Thunderhawk (Dorney Park)

Roller coaster in the United States
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Dorney Park
Location Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Status Operating since March 30, 1924
Rider height 48 inch minimum
Builder Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc.
Designer / calculations Herbert Paul Schmeck
Type Wooden
Riders per train 24
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 80 feet
Drop 65 feet
Top speed 45 mph
Length 2767 feet
Inversions 0
Duration 1:18

Thunderhawk is a wooden roller coaster located at Dorney Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA. It was constructed by Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc.[1]


A formal opening was held on May 4, 1924 though the roller coaster had operated on five previous Sundays.[2] For the 1930 season, the layout was changed after the first drop.[3] The Coaster was renamed Thunderhawk for the 1989 season following a renovation by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, who also built the trains for Dorney Park's new wooden roller coaster Hercules.[1]

The ride was refurbished with new trains in 2016.[4]

In 2021, a plaque was presented to the park designating Thunderhawk a Roller Coaster Landmark by the American Coaster Enthusiasts.[5]



2 trains with 4 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows, for a total of 24 riders per train.



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