I've only been to Dorney once...years and years ago when Hercules was new (I guess I was in 7th or 8th grade). I remember enjoying Thunderhawk more than Hercules. Maybe Thunderhawk hasn't aged well (even though it was old when I rode it) but I guess that doesn't say much for Hercules.
Ah Dorney... It's one of those "corporate" parks that still has some charm. It's certainly not a thrill park, but maybe that's why I enjoyed my stay. It's just relaxed. I didn't feel like I had to haul ass to get all my creds before the park closed. IMO, some shady spots, another woodie (GCI, I'm on my knees. Hear my call.) and this park would really blossom.
KD Ride Op - 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 (Log Flume/Antique Cars) Come visit me, I'm all over OVA! The tall white guy in the white shirt!
And now for (finally) the final trip report from the MONDO vacation this summer, it's time for East Coast Bash!
Jen and I were at Knoebels the same day the Road to CP trip was there, but since it was raining, neither of us brought our cameras in. It was a fairly brief stay, anyway, as we just got a few rides in on the woodies, got the kiddie credit, then rode other notable rides like the Flyer, Haunted Mansion, Skooters, Whip, etc. to use up our ride tickets. We were exhausted, so we just dipped out early and got some extra sleep down in Hershey.
East Coast Bash was a wonderful way to end our trip, and was one of the best days period of the whole vacation. We began with ERT on Fahrenheit (still kinda meh) and Storm Runner (still OMFG good and just outside my top 5). After ERT was over, we bolted for Comet Hollow to beat the GP there, and we were able to knock out Comet and SooperDooperLooper without any wait. Neither ride is anything special, I really wish Comet wasn't trimmed up the way it is now. We also got Great Bear out of the way, and it was a little better than I remembered, but still nothing spectacular. At some point we rode Trailblazer (whatever), and soon after that it was lunch time, where Cliff and I tied (yes, it was a tie!) in the beer chugging contest. Jen also won a concept drawing of Fahrenheit for being the first person to check into the event on facebook (wonder dorks FTW!).
I don't think we rode Wildcat, Lightning Racer, Sidewinder, or the Wild Mouse until after lunch, but I can't remember exactly. Wildcat has continued to regress, it just gets rougher every time I come back to the park. Lightning Racer is still amazing, the best racing woodie I've been on for sure, and it's not even close. Sidewinder and Wild Mouse were typical offerings, and the new Vekoma trains on Sidewinder helped somewhat, but it's still a Boomerang.
We also had a backstage tour of the park, walking by the support columns that had already arrived for SkyRush (which is always cool), and getting some good "not normal" shots of Lightning Racer in the process. The rest of the day was spent re-riding Storm Runner, and getting a delicious Gyro from the food place right under the top hat. We also grabbed another lap each on Fahrenheit and Great Bear to confirm how mediocre they are. And we also rode the INSANE log flume, as well. That night, we were part of the tour groups that got to look at the hydraulic room of Storm Runner, which was REALLY cool to see. The scope and size of the engine that drives that ride is incredible, I can only imagine what TTD or KK's look like, seeing how they have two of them! We finished our night with a few night rides on Lightning Racer during ERT, which was a perfect way to end a great day at Hersheypark. That ride gets transformed into one hell of an experience when the sun goes down!
Alrighty, picture time. The whole album is on facebook here. As always, thanks for reading and please comment!!
I see dancing candy bars, that must mean we are at the sweetest place on Earth!
I'll be back in 293 days.
SooperDooperLooper is sooperdooperlooping.
I love the smell of Great Bear in the morning, smells like mediocrity.
Look at all the excited faces!
Not one of Arrow's best offerings.
Aw, do we have to? I do like that it's sponsored by my employers, though.
It does boomerang-ish things.
Brittney looks "excited." David, not so much.
I would love to live on this corner.
Is it just me, or should the mouse me going after a giant chocolate? Only seems fitting.
So THAT'S what that smell is. I thought some ACErs had snuck into lunch with us.
I love the lack of clearance here.
The lunch pavilion provided tons of great photo ops of Storm Runner.
Do these supports remind anyone else of empty paper towel rolls?
A very fun portion of the ride.
Maybe my favorite part, the airtime hill that jumps into a barrel roll. Intamin rocks.
The man, the myth, the chocolate legend.
This picture is brought to you by the country of Norway (nerds should get it).
I wasn't too excited.
What it looks like when you peer through a bolt hole.
Intamin offers some rather odd looking supports.
Some weird Intamin code.
More weird Intamin code.
INTAMIN WATER! YUM!
Jen is looking fabulous with her choice of Intamin supports.
The tour also provided a great backstage look at Lightning Racer.
Wonderfully engineered ride!
Dorks of the world, assume the position!
If Lightning Racer was true to physics, lightning would always win, because lightning always comes before thunder. [/nerd]
Is there any way to convey "meh-ness" in a picture? I've never been that impressed with this ride.
But this picture is kinda cool.
It also rained on and off at parts during the day. And by rain, I mean it POURED.
This kid was having fun splashing around though.
And I just like this one.
Storm Runner's employee of the year!!
We rode the Kissing Tower. Awwwww.......
We went by Great Bear, winner of worst crew of the day award, and their height stick had fallen into the water. I think their sense of urgency fell into the water, as well.
But the ride still looks great at sunset!
But then again, most rides look great at sunset.
I am particularly proud of this shot. We were walking under the ride when I noticed you could see the track in a puddle. So I just waited for a train to roll by, and this was the result!
Even the most uneventful rides look great at sunset!
Love how the park looks at night!
I think Hersheypark gets my vote for "best night park."
While tracer lights wouldn't work on every woodie on Earth, they work REALLY well on the Hershey woodies.
Storm Runner also looks great at night.
Here is the concept drawing of Fahrenheit that Jen won.
ECB was a great day (although the drive back to Virginia that night was torturous). I had been wanting to go to Hershey for a very long time so the Bash at the end of the NE Trip was the perfect opportunity. It was definitely a fun-filled day.
Oh, and you're welcome for winning you the concept art.
The Storm Runner picture in the puddle is amazing. Great TR, got me excited for my first ever trip to Hershey next year (and Skyrush!!!). And from the night pictures, I think I'll have to agree with you about HP being the best-looking night park.
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