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Photo TR: A Sweet & Marvelous Weekend in Philly

PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:43 pm
by jedimaster1227
Following two weeks in Asia (I'll have a photo report for that up and ready as soon as I'm done with my Europe trip report ) we turned around and flew to Philly to celebrate a friend's engagement... And to revisit Hersheypark, a place I hadn't visited since the TPR 2008 East Coast Trip. Following our time at Hersheypark, we went back to the Franklin Institute (which we visited last year as our first trip to Philly) to check out the just-opened Marvel Universe of Superheroes exhibit.

I loved Hersheypark during our visit over a decade ago, but a lot has changed since I was last there... I rode Roller Soaker and Canyon River Rapids on their last day of operation before they were torn out for The Boardwalk. In the time since my last visit, Skyrush had opened, Reeseā€™s Xtreme Cup Challenge had closed, Laff Track had been added, Hershey Triple Tower was opened and the park entrance revamp had begun.

Unfortunately our visit was early in the season so several of the bigger attractions were closed (Fahrenheit, Storm Runner and The Boardwalk) but it was still great to revisit the park (and Chocolate World) for the time we did! The park continues to get better with time and thanks to the smaller crowds in the morning we were able to get everything we wanted to (that was open) done in the first hour and a half of the day, allowing us to enjoy a more leisurely pace for the remainder of the day.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:44 pm
by jedimaster1227
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Re: Photo TR: A Sweet & Marvelous Weekend in Philly

PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:52 pm
by bert425
the Marvel display at the Franklin Institute is fantastic.

do you happen to know how long it is running for?

We love that place, and hope to get back in early 2020, and visit HersheyPark again too.

Re: Photo TR: A Sweet & Marvelous Weekend in Philly

PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:53 pm
by ytterbiumanalyst
"Taste the love all over the world!"

Great report. Totally agree with you on Great Bear. I don't get the hate. It's a fantastic ride.

Awesome that they had a Kosher food truck. I'm not Jewish, but Kosher food is the best. It just tastes great.

Hersheypark is always a good time, and good on ya for going to Skyrush first. It's one of the best coasters anywhere and absolutely worth a trip to Hershey by itself. Fortunately there are so many more things to do there too, including Chocolate World.

Re: Photo TR: A Sweet & Marvelous Weekend in Philly

PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:33 pm
by anonymouscactus
I didn't remember Great Bear being that great (ha.) when I was at Hershey many years ago, but last week I found the ride to be surprisingly awesome. Also I guess I'm lucky that Fahrenheit and Storm Runner were open, I'm glad I didn't go earlier in the spring.

Great report and pics!

Re: Photo TR: A Sweet & Marvelous Weekend in Philly

PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2019 10:09 am
by PKI Jizzman
Glad you liked Skyrush! No news regarding operations = good news? Great Bear is so much fun, but our rides were limited on the visit due to some of the laziest operators I've ever seen. I honestly think the crew was going for the record of 'worst capacity on a B&M invert' :lol: I think the zero g + bump dive/turn over the water and weird supports + squiggly piece into corkscrew is one of my favorite parts on a B&M invert.

Thanks for including the Marvel photos, that is such a cool experience and great presentation.

Re: Photo TR: A Sweet & Marvelous Weekend in Philly

PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2019 6:12 am
by Canobie Coaster
Great report! Out of curiosity which day did you go? I went opening day and Fahrenheit was indeed closed all day, but Storm Runner opened the last 3 hours of the day.

Re: Photo TR: A Sweet & Marvelous Weekend in Philly

PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2019 5:43 am
by rspeck77
The building you asked about being a former station used to house the one side of the Hersheypark Sky Ride. The other station was located where the Great Bear entrance currently sits. The finale of the Chocolate World ride was updated since the last time you visited. It used to be a song about Hershey with pictures depicting different parts of the world.

Re: Photo TR: A Sweet & Marvelous Weekend in Philly

PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2019 11:10 am
by Coasternerd3
"That's America's A$$"