There are many activities and attractions that are ideal for a fun-filled family day out for those living in and around the town of Sellersville in Bucks County Pennsylvania especially in the Lehigh Valley region which is home to both Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, popular amusement and water parks. Both are located in South Whitehall Township just a short drive away and the former is nationally renowned for its wide selection of convoluted roller coasters while the latter offers a comprehensive range of elaborate water slides and rides.
Dorney Park first opened its doors to the public back in the late 19th century and has been operating under different ownerships ever since. Today the park features eight roller coasters as well as a variety of other rides for both adults and younger children including the famous Steel Force, which is the ninth longest steel rollercoaster in the world and the longest on the U.S. East Coast. The Laser has become another of the park’s favorite rides since its addition in 1986 and this is a Schwarzkopf-designed coaster with two loops that was joined two years later by its smaller counterpart a kiddie coaster that was named Little Laser. A wooden terrain coaster called Hercules was added to the park the following year in 1986 when it was built at the top of the hill lining at the rear of the park and at the time it the was the tallest wooden roller coaster in the world. This proved to be a big hit with visitors to the park however it was also renowned for its nerve-wracking, rough and shaky ride until it was eventually removed in 2003 due to the high maintenance costs involved and low ridership at which time it was replaced by the Hydra the Revenge, which remains in the park today. Other popular rides in the park over the years include the Thunderhawk, a fast spin ride called Hang Time, Monster, Sky Ride and the Magnum. However, one of the most terrifying rides in recent years had to be the Dominator, a 200 feet high tower that featured two gravity-defying rides, with one blasting riders straight up 15 stories in the air before dropping them back to down earth, while the other slowly lifts riders to a staggering 170 feet then thrusts them downward at faster-than-free-fall speeds.
The Wildwater Kingdom also offers a wide variety of different rides and slides to suit all ages and it is perhaps most famous for its log flume ride, Thunder Creek Mountain, that was opened in 1982 and which still owns the record for longest drop on a ride of this kind. In 1995, saw the addition of Thunder Canyon, a river rapids ride that consist of eight-passenger rafts that plunge and shake their way along a 16,400-foot path that runs through an authentic looking canyon, while being propelled by approximately 1 million US gallons of water. The park also saw a major overhaul in 2003 when several older slides were removed and replaced with four modern colored body slides – two of which were open and the other two enclosed – as well as a new water play area that was designed to suit younger children.