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Top 5 Rides at Dorney Park | Know Before You Go

In this guide we will list out the top rides that Dorney Park offers, how each one is unique, and actual (point of view) videos of the rides!

Table of Contents

  1. Steel Force
  2. Possessed
  3. Hydra the Revenge
  4. Talon Grip of the Fear
  5. Thunderhawk

1. Steel Force

Another steel coaster, Steel Force was once known for being the tallest and longest roller coaster on the east coast featuring 5,600 ft of the track!!

To put this into perspective, Hydra is 2,000 ft shorter.

This fan-favorite coaster begins with a slow climb up until you slowly peek over the edge of the first drop.

From there, your adrenaline begins pumping at an all-time high as you fly down the hill, into a tunnel.

In the tunnel, different sounds such as screams and the speed of the ride are extremely amplified, before quickly shooting back out on the other side!

This is also where your picture in the ride is taken, so put your brave face on!

This ride will reach a top speed of 75 miles per hour.


3 minutes.

Fun Facts

Steel Force is the 10th longest roller coaster in the world.

This ride is over a mile long.

2. Possessed

This is an extremely unique ride as it is an inverted impulse roller coaster

This means that, unlike the regular coasters that typically perform a full loop, this one will be more of a 'U' shape.

You'll be alternating in going forward and backwards, at high speeds within seconds.

In this coaster, it also begins fast. The ride operator will do a countdown from 3 seconds and then you will be shot straight ahead.

Then you will quickly reach the top and you'll immediately turn at 180 degrees.

Take a wild guess what happens after that?

That's right, it's time to go backwards.

This ride will reach a top speed of 70 miles per hour.


1 minute.

Fun Facts

This ride was originally named Voodoo.

The name 'Possessed' actually comes from the bizarre sound that it makes in the initial take off to match the theme of the ride.

3. Hydra the Revenge

The only steel floor-less roller coaster in Pennsylvania is... Hydra!

In most coasters, the climb to the first hill is usually slow.. Not here.

This coaster actually begins with an inversion right off the bat and then rapidly moves up the first 95 foot hill.

Then, you'll have a brief pause to take a look at the track around you, and then it's game on.

Hold on tight!

There are 7 inversions in this ride and you'll reach a top speed of 53 miles per hour. 


2 minutes 35 seconds.

Fun Facts

The name of the actual coaster is derived from Greek mythology in the battle where Hercules fought the Hydra.

Up to 4 riders can sit in a row.

This ride took $13,000,000 to build!

4. Talon Grip of the Fear

As another inverted roller coaster on the list, Talon is the uniquely colored blue and orange coaster in the park.

This ride has a slow build up to the first drop, but the unique part is in the first drop you'll do a small twist to your right prior to heading straight down.

After that, you'll go through the first loop (if you haven't done a loop on an inverted coaster, you're missing out), right into a zero-gravity roll.

This ride reaches a top speed of 58 miles per hour.


2 minutes.

Fun Facts

This ride cost $13,000,000 to make and was built in 2001.

It also features 4 inversions.

5. Thunderhawk

Now, what would a top rides list be without a wooden coaster? (Not a good one)

Thunderhawk is just an all-timer. A classic coaster built in 1924! You read that correctly.

Luckily there have been some major renovations over the years to keep it in excellent condition, so much so that it's still in operation today.

This ride begins with a decent sized hill, before picking up speed and navigating through sharp turns.

The best part about wooden coasters is that everything is amplified exponentially, the sounds, speeds, and the excited yells.

This ride is a great example of early American wooden Roller Coasters.

thunderhawk dorney park


1 minute 18 seconds.

Fun Facts

After it opened, it was just known as 'The Coaster'.

It is one of the oldest coasters in operation not just the Cedar Fair chains, but in the world.

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