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April 26, 2007

Dorney Park Gets Zoning Change For Roller Coaster

Allentown, PA -- With plans to build a new roller coaster for 2008, park officials at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom got the approval of the South Whitehall township for a minor zoning change last week.

The amusement park said it hopes to construct a 184-foot tall roller coaster, but a minor adjustment to the zoning in the area where intend to build it was necessary. While the township granted the approval, Dorney Park still has to receive approval of the township planning board before they can proceed.

Officials at Dorney Park told the township that the roller coaster they plan to build uses linear induction motors also known as LIMs to propel the ride.

While the park hasn't revealed any details, Dorney Parks' parent company Cedar Fair removed a roller coaster matching that description this winter from Geauga Lake in Aurora, Ohio. The zoning change request and previously announced removal has fueled speculation that Cedar Fair may be planning to relocate the "Steel Venom" roller coaster to Dorney Park.

When Cedar Fair announced the removal of the "Steel Venom" roller coaster, they said it would eventually be moved to another one of their parks.

Steel Venom is not the only roller coaster to be taken out of Geauga Lake this year. The X-Flight roller coaster was also removed and relocated to Kings Island theme park in Cincinnati. Kings Island is planning to debut the"flying" roller coaster in May with an new paint job and a new name, Firehawk.

Dorney Park typically announces their capital improvements in the fall. The park presently has six roller coasters, the last to be added was Hydra The Revenge in 2005.

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