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Postby rachelmadcow » Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:31 pm

I was there as well today and yes a large amount of rides were down, but we were just planning to be there only 4 hours (we were going to play poker at the nearby casino) so it worked out. Barely had time for 1 lap.

I have a thing for Swiss so my focus was on the Intamin's and B&M - and I adore Lighting Racer so that had to happen. I wasn't destroyed when Storm Runner was closed bc when I was planning out the rides in my head I forgot it was in the park. my body never touches arrow or vekoma. HP needs to replace the boomerang really fast - boomerangs are a sign of a gentrifying park lol.

I have to say that if Lightning Racer becomes RMC I will be greatly disappointed. The layout is a masterpiece and has been since it debuted - when I ride it I'm stunned GCI was able to come up with this layout which is far superior to Gwazi (IMO). This ride needs to be protected and preserved. RMC WILDCAT!

I have to make a comment about Skyrush's restraints - they are ridiculous. I know it's been talked about alot but Intamin should give Hershey at least one new train with all new restraints. Even the GP make comments about the restraints... They need B&M flying restraints on this lol.

Candymonium is very good. Maybe middle road for a hyper but still world-class IMO. Mako and Intimidator are definitely better B&M hypers altho this ride feels more "fleshed out" than Intimidator. I think that this is B&M's best execution of the hammerhead and speedhill (on a hyper, not counting gigas here) although I do agree the trims are excessive and not needed. They ran 3 trains and stacked all day long. I rode it 10 times (5 times in a row), very rerideable unlike skyrush. Feels very "complete" - similar to Apollo's Chariot.

Chocolate Town in general is still a little strange to me. I was hoping that Cupfusion and the Chocolate themed launch towers would work better in person but they don't (candymonium included). i think most people would expect a town with walls made of chocolate but instead it looks like a brand new strip mall. Albeit a nice strip mall in a high end area. I think they should've put a windseeker where the carousel is and left the carousel in its original spot. A windskeer and a hyper are an amazing first impression to GP.

Last time i was here was when Skyrush opened (and I was shocked they kept the same damn trains LOL) - Ill be back when they RMC wildcat or replace the boomerang with a RMC Raptor. I expect they will add a B&M wing, though - to Chocolate World, with the station behind Candy and to the right of Skyrush (when viewing it from the entrance)

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Re: Hersheypark (HP) Discussion Thread

Postby thrillseeker4552 » Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:58 pm

I know I will probably receive some flak for this, but I actually think Skyrush's restraints are its best feature. I know, edgy.

Yeah, the restraints are tight, but they make you feel so free, open, and vulnerable, and that's what makes the coaster so utterly terrifying and amazing. It would NOT be the same with the Maverick/I305/Storm Runner/Fahrenheit restraints.

With that being said, I definitely would not complain if they somehow retrofitted the new Intamin restraints (like on Pantheon, Red Force, Taron, etc.) onto Skyrush since I have heard they are way more comfortable and equally "freeing."

I am very glad the park has Candymonium now. Two coasters with very similar stats but vastly different experiences, and somebody who doesn't like one can go to the other and get an almost opposite experience. Kinda cool!
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Postby Kstr737 » Fri Jul 10, 2020 5:57 am

I’m going to check out HP for the first time in about 5 years this weekend. I’m excited.

Obviously, I haven’t been on the new one yet but sounds like Candymonium is to Skyrush as Lightning Racer is to Wildcat.
I always thought of the three GCI rides as the designer’s tentpoles. Everything on those rides is perfection: Layouts offering two different levels of intensity, the elevated siting enclosing both sides of the Americana midway and the track chaser lighting. I hope Wildcat is kept in its traditional form for a long time. There’s enough twisted steel around that park.

Then again ,it would be an interesting idea (albeit an ugly and expensive one) to see only one of LR RMCed, and half the wood track ride left preserved intact. Wildcat was rough as 5 years ago…

Is the night before preview not being done this year? I see the website says it isn’t but it seems like park ops are changing daily.

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Postby rachelmadcow » Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:26 am

thrillseeker4552 wrote:I know I will probably receive some flak for this, but I actually think Skyrush's restraints are its best feature. I know, edgy.

Yeah, the restraints are tight, but they make you feel so free, open, and vulnerable, and that's what makes the coaster so utterly terrifying and amazing. It would NOT be the same with the Maverick/I305/Storm Runner/Fahrenheit restraints.

With that being said, I definitely would not complain if they somehow retrofitted the new Intamin restraints (like on Pantheon, Red Force, Taron, etc.) onto Skyrush since I have heard they are way more comfortable and equally "freeing."

