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When is the best time/day/date to beat the crowds?

Postby ptnewman » Sun Jun 13, 2010 8:33 pm

I am planning a trip with my family (2 adults, 2 kids, ages 10&11) to Dorney Park this summer. I really hate crowds and long lines (as do we all). Anyone have any suggestions on what day of the week is best to avoid crowds? Any difference in the summer months? Certainly weekends are the worst. We will probably hit the rides more so than the waterpark. Any help would be greately appreciated.

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Re: When is the best time/day/date to beat the crowds?

Postby Yoshi » Sun Jun 13, 2010 8:59 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Lines should not be an issue on the rides side until after the waterpark closes for the day. If you plan to go to the waterpark at all, be sure to get there at opening or go during the last 2 hours it is open.
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Re: When is the best time/day/date to beat the crowds?

Postby PepsiFan01 » Mon Jun 14, 2010 6:38 am

Yep, completely agree with Yoshi on T, W, or TH. If you do want the waterpark, get there for 10 and do it first thing, you can pretty much hit up everything in the first two hours, get lunch, then head to the rides. The weather also plays a factor obviously in how crowded it will get. More sun, more people. Any threat of rain lessens crowds to some degree. Late August brings in crowds even during the middle of the week when it is beautiful out, with people rushing to get DP in before the summer ends, so I would avoid that. June is a great month to go if you are able to make it before the end of the month.
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Re: When is the best time/day/date to beat the crowds?

Postby Dorneyman27 » Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:54 am

Go Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Start in the back of the park because everyone goes to Talon first. If you go to the water park start with the biggest slides first. Weekends in September are empty too.
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Re: When is the best time/day/date to beat the crowds?

Postby dorneydude » Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:55 am

definitley avoid weekends in July and August. Also realize the water kingdom starts closing around 7pm mid August. I'd try to get there mid June on a weekday.
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Re: When is the best time/day/date to beat the crowds?

Postby AlwaysRidin » Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:36 am

Any weekday is pretty good for the rides side. Most people are in the waterpark for the day and come over later. If you plan on staying late the lines will be longer when people transfer over from WWK after dinner but if you are there earlier you could probably cover anything anyway. Dorney has plenty to do for families and then big rides for you and if you have older kids that will keep you occupied the whole day.
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Re: When is the best time/day/date to beat the crowds?

Postby N_Dub04Gli » Thu Jun 17, 2010 10:24 am

Monday through Thursday will be no problem. Sometimes on Wednesdays I will ride my motorcycle up to the park around 10ish so that I can miss the rush of traffic. I usually can do all of the large rides, play some games in the arcade, have lunch and be out before 3pm.

Unfortunately I have not really made it to the park yet this season. I made it up on Mem Day but boy was that a mistake. I parked in the back lot that I didn't even know was there anymore and the crowds were ridiculous. I made a quarter loop through the park and turned around. Still am yet to ride anything this year :cry:
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Re: When is the best time/day/date to beat the crowds?

Postby Yoshi » Thu Jun 17, 2010 1:50 pm

I'm surprised to hear it was so crowded. I thought the actual holiday days like Memorial Day and Labor Day had light crowds. I went on Labor Day 2006 and the park was empty.
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Re: When is the best time/day/date to beat the crowds?

Postby Hooky965 » Fri Jun 18, 2010 8:06 am

I'm not surprised to hear Labor Day was light. If you're looking to avoid crowds overall, best advice is to steer clear of any holiday weekends, but if you were going to go during one, that would be the one to try.

Back in the day, my sister and I would usually try to go on Labor Day, mainly because the crowds were fairly light. I think this has a lot to do with the fact that college-age kids are back at school at that time, and many families with grade school-age kids have moved on to "school mode" at that time. I think (as stated earlier) you are more likely to get big crowds in the second or third weekend in August, as folks try to get their last digs in before summer is "over".
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Re: When is the best time/day/date to beat the crowds?

Postby modernphoenixv2 » Sat Jun 19, 2010 6:32 pm

I spent about 4 hours at the park today and it was insane. There were so many kids that were bussed in, more than I have ever seen before. I sat next to a nice woman on a park bench who was a chaperone from a school in the Bronx. She said that many of the schools in New York come down to the park because they get those great group rates and a lot of the kids don't get out of the city. I can appreciate the sentiment, but believe me when I say that for many of them, you can take the kid out of the city but you can't take the city out of the kid.

I never even made it down to the big wave pool because the park was wall to wall people and they were rude as hell. I can't begin to count the number of times someone slammed into me and didn't even think twice, or the ammount of profanity that my kids were treated to. I'm not a prude, but damn, those kids sounded were rough. We didn't even attempt the slides, because they were backed up out onto the walkways. I've never seen it like that. I did make the mistake of taking my kids into the new wave pool because it was super hot and it appeared to be the only way we were getting wet without an hour line.

