Go during the week and as early in the morning as possible of just go late in the day. The only time that the crowd thins out is in the late afternoon when the buses leave. Have fun!
do you know approximately when the buses start leaving, and also because we have platinum passes, how early in the day can we start?
Check out the Season/Platinum Pass Benefits page on the Dorney website:
On weekends, you can start riding one of the roller coasters at 9:30...not much earlier than the regular opening time for the park. We used to have season passes and I always told people that our favorite time to go on weekends was first thing Sunday morning. Especially on hot days, we would get there when the water park opened and by the time it started filling up and getting huge lines (around 12:30 or 1ish), we'd gone on most of the slides without any wait.
Cheaper ticket prices start after 5. Between 5 and 7 (every night except Fridays and Saturdays), the park does get less busy, but there will still be lines for rides.
My other advice to people is to try to hit each park at its off-peak times. If it's a hot day and you can tolerate the heat, stick to Dorney because Wildwater will be mobbed. There are a few water rides inside Dorney (White Water Landing, a smaller log flume, and Thunder Canyon) that you can hit to get some relief during the day. On the other hand, if it's cloudy and a little cooler and you don't mind it, go to the water park because it will be less busy.
Have a great trip! Your itinerary is a dream...when we had passes to the Cedar Fair parks, I always wanted to take a trip to the different parks that weren't in my backyard.
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