Julie and Ted, you guys are right. I knew it said something along those lines and just assumed it was the same thing. Snap (no pun intended). Oh well, I'm sure I'll be back before long.
Part II: Hersheypark
As I mentioned at the beginning, the whole point of this trip was to go to Hersheypark for the first time. I've been drooling over Storm Runner ever since it was installed and the rest of the park has always looked pretty solid too, so I was completely amped about finally getting to this park.
It didn't let down. As far as major, not-really-themed amusement parks, it's definitely my favorite. The park was beautiful, had a pretty good flat selection, and every coaster there was solid. Even the boomerang wasn't that bad. They just need to rip out Roller Soaker as it is a capacity nightmare.
And Storm Runner definitely didn't let me down either. I can't get over that ride. The entire twist/snake dive is wicked insane and the launch felt super intense. People have told me it's not one of the more intense launches which baffles me and makes me want to hit up Xcelerator badly. I felt as if we hit top speed within a second. My vision even blurred during it. Never experienced that before. The ride was just sick.
Anyway, enjoy the pics! Kennywood is up next!
Thanks again to Hercules for the Hershey ticket offer.
Finally leaving this godforsaken town of Harrisburg! Nice city, but my hotel sucked balls and the road system is ridiculous. Whoever designed and named half the roads in this city as well as PA deserves a serious flogging. It's that ridiculous.
Finally! Almost there!
Laura, you're awfully excited to have the UK tour dvd in your hand. Why is that?
That's right, 'cause I threw our tickets in the case so they wouldn't get smashed! I'm tellin' ya folks, those TPR dvds are multi-useful! You all should invest in some. I hear all the cool kids are doin' it....
Wait, am I outside of Hershey or Busch Gardens TheEuroburgCountry?
I'm pretty impressed so far and I'm not even in the park yet.
Couldn't start out the day with anything but Storm Runner. This is really tucked back here.
Over zee hill, into zee vertical drop.
The funky, super tall Immelman thingamajig.
Wicked awesome inversion things. Or, 'snake dive' if you really wanna be technical.
How did you like it babe?
It sucked something awful.
Speaking of which...
Actually, I didn't think it was THAT bad.
This might have been the best mouse I've been on.
A few of the coasters are perched up, which makes them appear to be bigger than they really are.
Wildcat looked ginormous.
This area of the park was less than stellar, but Lightning Racers made up for it.
Dan and I would have got along just great today. Though it was hot as balls out.
Oh! I scored a two-fer! How's it goin' Jow and Derek?
I thought this was a cool shot. I don't actually wait for stuff like this either. I'm very impatient when it comes to taking pictures. I just have to notice something is coming and snap it fast enough.
Hey Jow, have you ever seen this? There was .a 'lift' chain in the station track that pulled it up onto the lift hill. Kind of nifty
You know the construction crew hated their jobs when they were building this...
I was actually REALLY excited about Great Bear for some reason. Nobody really seems to think that highly about it though...
The entire time we waited for Great Bear, we had this big group of camp kids surrounding us. They had to have been from NYC or something because they had no concept of 'space cushion.' This picture doesn't really do justice though. They would literally stand against us at some points.
I really liked Great Bear. I found it to be fairly intense and the unique layout was a lot of fun.
Great Bear was another coaster in the park that looked massive in places because it sits on top of a hill.
The old timer might have been the surprise of the day. Nothing spectacular, but still alive and kickin'. Pure fun.
I was really impressed with the park. Beautiful place, solid rides, and the air smells really does smell like chocolate! Stay tuned for Kennywood!
They just need to rip out Roller Soaker as it is a capacity nightmare.
Boo. The capacity does suck, but it's my favorite thing at Hershey. This opinion may have been influenced by the fact that it was so hot it felt like being baked in a kiln on the day we went. Still any ride where you can drench unsuspecting guests on the midway gets a big thumbs up from me.
The funky chain drive on SDL must be a Schwarzkopf thing. The other local Schwarzkopf, Laser at Dorney Park, has a weird lift arrangement that looks like nothing else I've seen other than the lift hill on the German wild mouse model I built last winter (except I hope Laser's cars are attached with chain dogs rather than magnets, and it has an anti-rollback system.)
The funky supports on Great Bear are due to the state department of environmental protection's overzealous refusal to allow anyone to excavate in even the most insignificant watercourse on their own property.
I had been building up Kennywood for a while to my girlfriend, so since our main purpose for this trip was to go to Hershey and we'd be driving right by Kennywood on the way back, we had to stop by so I could finally take her there.
Again, it was great. It was kind of disappointing to see some of the changes I've heard about, like Garfield's Nightmare. I loved Garfield as a kid, but they actually made the Old Mill worse with it.
Phantom's Revenge further solidified it's spot as my #1 steel as well. This thing is just incredible. I can only imagine how good it would have been if they had more space to keep those insane bunny hops going for a little longer. Oh well.
It was a great day at the park though. It wasn't very busy at all and we were pretty much able to do whatever we wanted. It was a blast. This is an awesome park to go to with your significant other. So much fun.
It was sad that this was the last day of our mini-PA tour, but it was a blast. Can't wait to do it again. And with all three of the parks we hit appearing to open major new rides next year, who knows? Maybe we'll just do the exact trip again next year!
Enjoy the final pics. Thanks for reading.
Maverick is great and all, but THIS is sex in coaster form.
After telling her all about it, we finally make it to K-wood.
The wait for Phantom to open isn't too bad (the rides open half hour after the park).
The drop into the Pittsburgh abyss...
(Enter Homer Simpson drooling noise)
When telling Laura about this ride, I might have sort of omitted the part where the ride drops off the face of the earth....
This is the part of the ride where your ass doesn't even have time to say goodbye to it's seat.
Best spinning mouse ever. The theming is great, and we had some insane spinning going on.
You have to get some whip action going on when you visit Kennywood.
The Screamin' Swing was a lot better than my first experience on one.
What lake storms are to CP, Potato Patch fries are to Kennywood. No trip is complete without them.
The proper way to go at your Potato Patch fries.
Thunderbolt was much better than I remember. You can't argue a lack of uniqueness at Kennywood.
Why did these things disappear off the face of the earth? This was freakin' nuts!
I love this park. It's too bad it's located in a janky part of town.
Some hot, steamy Disk'O action.
There's no dead space here. Gosh, I hope I'm not becoming a K-wood fanboy...
What a slut.
It was an awesome day... just another day that was hot as balls.
Great pics. "Hot as balls"- lol. Yes, it has been that hot here in the 'Burgh.
You're right about the Old Mill at Kennywood- what they did to that was criminal. It was such a great, classic cheesy dark ride.
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