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Planning a Hershey, Knoebels, Dorney trip

Postby AndrewA86 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:38 am

Going to be in Johnstown, PA on Sat Aug 18th and the 19th, and having never been to Hersheypark I'm definitely going to go, and I'm also thinking I would like to hit Knoebels and Dorney since they're all pretty close to each other.

I have 2 plans.. I could hit Dorney on the 20th, and preview HP that night since I've heard you can do that with a single day ticket to HP. Then all day at HP on the 21st, and then Knoebels on the 22nd. Or skip out of Johnstown early on the 19th and hit Dorney for a half day, but thats a Sunday.. Then 2 days at HP on the 20th and 21st, and then Knoebels on the 22nd. I have to be hone on the 23rd..


I guess I'm wondering how busy these parks get at the end of August. I know many parks can be completely dead that time of year. Obviously nobody has a crystal ball, but some estimates would be helpful. The main thing I'm trying to plan is do I need 2 days at HP, or will a night preview and 1 full day be enough to get 4+ rides on the Intamin's, Lightning Racer, and Great Bear while hitting everything else at least once?

Then also, I know there is a crap load of stuff to do at Knoebels. Besides the coasters, what other rides are a MUST do?
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Re: Planning a Hershey, Knoebels, Dorney trip

Postby Mike240SX » Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:40 am

Dorney's dry park will not be busy. You could likely hit all of the coasters and adult flats in 4 hours. The water park, on the other hand, will have sizeable crowds if its a decent weather day.
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Re: Planning a Hershey, Knoebels, Dorney trip

Postby Brassinthegrass » Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:52 am

Just don’t end with Dorney. That will be the biggest let down of a roller coaster trip...

I’m currently sitting at the resort gate at cedar point realizing I’m taking someone who has never been to waldemeer and Darien lake after we leave here. Should be fun to listen to the “this place sucks” mentality!

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Re: Planning a Hershey, Knoebels, Dorney trip

Postby bmo1616 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:17 am

Going on weekdays, especially as school is starting to get back in session, you'll be more than fine. I just recently did Knoebels and Hershey on a weekend, and still we had no trouble getting every single coaster in. Saturday night at Hershey was very busy, but again, a Saturday night. But we still got 6 total rides in. Fahrenheit will most likely be your longest wait, so if you want 4+ rides definitely hit that up very first thing. Lightning Racer will be a walk on, and Skyrush shouldn't be bad either. Knoebels on a weekday you'll be fine, and definitely with Dorney. Haunted Mansion, the flyers, and the chair lift are the musts for me at Knoebels. Have fun!!
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Re: Planning a Hershey, Knoebels, Dorney trip

Postby hoppedup » Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:47 am

I did all three of these parks back in June. We got to Dorney kinda late, but we rode all the big coasters except Possessed in under two hours with multiples on Talon and Steel Force. The next day we went to Knoebel's and spent six hours there, the longest amount of time we spent at any one park on that trip. We did tickets and were fine, but if I went back I'd get the wristband with roller coasters if available that day and marathon Phoenix. Holy hell, what a coaster!

Then we previewed HP that night. In two and a half hours we rode all of the coasters except the boomerang, with multiples on Fahrenheit, and Skyrush. Laff Track was the only coaster with a wait of over 5 minutes.

It was pouring rain the next morning in Hershey, so we headed to SFGA. The lady at the ticket booth the night before just scratched out the 'P' for preview on our paper tickets and didn't scan anything, so we may go back to HP in a couple of weeks since our full day tickets should still be good.

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Re: Planning a Hershey, Knoebels, Dorney trip

Postby coasterbill » Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:57 am

What kinds of things do you like?

Personally, I think Knoebels is the greatest amusement park to ever grace our humble planet but I see in a lot of your posts that you seem like (maybe I'm wrong) you're a "Maximum thrills or GTFO" kind of guy (see: "Witches Wheel isn't thrilling enough for me even though like... did you expect a crazy thrill ride?") so part of me feels like you'll probably just want to dedicate the majority of your time to riding Storm Runner and Skyrush at Hersheypark. Knoebels has an amazing collection of custom flat rides, cheesy dark rides, great "theme park food" and super old things that you rarely see elsewhere. They're not all going to thrill you but they're super cool. If you're into that then you'll love Knoebels. If you'd rather spend the most time riding the craziest rides possible then you can probably get away with doing Dorney and Knoebels in one day (though I don't suggest that for most people) and spending the rest of your time trying not to die on Skyrush.

