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Re: Hersheypark (HP) Discussion Thread

Postby UrbanLegend » Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:57 pm

I had figured the strips were there since the track was painted in the first place. The paint in those places is going to get worn off anyway, so why bother painting it? Saves a few bucks.
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Postby coasterlover420 » Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:04 pm

Pretty sure all Intamin coasters have those strips
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Postby coasterferg » Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:43 pm

What does everybody think of the Fast Track punch card thingy? I can't say I'm too impressed. You only get to jump to the front of the line ONCE for the rides on the card. From a picture cited on Screamscape the cards have Stormrunner, Sidewinder, Wildcat, Wild Mouse, Lightning Racer, Comet, Great Bear, and TrailBlazer.

I'll probably buy when I go in June just becuause it will be a rare trip for me, but for something that costs about the same as a Six Flags Q-bot yet you can only ride each ride once, the punch card seems pretty crappy... :?r
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Postby gisco » Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:51 pm

coasterferg wrote:What does everybody think of the Fast Track punch card thingy? I can't say I'm too impressed. You only get to jump to the front of the line ONCE for the rides on the card. From a picture cited on Screamscape the cards have Stormrunner, Sidewinder, Wildcat, Wild Mouse, Lightning Racer, Comet, Great Bear, and TrailBlazer.

I'll probably buy when I go in June just becuause it will be a rare trip for me, but for something that costs about the same as a Six Flags Q-bot yet you can only ride each ride once, the punch card seems pretty crappy... :?r


I have never been to the park before so this would work out great for me. Having only one day to spend it would mean I get a chance to do everything at least once. For people who go to the park multiple times per year it is not such a great deal.

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Re: Hersheypark (HP) Discussion Thread

Postby larrygator » Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:03 am

I like the punch card option as it is a happy medium that appeases two groups.
Those who want to make a credit run through the park.
Those who get upset with people using a cut the line system to ride multiple times over an over.

I've purchased the Quick Queue at both Busch Gardens during Halloween Events just to assure I get rides on everything.

However, I wouldn't purchase if priced higher than $25, if higher priced I would expects less limitation on the number of uses.
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Re: Hersheypark (HP) Discussion Thread

Postby ahecht » Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:53 am

coasterfreak101 wrote:^^They already did a pull-through with a reach envelope, there isn't really a need for them to run trains through as well. When they did the Maverick pull-through, I know that they attached the reach envelope to a train with only two cars for the pull-through. But since they already sent the reach envelope around, there's no reason for them to do it all over again, so the next logical step is testing!


The pull through is also to check how the trains can articulate through all the curves in the track. I remember back when they were doing the Xcelerator pull through that a lot of attention was paid to the joints between the cars. On this ride, they might also want to check how close the outside seats get to each other while the train is articulating. Then again, on KK I don't remember them doing a pull through with real cars. We'll have to see, but that two-car train on the track looked awfully like what they might use for a pull through.
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Postby Magnum PA » Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:52 am

ahecht wrote: but that two-car train on the track looked awfully like what they might use for a pull through.


Or that the picture was taken before they put the rest of the cars on.
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Re: Hersheypark (HP) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:03 am

gisco wrote:
coasterferg wrote:What does everybody think of the Fast Track punch card thingy? I can't say I'm too impressed. You only get to jump to the front of the line ONCE for the rides on the card. From a picture cited on Screamscape the cards have Stormrunner, Sidewinder, Wildcat, Wild Mouse, Lightning Racer, Comet, Great Bear, and TrailBlazer.

I'll probably buy when I go in June just becuause it will be a rare trip for me, but for something that costs about the same as a Six Flags Q-bot yet you can only ride each ride once, the punch card seems pretty crappy... :?r


I have never been to the park before so this would work out great for me. Having only one day to spend it would mean I get a chance to do everything at least once. For people who go to the park multiple times per year it is not such a great deal.


I feel that way about Quick Queue at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. I don't feel compelled to buy it because I visit the park pretty often during the season, but it is handy if I have to hit Howl-o-Scream on a Saturday night with guests.

I agree that the punch card is OK for someone who's never been to the park before.
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Re: Hersheypark (HP) Discussion Thread

Postby Swimace » Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:39 am

I have to agree that I'm underwhelmed with Hersheypark's skip the line feature.

IMO, there are three stand out coasters at Hersheypark: Storm Runner, Fahrenheit, and (soon) Skyrush. The skip the line pass only allows you access to one of these. While I understand Skyrush not being on the pass for its opening season, I think that Fahrenheit should be on there, especially since you can only use it once per ride and only a limited number are sold, so it wouldn't affect the stand by line too greatly.

So what... I can pay $50 to skip the line once on the boomerang? The Wild Mouse? I guess Great Bear is a plus... Meh.

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Re: Hersheypark (HP) Discussion Thread

Postby alilstronger » Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:15 pm

Hershey is still new with the line skipping thing so once they figure it all out I am sure they will make improvements. Currently, I do not like what they are offering. I wish more parks would do like Cedar Fair and The Great Escape and just have a bracelet you buy and can use anytime all day by just going up the rides exit.
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