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Website: Dorney Park Homepage
Ride Type: Wooden Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 3.5370
TPC Overall Rank: #288 out of 2933 rides.
Reviews: 61
Last Review: 12/19/2012 5:28:00 PM
In User Top 10: 13 times.
User Tracker Count: 205 times.

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3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up sowinski on 9/10/2006 8:31:00 PM
The rides that I had on this coaster were pretty good. The track is long and not terribly rough by woody standards. Nothing spectacular, but a good all around fun, family type ride.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up darobbert on 8/29/2006 4:43:00 PM - User's Top Ride #6
contrary to the rest of the reviews
i found this was a must-ride woodie
i loved this coaster more than even cyclone at SFNE or Tunderbolt at SFNE
it was really intense at the otne drop and just a real solid coaster and a great addition to the already great dorney park

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Penguin 35 on 8/9/2006 4:01:00 PM - User's Top Ride #8
I believe Thunderhawk was a great ride.It was a little rough, but still, it didnt ruin the ride in my opinion.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Scottywood on 6/14/2006 3:58:00 AM
Not terrible, and I guess after riding Boulder Dash at my home park so much I have become a bit spoiled. With that being said I liked the run through the trench before the lift hill and the first drop wasnt bad, but the rest of the ride seemed pretty tame, but the head chopping illusion was pretty good when it went through itself. But at the end was what really makes this coaster bad, and could have lowered my rating more was the almost sudden stop on the brakes which jolted the entire train. If Dorney could tone them down a bit it could of made the rider better, probally why they have the head rests to prevent bad whiplash. Still a ride Id do if I ever returned to Dorney, but probally only once.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up darkridrMD on 5/20/2006 11:03:00 PM
I know I should give more love to an old woodie like this, but I just cant. It just dont do anything remarkably well and is hideously rough, in my opinion. I only rode it once, in the back, so maybe there are better seats to choose from. However, I probably wont ride it again to even give it a second chance.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up rcnk on 10/25/2005 7:11:00 PM
This is a good, old classic wooden roller coaster. It is pretty smooth and you get some great airtime on top of the hills.Even though the drop isnt that bug, and the duration is pretty short, its a classic and is always on my list.

3 Rating
+3 Rating Rate Down Rate Up PeterD on 8/27/2005 6:08:00 PM
Thunderhawk is simply an above-average wooden coaster. What really caught me by surprise about this coaster was the amount of airtime it gives on the first drop. It looks so small and puny from the side, but when you are on board, that drop is very nerve-racking. It felt much steeper and more intense than I perceived it to be, so watch out! After being blown away by the first drop, the next part of the ride just puzzles me. There is a really small hill with one of the gentlest slopes around. It could have been a really great location for a spurt of airtime, but it was only decent at best and should have been utilized in a better fashion. Then the twister section of the ride begins. It’s a large turnaround with some dips along the way. This gets pretty wild and sends you flying into the side of the train. After this big circle, you go back towards the station. What could have been two more hills with some fun airtime were decimated once again. This time it wasn’t by the lack of height or steepness, but because of trim brakes. They murder two hills before the final brake run and arrival back in the station. Why even have those hills if you’re going to put the trims? Even though I feel the three potential airtime-hills could have been laid out better, you should definitely catch this ride if you love wooden coasters or just want to enjoy a thrilling ride. I also saw some families having a great time on it. For some nice views of Thunderhawk in action or just to stay in the shade by a classic, you can even walk right under the big turnaround and rest on a bench. Once you’re ready though, give this Schmeck classic a try.

3 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Canobie Coaster on 8/23/2005 10:37:00 AM
Well, I was left with mixed feelings after riding Thunderhawk. For a ride of its age, it looks great and rides pretty well too, but Dorney has ruined it a bit as well and Ill get to that. It was a walk-on all day when I was at Dorney and even still, loading was still a tad slow. They did run two trains though. Well, the ride is certainly small when compared to Dorneys steel giants, but the first half was pretty good and the bunny hills and the turnaround provided some good air time. However, the second half was horrendous thanks to a killer trim after the turnaround. The train barely made it back to the station!

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up fergusonat on 7/14/2005 3:25:00 PM
I am a big fan of classic wooden coasters, but I found this coaster to be far too rough and lacking in airtime. The last series of hills were heavily trimmed and pulling out of the banked drops violently slammed me into the side of the train. Maybe I shouldnt have ridden in the very back, but I wasnt about to risk the bones in my back again to try it in a different seat. I came away utterly battered and with a new least-favorite woodie

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up *FreeBird* on 6/19/2005 11:46:00 AM
This is a nice woodie, fun too. But what really detracts from it is its location. I just doesnt seem to fit its surrounding, standing next to Steel Force especially. I really wish theyd move it to a more secluded spot, where it belongs. It just doesnt fit being next to this huge futuristic hypercoaster! The ride itself is pretty good, could have less braking, but otherwise fun.

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