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Postby larrygator » Tue Jun 12, 2007 7:54 am

^Barry they had no good DW t-shirts in XL, just a craptacular one for $20. Of course we stopped at DW.

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Postby cfc » Tue Jun 12, 2007 7:30 pm

Night and Day at Hersheypark, June 9-10

Larry and I finished Dorney in mid-afternoon, so we hit the highway for the 90-minute drive to Hersheypark. Our plan was to buy our tickets for Sunday, do as many of the coasters as we could before the park closed at 10:00, then finish off and reride some stuff on Sunday. (Hershey will let you in the park at 7:15 or so if you buy a ticket that night. My thanks to Sensei Derek for cluing me into this little perk.)

Well, we got there a bit early, so we checked out Hershey's Chocolate World. This is essentially the "Word of Coke," only with chocolate (and admission is free). There is, of course, Hershey's chocolate out the yin-yang for sale, a rather Epcot-like dark ride about how chocolate is made, and the "Really Big 3D Show" (basically a 3D commercial for Hershey's that costs an extra $5.95).

Finally, our time came, and in we went. Hersheypark is one of the most beautiful parks I've ever visited (right up there with Euroburg). I particularly like how they've integrated the park's "Boardwalk" section with the water park--very cleverly done. And, unlike your average Cedar Fair park, Hershey's loves trees. There's a good selection for you flat-ride fans out there, and the Reese's Xtreme Cup Challenge is a surprisingly addictive shooting dark ride (at least we got a kick out of it).

We were really covering the theme-park spectrum this weekend: Hersheypark, the "destination" that you could easily spend a few days exploring; Dorney Park, the nice "daytrip" or local park; and Dutch Wonderland, the "roadside attraction" (or "tourist trap," depending on how you look at it).

Here are the coasters from best to worst. Note that there's only one really bad one, at least to my mind.

Lightning Racer--This awesome dueling woodie is my third favorite behind Balder and El Toro. It's fast and twisty, yet surprisingly smooth, and the "dueling" trains really add a whole other dimension to the ride. Not to be missed. (We were 3-1 last weekend--2 wins on "Lightning," 1 on "Thunder.")

Storm Runner--This is definitely the best of the launchers I've ridden. (I haven't been on TTD or Xcelerator, so please don't ask. ;) ) I like that it has a few more tricks up its sleeve beyond the standard "high-hat" beginning. I'd take this one over Kingda Ka any day.

Great Bear--An excellent B&M inverted, that flies through its course over the lake in Comet Hollow. It's intense, yet smooth and lots of fun.

Wildcat--Another good stack of wood, even if it is a bit blown away by Lightning Racer. I understand that this beast used to be on the rough side, but I guess those new trains helped, because I didn't find it to be too rough at all--just lots of fun.

Superdooperlooper--Anton, the master of the vertical loop, strikes again! Yes, this isn't the biggest coaster I've ever ridden, but it is a lot of fun (which is the whole idea, right?). I like how the lifthill starts out slowly, then shifts into to high gear to hurtle you over the top.

Comet--I've heard some complaints about this old woodie, but I liked it--good, old-school fun.

Wild Mouse--This is a better-than-average steel mouse for two reasons: 1) It's built on top of a hill, which also heightens the thrill, and 2) it isn't braked much at all. One of the best of its kind, I think.

Roller Soaker--Not a big thrill machine, but that's not the idea, is it? We hit this one early on Sunday morning to get the credit and minimize the level of wetness (which still went beyond "acceptable"). It's even more fun to cut loose on other riders with the water cannons.

Trailblazer--Yup! It's a standard-issue Arrow mine train. As family coasters go, it's OK (but I think Carowinds has a better one).

Sidewinder--I got two words for ya: Vekoma Boomerang. 'Nuff said on that.

On to the pics.
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Hot damn tamale! Here's Hersheypark at last. But we're a bit early so . . .
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. . . it's time to check out Chocolate World!
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What the hell is this? Living with the Land without boats?
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Howdy! I'm a bull! Can you tell me what role I play in the making of chocolate, young feller?
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Well, Mr. Bull, somebody has to knock up all those cows, so that we can get enough milk to make . . .
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. . . delicious Kit Kat bars!
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Larry and I were deeply mo-o-o-o-ved by the story of chocolate.
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God, you could eat yourself into a diabetic coma in no time in this place.
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But there is more to life than just chocolate, you know.
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Yeah--there's also ice cream!
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Larry shows his udder Red Dawn Awesomeness. (Sorry--there had to be at least one "udder" joke in this TR.)
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OK--time to experience "100 Years of Happy!"
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Hmm--why does this sign look so familiar?
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Oh, that's right. This ride is "Angus McNasty" approved.
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(We now return to our TR already in progress.) Here's Wildcat!
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These trains are just so comfy.
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They're "Scary Guy with Spider Tattoos" approved, too!
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I liked Wildcat quite a bit.
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But not as much as I liked Lightning Racer!
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Choose your weapons, take ten paces, turn, and fire! The dueling action is great. More pics to come.
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Postby niiicolaaah » Tue Jun 12, 2007 7:34 pm

