ALLENTOWN, Pa., April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, the center of summer fun and family entertainment in the Lehigh Valley, will officially open the gates for the 2017 season on Saturday, April 29th at 10:00 AM. Season Passholders will have the exclusive opportunity to participate in a Special Preview on Friday, April 28th from 5:00 – 9:00 PM. New rides, new shows and new fun will debut this season, including two new family rides, new live entertainment, a new catering pavilion, new food & beverage offerings and enhancements to Wildwater Kingdom.
"We are always looking for ways to give our guests the 'best day' experience and the new additions for 2017 will complement our already impressive collection of family entertainment," said Mike Fehnel, Vice President and General Manager of Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom. Back by the popular demand of Dorney Park guests….bumper cars! Get behind the wheel of this midway classic and take a crash course in family fun. Dodgem is located next to Talon and will be ready for riders Opening Weekend!
Guests can also test their thrill level with a spin on the all new Kaleidoscope, a circular ride sending guests on a counter-clockwise trip of weightlessness and acceleration. Riders will experience weightlessness, strong accelerations, and side-to-side movement. This new ride is located on the main midway next to Coasters.
The addition of Parkside Pavilion will provide a catering facility for corporate, school, church and other group outings. Parkside Pavilion will have a chef's kitchen offering extensive new culinary options and will comfortably accommodate over 2,000 guests. Traditional favorites such as Dorney Park's famous Fried Chicken and hamburgers will continue to be offered, but guests can also choose from themed options off the Chef's Specialty Menu including a Hawaiian Luau, Fajita Bar and Taste of Italy. Additional amenities include self-serving lines and digital signage. Be one of the first guests to enjoy an event at Parkside Pavilion in 2017. Dorney Park's expert sales team will handle all of the details, making your group's event a great success without the stress or worry. Picnic menus are customizable to please every palate. For more information please contact 610-395-2000.
Construction and maintenance crews are putting the finishing touches on Kaleidoscope and Parkside Pavilion, and they will be open for guests to enjoy mid-May!
Seventeen new cabanas will be available in Wildwater Kingdom for guests who want to add some privacy and luxury to their day, for a total of 29 cabanas that will be available for rent. Cabanas provide the perfect amount of R&R and include private seating/lounge chairs, cabana-side food and beverage service and numerous other amenities. Wildwater Kingdom opens for the season on May 27th, with a special preview day for passholders on May 20th.
Guests will be mesmerized as they witness the breathtaking stunts and aerial performances of Cirque Imagine! This thrilling 30-minute live show, perfect for families and guests of all ages, features acts including Trampolines, Cyr wheel, Aerialists, Hand Balancing and Bikes. Performances will begin June 17th in the Good Time Theatre and will run multiple shows per day Thursdays through Tuesdays.
Dorney Park continues to enhance the guest experience by expanding the dining services offered within the park, after all a day at the park can work up quite an appetite! New for 2017, guests can enjoy the Perfect Pretzel every time at Auntie Anne's, Wildwater Kingdom guests can enjoy fresh-dough pizza made with fresh toppings and Philly Cheesesteaks at Papa Luigi's, and can quench their thirst at the parks additional Coca-Cola® Refresh Station.
Try one of our money-saving dining plans – Single Meal Deal, All Day Dining, or All Season Dining for season passholders - and choose from 95 different meal options at 19 different locations, including the popular Chickie's & Pete's Sports Bar. Season Passholders who add a beverage option to their pass will have a new option for this season as well. With the new Season Pass Drink Plan, you can present your season pass at designated drink locations for a disposable cup filled with your favorite Coca-Cola beverages or get unlimited refills in a Souvenir Bottle, the choice is yours!
Want to know the fastest way to have fun all season? Add Fast Lane Plus to your Season Pass and speed past the regular wait lines on your favorite rides and attractions every time you visit the park in 2017. At only $99, it pays for itself in less than 2 visits. A very limited number are available so buy yours today.
As part of its opening weekend, Dorney Park will open its doors on Friday, April 28th for a special Season Passholders Preview Night, an exclusive benefit to passholders. Our most loyal fans will be able to enjoy their favorite rides and experiences before the park opens to the public. Passholders can also join us for a Preview Night Tailgate, with Season Pass processing to begin at 3:00 PM and plenty of excitement led by the Park Ambassador Team, as well as appearances by the PEANUTS Gang.
Throughout the 2017 season, guests can enjoy an array of special events in addition to all the thrills and spills of the park. Visit Fridays in May (May 5th, 12th and 19th) for a brand new event - Food Truck Fridays, giving guests the opportunity to try unique food offerings from local food truck vendors. Join us May 13th – 14th for Mother's Day Brunch and celebrate Mom at Dorney Park by treating her to a delicious brunch, and the opportunity to make memories as a family and enjoy world-class thrills all in one place! Dorney Park will offer several special promotions over Memorial Day Weekend to celebrate the official start of summer! From May 27th – 29th, guests can chow down at the Memorial Day Cookout, take advantage of special ticket offers such as Season Pass Bring-A-Friend and Military Appreciation Days, and enjoy a spectacular fireworks display!
Other exciting returning events include Lemonade Days featuring a Lemon Run 5K and special Everyone Pays Kids admission pricing (proceeds to benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation), Food Truck Rally in August and Dollar Days over Labor Day weekend.
Guests can join the fun by purchasing or renewing 2017 Season Passes online or at the park for as low as six easy payments of $20.50. In addition to enjoying unlimited visits to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, free season-long parking, exclusive passholder events, Bring-A-Friend-Days, in-park discounts on food and merchandise, passholders experience numerous other benefits which can be found at https://www.dorneypark.com/what-s-new/100-reasons. Regular one-day admission tickets can be purchased for $58.00 for adults and $42.00 for seniors and children. Platinum season passes, which provide you entrance to all Cedar Fair Parks, are also available for six easy payments of $35.00.
About Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom 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 & Wildwater Kingdom, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, two water parks, one indoor water park, and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in California under a management contract. Visit www.dorneypark.com or connect with us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for the latest news and information about Dorney Park and seasonal employment opportunities.
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