Thursday, February 8, 2007

Dorney Park 2007 Press Release

This is the official release from the park:


ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom will open its gates in May 2007 with thoughts of snow behind us and summer on everyone’s mind.

On May 26, 2007, Wildwater Kingdom will open for the season offering the latest in heat relief with the addition of AquaRacer, a six-lane mat racing attraction.

With its second major capital expense in two consecutive years, Wildwater Kingdom is adding to its already-impressive collection of attractions which includes soaking water slides, three aquatic playlands for children, a water funhouse, two wave pools and other water activities.

The new AquaRacer slide attraction will feature six lanes with each lane measuring 300 feet long. Six riders will take their places at their respective lanes with their mats in-hand and then it’s a race to the finish line. AquaRacer will be located near the Speed Slides and the Lily Pads. The addition of AquaRacer will bring the total number of water slides in Wildwater Kingdom to a record 22.

“We know that our guests visit us to experience all the fun and thrills of an amusement park,” states Brad Nesland, Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom’s vice president of maintenance and construction, “but we also recognize that the waterpark is what entices our guests on those hot summer days. This is why we have focused so strongly on Wildwater Kingdom over the last few years.”

Among other improvements being made throughout the Park, Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom will introduce a smoke-free environment for the 2007 season. Wildwater Kingdom will be entirely smoke-free, but designated smoking areas will be made available throughout Dorney Park amusement park.

“At Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, we strive to accommodate all of our guests,“ states Jim Yeager, vice president and general manager of Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom. “We’ve decided to require smokers to use designated smoking areas because of our continued commitment in offering a great experience to our guests and employees.”

Dorney Park is open weekends beginning Saturday, May 5, 2007 – Wildwater Kingdom will open Saturday, May 26, 2007. Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom both open daily beginning Saturday, May 26, 2007. Wildwater Kingdom is included with admission to Dorney Park amusement park. Season Passes are available for sale now at a discounted rate through May 4 at which time they will continue to be sold throughout the season at full price. For more information, please visit or call (610) 395-3724.

Dorney Park is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” In addition to Dorney Park, Cedar Fair owns and operates eleven other amusement parks, five water parks, one indoor water park resort, and six hotels. Cedar Fair also owns and operates Star Trek: The Experience, an interactive adventure located in Las Vegas, and operates the Bonfante Gardens in Gilroy, California under a management contract.