Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Mike's Fill-In Brochure Spotlight: Dorney Park 1984

1984 marked the 100th anniversary for Dorney Park, and they were not shy about that fact in this brochure.  They even came up with a snappy logo just for the milestone.  You can tell right away we're in a later decade because of the rides featured on the cover, the Apollo 2000 and the Enterprise.

Here is the official history of Dorney Park, I will let you take it in on your own.  Dorney Park got its start as a place to raise trout for sale.  All things considered I'm Dorney wasn't named Trout Park.

Oh yes, a nice park map here.  This is Dorney Park after the fire that destroyed several rides and buildings in the center of the property the previous winter.  Dorney added new rides and building to replace those that burned, including the Musik Express, Apollo 2000, and Enterprise.  No pity parties were held, although the fire did destroy an awful lot of history at the park.

For the sake of brevity I'll let the above two images serve as one.  As I write this I realize I had completely forgotten that Dorney Park ever had a Ranger, but it wasn't at the park for very long so that's probably why.  This brochure is much simpler than previous years, and the folks on here are certainly decked out in their '80s finest.  The lady at the bottom with fists full of food and huge press on nails just kills me.

This looks close to what the back of all Cedar Fair park brochures looked like through the '90s and most of the '00s.  Dorney opened in late April each year, and regularly did 11 p.m. closings on the weekends.  You could get an all day ride pass for $9.00 in 1984 - sweet!  No really, that's a good deal - inflation calculator says that $9.00 in 1984 is the same as $18.34 last year.  Could you imagine big parks today having general admission for $18.34?  Me neither.