PENNSYLVANIA - AMUSEMENT PARK CENTRAL
Parks Add Excitement, Nostalgia and
Family-Fun to any Pennsylvania Summer Vacation
HARRISBURG, PA (2000) — Pennsylvania is home to some of the
oldest and most exciting amusement parks in the country. Each park
possesses its own unique signature from fast-paced and thrilling
adventure to laid-back family fun where time stands still. The
2000 season is no exception with new attractions that are sure to
satisfy the eternal search for summer fun by the young, the old,
the wild and the mild.
Hersheypark has struck lightning by adding
another roller coaster to its inventory. The Lightning Racer, a
double track wooden coaster, is the first racing/dueling coaster
in the country. During the ride, both tracks run parallel until
the tracks curve to face each other, creating a duel. Just as
riders come face-to-face with the opposing train, the tracks
split, in a near-miss.
When the park opens its 94th season on May
13th, Hersheypark will also feature good, clean, fun boasting more
than 55 rides in a beautiful 110-acre setting. With eight roller
coasters, the most of any amusement park in the Commonwealth, six
drenching water rides, more than 20 delightful kiddie rides,
restaurants, snack shops, games, and gift shops, guests are in for
a sweet surprise. In addition, Hersheypark's ZooAmerica, North
American Wildlife Park, is included with admission to the park.
This pristine 11-acre zoo is home to more than 200 animals native
to North America. For more information on Hersheypark call
1-800-HERSHEY or visit their web site at www.hersheypa.com.
Get ready for an incredibly cool summer in
Allentown, when the world's favorite beagle marches into Camp
Snoopy at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom. The introduction of
Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy and the rest of the PEANUTSTM team
highlights a vast array of park improvements.
Camp Snoopy is Dorney Park and Wildwater
Kingdom's new themed play area designed especially for children.
Beyond Camp Snoopy, guests can rediscover traditional family
thrills aboard a modern version of the classic Wild Mouse.
Colorful four-person cars whisk riders down dizzying drops and
around zigzagging, 180-degree turns on this unpredictable ride. A
200-acre amusement and waterpark, Dorney Park & Wildwater
Kingdom is one of the most diverse amusement and entertainment
experiences in the northeast. For more information call (800)
At Kennywood Park in Pittsburgh, guests may
experience some dizziness on the new AERO 360. Sitting in seat
units four across — with legs dangling in the air and strapped
in only by a shoulder harness — riders will begin swinging back
and forth, going higher and higher with each pendulum motion. As
momentum builds, riders will finally swing over the top upside
down several times, experiencing the feeling of zero gravity.
Kennywood also offers a wide range of roller
coasters. Coaster fanatics can challenge the state-of-the-art
Steel Phantom's in its final season or enjoy three classic wooden
roller coasters and a one-of-a-kind indoor coaster. Much like its
coaster line-up, the park is also filled with an array of thrill
rides, classic rides, and games. Add to the mix great food,
entertainment and quiet picnic areas and its easy to see why
Kennywood has been designated a National Historic Landmark. For
more information call (412) 461-0500 or go online at www.kennywood.com
Idlewild Park, located just 45 minutes east
of Pittsburgh in the picturesque Laurel Highlands, continues to
grow both in attractions and in appeal. For the new summer season,
families can cool off in the H2Ohhh Zone at the new Dr. Hydro's
Soak Zone. The new Soak Zone features six wet and wild
Often called America's most beautiful theme
park, this park remains focused on providing the finest in family
fun and entertainment while retaining its rustic charm. This
family park currently ranks as the oldest continuously operating
amusement park in the state and as the third oldest park in the
country. For more information on Idlewild Park call (724)
SandCastle waterpark, located along the
Monongahela River just minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, provides
guests with a resort like getaway. Patrons can arrive by boat or
car, then choose between excitement and relaxation. Waterslides, a
wave pool, hot tubs and a lazy river are just a few ways for
guests to enjoy their day. For more information call (412)
462-6666 or visit online at www.sandcastlewaterpark.com.
