Monday, June 27, 2011

Construction Update At Dorney Park

Before we get to the construction of the park's 2012 attraction, there's a few other odds and ends to cover.  The park's new ice show - called Snoopy's Big Bow Wow is now playing at the park.  Haven't had the chance to check it out yet!

It was a beautiful day and I couldn't help but take some interesting shots, like this one.  Gotta love that holding brake!

The Monster doesn't look much different than the last time I visited.  You can see the arms of the ride behind Steel Force's station - I'm not sure exactly what's wrong with the ride but it would appear as though it will be back, eventually.

The park's classic train ride, the Zephyr, is currently not operating during the day due to construction of the park's new for 2012 attraction.  That gives crews plenty of time to work on the new ride during the day without the train in the way.

And speaking of that new attraction, the park has indeed started real construction of it.  You could see the bulldozers and other machines working away over the construction fence.

Taking a look at Laser's former home, the area has started to be dug up and there's also now a big pile of dirt in the back.  Looks like for now this crew is focused mostly on clearing the land and prepping it for the next stage of work.

Sadly, a few of the trees that were at the entrance to Laser have bit the dust.  It looks like others will be saved, though, which is good news to me.  Some surveying work was also going on at the site today.

One final shot - they were focused on clearing out the area where Laser literally sat, and the walkway that had the children's rides on it is still mostly untouched.  I wonder if it could be taken from this that the new ride will sit exactly where Laser was.  That would make it interesting to see if the other side of the walkway will be redeveloped at all.

No track sightings at the park, they must still be off-site somewhere.  We'll check back during the Summer to watch as the construction progresses.