|Dorney Park VP and General Manager Michael Fehnel|
Snake Pit is the centerpiece of Wildwater Kingdom's renovations for 2014, part of a plan to give a total refresh to the park. In short, it worked. I detailed many of the changes in Wildwater Kingdom earlier this week, but they are vast and have the park looking like brand new.
|The landing pool with guests coming down Boa Blasters|
|The red tube on Python Plummet's drop and first twist|
"It was a little over thirty years ago when Robert Plarr, Jr. convinced Robert Ott Sr. and Jr. about the notion of a seasonal water park here at Dorney Park," recalls Mr. Fehnel. "At the time, seasonal water parks simply weren't something that occurred in this area and certainly were not a business that you would get into if you were only going to be open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. When you look around today and see what the water park has turned into I think you'll be surprised and think it was a low risk decision, but honestly in 1985 it truly was a gamble that could have jeopardized the entire park."
Clearly the park is a gamble that has paid off, now offering a substantial set of 28 different slides, two wave pools, several children's areas, two lazy rivers, and plenty more.
|Looking out from the climb up the stairs|
Probably the most high profile of the slides is Python Plummet, a trio of red, orange and yellow body slides. Stretching from 337 to 449 feet in length, these are more for the thrill seeking set.
|He looks nervous... I would be!|
|First you drop, then you make some quick turns|
|One side of the Boa Blasters chutes|
|Splash! And then right back in line.|
|Constrictor is coiled and ready to go|
"With this expansion at Wildwater Kingdom, we will continue to bring a best day of the Summer experience to our guests, making us the entertainment destination of choice in Eastern Pennsylvania." That's how Mr. Fehnel wrapped up his opening speech, and I have to say that I agree with his plan - not only in theory but also in reality. Wildwater Kingdom looks exceptional after all the renovations, there's an exciting new slide addition, and that's on top of an existing top-notch collection of attractions. If there were ever a year to stop by and spend a day in the sun, this is certainly it.
I'll leave you with a short video of the various slides of Snake Pit in action. That should help hold you over until you experience them yourself!