Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown, PA

3830 Dorney Park RoadAllentown, PA 18104
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Overview

Experience extreme thrills at both Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, two parks for the price of one! With over 100 rides, shows, attractions, and family-friendly fun, there’s something for everyone to love at each park. Feel the wind in your hair on eight thrilling roller coasters or visit Planet Snoopy™ for endless rides for the little ones! Open seasonally each year, it’s easy to see why these two parks are among the most visited parks in the country.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Allentown Travel Experts
  • Visit the largest collection of kids rides in the country at Planet Snoopy™.
  • Enjoy 100+ rides, shows, attractions, and more.
  • Entrance to Wildwater Kingdom is included in park admission.
  • The entire park is smoke-free.
  • Lockers are available for rent throughout the park. An extra fee applies.
  • Park re-entry is available for guests who receive a hand stamp upon exiting.

Description

from Dorney Park
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom features two great parks for the price of one. There are more than 100 rides, shows and attractions, guests can enjoy including eight roller coasters, the largest collection of kids’ rides in Planet Snoopy™ and one of the country’s best-ranked water parks. Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom is one of the most visited amusement parks in the United States and is the perfect combination of thrills and family fun. Dorney Park is open May through October and Wildwater Kingdom is open late May through early September.

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Michael B
"We purchased seasonal passes/ I feel they have shifty pricing practices!"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed October 25, 2019 NEW
We purchased the season passes and downloaded the app. We never received any special notifications and had special days that they claimed. They say you can bring friends for as low as 20$ but we did and paid 40$! The price for fast Lane went up like 10$ more after we bought the first one. They finally sent me an offer to bring friends for as low as 20$ again but I dont trust them. The prices change on demand. We did receive discounts off the high prices which doesn't feel like a deal at all. I know they have to make money but.. I won't buy season passes again although we do like the park we will just go less often next year! I'm giving 1 star only because I feel they are shifty With pricing!
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noezpleaser
Reading, Pennsylvania
"Timing is Everything!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 14, 2019 NEW
Had meager expectations knowing how corporate, unfriendly, money grabbing amusement parks have become, especially as enthusiast who recalls the parks of yesteryear. Had a great time. Park is small, but has some good coasters for a short day of fun. Timing is everything! We went on a Sunday in mid-September. Believe that made all the difference. Admission 1/2 price, lines nonexistent, weather sunny & bright but not hot, beautiful Fall decorations. I'm 1st to admit had I paid full-price, stood in line all day to ride 3 rides in PA humidity & had to deal w/ wall-to-wall people I'd be writing much different review. As expected, food over-priced & poorly executed, employees non-chanlantly annoying. But there were some wins. Chickie & Pete fries good, funnel-cake w/ strawberries- memorable, & able to ride every ride 3x w/o a wait & still make it out long before close. Water Park, train, some food places closed at this time of year, but I'll take that trade-off to have a peaceful, cooler day absent of angst.
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Brewhound
Bath, Pennsylvania
"The Haunt - lots of fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 08, 2019
Went with my wife and teenage daughter and had a really good time. The haunted houses are well done and the actors walking around the park are frightening! My only complaint is that there’s really not any good food at Dorney Park. I know entertainment parks usually serve junk food, but I still think there should be a greater variety with some healthy choices.
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grahamhW81DK
"Ok just"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 08, 2019
We took two very young children 2 and 4, and although the older one enjoyed several of the younger rides, the youngest was only able to enjoy a couple of the simplest rides. The rides are aimed at older children - say 10-50 years old. As such we didn’t really enjoy too much and found the Hallowe’en themes excessive.
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knpnj
"Good park and waterplay, but smokers kill the joy"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 02, 2019
This is a good park for rides and fun at all ages. The new Snoopy section is good for the very young ones - even our 10yr old enjoyed some of the rides there. The water park certainly has more choices than Hershey, which alone may make this a better destination for many. However what killed our two days there was the smoking. On both days we found people lighting up around the park - one couple was calmly puffing away under a nice tree shade outside the Wild Mouse ride. Dorney has "security services" walking around all day, but strangely absent whenever smokers are around? There are "no smoking" policy signage/posters all over the park, (as well as shirt-less policies) but apparently no one bothers to enforce them meaningfully. The front-of-the line passes are quite expensive and an all-or-nothing proposition - perhaps Dorney could price them at different tiers (e.g. water-park only or rides-only) and get more people to buy. Food choices are unhealthy and terrible, and the closest to a somewhat-OK coffee is the Cinnabon shop. Better bring your own food as far as you can. Lastly, wish they had more spots in the shade for parents to hang around while the kids are on rides etc. There are no "cooling mist" areas or other ways to stay cool on hot days. Tip - it is a good idea to purchase the "reserved parking" online, at least a day before. Reserved spots run out quickly in the early morning, after which they will not sell them at the gate - and it won't work if pull out your phone and try to buy a spot online while you are at the gate either, since you cannot buy same-day spots online. Overall a good park to spend a couple days with the family, especially if the smokers keep away.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dorney Park

What does my admissions ticket include?
Admission to Dorney Park includes all rides (see exceptions below), live shows and attractions, Wildwater Kingdom water park, and Planet Snoopy™- a theme park just for kids!

During the Regular Summer Season, your ticket also provides full access to the wet and wild fun of Wildwater Kingdom. The Regular Summer Season typically starts on Memorial Day weekend and offers daily operation of both Parks through Labor Day.

