Photo Caption: Mike Fehnel, Vice President & General Manager of Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, joined Pennsylvania State Representative Ryan Mackenzie in Harrisburg on Wednesday, June 8th as House Resolution No. 877 was introduced to designate June 10th as “Amusement Park Day” in the Commonwealth.


DORNEY PARK, Allentown, PA (June 9, 2016) –Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom General Manager Mike Fehnel joined Representative Ryan Mackenzie, members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and fellow amusement parks in Harrisburg yesterday for the introduction of House Resolution No. 877, which recognizes amusement parks throughout the Commonwealth and designates Friday, June 10th as “Amusement Park Day”.

Through this resolution, introduced by Representative John D. Payne (R) of Dauphin County, the House of Representatives honors amusement and family-themed parks in Pennsylvania and urges encourages residents to take the opportunity to visit the many amusement parks in the Commonwealth.  According to Representative Payne, “tourism should be celebrated as it injects nearly $40 billion annually into our economy and supports 304,000 Pennsylvania jobs”, adding specifically that “it is important to celebrate our amusement and water parks specifically for the role they play in bringing families to the Keystone State.”

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, the center of summer fun and family entertainment in the Lehigh Valley, is in the midst of its 133rd operating season.  As listed in the House Resolution as a park “worthy of recognition” and described as a park rich in history, Dorney Park proudly operates the eighth oldest roller coaster in the United States, the tenth oldest roller coaster in the world – Thunderhawk, which remains a classic, old-fashioned American wooden roller coaster with thrilling out-of-seat airtime pops and a favorite among guests.  According to Fehnel, “Dorney Park is a staple in the Lehigh Valley economy, employing over 2,000 associates a season that strive to provide the “best day” experience to all its guests.”  Recognizing its role in the economy, “Dorney Park also strives to be a responsible corporate citizen through its partnerships with organizations such as the South Whitehall Township Police Department, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Give Kids the World Passport Program, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Arthritis Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Pediatric Cancer Foundation, and its partnerships with schools, youth programs and many other charitable organizations in our area”, added Fehnel.

Tourists can join the fun by purchasing or renewing 2016 Season Passes online or at the park for as low as four easy payments of $31.50.  In addition to enjoying unlimited visits to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, free season-long parking, exclusive passholder events, Bring-A-Friend-Days, and in-park discounts on food and merchandise, passholders can experience numerous other benefits which can be found at  Regular one-day admission tickets can be purchased for $57.00 for adults and $38.00 for seniors and children.  Platinum season passes, which provide you entrance to all Cedar Fair Parks, are also available for four easy payments of $52.00.

Payne emphasized that part of celebrating Amusement Park Day in Pennsylvania includes giving well-deserved recognition to park employees.  “If it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t be talking about how important this industry is.  They are on the front lines every day with our guests, interacting with them and ensuring they have the best trip possible to our parks and Pennsylvania in general.  They work very hard to keep our parks safe, clean, enjoyable and reputable,” said Payne.  Other locations that were mentioned in this resolution include Camelback Lodge and Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark, Conneaut Lake Park, DelGrosso’s Amusement Park, Dutch Wonderland, Great Wolf Lodge, Hersheypark, Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, Kennywood, Knoebles Amusement Resort, Lakemont Park and The Island Waterpark, Sesame Place, Split Rock Resort Indoor Waterpark, and Waldameer Park and Water World. 

About Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.”  In addition to Dorney Park, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, three water parks, one indoor water park, and five hotels.  Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in California under a management contract. Visit or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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Caitlin Stibitz
Public Relations & Communications Manager
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom