Good luck with Great Adventure, I went today and it was jammed. Long lines for everything (even the Blackbeard's Lost Treasure Train a junior coaster looked to be 30 minutes!). Full queues for El Toro, Nitro and Bizarro. I am afraid Saturday might be even worse. I left after riding Nitro (used an exit pass from Funatics and it still took almost 20 minutes!) and The Dark Knight.
So I have just made it to my brother's place here in D.C., and we have come to a decision to change up plans for tomorrow as SFA doesn't have their pass center open until later in the morning, so we are going to visit Hersheypark tomorrow, and then on Sunday, I am going to make a short visit to SFA to process my pass and catch a few rides, before heading back to Doswell to visit Kings Dominion again.......yes again.
As I was on my way to DC, I came to being within a short distance of KD, and thought it may be cool to see Intimidator 305 upclose and in person, so I made a quick stop, took a couple pictures, took a spin on Anaconda, as I-305 was down at the time, and got back in the car to get to D.C.
This update is to help tell the tale of my journey here to D.C. from work.
Tomorrow at Hershey, and the weather is supposed to be great! If you spot me, don't be afraid to say hey!
Here we have Mr. Taylor's corner of the room and desk.....yes, my students are well aware of my enjoyment of theme parks!
This would be the best sight of the day, as they have all gone home for Spring Break, which means........
.....it's time for Mr. Taylor to begin his spring break weekend trip!
While I do teach in a mobil unit, it is really convienient at the end of the day, because.......
.......I park my car right outside, which means........
I can get right in and head up to DC!
Well, the drive was off to a slow start, as there was an unusual amount of traffic on I-95 in NC
Traffic usually bums me out, but at least we kept moving
Richmond Skyline Ahead
So here it is around 7:27......
....and Kings Dominion is just up ahead, and closes at 8........
....could be worth a stop!
Dominator at night!
Is this picture Bag-O-Crap worthy? :)
Since I don't recall there being a road sign welcoming to the District of Columbia, so I figured a blurry picture of the Washington monument would due for this time! Thanks for checking it out, its off to Hersheypark tomorrow!
"Imagine the Crystal Beach Cyclone with a Gerstlauer train!"
Yesterday, Kellen and I went to Hersheypark for the first time, and I must say that I truly enjoyed our visit there. It was a day of some great coasters, and comical moments! The weather was beautiful, and while the crowds were a bit large, the only long wait we had was for Fahrenheit at about an hour. Most everything else we were on within 25 minutes or less. Here is a breakdown of my thoughts on the coasters:
- Great Bear: An good B&M invert. It was not quite as intense as some of its other counterparts around the country, but it was still a lot of fun! I would have loved to get another ride on it, but with only one-train going, we decided that our last row ride was good for the day. Certainly one of my favorites at the park
- Trailblazer: A ok mine ride, a little shorter compared to others, and a bit jerky, but still gave some good views of other rides, such as Storm Runner
-Storm Runner: We rode it in the thrid row, and I was surprised by the ride! I knew it would be a great ride, but I was suprised at the airtime that it had. I figured it wouldn't have much air to it at all, but it had some spots of it here and there. The best part for me was the top hat. It did break down at one point, but the maintenance staff got it back up and going fairly quickly, so kudos to them!
-Sidewinder: Boomerang......enough said
-Wildcat: I have to admit that I was a little disappointed when I rode Wildcat, as every GCI I had been on other than Gwazi Lion was a blast, but this one just didn't live up to the others for me. I think it shook a bit more than I would have expected for Millennium Flyer trains.
-Sooperdooperlooper: Having been on Shock Wave and Mind Bender, I have been spoiled by so awesome Schwarzkopf coasters....Sooperdooperlooper was an okay one. The loop was nice and intense, but the rest was kind of meh. Not much air to speak of on this one.
-Wild Mouse: Little to no brakes made this a fun ride. Some parts were a little hard on the sides, but still fun
-Lightning Racer: Either one of the racers is awesome! I think the racing aspect adds something to it. That and the ride itself is just a lot of fun! It was certainly on the higher end of the GCI list in my opinion! Kellen and I both had trouble with winning though, as we ended the day with a 1-5 record
-Fahrenheit: Would be the longest line of the day at an hour, but it was well worth it! The way the little pops of air came, I imagine this is what Maverick is supposed to be like when you are not thinking about your neck getting destroyed by the restraint. I really like Fahrenheit a lot! The transitions were nice and smooth, and the first drop was cool!
-Comet: We had an okay ride in the front that didn't do a whole lot, but a nighttime ride in the back made up for it! Always enjoy a classic.
One other thing that we did was check out Chocolate World in the middle of the day. The factory tour ride was pretty cool, and we were actually picked out to take a taste test of some new Jolly Rancher chewable candy. While that itself may not sound all that funny, it dawned on Kellen and I shortly after we started the test that we had been lured into a secluded room with the promise of candy.....It didn't help when the dialogue was something along the lines of "You two like candy?", "Yeah!", "How about you two come in this room here and we will have you test out some new products for us." We did get a free Hershey bar for our time, which was cool.