Please note that Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom have different season calendars and daily hours of operation. Dorney Park does not sell admission tickets exclusively for Wildwater Kingdom.

Is a non-rider admission ticket available?
No.

At what age are kids required to purchase a ticket for park entry?
Guests ages 2 and under are free. Guests ages 3+ must purchase a ticket to enter the theme park.

Does the park have ATMs?
Yes. There are several ATMs located throughout the park for your convenience, including:

  • Directly outside the Park Entrance near the Season Pass Processing Center
  • In Dorney Park near Center Stage Theater, Clucks and Franks, and Good Time Gifts
  • In Wildwater Kingdom near Trade Winds Gift Shop

What should I wear to Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom?
In Dorney Park, shirts, shoes, and shorts are required upon entry and exit and at all times except when actively riding Thunder Canyon or White Water Landing. Bikini tops are acceptable, but bikini bottoms must be covered. Shorts/pants must be worn so as to show no more than the waistband of any undergarments.

In Wildwater Kingdom, proper swimming attire is required and is defined as a properly fitting and covering, one or two-piece swimsuit or shorts that stop above the knee. Swimwear must be without abrasive buttons, rivets, zippers or snaps. Thong suits are prohibited. Diaper covers are required for all diapered children and are available at Trade Winds Gift Shop near the entrance to Wildwater Kingdom. Shoes are not allowed on any water park attractions.

What happens if it rains during my visit?
Most rides and attractions remain open during rain. Some attractions will close when inclement weather prohibits their safe operation but will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. Please enjoy a show, meal or shopping until such weather passes. Admission tickets and Season Passes are non-refundable and non-exchangeable for any reason after the order transaction is complete at the Front Gate, online through our website, or other retail outlets. This includes weather-related events. We do not issue rain checks. Please check local weather conditions prior to planning your visit.

Can I bring my own food and drinks into the park?
For everyone's safety, guests are not permitted to bring coolers or outside food or beverages into Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom with the exception of one factory sealed bottle of water per person. Exceptions are made for guests with special dietary needs to include food allergies and baby food/formula. Guest should contact Guest Services or Park Security upon arrival for approval to bring in these special dietary foods. Picnic tables are provided in select locations of the parking lot for outside food consumption. Grills and open fires are not allowed.

Can I smoke in the parks?
No.

Can I rent a wheelchair?
Wheelchair rental is available at the Stroller/Wheelchair Rental Center at Good Time Gifts near the Main Entrance. A limited supply of motorized wheelchairs are also available for rent. A rental fee will be charged as well as a refundable deposit that will be returned at the end of your day when you return the vehicle.

Are lockers available for rent?
Yes. Locker rentals are provided in a variety of locations in Dorney Park.  We offer both hourly and all day locker rentals at the following locations throughout the park:
  • On the left side of Main Midway near Kaleidoscope
  • Near Wildwater Kingdom water park main entrance 

There is a limited supply of locker units available only on a first-come, first-served basis.

Extra-Large items that can not fit in a locker may not be left unattended and cannot be checked or held by the Park. Please utilize the Main Gate's hand stamp re-entry to bring these items out to your vehicle for storage.

Can I exit and re-enter the park?
Yes. Re-entry hand stamps are available at the exit turnstiles when leaving the Park. Hand stamp re-entry is not permitted after 6:00 pm during our Haunt season. If leaving and re-entering the parking lot, display your parking ticket on your dashboard.

Does the park have security precautions and processes implemented?
The safety of our guests and associates is our number one priority, and we have implemented several enhanced security procedures at all entrance gates. As part of the process:
  • Guests arriving at the park will go through metal detection every public operating day. 
  • All bags, purses, backpacks, waist packs, etc. will be examined prior to entering.
  • Sharp objects (including pocket knives and metal chains), firearms, or other items that could be considered a weapon are strictly prohibited and should be left at home or secured in your vehicle.  
  • Please see our separate FAQ on outside food and beverages.
  • We use a variety of methods in securing our parks including uniformed and plainclothes officers, and video surveillance monitoring. 

Dorney Park does not tolerate guests who fight and/or harass other guests while on our property. People who engage in this behavior are subject to being ejected and potentially banned from the park, and may be subject to arrest by local police.

What is the Boarding Pass Program?
The Boarding Pass Program allows guests with mobility restrictions or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to access rides at specified times via the exit ramp in order to avoid crowds and waiting in the regular queue lines. To use this program, follow these steps:
  • The guest with a mobility impairment or ASD should visit Guest Services upon his/her arrival at the park to express his/her inability to wait in the regular line. Some questions are asked to ensure that the rider has the required physical criteria in order to safely experience rides, and a Boarding Pass is issued for the guest in question and up to 3 riding companions. 
  • In addition to a Boarding Pass, the guest with a mobility impairment or ASD will receive a “Rider Access Form” that lists the rides that the guest with a disability can safely enjoy.
  • The rider (or a member of their party) obtains a boarding time from the ride associate at the Alternate Access Entrance, equivalent to the length of the ride line. The rider can then wait comfortably away from the queue area.
  • The guest listed on the Boarding Pass must be present as a rider when a Boarding Pass is being utilized. 
  • Guests may not accumulate more than one boarding time at a time. 

Do rides have specific height and weight restrictions?
Yes. The restrictions for each ride are posted outside of the respective attraction’s line queue.