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Publication: Patriot-News, The (Harrisburg, PA) Author(s): The Patriot-News
NICK MALAWSKEY Date: August 19, 2010 Page: A03
Hersheypark: What's next? The project dubbed ?Attraction 2012' is kept under wraps and Hersheypark enthusiasts, hungry for even the vague details, keep guessing at what it will be.
What's 212.6 feet tall, will be constructed near the Comet roller coaster and is being termed a new "marquee attraction" at Hersheypark? The ambiguously titled Attraction 2012 is Hershey Entertainment Co.'s code name for the big ride its design wizards are whipping up for construction during the next two years.
Buzz around the project has built for about six weeks after the term first appeared in a legal notice regarding zoning variance requests sought by the company.
Two months ago survey stakes also appeared on the park's grounds, which in turn led to a flurry of Internet postings as ride enthusiasts tried to extrapolate what Hersheypark could be building.
"Park/coaster enthusiasts continuously do our homework and research these kinds of sightings and know what a lot of these markings stand for and what they mean," said Matthew Meckley, an administrator with keystonethrills.megabb.com.
Meckley and other enthusiasts at the site have been salivating for details regarding the project and Wednesday night a few emerged during a Derry Twp. zoning hearing.
Among them, a peak ride height of 212.6 feet, was welcome news to Derek Shaw, a local member of the American Coaster Association.
"That's something sizable for a change," he said. "I hope they do something good and big."
Shaw said a large attraction, possibly a coaster, would be right in line with the park's usual development schedule. Unlike other amusement parks that roll out major attractions annually, Hersheypark tends to do one every two years.
"I don't think they feel they need to put something in every year," Shaw said. He noted that unlike other major parks, Hersheypark has a built-in tourist base with the town's chocolate history and the surrounding attractions.
That doesn't mean that Hersheypark takes anything for granted.
"New attractions are needed to help keep the park competitive," said Tim Przybylowski, senior vice president with Benatec Associates Engineers, who presented the park's argument for three zoning exemptions.
The company was asking for an exemption to the township's height limitations so it could build to a maximum 212 feet; a second asking to encroach on Park Avenue, adjacent to the area known as Comet Hollow where the ride will be built and the third to allow 32 support columns to be built in and around a man-made pond.
That will allow the ride to cross over the pond, Przybylowski said.
In order to accommodate the ride, the park would remove two catering buildings near the Comet and Superdooperlooper, Przybylowski said.
He told the board that the park had chosen Comet Hollow in order to "re-balance" the park.
"Since the creation of Boardwalk and Midway, demand has [increased] in that area," he said. The placement of the new attraction would serve to alleviate some of the demands on those areas.
But he didn't say was what the attraction would be. Przybylowski said Hersheypark operates within an ultra competitive industry and would have to keep most of the details under wraps to keep its edge.
Still, the details that emerged smell like a roller coaster to enthusiasts, and that has riders already at the edge of their seats.
Even if they can't agree on what they want.
"I'm really hoping that this is a hyper-coaster of some kind," Meckley said. "I've been on Steel Force [Dorney Park], Magnum XL200 [Cedar Point], Diamondback [Kings Island] and Apollo's Chariot [Busch Gardens Williamsburg] and they're all good rides."
Shaw said he would be happier with a wooden coaster, similar to his park favorite, the Comet.
One thing they agree on -- Hersheypark will keep everyone guessing until the last moment.
"The last time, they created this bogus website ... Nantimi," Shaw said.
The website offered details for a fake ride named the Tsunami, which eventually turned into a viral marketing campaign for the actual ride, the Fahrenheit. Shaw said he wouldn't be surprised to see the park play more games with its fans this time around.
"They know how to do that," he said. "And if you can get the buzz going, that's free advertising."
INFOBOX: RECENT HOT ATTRACTIONS
Installed: 2008 The ride, shown above, is a " vertical lift inverted loop coaster" that, according to Hersheypark.com, ascends 121 feet, then has a 97- degree drop. Prior to the ride's launch, a fake website lauded the coming of the Tsunami, which eventually turned into a marketing campaign for the actual ride.
Opened: 2007 The initial Boardwalk included five water attractions, 11 food outlets, six games, seven stores, shade areas, hundreds of lounge chairs, two changing rooms with fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo and showers, and a building for guest services and first aid.
BOARDWALK 2: THE SEAQUEL
Opened: 2009 The addition to the Boardwalk, shown under construction, features a 4-foot- deep wave pool enclosed by the Intercoastal Waterway, a " lazy river" in which riders float in individual, translucent inner tubes.
Hersheypark has sent us a press release about this year's holiday activities.
