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Re: Hersheypark (HP) Discussion Thread

Postby FaithnotForgotten » Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:41 am

Jakizle wrote:^Every team leader or whatever I saw at Hersheypark on my last visit had a "since 2011 tag" or something similar and all looked very young. Age really has nothing to do with operations, though, at least as much as experience. I'm still shocked at how bad the operations were when I visited and I obviously wasn't alone with these continued reports. I hope that can get their operations together in what is other wise an absolutely amazing park...but those ops were seriously the worst I have ever experienced.

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Postby willh51 » Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:49 am

^ACTUALLY, they just should get all their ride operators from TPR! I can see it now: "NO LOOSE ITEMS, this train is leaving the station in six seconds whether you are sitting down or not!"
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Postby Intimidator305 » Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:57 am

JDong217 wrote:Could it kill them to put some shade over the queue though?

I haven't gotten up to Hershey yet to ride it, but judging by pictures I also wondered why they didn't put any shade at all over that huge area of switchbacks...? Either they didn't have them in the budget or they wanted the view of the lift/drop clear from the queue are my only guesses. :?r

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Postby molemaster43 » Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:58 am

willh51 wrote:^ACTUALLY, they just should get all their ride operators from TPR! I can see it now: "NO LOOSE ITEMS, this train is leaving the station in six seconds whether you are sitting down or not!"

Those people will get some airtime they never expected ;)

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Postby UrbanLegend » Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:52 am

Intimidator305 wrote:
JDong217 wrote:Could it kill them to put some shade over the queue though?

I haven't gotten up to Hershey yet to ride it, but judging by pictures I also wondered why they didn't put any shade at all over that huge area of switchbacks...? Either they didn't have them in the budget or they wanted the view of the lift/drop clear from the queue are my only guesses. :?r

Probably a bit of both. The lift hill is so fast it's thrilling just to watch it. There's always gonna be a few gasps in the line.
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Postby alilstronger » Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:27 am

When I was there this past Monday it was mostly kid operators. All the of older people working I noticed were running the food stands.
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Re: Hersheypark (HP) Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Fri Jul 06, 2012 12:37 pm


The historic Hersheypark Arena, the longtime home of the Hershey Bears and site of Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game, escaped serious damage during an afternoon fire on Thursday. Fire crews were initially dispatched to the 76-year-old arena about 1:10 p.m. White smoke could be seen coming from the roof on the arena's western end. The smoke eventually turned gray, then black, and then flames were visible shooting from the roof for several minutes. The blaze eventually went to five alarms, and multiple fire companies from Dauphin, Lebanon and Lancaster counties were dispatched to the scene. Fire apparatus lined up next to Hersheypark Stadium waiting on stand-by. More fire companies from other counties were called to fill in for Dauphin County stations service areas while those crews were on scene.

The fire was located in a small area in the rooftop that had a wood frame around it, said Tim Shellenberger, managing director of corporate safety and security for Hershey Entertainment and Resorts. "The difficulty and why it took so long is not that it was a big blaze or a lot of harm to the structure itself," he said. "The difficulty was that it's over 100 feet off the floor of the arena, and there's very few catwalk structures and things to get to it." Additionally, Shellenberger said, firefighters had to go through multiple layers of building material just to reach the fire. "So it was just difficult for the firefighters to get to that location and be able to extinguish it," he said.

The fire was extinguished around 3:15 p.m. Afterwards, firefighters used chainsaws to cut away sections of the roof to search for hot spots.

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation by a Dauphin County fire marshal, said Chief Pat Leonard of the Hershey Volunteer Fire Co. "It doesn't appear to be anything suspicious," Leonard said. Three firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion, Leonard said. Two were transported to an area hospital and released, and one was treated at the scene. "One was assisted from the roof," Leonard said. "He was overcome by heat on the roof. We put safety ropes and tag lines on him. We had a small technical rescue from the roof." The fire was under control in about two hours, he said.

