Well, I made my way to Hersheypark today, comp tickets left over from Saturdays "Nantimi 11" contest in hand. (Thanks JB) Upon entering the park, my friend and I made a straight shot to the steepest drop in the U.S. I made a bet with myself that a Wednesday in late May while most schools are still in session would be a safe bet to avoid crowds.......boy, did I have a winning hand!
After crossing the entrance to the que, it only took 25 minuets for us to board a train. Hersheypark claims that the restraint system is identical to the one on Storm Runner. I have to disagree. I am one of those guys of a "larger size----Height and/or weight". I found the trains on Fahrenheit to be more accommodating than the ones on it's bigger sibling. The belt straps are slightly longer, the seat is a little larger, there is more leg room. I'm 6' 4 and 1/4" tall and weight 310. I will tell you I had no problem fitting in the restraint. The shoulder harness part of the system is also softer and more pliable than SR. They almost mold to your body. so if you're a larger guy like me---go for it!
Upon being strapped in by the attendant (very nice guys and gals operating today), the all clear was given and the train departed from the station. They were dispatching trains every 2 - 3 minutes, so the line went rather quickly. After lining up with the lift, the dogs on the chains butted themselves against the rear of the vehicle, then proceeded to push us up the verticle hill. Cresting the apex, you are hit with 97 degrees of out of your seat goodness. The Norwegian Loop is a fantastic inversion. Plenty of G's at the bottom, probably the most intense part of the ride. The cobra was very smooth, the double corkscrew was more enjoyable than I though it would be. After the overbank, you are met with a great airtime hill, followed by another overbank. End of story.
My final thoughts:
Fahrenheit is a fantastic coaster. Although shorter than most, it packs alot of ride into a small footprint. Storm runner (The launch is stunning, as is the rest of the layout) was my favorite steel coaster up to this day, but I now have to officially give the title to FH. In terms of comfort, smoothness, excitement, and just plain good old fashioned G's, Fahrenheit delivers. It was a smart investment by HP, and will certainly draw many to the park.
FH was the only coaster with a line today. We walked right on Storm Runner, Comet, Looper and Xtreme Cup challenge with no wait.
I have some pics of the station in action, but I've lost my USB connector. I'll get those up as soon as I can.
Nice! Glad you finally got your ride, and it sounds like you picked a winning day to go to the park. I thought Memorial Day weekend was a good day for lines, but 25 minutes for Fahrenheit and... um... zero... for everything else? That just takes it!
Yeah, I know there is nothing like walking through the que on storm runner and then immediately sitting down! Also, I forgot to mention I did ride Fahrenheit 3 times. Each time I stood in line the wait got progressively shorter. Last ride---15 mins!
An accapella group called the Ice Breakers came and perfored for those waiting in line, which was cool. (Ironic since this coaster is "Fahrenheit")
Also, I did get a good photo of the storage area. I'll get it up as soon as I can.
VivaLaVibora wrote:I totally agree about Maverick. I think it's just a good coaster, and not a great coaster. I think this Farenheit ride looks awesome though. I can't believe the major price difference between these two coasters. One is 12 million (Farenheit), and Maverick is 21 million. Wow.
Well, Maverick is a much longer coaster (4400 to 2700 feet I believe), plus it has the launch and tunnel, which add bucks to the cost.
knowit, 3 rides? that's no fair! Got a kick out of the Ice Breakers line too. Nice product tie-in. They could hand out Peppermint Patties too-- oh wait, wrong attraction!
Maverick, to me, is fun, but a bit jarring. Not in terms of roughness exactly, but it changes directions and elements so suddenly that I dare say that the level of head banging is ALMOST as bad as your average Vekoma.
Sounds about right to me, except omit the part about it being "fun"...
Maverick pushes the absolute limits of intensity. I wish more rides did what Mavvy does.
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