Back at the end of January, officials at California’s Great America announced that Invertigo would be leaving the park and would be moved to another Cedar Fair park in the future. After a month of speculation, it looks very likely that the rumor of the coaster making its way to Dorney Park are true, as News Plus Notes has pictures of the coasters track arriving at the park.
After an incident during the 2009 season, in which a malfunction of the chain lift left riders stranded for four hours, the ride was closed down for the second half of the season. This was not the only problem with the ride however, as the ride has experienced significant amounts of downtime in its day-to-day operation both before and since that particular incident, and has been a “maintenance nightmare” for the park. In fact, the parks Public Relations personnel are already putting a “positive spin” on the rides removal for these reasons.
Just this past week, it was reported that South Whitehall planners recommended the township approval of Dorney Park’s new coaster for 2012, a coaster which would be 138 feet tall, the same height Invertigo was long advertised as. At the town Planning Commission meeting, park representatives described the ride as an “inverted boomerang” coaster. The park has also put three of its kiddie rides up for sale on Ital International along with the Steel First kiddie coaster, which is said to be moving to Valleyfair. All of these rides are located in the same general area and clear up space for a future development.
The addition of Invertigo would put the coasters inverted coaster count at an astonishing three, joining the Intamin Impulse Possessed, and the B&M Inverted Talon. While Dorney Park has not yet made any official announcements to confirm or deny this move, most evidence seems to point to the coaster making its way to Allentown, PA.