7/5/09 - A two hour tour

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7/5/09 - A two hour tour

Postby hoany » Tue Jul 07, 2009 8:11 am

My wife and I had decided to go to Dorney for a couple hours. We were prepared to just walk around if there were lines since it was a holiday weekend, but we were pleasantly surprised. We arrived around 3:15 and the lot seemed pretty full compared to our first 2 trips this year. We didn't go to WWK and assumed that it must be busy there because the park side was very manageable with crowds.

We first went to Talon and it was a walk on. Haven't been in the far back in a while and forgot how forceful it can be back there! I would have gone again but we were only planning to stay 2-3 hours so we limited rides to one time.

Next was Hydra, again a walk on, followed by a leisurely ride on Cedar Creek Cannonball. We watched a few boats drop on Whitewater Landing then headed to Dominator. Had to wait 2 cycles for the red side which was a first this year.

Headed to Possessed and had about a 10 minute wait. Got the second to last row which makes the backwards climb exciting.

Went to Steel Force and walked on to the second row. The back row is more intense however the front felt smoother and that was nice for a change.

We finished up the day with a ride on the Ferris Wheel. Funny that this was our longest wait of the day at about 15 minutes but we hadn't gone on it in a long time so we waited. Seems like they were only using four of the gondolas, is it ever actually filled?

We walked out at around 5:15 happy that even on the day after the 4th we could have a crowd free experience. :D
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Re: 7/5/09 - A two hour tour

Postby dorneydude » Tue Jul 07, 2009 1:05 pm

the ferris wheel is always slow from what I have seen...I have never seen them use all loading platforms.
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Re: 7/5/09 - A two hour tour

Postby MozzMarr86 » Tue Jul 07, 2009 5:55 pm

The Ferris Wheel usually runs five gondolas during the day to keep the ride balanced and because few people ride during the daylight hours. It's tricky making it efficient for just that reason. I've been there though when it's run all twenty (back in 2005/06). People usually only go on at night because of the lights/view, so you're bound to see more running then. Unfortunately, I don't think our attendance has warranted the use of twenty gondolas.
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Re: 7/5/09 - A two hour tour

Postby Ecanyon05 » Tue Jul 07, 2009 11:04 pm

It ran with Twenty for a little bit on July 4th this season... Had ten running most of the day.
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Re: 7/5/09 - A two hour tour

Postby hoany » Wed Jul 08, 2009 3:22 pm

Wow, was it packed that day?
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Re: 7/5/09 - A two hour tour

Postby cf4444 » Wed Jul 08, 2009 4:47 pm

^ No. At least, not as packed as I (or the rest of the Talon crew) thought it would be.
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Re: 7/5/09 - A two hour tour

Postby MozzMarr86 » Wed Jul 08, 2009 10:12 pm

A lot of people seem to be under the misunderstanding that since there weren't 30,000+ people in the park on 4 July it didn't do as well as it could have. Trust me, based upon what the park was budgeted for, we did very, very well for ourselves. Unfortunately, as I have said before, it seems to be the exception to the rule.
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Re: 7/5/09 - A two hour tour

Postby cfntravis » Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:34 pm

MozzMarr86 wrote:The Ferris Wheel usually runs five gondolas during the day to keep the ride balanced and because few people ride during the daylight hours. It's tricky making it efficient for just that reason. I've been there though when it's run all twenty (back in 2005/06). People usually only go on at night because of the lights/view, so you're bound to see more running then. Unfortunately, I don't think our attendance has warranted the use of twenty gondolas.

Really? Not at CP. It's like the opposite on my wheel. I'm the assistant team lead over there. More people seem to ride during the day because the view is better than at night. IDK, maybe CP is structured different than Dorney at night. Like lighting wise and such.
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Re: 7/5/09 - A two hour tour

Postby cf4444 » Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:10 pm

Cedar Point has a great view that is worth seeing from the Ferris Wheel all day there. Dorney....not so much.
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Re: 7/5/09 - A two hour tour

Postby bluewaves » Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:52 pm

Whats to see at Dorney during the day, the parking lot? People's houses not a whole heck of a lot to look at.
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Re: 7/5/09 - A two hour tour

Postby Tori_is_neat » Sat Jul 25, 2009 2:42 am

I like the view of the park from the Ferris Wheel. You notice things you don't otherwise. It's interesting.
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