Hersheypark - Springtime in the Park April 18 - 20th

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Hersheypark - Springtime in the Park April 18 - 20th

Postby coasterkyle » Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:46 pm

This past weekend I decided to take a trip to Hersheypark since everyone and their mother was going to KI. 2 Amazing Intamins were worth the 7 hr trip and missing out on a B&M In my opinion.

We arrived to our hotel around 5pm on Friday so we had time to relax before there preview plan for ticket holders of the next day were allowed into the park at 6:30 we arrived to the park with plenty time to spare. We went to Chocolate World to discover how insanely pack it seemed like but I believe that had to do with the amount of space available to move around with all of the renovations taking place at the moment. We turned around and headed to the side walk where Skyrush was next to take some pictures to kill some time.

By 6 a line was starting to form for the preview so we joined the line. They opened the line with a few min to go and we booked it straight to Skyrush. After getting off we saw that park was somewhat packed so we just decided to head towards Lighting Racer. The sun was starting to set and we decided to take some photos of Fahrenheit. I also stopped by the new Chickie's and Pete's stand to see what the big deal was about these Crab Fries, they were good but at almost $9 for a small bucket they are not that great. It was about 8 this time and we headed back by Great Bear since it seemed their dispatches were better then the other rides. We got off and decided to wait for Last ride on Skyrush we just happen to be apart of the last full train in row 8 but they had two trains worth of riders for the front row they allowed us to stay on for those and so we got a total of 3 rides with out getting off. Exhausted from the drive to the park we decided to head straight back to the hotel and order a pizza and crash.

Saturday morning we got to the park around 9:30 to see the line to get in was already to the Hershey Palace. I expected it to be busy because the last time i visited during STINP it was packed. We booked it to Skyrush again to get first ride but we arrived to a train halfway out of the station stopped on the lift. We stopped for a few min to see if anything was going to happen and the moved the train so it was entirely on the lift. I was about to leave but noticed I formed a line. We decided to give it about 10 more min, sure enough they got it going and opened the line for us. By this time our friend Cody met up with us. we got our lap on Skyrush then decided to head straight to Fahrenheit before it got a ridiculous wait. we then hit up Wild Mouse, Lighting Racer, Wildcat, and Sidewinder all with about 10 to 15 min waits. We arrived to Storm Runner after passing by earlier seeing them working on the launch track. It was about a 30 min wait not bad with the overflow barley open. We headed to Great Bear and waited another 30 min and then hit up Looper. By this time we decided to head out to grab some lunch. This was without stopping along the creek path and grabbing some more photos of Skyrush. We headed out to the Wendys by the park...You cant pass up a place with Coke Freestyle haha.

Before heading back into the park we decided to hit up the Factory Tour... we had to do this back way to the ride with all of the renovations to the rides queue and ride exit. We went back to the park to see that Skyrush was down. This time we didn't wait and decide to hit up Sooper again and head back to the back of the park. By this time my Knee started hurting , we headed to first aide and grab some Tylenol and take some photos of Fahrenheit. I took some of my favorite photos of the ride during this time. after doing Wildcat and Racer we decided to see the status of Rush again (yes we did plenty of walking back and forth) still seeing it was down but the train looked like it was done being worked on and was moved into its proper position (About 2hrs since we noticed it first was down.) We diced to go to comment and wait in its line and were going to get out of line if we see that if Rush was going to cycle. 5 min in line a train went around and we headed to the line forming out side the entrance 3 more cylces and they opened it up for us. After the ride we got back in line at Comet took a quick lap. My friend Cody mentioned that his friend was operating Great Bear and heard that a few Cedar Point operators were in the park and wanted to show us what Great Bear looked like without stacking sure enough they were kicking ass, props off to them the whole time we were in line they did not stack. It was awesome to see other operators care what others think about how they operate.

It was reach 9 and we were going to get last ride again on Skyrush and the same thing happened as last night. we headed out but we were invited to Red Robin with a few Hersheypark ride ops and hung out and shared stories and what not. Its funny to see how ride ops have some of the same rituals from park to park.

Sunday was more of a get as many rides in as possible so I didn't keep track of what we did in what order but we hit up the staples of the park all at least once RXC, the Tower, the monorail and most of the coasters once. then I marathoned Skyrush the rest of the time for a grand total of 18 rides in one day. Yes my thighs were begging for mercy but it was so worth it.

