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Opening Day 2013

Postby SteelVenomFan » Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:20 am

Although the schedule isn't up on the website yet, an e-mail that Dorney just sent out lists opening day as 5/3/13. That's a Friday. Seems strange that they'd open on a Friday?
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Re: Opening Day 2013

Postby Yoshi » Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:28 pm

I was hoping they would open in April again like this year. If I go for opening day it won't be until later in the day since I made the mistake of going on a Friday in May last year since I happened to be right near the park. There must have been at least 75 buses in the parking lot because of Music In The Parks and all the coasters had long lines.

Coasters After Dark at Great Adventure might be that night as well (season pass night where the park is closed to everyone else) so that might help keep crowds away at night for Dorney but if it is the same day, it looks like I'll be missing opening day since I never skip the season pass nights unless there is some reason I can't get there since it's difficult to pass up walk ons for all coasters.
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Re: Opening Day 2013

Postby coasterluver » Thu Dec 06, 2012 4:28 pm

I think the reason they haven't been opening the park in April lately is because of events going on in April. I think they changed their policy about private event making them in April since I know of one coming up one weekend before opening day.
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Re: Opening Day 2013

Postby Yoshi » Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:07 pm

I guess they have to do that now since they lost a September weekend that used to be for buyouts and now that is Haunt's opening weekend.
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Re: Opening Day 2013

Postby Yoshi » Wed Dec 12, 2012 4:11 pm

The 2013 schedule has been released for the ride side, not for WWK yet.

http://www.dorneypark.com/hours-directions/dorney-park

Some changes I see are Haunt Friday's now opening at 7 instead of 6, the park opening at 11 instead of 12 on all Boo Blast/Haunt days
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Re: Opening Day 2013

Postby strwrse1 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:33 am

I wonder why they are staying open till midnight on October 13? The next day isn't a holiday as far as I know.
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Re: Opening Day 2013

Postby dorneyparkrules » Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:56 pm

The waterpark opening day is May 25th and here is the rest of the daily operation http://www.dorneypark.com/hours-directi ... er-kingdom as far I know I didn't see any changes
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Re: Opening Day 2013

Postby Yoshi » Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:17 pm

There are a few changes I see. One is that all of June is 11 to 6. It used to be by the last week of June it was 11 to 7. Also I thought last year both Friday and Saturday had closings at 8. Now it just likes like that will be for Saturday. Last year in mid August it went from 10 to 7 to 11 to 7, now it looks like 10 to 7 those days instead.
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Re: Opening Day 2013

Postby dorneyparkrules » Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:41 pm

oops never really pay attention to the waterpark hours I just worry when the dry side closes.
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Re: Opening Day 2013

Postby bretizamazing » Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:27 pm

Looking back at this year's schedule, I really hope the park opens in April next year. Dorney's sister park Worlds of Fun opens in early April. I really don't see why Dorney doesn't open until May when Hershey and Great Adventure open in March/April. And I really hope Wildwater Kingdom is open 10-8 daily.
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Re: Opening Day 2013

Postby Yoshi » Sat Oct 05, 2013 12:17 pm

I'd like to see them open by mid April. I realize opening up in March like Great Adventure is unlikely especially with how unpredictable the weather is. It was in the 30s and 40s this year for opening weekend.

I also agree about WWK open from 10 to 8. At least for July and most of August.
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Re: Opening Day 2013

Postby bretizamazing » Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:42 am

Yoshi wrote:I'd like to see them open by mid April. I realize opening up in March like Great Adventure is unlikely especially with how unpredictable the weather is. It was in the 30s and 40s this year for opening weekend.

I also agree about WWK open from 10 to 8. At least for July and most of August.


I completely agree.
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Re: Opening Day 2013

Postby bretizamazing » Thu Dec 12, 2013 7:49 pm

I'm guessing the calendar for the 2014 season should be released this week or next week, and taking a look at Valleyfair's calendar, their Soak City Waterpark is open until 8pm most nights in June, July, and August, and being open until 9pm on Saturdays in late June through mid-August. Do you think that could be repeated with Wildwater Kingdom?
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Re: Opening Day 2013

Postby dorneydude » Tue Dec 17, 2013 1:57 pm

If they did stay open till 8pm again it would be a step toward winning back our business. Don't be too suprised though if they change the hours...to close at 6pm! :lol:
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Re: Opening Day 2013

Postby bretizamazing » Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:09 pm

dorneydude wrote:If they did stay open till 8pm again it would be a step toward winning back our business. Don't be too suprised though if they change the hours...to close at 6pm! :lol:

Oh I know. Each year the waterpark hours seem to get smaller and smaller. 2014 will be 6pm all summer and 7pm on weekends! :wink:
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