13 Top Dorney Park Tips

In this guide, we will cover our best Dorney Park tips to ensure that you arrive to the park extremely prepared, and know all of the 'hacks' to maximize your time and money.

dorney park tips

Table of Contents

  1. Avoid Crowds
  2. Bring Your Own Water Bottle
  3. What to Pack
  4. Fast Lane Pass
  5. Save Money on Tickets
  6. Preferred Parking
  7. Rent a Locker
  8. Traveling With Kids
  9. Know What Your Ticket Includes
  10. Plan to Stay for a Few Hours
  11. Download the Dorney Park App
  12. Purchase a Season Pass
  13. Frequently Asked Questions

1. Avoid Crowds

Go During the Week

Most visitors tend to go on the weekends as that is when they are off from work.

If you're able to go during the week, the crowds and lines will be much less.

dorney park family

Arrive Early

Not only do you want to arrive early to beat the 'normal crowds' but you want to beat the 'bus crowds' as well!

early clock

There are buses that drop off large amounts of people all at once, and we promise that you don't want to get stuck behind that.

They typically get dropped off a little after the park opens, so make sure to get there early.

When Does Dorney Park Open?

11 am.

If Weekends are Your Only Choice

If you can't go during the week, Sunday's are your best bet as they are normally much less busy than Fridays or Saturdays.

2. Bring Your Own Water Bottle

According to Dorney Park's FAQ, guests are permitted to bring one factory sealed water bottle into the park.

water bottle

There are also many water stations around the park where you'll be able to refill your water bottle.

However, coolers, beverages or outside food aren't permitted.

3. What Should I Pack?

Sun Screen is a must. Nothing ruins a great theme park day like getting sun burn.

hot day

Extra Pair of Clothes. Whether you get wet or too sweaty and possibly even get food on your clothes, you'll want to have an extra change of clothes.

Not only will you be prepared, but you can easily store all of those items in a locker at the park.

Just to recap - You don't have to carry the items around the park, and you're prepared in case that anything happens. Do it.

4. Invest in a Fast Lane Pass

Skip the Lines

A Fast Lane Pass allows you to skip the line on select rides (up to 21 rides).

Everyone knows the one thing that you can't always beat at a theme park is a long line.

dorney park fast lane pass

How it Works

You will receive a Fast Lane wristband that will allow you to go to a separate and more direct line, so you will not have to wait in the normal line at all.

This will give you a fantastic experience as you'll be able to ride your favorite rides quickly and as many times as you want.

If you're planning on going on the weekend (busiest time), this will be worth it.

However, if you're going during the week (less busy), you may not need it as lines will not be nearly as long.

5. Purchase Your Tickets Online Ahead of Time

Skip the Line and Save Money!

When you purchase your tickets with us, you can Save $20 per Ticket.

You will receive your tickets immediately to your email. You can learn more about our process through our Authorized Theme Park Ticket Reseller page.

6. Upgrade to Preferred Parking

If you prefer not to walk a long way from your car to the park, Preferred Parking is available at the cost of $25.

This upgrade allows you to park at the front of the parking lot, in front of the entrance to the park.

It is definitely something a lot of people wished they considered after a long hot day at the park, when they realize they still have to hike back to their car.

waiting lines

Preferred Parking is done through a first come, first serve basis.

Parking is not included with your admission.

If you're not interested in Preferred Parking, Regular parking at the entrance costs $20, but you can purchase online for $18.

7. Rent a Locker

There are different sizes available, small and large options.

dorney park lockers

Lockers will come in very handy especially if you're planning to go to the water park afterwards.

There are hourly and all day options available.

You can seamlessly store your belongings in there while you ride the rides, and when you decide to head over to cool down at the water park, you can go pick them out of the locker and head on over.

Locker units are available on a first come, first serve basis due to the limited supply.

8. Traveling With Kids?

Visit Planet Snoopy!

planet snoopy at dorney park

Planet Snoopy is an ultra popular themed area designed specifically for kids and families.

In this area, there are 16 rides, play areas, live shows, and even characters that you can meet and greet.

planet snoopy kids

It is conveniently located right on the forefront of Dorney Park, so as soon as you walk in just make a left.

9. Know What Your Ticket Includes

Typically your admission will include entry to Dorney Park, Wildwater Kingdom (the water park), and Planet Snoopy.

wildwater kingdom

You'll want to double check your ticket to make sure.

Note - Wildwater Kingdom is only open during the summer.

10. Plan to Stay for a Few Hours

To experience most of what Dorney Park offers, we'd recommend staying for at least 3-4 hours.

That will give you more than enough time to be able to ride some rides, and be able to walk around and explore the park.

11. Download the Dorney Park App

The Dorney Park app will show line wait times, the map of the park, show schedules, and even restaurant food menus for when you get hungry!

dorney park wait times

It is a great resource to plan your day, and to stay updated while you're actually in the park to make informed decisions.

There's also a very useful feature called the 'Mark-a-Spot'. Using the app, you can choose a spot on the map and mark it.

Whether it's to mark where you parked, set a family meeting point, or just to visit an area that you want to circle back to at a later time.

dorney park mark a spot

12. Purchase a Season Pass

If you're planning on going to Dorney Park more than 2-3 times in a calendar year, you may want to consider purchasing a season pass.

dorney park season pass

A season pass grants you access to Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom for that entire 'season', and also gives you a lot of other perks.

These perks include Free Season Long Parking, Season passholder only events, discounts on food and merchandise and even Bring-a-Friend discounts.

Just the parking alone makes it worth your time.

If you decide to purchase a Season Pass, you'll be able to use your phone as admission!

dorney park season pass

By downloading the Dorney Park app, you will find your season pass in the actual app and you can present that at the gate to enter.

13. Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Scariest Ride at Dorney Park?

It's a toss up between Dominator, Demon Drop and Hydra.

You can also read up on the Top Dorney Park Rides.

Can you go to Dorney Park Without a Reservation?

Yes. A reservation is not required when you only visit Dorney Park.

However, reservations are required for Wildwater Kingdom Waterpark.

Entrance into Wildwater Kingdom waterpark is not guaranteed without a reservation.

To make a reservation to Wildwater Kingdom waterpark at no additional cost, please visit the website provided on your ticket to choose your visit date. 

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