I am very glad the park has Candymonium now. Two coasters with very similar stats but vastly different experiences, and somebody who doesn't like one can go to the other and get an almost opposite experience. Kinda cool!


I marvel at Intamin's minimalist trains - however there isn't enough surface area on the restraint for the force and amount of airtime. I think even the Intamin skateboard LSM rides have these restraints but haven't noticed any discomfort because the forces are much lower. The bottom of the restraint presses down on the thighs closer to the knee while B&M clamshells focus on the upper thigh by the hip joint. These Intamin trains/restraints ARE marvelously designed - I love how when the seat is empty the restraint goes all the way to the bottom of the seat.

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The part that contacts the thighs needs to be double the thickness, longer and of a much softer material though. Right now its like being in a steel cage.


Kstr737 wrote:I’m going to check out HP for the first time in about 5 years this weekend. I’m excited.

Obviously, I haven’t been on the new one yet but sounds like Candymonium is to Skyrush as Lightning Racer is to Wildcat.
I always thought of the three GCI rides as the designer’s tentpoles. Everything on those rides is perfection: Layouts offering two different levels of intensity, the elevated siting enclosing both sides of the Americana midway and the track chaser lighting. I hope Wildcat is kept in its traditional form for a long time. There’s enough twisted steel around that park.

Then again ,it would be an interesting idea (albeit an ugly and expensive one) to see only one of LR RMCed, and half the wood track ride left preserved intact. Wildcat was rough as 5 years ago…

Is the night before preview not being done this year? I see the website says it isn’t but it seems like park ops are changing daily.
Yes that's accurate. Skyrush though is the most intense lift-hill roller coaster in America (can't really think of anything that would be more intense and Im racking my brain). I really need the restraints fixed so I can marathon it. :omg:

I agree actually Ive always viewed Wildcat and LR as the 'showroom' models. I don't remember what trains Wildcat has but the millennium flyers absolutely save Lightning Racer. Ideally they would just add a RMC and not retrofit Wildcat or LR. But Im fully expecting a B&M Wing in like 2-4 years time and maybe a B&M surf after that since we know Hershey likes multi ride contracts.

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Postby TBpony414 » Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:50 am

Really enjoying seeing the updates from HP! Can anyone tell me if that little covered secret path to SkyRush on the far right side that passes by the water is still there? Or did they get rid of it for Candymonium?

Thank you Ryan for chiming in about the Storm Runner/Toro/TTD restraints. It's always interesting to hear about how rides work!

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Re: Hersheypark (HP) Discussion Thread

Postby qpb2004 » Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:50 am

The Skyrush path is gone due to the construction of Candymonium. :?r

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Re: Hersheypark (HP) Discussion Thread

Postby JG-77 » Sat Jul 11, 2020 1:48 pm

^Nooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

Also what do you mean by: "boomerangs are a sign of a gentrifying park"
I don't think you're using the word gentrifying correctly.

Besides, Sidewinder is one of the better boomerangs out there, and I'm sure Hershey can figure out a way to fit in more coasters without removing it. Just look at the interaction between Comet, Skyrush, Great Bear, and SDL.
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Re: Hersheypark (HP) Discussion Thread

Postby Taeshan » Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:14 pm

I think if any coaster get's removed soon it's Wild Mouse and you can probably move that to the old Arena area and replace it with water stuff. (if the old arena is not like around for historic reasons. Imo it's useless at this point). The two Wild Mice together are unnecessary especially so close, even though two different rides really.

Anyways if they're adding stuff there is a lot of room around Candymonium.
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Re: Hersheypark (HP) Discussion Thread

Postby TBpony414 » Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:51 am

qpb2004 wrote:The Skyrush path is gone due to the construction of Candymonium. :?r


That stinks the Skyrush path is gone. I loved chilling out there because it was shady and beautiful, away from the hustle and bustle of The Hollow yet still close to the action. Thanks for chiming in.

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Re: Hersheypark (HP) Discussion Thread

Postby JJLehto » Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:37 am

I rode Skyrush opening day. The restraints were a bit rough but the feeling went away in like 30 seconds. I get every body is different but 1 Im not the most in shape guy so not like I can say thats part of it 2 people were griping how it liked ruined their day and all. Cmon.....
Next year I believe they softened the restraints and indeed 4 rides I felt near nada (at least nothing that bad, obvs you'll feel some impact when a ride is just that intense). I am never this guy but this one time reeeeeaally gotta ask "is it really THAT bad/are people just dramatizing it?"

Anyway, better late than never but tomm or Fri finally doing my first park of the year and it'll be Hershey :b

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