It was crazy in that freaking pool. So many kids and scumbag adults, pushing everyone out of their way to get to the front or slamming into people with the waves running, never with the courtesy of an apology or a simple, "my bad." One girl swam underwater and slammed into my crotch and when I made a loud noise from being startled, she stuck her head out of the water and gave me a pissy look like I was in HER way. Both my kids were getting pushed around, shoved and treated like crap, so I chose to leave. The lifeguards seemed HIGHLY understaffed and overworked. Poor guys and girls, I don't envy them.

After that, we moved over to the park side and though there was just as many rude people running, pushing and cutting in lines (I had people cut in front of me on 3 seperate occasions today and I saw more). The lines were much shorter, though, which my kids appreciated. The Steel Force and Dominator teams were rocking it out, got to hand it to them. The ferris wheel line wasn't too bad, but going slower than I'd ever seen it. They were filling every third car for some reason, though there were plenty of people in line to fill the whole thing up. I took the obligatory ride on the caurosel and it was nice as always, but the attendant was a garbled mess over the speaker... again, as always.

My kids took quick rides on the Sea Dragon (awesome staff) and on Enterprise (one girl moving slowwwww), which weren't too bad because the lines were about the size of a cycle on each. My son insisted on the Road Rally and I was surprised to see 5 or 6 cars backed up at the stop sign at the end while 5 attendants stood around the podium and had a conversation.

Security seemed to be in full gear with the bikes and roving patrols. Some looked a bit out of shape and not too menacing, especially to the inner city kids I watched mocking one of them. I also noticed a lot of people smoking around the park and I saw security walk right by on a couple of occasions. I was shocked to see security walk right by one kid standing on top of a big garbage can in Wildwater Kingdom. He was sort of ambling by too, not walking with a purpose as if he was on his way somewhere.

One thing I did notice, and this was a big thing for me, the landscaping looked awesome. The flowers were trimmed nicely, shrubbery attended to and everything looked to be in pristine order. Trees looked well-pruned and in good health, plus it appears that some were added, along with those new planters for flowers that look gorgeous. The shady part on the way down to Steel Force was really nice and I appreciated it a lot (89 degrees today). I also appreciated the humor of whoever designed the upturned bucket with blue stones looking like water had spilled out of it. Nice. Kudos to that group, who rarely hear the praise that they deserve.
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Re: When is the best time/day/date to beat the crowds?

Postby HighSpeedThrillCoaster » Sat Jun 19, 2010 7:02 pm

modernphoenixv2 wrote: So many kids and scumbag adults, pushing everyone out of their way to get to the front or slamming into people with the waves running, never with the courtesy of an apology or a simple, "my bad."



I've said it before and I'll say it again. The quality of the guests at DP went WAY down after I 78 opened up.
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Re: When is the best time/day/date to beat the crowds?

Postby Yoshi » Sat Jun 19, 2010 9:24 pm

Sounds horrible, I thought those crowds didn't go to the park until July, I guess I was wrong. I couldn't deal with those type of crowds. Long lines are bad enough but long lines and rude people is too much for me.
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Re: When is the best time/day/date to beat the crowds?

Postby PepsiFan01 » Sun Jun 20, 2010 7:45 am

If it was that bad already, it's only an indication of what's to come for July and August Saturdays and Sundays. Avoid them at all costs, haha. Each Saturday from now on will be bringing more and more people in. Saturdays bring the massive crowds, and Sundays, though slightly less crowded, bring the worst of the worst from the cities. Sundays were always pretty bad for Security and employees when I was there, much more than Saturdays.
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Re: When is the best time/day/date to beat the crowds?

Postby N_Dub04Gli » Sun Jun 20, 2010 10:21 pm

Jen, my brother and I just got back from the park a few minutes ago. Had a great time but I must say that the complaints above are exactly the same as I had all day long. Now we did not go to WWK but where the hell are all of the normal people who have manners!!! I love DP but I can not say the same about most of the people that go there...
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Re: When is the best time/day/date to beat the crowds?

Postby dorneydude » Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:51 am

I have found the best time to enjoy WWk is a few hours before close...6pm - 8pm on weekdays...if they even keep it open that late anymore..I know mid August they start to close at 7pm which makes it tough for a working person to get there after work. Go on a weekend and you are taking a chance with your or your kids life! Personally I would not even let my kids lifegaurd there on a weekend. I could tell you stories...

Still, I think you are safe for the month of June at WWK any weekday. I really do not know how bad it is on weekdays in Jul - Aug. I do know I do not feel safe with all the stuff they bus in during those times. Thats why I laugh when they say the escort folks from the park. Walk thru on a weekend and you'll stuff that makes your head spin and wonder why people are not getting thrown out. Its simple...1) Where do they go for 6 - 8 hours...sit on the bus? 2) Do it enough and the group will not come back and I guess PD needs those $$$....and so do we if we want any new investment in the park.

So do yourself a favor and go in June or just before WWK closes and enjoy yourself they way the park should be, pleasant, well landscapped, some decent tunes running and a peacefull float down the river.

My daughter had a good question. Where do the bus drivers go after they drop the kids off for they day? They can not possibly sit in the heat in the buss all day...? Does dorney have a place for them....where do they go?
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