Discounts available through multi-day passes or twilight tickets for admission into the park after 5pm.
I was super surprised when my visit to Dorney Park and Wild Water Kingdom went off without a hitch. The first thing I am going to call out is the price. Even with the boys cost of admission being free it was a $150 trip (2 adult on-line tickets + promo code discounts + $18 parking + 2 $5 tickets for Dinosaurs Alive!). That to me is pretty steep. I write a website called HipsterHenry.com "The Parent's Guide to Philadelphia" I have two toddler boys that I take everywhere. To find out and see pictures on how to do Dorney and Wild Water Kingdom with toddlers go to: http://www.hipsterhenry.com/2012/08/dorney_park_wild_water_park/
I live not quite an hour from Dorney Park, so I have been going there my whole life. I have found that this is a great park for a variety of age groups, making it a terrific option for a family needing to accommodate both older and younger members. You pay one admission price and can ride all of the rides and experience all of the shows in both the water park and the dry section. (There are also discount admission coupons in Entertainment Books, KidStuff Books and area restaurants to bring the cost down further).
I have found that my family of five (ranging in age from 44 to 5 yrs old) can literally spend the entire day in the water park section, there is that much to do. The dry rides are a great option as well for cooler days or for when the water kingdom closes, or for when you just get sick of dripping...
Some families are not water park people, so this gives them options to choose from as well. Both sections are a day's worth of fun.
For younger kids, there is Camp Snoopy, which offers rides and shows for littler tykes. There are also water squirters nearby to cool them off on hot days. With supervision and a life vest (provided free of charge), the younger kids can enjoy the wave pool in the water kingdom as well as several splash sections designed for their age bracket.
Older kids, tweens and teens will like the many thrill rides scattered throughout the park, including a variety of roller coasters and water tube rides. There is also an ice show in the arena now, for a change of pace, and for those not interested in the extreme thrill rides. I thought it was simply wonderful to go in there in August to cool down!
I would recommend Dorney Park to families for the variety, as well as convenience. You can leave the park and take things to your car if necessary, or get items you've forgotten pretty quickly. Since I live nearby, I usually limit my in-park eating experience to one meal by stopping on the way there to purchase sandwiches, hoagies, or other fare and eating before entering. You will see a lot of people doing this in the parking lot when you get there.
My family has always had a good time here and I do like going, although I must admit it gets tremendously crowded, especially in peak months (July and August). I would recommend aiming to come here any other time. If that isn't possible, perhaps prepare yourself for this fact, and have a good time anyway. I try to remember that everyone is there just to have fun and aim to make the best of the day, but it is better to go in knowing it can sometimes be packed with people, most especially in the water park.
Bring the family to this terrific park and spend the day screaming, spinning, splashing, strolling - and smiling!
we have visited the park several times while living in Pennsylvania, at least once a year for about 8 years! we have taken our family, the first time our daughter went she was about 4 years old and she loved it! the kids zone is great!
we have also taken our churches youth group several times and they always have a blast. we spend the entire day from opening to closing and they are still wanting more when it is time to go.
the main drawback to the park is the prices of their food. it can be very expensive to spend the entire day at the park and have to feed your fmaily a couple of times. however you do have the option of leaving and coming back or bringing a packed lunch and eating in your car.
I can only review Dorney Park not Wildwater because we haven't taken the kids there...yet. Dorney Park is 5 minutes from our house. I grew up going to Dorney the way some people went to the local playground. Dorney reminds me of a small town fair with better rides. There are rides and good. Carictures, old timer pictures, gift stores. There is also a water park. Dorney has it all from Kiddie rides thrilling rollercoasters. They also have Camp Snoopy. Classic rides such as the scrambler, the whip and the skyride make me reminiscant for a simpler time in life. The best part is riding both the ferris wheel and the merry go round with my kids while they are lit up at night. They are mesmorized by the lights. Weekend nights often have a fireworks show.
Our kids LOVE this place! TONS of rides and activities for little ones. The kids water attractions are super fun and a nice break on a hot day. They have a nice assortment of kids rides, from very easy ones for toddlers to more adventurous ones for bigger siblings.
We visited Wildwater Kingdom and our kids were blown away by the HUGE wave pool. We couldn't get them to get out and try the other water rides.
The Amusement park and Water park are geared toward older kids, but our 3 year old and 6 year old had a great time!
For a large amusement park, they are not to over priced. There is something for everyone to do, whether you like rides or the water. They even have "Camp Snoopy" for the little ones. It can be very crowded, so it is best to go during the week, but don't be surprised by the number of people, even then.
As five year running season pass holders we can't say enough. From the littlest to the biggest kids, everyone will have a blast at this amusement park. There is Camp Snoopy which features the characters along with the kiddie rides. There are plenty of coasters both old and new. Wild water is a whole second land of adventure. With great options for all age groups along with a wave pool for the entire family. There is so very much to do here - I guarantee you won't be disappointed. Helpful hint: pack some snacks for the park and grab a bite outside the parks before or after. There's tons of places to choose from and the food inside is a little pricey and not the best.
According to ancient Greek legend, the hero Hercules defeated the nine-headed monster Hydra, but he was not able to kill all nine heads. There was one immortal head that could not be killed, so Hercules buried it under a huge boulder beside a lake.
But wait! What is that stirring by the edge of the lake at the feet of the sleeping Hercules? According to Dorney Park mythology, the Hydra has risen to take its revenge on Hercules, the wooden roller coaster the park retired after its 2003 season.
Hydra the Revenge is a floorless coaster that includes seven inversions, a zerogravityexperience, several drops below ground level, and the jojo roll—the first-ever prelift inversion where riders twist upside-down after exiting the launch station.
Hydra the Revenge joins Dorney Park’s lineup of coasters: Dominator, Steel Force, Laser, Meteor Thunderhawk, and Talon.
Wildwater Kingdom has eleven waterslides. Younger children will love meeting the Berenstain Bears, playing in the TotSpot, and cooling off in two water park areas specifically for small-fry. Our kids could have spent the whole day in the giant wave pool.
In the fall, Dorney Park combines its rides with the frightening fun of Halloween to create Halloweekends.