Overall, it turned out to be a great day, and I really enjoyed my time at Hershey. I can't wait until I have a chance to check it out again! This update will actually take to posts as I had taken over a hundred pictures to post on here, so I hope you all enjoy!
A city called Cockeysville.....that cracks me up a little
A redbox at McDonalds.....now if only I see a man eat his own head will I be able to say that I have seen everything
Who is this guy? Seems like an okay stranger, lets take him along!
PA welcome sign for the collection
Harrisburg's skyline in the distance
We made it to Hersheypark!
And from the parking lot, we see that Storm Runner is getting ready for the day!
Wildcat from the lot
Just in case there is any doubt about where Hersheypark is.....
Gary: "Are you ready for the best day ever Kellen?!!!!?!" Kellen: "Uhhhhhhh, sure"
Chocholate World! We would come and check it out later after lunch
The Hershey stacks.....or a model of them for Chocolate World I should say
As you can see, it was a crowded day, but that would stop us from having a good time
Although it looks like the state of Pennsylvania wants you to pay $0.75 in order to have fun.....
This has to be worth at least 10 cents! Only 65 more to go!
The man behind the city, factory, or in other words, mini-empire known as Hershey
First order of Business......Great Bear!
A solid invert that gives a good ride
Not the most intense of the inverts, but still a good ride!
Would have loved to get more rides, but one train operation made that a bit tricky.....oh well, there is always next time
It is definately one of the most unique in its design for supports
As shown here as well
It also come very close to some of the other rides, like here with Sooperdooperlooper
While in line for Great Bear, you can see that the coal craker is being fixed up
This sign made us crack up a little
Up next was Trailblazer
A little jerky in spots, but still a good ride for the family, and the line was non-existant when we got on.
Storm Runner would follow as it had a very minimal line at the time
Kellen and I both loved Storm Runner
I loved this part of the ride
I was surprised how much airtime it had, as I did not expect it
It did go down once before we got on, but the wait for maintenance was only a short bit, maybe 10 minutes, and we were on our way.
The launch was pretty cool too. First smaller hydrolic launch coaster I had been on
Giving Sidewinder some love. It was an okay ride, but once you do one boomerang, you've done them all (unless you do it for the credit).
The one credit that would not be had today, but it was worth missing for the sake of getting in for about half the regular proce!
Up next was our last coaster before lunch......Wildcat
It looks like a good ride, but it didn't quite live up to some of the other GCIs out there
I don't recall seeing such a happy wildcat before
I wonder if that have a Dutch Oven :)
Time for a little break to see what Chocolate World
Apparently this woman does not understand our narcissism
Inside Chocolate World
The story of the Hershey Company, while waiting to do the Factory Tour Ride
Love how they are trying to make the authentic look, bird poo and all!
Getting on the ride for the tour
A "bro-mantic" moment
Always love a fine set of rears!
Singing cows on the tour
Going into the "factory"
Kellen appreciates a good bean cleaner
Mixing the beans
Singing cows again
The fine brands of the Hershey Company
The onride picture......this is the kind of stuff that movie posters are made of!
Wopper guy seems kind of shy.......Syrup Bottle dude looks like he has been smoking up! Look how red his eyes are!
This is the point where Kellen and I were lured into a secluded room with the promise of candy......not always the best situation to get yourself in
Yeay for taste-tests where you get free candy as a reward!!!!!
Kellen ended up with a case of peppermint nipples from the Chocolate Tour
They sure do have one hell of a candy inventory at this place
One last shot before returning to the park
Kellen is still trying to get over the fact that he had been lured into a secluded room with the promise of candy
No Gary.....that is not the biggest Hershey Bar.....it's a guy in a suit
First ride back.....Sooperdooperlooper!
In the loop......
And through it too
Looks like Syrup Bottle Guy has gone clean, looks like Milkduds Man has been a good influence
Lightning Racers.....definatly the best woodies in the park! Kellen and I both managed only one win out of 6 tries
Maybe it was because he didn't know how to use the seatbelts on the ride
The whip was on the short side, but still fun
Didn't ride it, but it would have been good for more pictures, something to save for another visit!
The next ride.....Fahrenheit!
An awesome rides with some great elements, and good air to it!
Was the longest wait we had at about an hour
But it was worth it
Resese's Extream Cup Challenge.
A neat ride, but the guns were kind of shot, and it was hard to tell how the score was kept.
And the last credit for the day.....Comet
The front row was an okay ride. The back row at night was a great way to end the night!
Time to begin the end of the update with some nighttime shots!
One of my favorite nighttime pictures I have ever taken
How about some nighttime antics? Hey, at this point I think we only had about a dime left to go before we got our 75 cents worth of fun from the state amusement tax
Nice pictures of Hersheypark! I apologize for not getting back to you about what ride I was operating yesterday... we don't receive our ride assignments until the start of our shift. But if you were wondering, I was working Stormrunner! I don't recall seeing you, though. :\
Yesterday was a great day to attend Hersheypark... lines were significantly shorter than friday and saturday. I was working Frog Hopper on friday, and even THAT had a 45 minute wait. An hour wait for Fahrenheit is a blessing, haha.
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