I HATE Hersheypark. But I love Angus McNasty, so it balances out. :lmao:
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Postby cfc » Tue Jun 12, 2007 7:46 pm

Paragraph a, subsection b of "Night and Day at Hersheypark."
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What gives? I thought we were in Hershey, Pa.
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Who cares? Long as I got a beach chair to kick back on, I'm good.
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Hmm--the total absence of water would indicate that we are decidedly not in Rehobeth Beach.
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Next stop--Storm Runner!
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Seems that lots of other people had the same idea. (It was about a 50-minute wait.)
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Sheesh! Even the riding position is PC.
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Yet it discriminates against those of "unusual body proportions." If the restraints chafe your thighs, you're OK, I guess.
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Is it just me, or does the kid on the right look possessed?
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Behold what Storm Runner can do, Kingda Ka, and despair!
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Hmm--why does this picture remind me of some park in Arkansas?
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Yep--Storm Runner is a winner . . .
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. . . that craps all over this loser (Sidewinder).
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Here's a look at the Boardwalk after dark--shore is purty, aint it?
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Hey, thanks for the fireworks sendoff, Hershey--but we'll be back tomorrow. (But there will be more pics here tonight.)
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Postby cfc » Tue Jun 12, 2007 8:06 pm

Paragraph a, subsection b, sub-subsection d of "Night and Day at Hersheypark."
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Our first stop on Sunday was the Boardwalk.
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Time to get one of the wettest credits ever--Roller Soaker.
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Yes, we risked our fine wardrobes for this one.
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Revenge! Sweet, sweet, cold revenge is mine! Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!
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You'll be hanging on for dear life on Hershey's Wild Mouse!
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Time to get a "Nicole's Eye View" of Hersheypark, her most favoritest place ever!
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The insane Wild Mouse towers over the water park.
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Eyeball to eyeball with Storm Runner (sort of).
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Hey, isn't that Chuck's favorite ride here?
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Yep--sure is!
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Bye-bye Boardwalk--we got other credits to get.
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Bad sign.
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Good sign.
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Hey, boss! I think the problem has to do with this doohickey, here!
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Dadburn Storm Runner thinks he's the best thing since hot sauce on a plate of frijoles, eh?
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Well, I'm a gonna cruise right over your queue, Storm Runner! And there's not a dadgum thing you can do about it! Yeehaw!
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Well, punking Storm Runner on Trailblazer made us powerful hungry! Time for some BBQ!
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Hey, Emo Boy--this bowl's for you! Last set of Hershey pics to come next.
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Postby Xxhershey818xX » Tue Jun 12, 2007 8:11 pm

Great Photos

_Now Im really starting to miss Hershey though!

Oh well anyway Great Photo TR!

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Postby cfc » Tue Jun 12, 2007 8:19 pm

Paragraph a, subsection b, sub-subsection d, fn. 1 of "Night and Day at Hersheypark."
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Well, time for a Kissing Tower eye's view of Nicole's favorite park.
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As a public service, Larry will demonstrate how not to sit on this attraction.
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You know, it just doesn't look as whimsical as Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.
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Here you can see Great Bear, Superdooperlooper, and Comet.
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Grr! Me Great Bear! Loop you silly!
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Note the bizarre, "Duck, Swan, and Goose" approved supports for Great Bear. (They had to keep them out of the lake.)
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See? Great Bear doesn't bother the ducks at all.
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Larry, on the other hand . . .
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Comet's trains are more "old school" than those of Wildcat and Ligntning Racer.
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Larry gets the bird on Flying Falcon.
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Yeah, he's up there somewhere, spinning around.
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Larry's ready to chew bubblegum and kick ass on Xtreme Cup Challenge--and he's all out of bubblegum!
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Thanks for a great day, Hersheypark! See you around, Stormrunner! Stay tuned for Dutch Wonderland.
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Postby Meteornotes » Tue Jun 12, 2007 9:00 pm

Chuck's PTRs always entertain. Plus we got a bonus shot of Angus McNasty!

Hersheypark is a great place, though I have to say I was very underwhelmed by the Reese's shooting ride. I think the thing had a budget of about $5.50 or so. I thought it was very "meh" compared to other Sally dark rides.

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Postby SharkTums » Tue Jun 12, 2007 9:48 pm

This is my new favorite picture of Larry:

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Postby redfoot12 » Tue Jun 12, 2007 10:36 pm

Ah--so that's how this trip went...

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