House - 1975
We bought the Glass House from Bertazzon
in Italy. It was prefab; we put it all together. Glass Houses
are good but I think they wear out their value. One year we
renamed it “Palacio de Cristal" or something like that. That’s
poor Italian. It was pretty good, but as time went on, it went
down in revenue and appeal to the public.
One time I was talking to Johnny
Allen of the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, and he was saying
that way back there was a glass walkthrough but above the Merry
Go Round building. That must have been back in the 1920s.
Gold Mine - 1969
Underneath the arcade building we had
a stock room for many years. It was used for refrigerator and
freezer and dry storage. It was dispersal place, particularly
for our foodstuff, hot dogs, soda and so forth. Of course, the
park was a lot smaller in those days. When we moved that to
another building with enlarged storage room facilities, this
stock room lay idle for a couple years. Then I got to talking
to Bill Tracy about what we could put down there. And he came
up with this thought of a walkthrough gold mine. All the gadgets
and scenes in there were humorous. I told Bill, “Let’s not scare
people, let’s make them laugh”, and everything in there was
based on humor.
We put up the walkthrough, then
we put armatures in there and we got the same outfit that did
the Iceberg and they came in and they sprayed everything to
make it look like a cave. Bill did a heck of a job and it utilized
a space that we probably couldn't have used for anything else.
For many years it was a good operation. But they no longer use
it for whatever reason.
attraction was far removed from its past life as a basement storage
facility. Not a shelf in sight, as the Gold Mine was a twisting,
turning walk through underground caverns where bumbling miners
tried to extract gold. As mentioned by Mr. Ott, the scenes were
humorous, especially one where a toilet gets the best of one of
the miners - another stock stunt customized by Tracy. There was
the obligatory teetering stack of TNT boxes. And what Tracy ride
would be complete without some consumption of alcoholic beverages?
In this case, the miners were celebrating with some moonshine.
Alfundo was the big clown that was
the trademark for Dorney Park for a long time. I asked Bill
Tracy to come up with something for the entrance to the park.
The entrance was on Dorney Park Road in those days - you’d face
right into the coaster and scooter building. So Bill came up
with a clown head, made of Fiberglas, on top of that building.
First, Bill did a model, which I approved. Then he proceeded
to build this huge clown head with outstretched arms that simulated
juggling with five lighted balls, three-feet in diameter, made
of translucent Fiberglas. You can image how big that clown was
with his arms outstretched and the flashing lights going from
one to another. That was the trademark for Dorney Park for many
years, and we named him Alfundo. Johnny Allen (of PTC) used
to say that sounded like a dirty Italian word! But it was a
worthwhile investment and, once again, Bill Tracy did a hell
of a job on it.
We used to have an Alfundo costumed
character running around the park. He had a little gas-powered
car called “Alfundo’s Car.” We had a novelty stand called “Alfundo’s
House.” We used to put billboards up with Alfundo on them. But
when kids saw them they didn’t say “Alfundo,” they said “Dorney
Park.” That’s what it was all about! The name Alfundo was derived
from three words: AL for Allentown, FUN for fun, and DO for