Tell Us: Would You Ride Dorney Park's Stinger?

Would you feel safe on Dorney Park's Stinger roller coaster knowing riders have now gotten stuck on it twice?

Riders were stuck 138 feet off the ground for 90 minutes Wednesday on 's new  coaster.

A rescue was averted when the park got the coaster moving again.

The Stinger, an inverted coaster that flips riders six times, is new to Dorney Park this season.

Dorney got the ride from Great America Park in California, where 24 riders got stuck on the ride (then known as Invertigo) for hours in 2009 because of a mechanical failure, according to a published report. No one was injured.

Would you feel safe riding the Stinger? Vote in our poll and tell us in the comment section below.

No one was injured in Wednesday's incident at Dorney, but medical personnel were called to evaluate the riders as a precaution.

The coaster got stuck "on the lift tail"  (as riders were being lifted up the track, about 138 feet high), not during any flips or turns, said Dorney spokeswoman Carrie Basta. 

She said everyone was able to get off the coaster when the park got it moving again and the ride was returned to the station. 

The cause of the malfunction is being investigated. But Basta said what happened was "not even in the same ballpark" as what had happened at Great America park.

"These coasters are machines," she said, "and just like your car, an unexpected thing is going to happen once in awhile."

On the Stinger, riders sit face-to-face as they go along 1,014 feet of overhead track, forward and backward, at speeds up to 55 mph.

When the new ride was first announced for Dorney, park officials said it had undergone an overhaul, including ungraded control systems and newly installed mechanical and drive systems.

Ben Miller June 12, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Imagine if you had been up there for 5 hours... in 98 degree heat. The last set of people stuck up there were. The problem is not this specific malfunction and yes, it was a malfunction. The problem is that this ride has been trapping people since it was first installed in 1998, due to a design flaw. Vekoma threw away millions of dollars in contracts when they stopped making these and moved on to a new design.
Ben Miller June 12, 2012 at 10:22 PM
DG7144, I'm starting to think you work for Dorney and were not a rider. How else can you explain the fact that you keep defending the ride and the park that built it, after it was shut down two years in a row at its previous home for safety violations? How can you defend the park who's last two "NEW" roller coasters were actually rides that experienced serious malfunctions at their past park and moved to Dorney because of the bad press? Most people don't know about the crash that destroyed most of the cars and mechanics of what is now Possessed, back when it was called Steel Venom at Geauga Lake. It happened during a morning warm-up run, thank God, and nobody was killed. As the cars shot out of the station, one of the LIMs (magnetic motors that push the cars) moved out of alignment and when they came back down, they hit it at 70 mph caused a horrific crash. I've seen pictures of the aftermath and the ride was a tangled mess. Rather then get rid of a roller coaster that crashed, they repainted it and moved it to Dorney Park, just like they did with Stinger. Stinger has been opened a month and gotten stuck four times, exactly what happened in California at its last home, ever since it was first installed in 1998. That's why it was closed most of 2008 and 2009. Obviously there is a problem with it, but too much money has been spent to paint, move and promote it, so they will keep it open.
Jeffrey Cheitowskyj October 16, 2012 at 10:51 PM
So i went this past sunday, and got stuck on it for about 20 minutes... I will not ride this again...
sophizahradnik June 19, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Maybe, I have gone on the Stinger on Sat. just right before this happened. It is a thrilling, scary, and huge ride. Probably the scariest one of them all with me going on all the coasters and being a daredevil. Maybe I would go on it if a friend ask. So I probably will again. Also Steel Force seems to be getting stuck a lot at it's dangerous high peek. When I was there at Dorney with my friend she has seasons passes, and she said "That is not the first time Steel Force got stuck,"but when Steel Force got stuck at the top and passengers had to walk down the small stars at the very type I was to nervous and scared of my life ending then and there so I didn't go on, but my friend did and she was perfectly fine. Weirdest thing is I wanted to go on it so badly, but then it got stuck. Also there are videos on youtube that show Steel Force getting stuck at its tallest peek with different dates and different youtube channels I believe. So I don't know, but I would probably go on the Stinger again. If they have a few test runs, and know it won't happen again.
sophizahradnik June 19, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Top not type sorry for that.


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