In November and December, visitors to Hershey, The Sweetest Place On Earth, can enjoy unique holiday-themed attractions, special kids' activities, holiday shopping, festive culinary events and special overnight packages during a town-wide celebration that lasts throughout the holiday season. The centerpiece of the holiday celebration is Hersheypark Christmas Candylane, through which the Park is transformed into a delightful holiday village with more than 30 rides, Santa and his nine live reindeer, live entertainment, games, shops, and food. Guests can experience N.O.E.L., a breathtaking light show featuring more than 125,000 dancing lights synchronized to favorite toe-tapping Christmas music. Hersheypark Christmas Candylane will open on November 19.
Just a short drive from Hersheypark Christmas Candylane is “Hershey Sweet Lights, A Holiday Drive-Thru Spectacular,” which will open for the season on November 12. Guests can drive their cars along a 2.3-mile route through a wooded hillside and enjoy nearly 600 light displays, all while listening to the sounds of the season through a customized radio broadcast.
Both Hershey Lodge and The Hotel Hershey will offer overnight accommodations and packages to guests who wish to relax and enjoy all the town’s activities during a multi-day stay. Families may be interested in booking the popular “Breakfast With Santa” package at either property or the “Holiday Cottage Package” at The Hotel Hershey.
In addition, Hershey Lodge will offer guests a holiday dinner show. “Christmas in Chocolate Town, A Holiday Dinner Musical” includes a festive dinner topped off with a decadent chocolate dessert and a professional song-and-dance performance. This seasonal revue has changed for 2010 and will feature all-new songs, dances and set design. Christmas in Chocolate Town will kick off on November 19.
Every member of the family will enjoy “Holiday with Dickens” at The Hotel Hershey on December 5 and 6. Guests can celebrate the spirit of the season with an engaging performance of Charles Dickens’ cherished tale, A Christmas Carol. Gerald Charles Dickens, the great-great-grandson of the renowned author, will give his interpretation of the beloved story at both afternoon English tea and an elegant dinner.
The Spa At The Hotel Hershey also will take part in the seasonal celebration by offering holiday Spa packages. The “Holiday Season Sampler” combines three treatments into one amazing experience. It includes a full-body exfoliation, a hydrating body wrap that incorporates spicy body butter, and a massaging application of pure essential oils. Other holiday Spa packages feature peppermint treatments and are a great way to enjoy the sweet aromas of the season from head to toe.
The festivities will continue at Hershey’s Chocolate World with the second annual Hershey’s Holiday Chocolate House, which will be on display starting in late November. This life-size house will be completely covered in Hershey’s famous chocolate and confectionery products and will be Santa’s home throughout Christmas in Hershey. Hershey's Chocolate World also is home of Hershey’s Bake Shoppe, which will offer freshly baked Christmas treats. Chocolate is on everyone's Christmas list, and Hershey's Chocolate World has the largest selection of Hershey's products found anywhere.
I was just pondering on what type of coaster they would put in that area if they do decide to put a coaster there. Some options I think they might go with are Hyper (B&M or Intamin?), Mega Lite (Please God, Please) or a Euro FIghter (There has been a lot being built lately). This is of course if they build a coaster.
Just quick reminder to people who may not be members over at Keystone Thrills and might be planning a trip to Hersheypark in the Dark this year -- we'll be having a fan meet-up for Keystone Thrills at Hersheypark in the Dark on October 17th. Rain date would be the following Sunday, should our schedules work out for that. We plan on checking out the "Attraction 2012" markings and discuss about them, have a group meal at one of the restaurants and enjoy ourselves riding the rides together and getting to know each other better as coaster/park enthusiasts.
Note that this event will not be "official" as it is basically just a group of us getting together on our own time to enjoy the park. If you do plan to meet up with us, you will be responsible for your own admission ticket and money for food.
I'm telling you guys.. the Dippin Dots guy gave me this picture I posted earlier!
In all honesty, I'm thinking the layout WILL stretch over to where the old pool was. If it's Intamin I'm hoping it would be a megalite type ride only around 200 feet tall. I PRAY it's not a Eurofighter because with Storm Runner and Fahrenheit there's no need for anymore inversions, vertical lifts, or vertical'ish drops in Hersheypark for the time being!
I think a Dive Coaster would be pretty cool though. The larger trains and hold brake and 75 extra feet would at least add something to another vertical drop The man made pond they are talking about yeah... FILLED WITH CHOCOLATE! Chocolate Splash Down! Ok gross.
I would like to see a more heavily themed coaster though. I have no idea what they would do in that part of the park but Hershey used to be a decent THEME park back in the 90's, but ever since the Playskool Vomit water area and Ugh.. Reese's Embarrassingly Extreme Cup Challenge it seems like they are content to just keep plopping rides down with the only real theming being in the rides signage.
I'd still really love to see something like that new haunted house at Kennywood in Hershey.
^ I wish I was still in PA to meet up. Sounds like a good time!
That is a good potential layout, but remember they said it would interact with a man made pond. They didn't say they would build the pond for the ride. It may already exist. Go to google maps and check out the man made pond to the west of this pic to see what I mean.
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