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Re: Planning a Hershey, Knoebels, Dorney trip

Postby robbalvey » Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:06 am

AndrewA86 wrote:I have 2 plans.. I could hit Dorney on the 20th, and preview HP that night since I've heard you can do that with a single day ticket to HP. Then all day at HP on the 21st, and then Knoebels on the 22nd. Or skip out of Johnstown early on the 19th and hit Dorney for a half day, but thats a Sunday.. Then 2 days at HP on the 20th and 21st, and then Knoebels on the 22nd. I have to be hone on the 23rd..

I don't think you'll need two days or even a day and a half at Hershey. If you were to spend bonus time at any park, I would do it at Knoebels. We just spent a full 15 hour day at Knoebels and I walked away thinking that there were one or two things I could have done or could have done a second time.

At Hershey, I was pretty much done after about 3-4 hours.

But then again, we also had the front of the line pass at Hershey and we didn't do the water park. We did do Chocolate World, though.
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Re: Planning a Hershey, Knoebels, Dorney trip

Postby robbalvey » Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:10 am

coasterbill wrote:I see in a lot of your posts that you seem like you're a "Maximum thrills or GTFO" kind of guy (see: "Witches Wheel isn't thrilling enough for me even though like... did you expect a crazy thrill ride?") so part of me feels like you'll probably just want to dedicate the majority of your time to riding Storm Runner and Skyrush at Hersheypark.

See, this is really good information to know. I find that so many times people will ask for advice but not tell anyone what they like so many times the advice given and the person asking don't match up.

Remember, I am Disney > Roller Coasters. I would seriously rather ride Big Thunder Mountain or Pooh's Hunny Hunt any day over most of the roller coasters on this planet.

So Knoebels is a perfect park for me. If you're someone who isn't into casual rides, park atmosphere or moderate thrills, honestly, Knoebels may not be a good fit for you.

I agree with Bill and think that Knoebels is the best "amusement" park on the planet, and there is not a Six Flags or Cedar Fair park I'd rather be at over a day at Knoebels, but that's just how I prefer things.
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Re: Planning a Hershey, Knoebels, Dorney trip

Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:13 am

AndrewA86 wrote:I could hit Dorney on the 20th, and preview HP that night since I've heard you can do that with a single day ticket to HP. Then all day at HP on the 21st, and then Knoebels on the 22nd. Or skip out of Johnstown early on the 19th and hit Dorney for a half day, but thats a Sunday.. Then 2 days at HP on the 20th and 21st, and then Knoebels on the 22nd. I have to be hone on the 23rd..


I think this is your best option. Dorney won't have any queues on the ride side. You have the coasters plus a good lineup of non-coasters (Demon Drop, Thunder Canyon, Whip, Log Flume, Meteor). You'll have enough time to hit everything and then get to Hershey for the preview. If you plan to do the water park, you may encounter some lines there unless you go immediately when it opens or at the end of the day.

Hershey shouldn't have bad lines outside of Laff Trakk. Even if the park is empty, that will be at least a 30-45 minute wait. I'd recommend riding Comet and Skyrush on the preview night since those two get the longest lines immediately after opening because of their proximity to the entrance. By the afternoon, their queues have died down.

Knoebels is the best of the three parks in my opinion. You're visiting on a weekday, which is good since the POP is available to you. Basically try everything at Knoebels. Even the flats that don't look special will run crazy programs.
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Re: Planning a Hershey, Knoebels, Dorney trip

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:38 am

I went last year about this same time and all 3 parks had pretty good attendance. With Hershey, if you plan it right you can get to all the good stuff on preview night easily, then the next day re-rides and maybe branch out a little and try stuff.

Go into Great Bear with low expectations for intensity. She's just not that kind of bear. Let her tell you what she's into, and she'll show you a good time.

Knoebel's will be busy even on a weekday, but their operations are incredible and the wait will be shorter than you think it should be for that line length. Phoenix is for real. Knoebel's, as it's been said, it a park to relax in, not a park to be thrilled by. The more you conform to its pace, the more fun you'll have.

Dorney will probably be super busy as well. You may experience--are you sitting down?--FIVE. MINUTE. WAITS. I know, it's horrible. But you're going in peak season, you should expect this.
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