Sesame Place, located just 30 minutes from
Philadelphia, is the nation's only theme park based on Sesame
Street. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the park is an
innovative play experience for families with children between the
ages of 2 and 13. Blending the character and spirit of Sesame
Street, Sesame Place offers interactive thrills with 15
exhilarating water attractions, more than 50 stimulating play
activities and a roller coaster known as Vapor Trail.
Family Fun at Sesame Place and the Radisson Philadelphia NE
High-spirited participatory live
entertainment shows include the exciting "Big Bird &
Company" musical revues and the ever popular "Rock
around the Block" parade, starring the lovable Sesame Street
friends. For more information call (215) 752-7070 or visit their
web site at www.sesameplace.com.
Located south of Altoona, Lakemont Park and
The Island Waterpark is home of more than 30 rides and
attractions. The park's signature ride, Leap the Dips, is the
world's oldest standing roller coaster. Built in 1902 the ride has
been designated a National Historic Landmark. After a complete
restoration, the historic wooden coaster was reopened in May of
last year. The park also features great family rides and go-kart
tracks for all ages and games.
Lakemont Park is conveniently located at the
Frankstown Road Exit of Interstate 99 in Altoona. Call (800)
434-8006 for a free brochure and calendar of events.
Knoebels Amusement Resort, located in
Elysburg, is the state's largest free admission amusement park.
This summer, Knoebels introduces Power Surge, a new spinning
swing. Twenty-four passengers sit at the end of swings, which
rotate horizontally while raising to a vertical height of 50 feet.
The main arms spin 360 degrees while the seats rotate
independently for a free flying sensation.
In addition to Power Surge, Knoebels offers
46 rides, 13 gift shops, more than a dozen food stands and
eateries, mini-golf, an arcade and 15 games. Families can make a
weekend trip with a 500-site campground adjacent to the park. For
more information call (800) ITS-4FUN or visit online at www.knoebels.com.
Waldameer Park & Water World located in
Erie will open in May for its 104th season with a new children's
steel roller coaster that the entire family can enjoy. The
"Showtime Theater" will feature three new exciting shows
including dancing, singing and audience participation.
Waldameer also features 26 rides, great food,
gift shops and games. The waterpark offers 16 slides and an
endless river. For more information on Waldameer Park & Water
World call the park at (814) 838-3591 or log on to their web site
At Bland's Park, just north of Altoona in
Tipton, guests can ride the rapids on the "TIPTON
RAPIDS" which offers a variety of wet thrills thanks to two
massive towers with five waterslides.
The "Green Tower", the tallest of
the two towers, rises more than six stories and includes Twin
Twisters a head-first ride down a pair of 350-foot chutes on a
patented "Surf Sled" that allows riders to ride the
walls of the chutes.
The "Red Tower" features three
distinct designs. Gravity Groove will give riders a weightless
sensation during a roller coaster-like ride. Great White, one of
the state's widest waterslides, propels riders down 12-foot wide
tubes with more than 3,000 gallons of water per minute. The fully
enclosed tubes of the Midnight Express will keep riders in total
darkness until they hit the landing pool. For more information
call (814) 949-7275 or visit their web site at www.blandspark.com.
Dutch Wonderland, located four miles east of
Lancaster, will bring in its 37th season with the new VR Voyager
simulator ride. This new futuristic ride is intended to take
passengers of all ages on a simulated journey into both future and
civilizations of the past. In addition to the 28 exciting rides,
Dutch Wonderland offers a miniature indoor circus, a live animal
farm in the middle of the park, and regularly scheduled weekend
shows that feature special entertainment, which include:
magicians, animals and impersonators — just to name a few. For
more information call (717) 291-1888 or visit their web site at www.dutchwonderland.com.
Call 1-800-VISIT-PA for a free copy of the
2000 Pennsylvania Visitors Guide, highway map and the current
Events Guide. In addition, Pennsylvania's redesigned travel and
tourism web site (www.experiencepa.com)
provides web surfers with detailed information on attractions
throughout the state.
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