Website: Dorney Park Homepage
Ride Type: Inverted Steel Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.4875
TPC Overall Rank: #45 out of 2933 rides.
Reviews: 90
Last Review: 8/17/2008 6:30:00 PM
In User Top 10: 80 times.
User Tracker Count: 191 times.

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5 Rating
+4 Rating Rate Down Rate Up PhantomNik on 10/4/2006 4:06:00 PM
There are different types of coasters that appeal to different folks. For whatever reason, I have always been a huge fan of any type of inverted coaster. I just love that feet dangling, hanging from the track sensation. I even enjoy the infamous SLCs offered by Vekoma, and I don’t find them to be as rough as others do. However, as a fan of inverts, I know as well as anyone that if you want to experience a world-class inverted coaster, only one manufacturer comes to mind – B&M. Inverts from those two are just in another, much higher, class. Dorney Park in Allentown is home to one of the finer inverted coaster installations by B&M – Talon. Perfectly perched at the front of the park, this beautiful deep blue and bright orange coaster sits quietly, watching over the park entrance, almost as if it is looking over the entering guests to decide who to take on its wildly thrilling ride!

Talon, like all of the coasters at Dorney, boasts a very quick and efficient crew which leads to shorter lines that move rather quickly. Every time I have traveled to Dorney, I have had no problem racking up a large number of rides on their coasters, including Talon. The coaster itself looks marvelous, as the color scheme works great. While in line, you also get some nice views of the layout, as the coaster passes by the queue several times. My recommendation on this is to go for either the front row or the very back row. Stellar rides can be found there, although honestly any seat on this puppy is a winner! Once you board, it’s just a quick check of restraints and you’re on your way! The lift is oddly quiet on Talon, thanks to sand-filled supports to appease the locals. In fact, Talon is one B&M that’s missing that customary roar that many of their other coasters have. Once the train leaves the lift, the real fun begins!

Soaring like a bird, the train takes the initial curving drop, almost a standard on B&M inverts. The drop is great and forceful, and Talon follows that fine maneuver up by then taking riders through a nice vertical loop, a wonderful zero-g roll (probably my favorite inversion on an invert), and an equally impressive Immelmann. Right before the Immelmann, you dive down underground into a trench, which is a really awesome effect! The pacing on Talon is one of it’s best assets, as the ride never really lets up throughout its course. After a fast helix-like elevated turn, you then hit a wonderfully designed drop, that actually delivers a pop of airtime! I was stunned the first time I rode, as I had never experienced airtime on an invert before! Simply awesome!! Next up is the fourth and final inversion, a low to the ground corkscrew. This is great, and in fact the whole second half of the ride after the airtime drop, to me, is stellar, with its many ground-hugging elements. Following the corkscrew, the train (while keeping up a nice amount of speed) flies through a helix a few mere feet above the ground. One more quick airtime dip and you hit the brakes. Wow! That’s what comes to my mind every time I hit the brakes. Talon is non-stop fun and action from beginning to end!

I decided to give Talon a full ten for many reasons. For one, Talon’s layout is unique and packed full of many exciting elements. Also, the pacing is truly outstanding, and I admire how this coaster just doesn’t let up until the brakes. The inversion assortment is excellent, and each of the inversions is forceful. Throw in some airtime, the fact that it is as smooth as glass, that slick first drop, and the low to ground frolicking finale, and you’ve got yourself a true upper tier inverted coaster on your hands! And most importantly, I’ve been to Dorney 3 years in a row, and will likely make it 4 in 2007, and although I’ve ridden Talon dozens upon dozens of times, it simply does NOT grow tired or boring with me, and that says something to me about this coaster – it has that sometimes elusive staying power. I feel Talon is a world-class coaster at a really

5 Rating
-1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Mr.C on 9/24/2006 10:23:00 PM
This ride got a little too close to the ground. GOOD coaster!

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up sowinski on 9/10/2006 7:25:00 PM
I was at the park on a slow day, so I got 7 rides on this coaster. This is a very fun ride. The best seat is the front. I would only rate it an 8.5 in the other seats. The colour scheme is visually interesting and the ride is just as colourful. Good elements, good speed, and comfortable restraints. An exellent addition for this park.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up darobbert on 8/29/2006 4:30:00 PM - User's Top Ride #2
one of the best rides ive ever been on
also my first coaster last year on a band trip
this ride has everything and all you need to have a really great time
dont go to dorney without going on this ride

4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up primogen18 on 7/6/2006 1:15:00 PM - User's Top Ride #9
Very smooth and alot of fun. The end helixes were intense and very low to the grould. A little on the short side but that could also add to the nice pacing (no mid-course brakes)

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up talonboy02 on 6/18/2006 12:45:00 AM
I think everyone else summed it up well - an excellent invert. Like all inverted coasters, I highly recommend waiting the extra 25 mins (or so) max for the front - its well worth it - esp. on this one!

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up TanDragon on 5/30/2006 6:39:00 PM - User's Top Ride #7
Appearance: 9/10
I really liked the colors on Talon. The orange track and blue supports really stood out there are just flat out cool looking. The trains themselves are colored good as well. Also the ride was very quiet! the only thing that keeps its appearance level from being a 10/10 is the lack of theme. If they added some more theming to it it would have a "perfect" look.
Comfort: 10/10
Its a b & m. That is pretty much enough said right there but Ill go on a bit more. The seats were of course comfortable and the ride in itself was very smooth. Definitely a 10/10 for comfort on this one.
Originality: 10/10
Very original and a good variety of elements. Thankfully B & M didnt put in their overused Cobra Roll. A very original Ride.
Ride Excitement and Intensity: 8 /10
Ill start with flaws. Well i should say flaw, After the immelman, the ride looses pace a bit, and gives u too much time to catch your breath, therefore, lowering the rides quality. Now for Positives. The loop was great and the Zero G Roll and Immelman were also fantastic. Also going along on the coaster as close to the ground as it gets, is very exciting.
Re-Ride Factor: 9/10
This is the best ride Dorney has to offer and i could definently ride this many times in a row. But it would probably get boring after riding it about 8 or 9 times in a row and that is why its re-ride factor isnt a 10/10.
Overall 9/10

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up darkridrMD on 5/20/2006 10:58:00 PM - User's Top Ride #8
First time at Dorney today. First ride was this nice invert which we did 2x in a row. Not super long, but verrrry smooth with a great twist near the beginning. Also not a bad first drop. It just enforced my feeling that B&M makes the best coasters on the planet.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up $HeRsHeY$ on 1/26/2006 8:38:00 PM
This is my favorite and first inverted roller coaster probly why i love it so much I really like the drop and the first loop they are HUGE! and the rest of the ride keeps it comin and u also get really close to the ground so it makes it seem like your going so much faster one of the best!

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up x307 on 12/27/2005 4:32:00 PM
While its short and lacks some intensity, its a very quick, fast-paced inverted that has some good laterals thrown in. The first two elements were excellent, and while the following helix is taken a bit slow, the dive by the station is a wicked touch, and the flatspin around the corner is also nicely done. Best coaster at Dorney.

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