Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Mike's Fill-In Brochure Spotlight: Dorney Park 1969

The 1969 Dorney Park brochure celebrated the fact that the park was celebrating its 85th anniversary, quite an accomplishment for a park.  This year was the park's 126th operating season, yet another impressive accomplishment.

The Dorney Park of 1969 featured a lot of really cool rides and attraction.  And you could even feed deer!  I especially love the aerial photo - so many rides of years gone by are visible in it.  It would be amazing to be able to compare that photo to one from today.

This year they actually featured a photo of the White Pekin Ducks that would soon become dinner at the Inn!  The popularity of Zoorama raged on during this time, which makes sense since you could pet a camel.  Another popular activity was the Stock Car Races, which were held every Saturday night on "Dorney Park's own macadam track.  Thrilling, exciting, for all ages."

Back then the park opened at noon and was closed on Mondays.  Can you imagine pulling up at the gates today and finding the park closed on a warm Summer Monday?  Times change, eh?  The park really packed the ride photos into this section - Cuddle-up, Trabant, Helicopters, Space Age, Whale Boats, Tip Top, Whip, Coaster, Scrambler, Monster... they're all on display.  And if petting the Camel got boring you could head over and feed the Seals!

While the park had become a large amusement center by 1969 it was still much smaller than it is today.  Looking at the map there are only a few items still in the same spot today - including the Whip, Coaster, and Trout Fountain.