Iron Menace ready to open at Dorney Park

April 17, 2024, 7:39 PM · Dorney Park's new Dive Coaster is ready for the public. The Allentown, Pennsylvania amusement park hosted a media preview for Iron Menace today, in advance of its first public rides later this week.

Iron Menace is a 160-foot-tall Bolliger & Mabillard Dive Coaster, with four inversions and a top speed of 64 mph. I wasn't at the event today, but the park did provide a front row POV so that we can sample the on-ride experience.

Dorney Park opens for its 2024 season on May 10, but park season passholders will get their first chances to ride Iron Menace during Preview Days on Preseason Preview Days: April 27-28 and May 4-5.

The very first seats on the ride will be available for participants in Dorney Park's Ride for a Cause event benefiting the Eagles Autism Foundation, this Friday. Tickets for that event start at $75 and are available via the Dorney Park website.

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April 18, 2024 at 8:59 AM

Generally reviews have been pretty positive for this new addition. As expected, it's not a destination attraction, but supplements a pretty solid lineup for the Allentown park alongside the likes of Hydra (B&M floorless with a unique inversion - Jojo roll), Talon (B&M invert), Steel Force (Morgan Hyper), Possessed (Intamin LSM launched invert shuttle), and Thunderhawk (classic 100-year old woodie).

Dorney is in a tricky spot within driving distance of big spenders Hersheypark and Six Flags Great Adventure and independent darling Knoebels, so it's nice to see Cedar Fair step up and provide some investment to an oft-ignored property. It also sounds like Cedar Fair did a great job of theming the coaster with lots of props and attention paid to the queue area and station. My only gripe here is that all B&M dive machines should have tunnel or bridge on the drop.

April 18, 2024 at 1:09 PM

On that note being an old trolley park in the middle of a rust belt neighborhood that shares the same major metro areas as SFGADV and Hersheypark, i'd be fascinated to see the numbers and how profitable this park is. Most of the parks that were in this position either went out of business in the 70s-80s as the bigger corporate parks outdid them, or decided to keep costs low and become basically little nostalgia parks like Seabreeze/Lakemont/Waldameer. Dorney is the only one that seems to have survived and become a semi major park that can stand on its own feet, maybe since it was bigger than the other ones to begin with. I would imagine the waterpark and middle school field trips are probably the money makers for this place. I'm sure theres also some families out there that get season passes for Dorney just because they hate Six Flags.

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