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Thunderhawk

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom

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Designed by Herbert Paul Schmeck and built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company (Serial #41), Dorney Park's Thunderhawk is one of the oldest continually operating roller coasters. In 1930 the original "out and back" designed was reconfigured with two crossovers to form the unusual figure-8 layout. Unfortunately, the park modified Thunderhawk's trains adding dreadful, overly cautionary headrests that destroy the "classic" status this roller coaster once claimed.

Roller Coaster Details

Year Track Type Designer
1924 Wood Out and Back Herbert Schmeck, PTC

Roller Coaster Stats

  • Drop: 65 feet
  • Height: 80 feet
  • Length: 2,767 feet
  • Trains: 2 - 24 passenger
  • Ride Time: 1 minute, 18 seconds
  • Top Speed: 45 mph
  • Train Mfg: Philadelphia Toboggan Co.

Thunderhawk Facts

1930 – Original "out and back" design was reconfigured.

1989 – Coaster name retired and ride is renamed Thunderhawk.

Opening date: May 18, 1924

Train has four cars with three rows each, seating two abreast per row.

Height requirement: Riders must be at least 48 inches tall

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