and a few days in September. On most days, they are open from 10 AM until 7 PM or 8 PM.
2007 One-Day Admission
Regular $25.99 – $37.95
2007 Two-Day Admission
2007 Season Passes
2007 Parking Fees
RVs, Limousines, Semi-Tractors $11.00
Season Pass Holders FREE
Admission to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom includes unlimited access to all rides, attractions, and live entertainment throughout the Park.
Cedar Fair has added a new feature package. For $110, you can purchase a Cedar Fair Maxx Pass, which is good for admission to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom and the other 12 Cedar Fair amusement parks, including Cedar Point (OH), Knott’s Berry Farm (CA), Michigan’s Adventure (MI), Valleyfair! (MN), Worlds Of Fun (MO), Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom (OH), Kings Dominion (VA), Carowinds (NC), Kings Island (OH), Great America (CA), Canada’s Wonderland (Toronto), and Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park (CA).
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
3830 Dorney Park Road
Allentown, PA 18104