The event at Dorney Park, a perk for those who had worked hard to raise funds for Give Kids The World Village, went off without a hitch. (Coasting For Kids took place on June 7 and 8 at nine other parks owned by Cedar Fair; the event had to be postponed at Cedar Point due to a water main break that forced closing of the park.) By 9:30 am the participants had been checked in and given their Coasting For Kids T-shirts. It was on to Possessed for a warmup before we took on Steel Force, one of the three coasters featured in this event. Lunch, catered by the park, was followed by the awards ceremony for top fundraisers. The group at Dorney managed to raise more funds than those at all but one other park, coming in second only to Kings Dominion.
The coasting agenda for the afternoon began with the awesome Talon, followed by Hydra. For each of the three coasters, one train was dedicated to the Coasting For Kids group. And none of this would have been possible without the professionalism of Buddy Rumble, Dorney Park’s ride efficiency manager, who is not only very good at his job but also a great guy. In fact the entire staff at Dorney was phenomenal. Kudos to Carrie Basta, Dorney’s communications manager, and Pamela Landwirth, president of Give Kids The World Village, who graced us with her presence. The event was an unqualified success.