Overall this trip was a blast I had an amazing time and the operations were not terrible but I do give props to the Great Bear Crew that was operating SAT night and whoever was working Sky Rush all weekend you guys were amazing. the reason I mention Skyrush is the fact Saturday they were moving the line as well as they could with just one train available and on Sunday I had a brace on my knee and they were asking me if it had and hard material in it ( It's an Intamin thing to not allow any braces or cast if there are any 'hard' material in it) and the fact they were attentive enough to notice that under my long shorts brought a smile to face.

I'm only going to point out the rides were something stood out to me (Good or Bad)

Skyrush - amazing all weekend as usual except for the little hiccups on Sat. I know the restraints hurt but the ride is Insane and Ill gladly take a sore thighs over lackluster airtime. And to top the trip off we got the last train of the night on Sunday to ourselves.

Storm Runner - This crew was also kicking ass seems like they were ready to send a train out as soon as the system could reset (I know with dragster its like 72 seconds or something like that)

Fahrenheit - Every ride I have ever taken on this it seems like its riding on a bad wheel. esp through the Cobra Roll

Lighting Racer/ Wildcat - Running fairly smooth but that's a given since it is only the second weekend they have been open. and Racers new restraints looked cool, but my skinny self didn't notice the difference.

Great Bear - I do love a unique B&M since they are rare. and I forgot about the layout after the zero g Friday night and loved not knowing where I was going.

SDL- love this classic and it's forceful loop

Wild Mouse - I love the fact the hardly brake this. It flies through the switchbacks and it feels like it will come off the rails.

Now onto the photos these were all taken with my Galaxy S5 and was pleasantly surprised with how well it was able to take photos. then I edited the in Photoshop.
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Re: Hersheypark - Springtime in the Park April 18 - 20th

Postby CPSFMMCW » Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:55 pm

great trip report! Seeing this really makes me wanna go back to Hershey...I had a fantastic experience there. Skyrush was awesome. Fahrenheit was my Fav though. But only barely. Storm runner was fun. And OMGosh I LOVED lightning racer!!! I was soooo fun!! Both sides!! Easily my #2 and 3 woodies! (I've ridden Toro and so thats my #1 woodie) But yeah I really wanna get back there. Catch up on the rides I missed. Didn't get to take a lap on Wild Mouse, SDC, Trailblazer, or Comet. And now Cocoa cruiser. All they need is a drop tower and I'm this close to bookin it over there! LOVE HERSHEY!
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Re: Hersheypark - Springtime in the Park April 18 - 20th

Postby boldikus » Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:34 pm

Great photos! I really want to make it to Hershey this year.

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Re: Hersheypark - Springtime in the Park April 18 - 20th

Postby Joe Cool » Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:37 pm

Awesome trip report. I need to get back to Hershey and ride me some Skyrush. Miss that ride!!
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Re: Hersheypark - Springtime in the Park April 18 - 20th

Postby yankeeman311 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:17 pm

Nice trip report. Glad I'm not the only one to notice Farenheit doesn't run well through the cobra roll. I always feel like that's a bad part of the ride because it doesn't run well through it. Could never really figure out why that stood out but the more I think about it the more I think you're right. Still can't wait to get back to Hershey this year!
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Re: Hersheypark - Springtime in the Park April 18 - 20th

Postby CPmillenia94 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:43 pm

:lover: :lover: STORMRUNNERS PAINT JOB!!

How are they running it this year? I know there have been years where it crawled over that tophat and others where it flew the whole way.. The latter is in my top ten.

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Re: Hersheypark - Springtime in the Park April 18 - 20th

Postby coasterkyle » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:58 pm

The trains were flying over the top hat
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Re: Hersheypark - Springtime in the Park April 18 - 20th

Postby Bizarrovsworld » Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:11 pm

Great pictures! How bad was Skyrush running? Last year it nearly cut off the circulation in the legs :angry:

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Re: Hersheypark - Springtime in the Park April 18 - 20th

Postby coasterkyle » Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:17 pm

Skyrush was running amazing tho they only had 1 train ready. I can handle the the restraints. I dont get all the hate over the restraints. But they must be B&M fan's (I kid i kid ) It's the best ride I've ridden. Yeah, I have a slight bruise on my thighs but the pain was worth the 50 seconds of pure ejector air and twistieness.
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Re: Hersheypark - Springtime in the Park April 18 - 20th

Postby robbalvey » Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:15 pm

coasterkyle wrote:Ill gladly take a sore thighs over lackluster airtime.

This. This EXACTLY! And it's all the whimpy people that complain about it is why we can't have nice things and will probably never see another ride with as extreme airtime built in the USA.

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