Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom will be removing Hang Time ahead of the upcoming 2015 season, the park has confirmed. Hang Time was a Huss Top Spin that was located near the entrance to Talon, just off the park's Main Midway, and will have operated at the park for 17 seasons.
The 59 foot tall attraction was added in 1998, a part of an expansion that saw the addition of the Coasters restaurant, Thunder Creek Speedway go-karts and Island Water Works in the water park. Hang Time was added as a modern thrill ride that utilized a variety of ride programs to allow for an experience that included anywhere from zero to several flips of the ride carriage.
Hang Time was able to seat 40 riders per cycle, and had a set of water fountains directly under the ride. For one year the fountains were programmed so that they sprayed onto the riders and the main ride carriage during the cycle, something that was quickly retired before long.
While the removal of the attraction is unfortunate, it's not totally unexpected for fans for Dorney Park. Rumors have swirled for years that the ride was nearing the end of its life at the park - and we've seen several other large parks remove these rides as well.
The park isn't saying what will become of Hang Time's location; it's really not a big space so I wouldn't expect much. Dorney Park is currently excited to be adding a new set of Larson Flying Scooters named the Cedar Creek Flyers, a new dining experience in the Smokehouse Barbecue, and an expanded special events schedule - with more details to come soon.