A damage estimate was not available, but Shellenberger noted there was "little to none." "It won't take us very long to repair what's there," he said. "Obviously, we'll have to wait until all the smoke clears to see how much soot and ash is on the old arena seats and the floor. I'm sure we're going to have a few days of cleanup, but actual structural damage, very minimal." Shellenberger said there are no structural concerns, although an order for non-essential personnel to get off the roof because of possible structural concerns was heard over emergency dispatch channels. "There probably was a concern while it was still a fire, but once it was put out there's been no actual degration to the structure itself at all," he said.

Shellenberger said the biggest concern was for the firefighters because of the heat. Temperatures reached the mid 90s on Thursday, and firefighters were rotating after 20-minute intervals. "There were multiple stations set up, some in air conditions, some under tents with ice, misters, showers and we had enough of a response here - it was a beautiful thing - by the fire department that they were able to rotate staff, so no one was really put under pressure to the point where they were in any kind of extreme danger," he said.

Shellenberger praised the firefighters who responded to the blaze, especially considering the heat they faced. "Few people love firefighters more than I do, and they did an outstanding job, and I couldn't begin to thank them enough for their response, their care," he said.

The fire did not affect Hersheypark at all, Shellenberger said. Nearby rides could be seen operating normally, including the park's new Skyrush roller coaster.

Between 30 and 40 people were in offices in the arena when the fire started, and they were all safely evacuated.

Shellenberger said no one was injured, but emergency scanner reports indicated several people were taken to a hospital.

The arena's roof is currently in the process of being replaced, but Shellenberger thinks the timing was coincidental and construction had nothing to do with the fire. "We have no way of knowing," he said. "They had worked in that area, but that was several days ago. They haven't been in that area for multiple days, so I wouldn't want to suggest it was the cause at this point."

Construction workers were working on the roof Thursday, but not in the area of the fire, he said.

The arena will be cleaned up, and operations will eventually return to normal, Shellenberger said. The arena's primary function nowadays is as an ice-skating facility, he said. "The amount of events that we have there is minimal at this point, but, yes, in a few days time we'll probably get back to normal with what events were scheduled there," he said.

The arena opened in 1936. Originally called the Hersheypark Sports Arena, it was designed and constructed by D. Paul Witmer, head of Hershey Lumber Products. The arena had a capacity of more than 7,500 seats.

Known as the 'Old Barn,' the arena was the home of the Hershey Bears for many years and is now the home of the Hershey Junior Bears youth ice hockey team, as well as the Lebanon Valley College and Shippensburg University ice hockey teams.

Over the years, it also has hosted events such as the Ice Capades, Disney on Ice, and in 1953, then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower's birthday celebration. Besides being home to the Bears, it is perhaps best known as the site of Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game on March 2, 1962.

"The Hersheypark Arena is a landmark and an icon to our company," Shellenberger said. "We would not be happy if something serious happened to it, so everybody (breathed) a little sigh of relief that the historic Hersheypark Arena is sound, it's fine, and it'll be back to normal shortly."

Fire shoots out of the roof of the Hershey Park Arena as fire crews battle a multi-alarm blaze Thursday, July 5, 2012. In the background people continue to ride Skyrush, Hershey Park's newest rollercoaster. LEBANON DAILY NEWS - JEREMY LONG
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Re: Hersheypark (HP) Discussion Thread

Postby I305KD » Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:59 pm

So sad. Such a historic building and long time home to my favorite team. The Hershey Bears! I'm just happy that there isn't any serious damage and nobody was hurt. Hopfully all damage is repaired.
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Postby pyrocoasterkid » Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:53 am

I know this has been answered numerous times throughout this thread, but it's gotten buried under all the posts from Skyrush and what not.... Can anyone tell me where I can get the best discount for a single day admission to the park? I see on their website that Giant Food Stores has $11 off general admission. Is there currently any better? If not, is the store closest to the park a "participating location"?

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Re: Hersheypark (HP) Discussion Thread

Postby Ccron10 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:08 am

Giant would be your best bet. There is one as you are entering Hershey on Cocoa Ave. (Rt. 743) a block up from Rt. 322. There is also a Giant as you are entering Hershey from Rt. 39 near the Antique Auto Museum.


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