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Photo TR: Derek goes to Hershey

Postby DerekRx » Sun Sep 10, 2006 6:57 pm

My original plan for the day was to go to Dorney Park for a few hours then hit Bethlehem Brew Works for a late lunch. Well, as the fates would have it, Dorney was closed for a buyout. Why they'd do this in the middle of the month I have no idea (and they were closed Labor Day Saturday too!?). So instead of not doing anything, I decided to head up to Hershey for a few hours, as I hadn't ridden the new dark ride, or Lightning Racer yet this year.

As it turns out, it was a really nice day to go. A little overcast at times, but the weather was pleasant and the crowds were manageable. Even though there were lots of people, I never waited more than 20 minutes for anything all day.

As far as the new Reese's Extreme Cup Challenge darkride, I was very confused. I didn't get the whole theme, the ride seemed fairly short, and it was completely random. I think the theme should have been something like gremlins in a chocolate factory or something like that, for riding thru and shooting random dudes on skateboards really made no sense to me. The ride system was pretty cool though, kinda like Journey into the Imagination at Epcot. The nicest thing was the guns were easy to use and the mark your gun made was fairly large and visible. Its cool that they added a new darkride, but I think I like Gobbler Getaway better (and I honestly don't care for that ride either!)

Onto the pictures:
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Here we are on a lovely late summer afternoon at Hersheypark, a place Elissa hates
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Since I know I'll be back more this year and next (especially if Dorney has more buyouts) so I picked up a season pass. Take that Cedar Fair! :P
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Inside the park we find some good food, like fresh kettle corn
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Hey Joey, hows it going?
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The new ride is pretty popular with the families
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Rock on! This is the best part of the ride!
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I used this line because the "girlfriend is several hundred miles away" line was closed
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The station for the ride is a fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo room. And then there's some commentary dudes and you shoot something at ESPN X Games contestants or something
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Woohoo, ok maybe THIS is the best part of the ride. Free chocolate at the end
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Since its opening, I've yet to ride the Claw. Maybe over Christmas
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Didn't feel like getting wet today. Maybe next year with the waterpark and all, I will
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First coaster of the day was GCIs first, Wildcat. I can't understand what that shed is there for though
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The ride has lots of little pops of GCI air
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Exclusive shot
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I think this ride qualifies as a twister
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The ride broke down for like 5 minutes, everyone got out of line. Thanks!
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Exclusive photos of the new water play area
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and OMG, footers for the funnel slide!
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Lightning Racer was a capacity machine, leaving a 1 train wait for either side.
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Less of a twister for a GCI, its still really smooth and fun
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Its cool how they attempt to race them every time, unlike every other racing coaster out there
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More photos of the water play area
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Notice the random candy things on the top
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Next year this will look a lot different when its "the Boardwalk"
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And now, the super exclusive never before done, no one else but TPR has this photo...Lightning Racer thru a knothole in the fence!
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Roller Soaker was still using the water effects, and had little line
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But I'll pass this time and just amuse myself by watching this guy bomb them
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What used to be a fairly dry rapids, they added a whole slew of waterfalls, now its very wet!
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No one will escape dry. Its very not Dan Friendly
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Vertical loop shot of my very first vertical loop
All clear....

Dispatch, enjoy your ride.

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Postby YoshiFan » Sun Sep 10, 2006 7:04 pm

I'm annoyed about the buyouts at Dorney too. Closing both yesterday and today for private events was bad enough but they are also closed next Saturday as well also for a private event. I wish they would have spread out the days they were closed.

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Postby knottslover77 » Sun Sep 10, 2006 7:08 pm

Great trip report, The water park looks really.

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Postby DerekRx » Sun Sep 10, 2006 7:09 pm

More photos
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Hooray for Intamin rides or Intarides min, or something!
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The train goes KaPOW WOOOSH out of the launch
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Up over the top of the tophat
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I'm still thinking Arby's
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Hooray for Immelman, that German dude was crazy
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Going into the Snake Fang Dive thing
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Trailblazer is still blazing away, but I keep forgetting about him and his new trains
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Great Bear is still very popular in the park
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I like it because it has this
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And its also got an Immelman. In fact, the two Immelmen duel sorta, maybe, not really!
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See, there's Storm Runner way in the background
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Ooooh, pretty
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To everyone saying Sooperdooperlooper is closing forever, have Joe file that under F for FALSE!
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Its even got a new sign, all metallic and such
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Racing by the creek
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One ride on the Comet will finish off the day for me
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And we'll say goodbye to Milt and his park for another summer season. Next year, 100 years!
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But we're not done yet. Its time for more free chocolate!
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Listen to a little song from some cows and you get free stuff afterwards
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mmmm, cocoa beans
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Giant cakes of chocolate. This would make Robb happy, which may explain why Elissa doesn't like the park that much ;)
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Those cows came back for more singing
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There's milk in milk chocolate? Who knew!
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I think Dan isn't even allowed to ride this without receiving medical attention
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Shout out to Elissa and the Rhoads'
All clear....

Dispatch, enjoy your ride.

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Postby TheStig » Sun Sep 10, 2006 7:11 pm

And now, the super exclusive never before done, no one else but TPR has this photo...Lightning Racer thru a knothole in the fence!


I have MF through a knothole from a few months ago, but this one is just as good! Nice Photo TR so far, I've been wanting to get to Hershey for a while but just havent had the time/money. Maybe this year though.

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Postby ParkTrips » Sun Sep 10, 2006 7:20 pm

I miss Hershey! Hopefully I can get back soon, the TR is nice but I'm not sure if there was enough beer and derek involved. Though personally, I filed SooperDooperLooper under L for LAME.

YoshiFan wrote:I'm annoyed about the buyouts at Dorney too. Closing both yesterday and today for private events was bad enough but they are also closed next Saturday as well also for a private event. I wish they would have spread out the days they were closed.

I am pretty sure September is a popular month for buyouts so the corporate folks can avoid mid-summer heat, and because the parks are more receptive towards closing the gates to the public since it is one of the lightest parts of the year.

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Postby Ryan King » Sun Sep 10, 2006 8:46 pm

To everyone saying Sooperdooperlooper is closing forever, have Joe file that under F for FALSE!

Dude..I was laughing my @$$ off (Censored For Elissa's Sake) She totally Boooed your TR. Elissa Is the NO fun girl, she doesnt like to have any fun!

Awesome TR Derek, made me want to eat some chocolate. And of course...Not ONE pounding picture...im gunna kill someone...

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Postby Dailey Enterprizes » Sun Sep 10, 2006 8:50 pm

I'm always happy to see a rather popular park run a racer with both sides actualy racing! Nice TR Derek....

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Postby DarkStitch626 » Sun Sep 10, 2006 8:58 pm

Great TR Derek! *claps* just 1 thing...to this guy..

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