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Photo TR: Coaster Team at Hershey's CCL

Tue Dec 06, 2005 12:01 pm

It's hard to believe that it's been eight years that I've been going to HersheyPark's Christmas CandyLane event. It started as an official RRC winter gathering and transformed over the years to a more "inside" event that continues to this day. Tim Melago and I are the only ones who have attended every year.

This year, we spent two nights at the recently renovated BlueGreen Hershey Suites resort and would tackle HersheyPark during the day on Saturday with video viewing, food and drinks at night. Here are some photos from the weekend. I'll have more up tomorrow as I've run out of time at lunch! Hope you enjoy my first photo trip report on TPR.

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First stop was the Bear's Den at the Hershey Lodge for lunch. Here is Tim Melago and Amanda and Mark Rosenzweig.
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Here I am thinking about the plentitude of good beer I'll be drinking later in the day.
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Here's the Coaster Team's on-ride Hershey Chocolate World Tour photo with our "signature moves".
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The Kissmas tree, Caroussel and Comet in the background.
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Starship America is an old ride brought out of retirement and replacing the Big Wheel in 2005.
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Mark in line for Starship America meets a new friend.
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Mark. Ellen, Amanda and Mark get ready for their freezing cold ride on The Claw.
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Storm Runner sure looks enticing despite the cold. Unfortunately no coasters run during CCL.
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Ho, Ho, Hoes! Pimpin Adam Claus!
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My fiance, Ellen Whitman, prepares for her chilly ride on the Frontier Flyers.
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It's not easy to snap on the Larson Flyers but here Ellen makes a valiant attempt.
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Tue Dec 06, 2005 12:09 pm

Looks like fun. I would love to have gone to that kind of event!! Glad you had a good time

Tue Dec 06, 2005 12:11 pm

Few comments:

1. Adam - GREAT to see you posting here! Welcome to our little slice of insanity!

2. Signature Moves - LMAO! As much crap as ECC gave ARNR for linking to their photos, that club probably got the most exposure...EVER from it. Even if it was kind of negative, it was still good for them!

3. I miss living on the east coast. :cry: I'd be more than happy to give up riding all year to be back in that area again. Why can't more video game companies out there? *sigh*

4. Damn, that looks like fun! Even with no coasters, there still is a lot to ride!


Tue Dec 06, 2005 12:25 pm

Great First Photo TR Adam!

I nearly died when I read the Signature move stuff!

Tue Dec 06, 2005 12:29 pm

The signature move GODDAMN OWNS!

Nice to see you posting here, Adam.


Tue Dec 06, 2005 1:13 pm

I wish they would run at least 1 or 2 coasters for the event (maybe Trailblazer since it's probably the slowest coaster they have?). I went twice to Christmas Candylane with the last visit being I think 6 years ago but I don't feel like taking the 2 hour drive for just a few flats.

robbalvey wrote:Why can't more video game companies out there?

Yeah, it's a shame there are very few video game companies on the east coast. I really wanted to get a job in the games industry but I don't want to re-locate so that basically kills any chance I have of working in the industry

Wed Dec 07, 2005 12:05 pm

Thank you all for the positive feedback on my first photo TR so far. Hope you're all enjoying it. Here are the rest of the photos!
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Though hardly an exciting attraction, a stop to see the "smelly" reindeer is always a must during our annual visit.
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Ellen gets her kicks from touching reindeer horns.
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Tim is so excited about this exhibit that he's tempted to buy the sweatshirt!
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Twilight Express sure does attract a lot of strollers! This is just a handful as compared to how busy this attraction gets at night.
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Ellen and I cuddle up to get warm on the park's transformed train ride- the Twilight Express.
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Hmmm...a Gingerbread House and Old Western saloon...just a few of the unusual sites you'll see on this ride.
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As seen from the train, you can see that Roller Soaker has been repainted navy blue.
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Mark, Amanda and Tim brave the cold for a trip on Twilight Express.
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The lighted Dippin Dots trees!!
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One of the coolest decorations at CCL is Santa and his reindeer flying up the Comet lift hill.
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As the sun goes down, the lights start to glow. Here is a random light display in the park.
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Ellen takes a slide down Merry Derry Dips!
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The Great Bear is frozen for the winter but its track looms ominously in the winter sky.
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What Christmas event is complete without Christmas frogs?
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Tim and I freezing our butts off on the beautiful PTC "carrousel".
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Ellen loves the Christmas music they play on the Carrousel for CCL.
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Back at the Hershey Suites, the crew lounges out, drinks, eats and watches coaster videos!
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And what video viewing event would be complete without the latest Theme Park Review Coaster Expedition video?
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Here is the kitchen in our suite after being ravaged by the culinary stylings of Mark and I. Mark made us generous helpings of Skyline Chili 3-Ways and I pride myself in heating up frozen foods.
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Two of our viewings for the night- the just released 2-disc Tim's Parks N'at 2005 and Road to Nowhere 3.
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This was in the machine at the time!
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We must have had the worst DVD player ever because many of the videos would freeze. Finally I decided to shake the machine and it worked!! Many shakings were necessary.
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Here Mark joins in on the shaking action! Sometimes the most low tech methods are most effective!
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On Sunday we woke up to about 3" of snow in Hershey. Here are some photos of Lightning Racer covered in the white stuff.
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Lighting Racer's first drop.
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The far turnaround on Lightning Racer.
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Wed Dec 07, 2005 12:22 pm

Wow...seeing the snow photos...as crazy as it sounds, really makes me more annoyed with So Cal!!!! :twisted:

Great TR. Sorry you guys had to be stuck watching our DVD! :lol:


Wed Dec 07, 2005 12:22 pm

Wow, great Snow pictures!!!

I was thinking though, it would be REALLY amusing to have Roller Soaker open just to see if anyone would ride! (or they could rename it Roller Snower) You could blast your friends with snow and ice!

Wed Dec 07, 2005 12:23 pm

So........Where the heck is the picture of the BEER FRIDGE???????

btw, nice tr Adam!

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