Stinger (Dorney Park)

Roller coaster in the United States
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Stinger in 2012
Dorney Park
Location Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Status Defunct
Operated April 28, 2012 to 2017
Replaced Laser
Replaced by Iron Menace
California's Great America
Location Santa Clara, California, USA
Operated March 21, 1998 to October 31, 2010
Replaced by RailBlazer
Manufacturer Vekoma
Product Invertigo
Type Steel - Inverted - Shuttle - Semi-Backwards
Riders per train 28
Area 282.2 feet × 98.4 feet
Height 131.3 feet
Top speed 50 mph
Length 1013.8 feet
Inversions 3
Duration 1:30
G-Force 5

Stinger, formerly Invertigo, was a steel inverted shuttle roller coaster located at Dorney Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA. Prior to arriving at Dorney Park in 2012, it operated at California's Great America from 1998 to 2010. It was one of four Invertigo models from Vekoma and the first one to be scrapped.


Invertigo at California's Great America

The coaster first operated at California's Great America as Invertigo from March 21, 1998 to October 31, 2010. After its closure, it was refurbished and repainted in Allentown, Pennsylvania.[1] A new station was also installed.[2] It subsequently reopened at Dorney Park as Stinger on April 28, 2012 on the spot formerly occupied by Laser.

On December 15, 2017, Dorney Park announced that Stinger would not reopen for the 2018 season.[3] It was taken down during 2018 and subsequently scrapped.[4] The ride's trains are now being used on Invertigo at Kings Island.[5]


Stinger was an inverted shuttle coaster featuring special back-to-back seats. The train was pulled up a tower in reverse and released through a cobra roll element and a vertical loop. It then ascended another tower and dropped to run the course in reverse. The ride was painted royal blue and featured a scorpion theme at Dorney Park. It was one of only four Invertigo models built by Vekoma.


Single train with 7 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders.


On August 10, 2009 at California's Great America, the ride stopped on the lift hill, stranding a full train of riders for over three hours. Riders had to be evacuated by fire crews. No injuries were reported.[6]

On June 6, 2012, the train stalled again on the lift hill. Riders were stranded for 90 minutes before the train was lowered into the station.[7]

On May 3, 2014, the train rolled back into the station after failing to climb the lift hill. Two riders were injured and taken to the hospital.[8]


  1. Allentown's Just Brimming With Coaster Track - NewsPlusNotes
  2. "A Wintry Look At Dorney Park's Stinger". News Plus Notes. 2011-12-13. Retrieved 2023-05-17.
  3. Dorney Park to Remove Stinger Roller Coaster - NewsPlusNotes
  4. Exclusive Photos of the Deconstruction of Stinger at Dorney Park - NewsPlusNotes
  5. "What Makes Kings Island So Great? – Trip Report". The Coaster Kings.
  6. 24 riders rescued from California roller coaster - CNN
  7. Riders stuck on Dorney Park roller coaster for 90 minutes - 69 NEWS
  8. "Two injured on Dorney Park's Stinger coaster". WFMZ.

External Links

  • Stinger on the Roller Coaster DataBase.

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