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Dorney Park Open for 2013 Season: 5 Things to Know

Dorney Park opened Friday. You'll have to wait another three weeks for Wildwater Kingdom, which opens May 25. Here's info on discounted tickets.

1. Dorney Park in South Whitehall will be open on weekends only until May 25, when Wildwater Kingdom also opens. This weekend's hours are as follows: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

2. Lehigh Valley residents get a discount on admission this weekend. According to Dorney Park's Facebook page, park patrons from Lehigh and Northampton counties, as well as Berks, Monroe and Carbon counties, can present their ID at the ticket booth this weekend (May 3-5) to buy up to four tickets at $25 per ticket. (Regular admission is $39.99 online to $49.99 at the gate, per ticket but there are junior/senior admissions and starlight tickets).

Also, you can save money on Friday night admissions—and help raise money for the Parkland School District. Print this coupon, available on the Parkland website, for $19 admission on Friday Nights (after 5 p.m.) from May 3-June 7. (Parkland gets $1 for every coupon that is redeemed.)

3. Chickie's & Pete's Sports Bar is opening in the middle of the park. Two Chickie's & Pete's stands have been at the amusement park since 2011.

4. Summer Nights of Celebration are coming. The park will kick off Summer Nights June 29, with more hours, shows and fireworks, according to the park's website. An All-Wheel Sports show will open June 29, with bikers and gymnasts performing stunts.

5. Dining plans are available. Just like Disney, Dorney Park is offering dining packages that you can buy with your admission ticket

Dorneyville Madam May 01, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Parking is $15.00 per car
Marc May 02, 2013 at 01:10 PM
FYI, If you are a mycokerewards.com user, 1,000 points will get you a free ticket into the park (they were available yesterday for 250 points each but they sold out quick.) Honestly though, if you are considering going more than once this summer, probably better off getting a season pass. Parking is included and you'll get your money's worth in nearly two trips. The only thing that stinks is that the pass is tied to the person -- i.e. both parents need to buy tickets if you have kids (you can't switch off the pass if one parent goes one time and the other the next time.)
D. Wag May 03, 2013 at 01:05 AM
I won't go to Dorney until parking is free!! !! What a hose job!
Judy Johnson May 03, 2013 at 09:34 AM
It's gotten so costly they now offer installment plans to buy season tickets! All this to wait in long lines. I found a better option of buying my children's families season passes to the Philadelphia Zoo and Lehigh Valley Zoo. They are reasonable and the kids learn something and have a great time.
Mean Mom May 03, 2013 at 11:20 AM
Dorney park used to be great, back when admission was free and you just had to buy tickets for the rides. I'm old enough to remember the petting zoo that was in the park too. Now we get bus loads of people that are brought into the park to wait hours in line. Ignorant people, line jumpers, trouble makers. They are everywhere but if you can save money by not not being in that atmosphere, stay away from Dorney Park. Camel beach is the place you want to go on a hot day. Very clean, reasonable prices, and you can pack your own cooler too.
An interested bystander May 03, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Assume all the people who are commenting live local. Sorry folks, you're not Dorney's target market. It's the NY/NJ resident they want here. Those maroons don't care if they get whacked $15 for parking. If you live here, go to Hershey like everyone else does. But they charge for parking too.
Rosemary B May 03, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Love Camel Beach! I find I also enjoy my time at Hershey Park better then Dorney. The class of people is better, but don't go for the "water park" at Hershey! Long lines and small.
Bill May 03, 2013 at 01:43 PM
The water park wave pool is disgusting, always gross things floating in the water. The caliber of the guests is totally undesirable. I swear they go to the corners of the earth to find every vagrant they can BUS in. I only go for my kids or I would never step in that place. Funny thing, my eight year old doesn't want to go this year. Why? She said the people that go their are rude and scary. lol
Bill May 03, 2013 at 01:47 PM
OH and they already have a Chickie and Peete's in the park,I went last year. There was like seating for 100 and they served alcohol. Steak sandwiches were dry and fries were over seasoned. Oh yeah , bring a credit card cause you will pay dearly.
John Fox May 03, 2013 at 02:20 PM
There certainly is a lot of Dorney Park hatin' here. This is what you do: season pass, don't go for full days your parking is free with the season pass. Go at night between Monday and Thursday. Most of the "vagrants" don't go on the weekdays and if you go at night you don't get the sweltering heat and the rides are more fun at night anyway.
Marc May 03, 2013 at 03:19 PM
John is right regarding the season pass, the key is not having to pay repeat on parking every time and close proximity. If you have kids, go early (like when the park opens) or go post-dinner during the week, lines can be scarce then (honestly, compared to Disney, the lines at Dorney are really nothing to complain about.) The key is just to avoid the peak crowds, it is totally manageable. You can even make a case for doing this on the weekends for getting to the park early. Just my opinion, but I'd rather make the quick drive to the park and get out early over the longer drive, to say, Knoebels or Hershey. Not a knock to either, they are nice parks, but the drive basically makes you have to commit to spending the whole day there. As a local with Dorney in our backyard, you can take the kids early for a couple hours, leave at lunch and still have half of the day to get whatever else you need to get done. Again, just my opinion.
D. Wag May 03, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Yes sir...they charge for parking at Hershy too, but at least they give you a free tram ride right to the admission gates. Me?...this year we take the kids to Knobel's. Twice the fun for half the price.
bg wangel May 07, 2013 at 01:25 AM
As a season pass holder we go as soon as they open, head to the water park and stay for a few hours and then go home and have lunch at home. It works out well for us because we only live 15, or so mins, away. I can't take the crowds !!! Going after 5 is good too especially during the week. I too would never go there except for the kids.
Michele May 25, 2013 at 10:08 AM
Wow I am from jersey shore so I am used to summer visitors worked in Seaside for 10 years and grew up going to six flags so much it was like I lived there !! Worked there a month as a teen did not like the atmosphere, but if u all think dorney is bad DO NOT COME TO. Six Flags Great Adbenture NJ super expensive and all of those ignorant people swarm here. Thanks for the tips I will try know bells and / or Hershey and camp over nite. Good luck folks and have a great summer

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