This past Thursday my mom and I headed up to PA to eat chocolate, find some Amish, and - of course - ride some roller coasters.
We left early Thursday morning and took a short stop in Washington, D.C. mainly because I had never been there and also because we had plenty of time to do whatever. However, we don't like to meander and our parking meter only went up to an hour, so we did the entire capital of the U.S. in less than 60 minutes. Let's just say there was a lot of power walking involved. And we skipped over the things we couldn't name. You could say we're your average Americans.
Anyway, we stayed our first night at the Hershey Lodge (the other nights were booked - and a lot more expensive) and just browsed around town that Thursday, including getting to the Hershey Pantry for dinner - yummmmmm.
The next day we did the Chocolate World tour and the Hershey Museum to kill time before the park opened. With an 80% chance of rain and a lot of local football games going on, most of the locals stayed away from the park, and EVERY ride (included Storm Runner, at least when I was there) was either a walk-on or a one train wait. Luckily, most of the rain stayed away for the first 4 or 5 hours. After that, the dam in the sky broke loose and we practically had to swim back to the car.
But on to the pictures for the first night. I'll post the Day 2 tomorrow.
Nope...we're not going here. But hi anyway, PKD!
I know I was far away, but I thought the White House would have been a bit bigger...but enough government. Let's talk chocolate and roller coasters.
Didn't you hear? Walter quit the coaster biz. He's all about homes now. Rumor has it that he's working on a floorless model.
So, welcome to the Hershey Lodge. Or more specifically, the actual LODGE of the Hershey Lodge.
And we wandered around the Hershey Hotel. We just like to look...
Then dessert at the Hershey Pantry. Mmmmmm....
Day 2 - I didn't want the sign to blow away. And yeah, I'm *that* strong.
To some people, and in some cults, it's also known as Paradise.
The "factory" tour.
Eh, real or not, you still get free candy at the end!
Mmm, another dessert. We got the Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake in the lower-left corner.
But on to the park (I left my good camera in the car, so not-as-great photos here)
First things first - Storm Runner.
Forget my cheesy look - the guy next to me looks CREEPY. Unless he's reading this, then uh...hubba hubba?
On to Lightning Racer. Btw - does thunder EVER win?
Dang, I love this ride...
Like I said, the park was EMPTY.
My camera sometimes has a drug problem.
Some Wild Mouse
We rode the Xtreme Cup Challenge only for the free chocolate at the end, but we were sorely disappointed. No chocolate = broken hearts.
Now for some Great Bear, which was an AWESOME ride. It was a lot smoother than I remember (and even smoother than some younger B&M inverts I've been)
But no Sooperdooperlooper. :(
View from Comet
Oh, can't forget Wildcat
And here comes the rain. We waited for about 15 minutes hoping it would let up, but it never did...
So we run for the nearest gift shop, get some gift bags for our heads, and run for the exit. And since we were by LR, we had a LOOOONG way to go. (P.S. Dang, we're hot!)
Okay, goodnight Hershey - we'll try again tomorrow!
^Yeah, I was there Saturday too, and I'll post about that tomorrow. But, goll, it was RIDICULOUS. It wasn't nearly that crowded last year - although last year it was about 45 degrees and it didn't rain the day before.
I was there friday night and we stayed at Hershey High Meadow Campground. So my friends and I were absolutely soaked lol. But, why does Hershey block rows off on some of the coasters? Great TR so far btw...
I was at the first game ever at the New Yankee Stadium. 4/3/09
Hershey always closes off rows especially on Lightning Racer. It's just laziness so they have less rows to check and also to prevent people from reriding.
They're not the only ones though. Dorney frequently runs 1/2 a train on Thunderhawk with the entire back half of the train chained off. People who have worked that ride in the past even admit it's due to the laziness of the crew and has nothing to do with the operation of the ride.
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