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Re: Hersheypark (HP) Discussion Thread

Postby Card » Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:42 am

Invertalon wrote:I finally got on SkyRush this past weekend... I had relatively low expectations going into it, based on what friends who share similar views on most coasters had mentioned... Even with those low standards, it didn't even reach that point. I was excited to get on with no real wait and thought I would like it more than my friends... However...

I really did not like the ride at all.

The layout was fine, I suppose... Nothing spectacular. Also, the mad-ejector airtime doesn't do much for me, unlike most enthusiasts... Let alone the terrible vibration in two different seats tried (front and back) and the painful lapbar. The last airtime hill literally felt like my femur would be broken.

Even with the 5min wait, it wasn't worth more rides and have no desire to really ride it again. I am not trying to "stir the pot" with this review, just share my honest thoughts... I typically try to find the good in anything I ride, but this really is an exception. The view was nice, at least!

No way. It definitely ain't just you, man.

I rode Skyrush myself for the first time in a while a few weekends ago, and it's even WORSE than I remembered. The ride is fine for the most part the first half, if a little too much on the rattly side, but things go sideways (literally) once you begin to exit the Stengel dive. All of a sudden you get hit with this HUGE surge of painful lateral g-force, followed quickly by another, and then the series of airtime hills at the very end was about as pleasant as being beaten Nicky-Santoro-at-the-of-Casino style. I'm completely baffled as to how this thing makes anyone's top ten list. A ride that satisfies only after it ends is a problem.

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Postby boldikus » Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:12 am

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In all seriousness I understand Skyrush is an extremely polarizing ride and I completely get the complaints about the lapbars but I still love the thing to death because no other ride makes me feel like I'm going to die every single lap without fail. I guess I just have meaty thighs cause the lapbars don't personally bother me unless I've ridden it a few times in a row (Toro does this too). Every single time I read a negative review of Skyrush I get a little chubby thinking about how the line just got that much shorter.

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Re: Hersheypark (HP) Discussion Thread

Postby chickenbowl » Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:31 am

boldikus wrote:I guess I just have meaty thighs cause the lapbars don't personally bother me unless I've ridden it a few times in a row (Toro does this too).


That brings up a good point that I've thought for a while. I find it strange that El Toro gets universally praised by enthusiasts while Skyrush has such mixed reception. Both rides have similarly restrictive lap restraints and similar aggressive airtime. Why hate on Skyrush but not El Toro?

I personally don't find either to be remarkably uncomfortable, but I needed to point out the hypocrisy in our community.

Also, I have never felt a rattle on Skyrush...
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Postby boldikus » Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:43 am

Hypocrisy LOL.

I think it goes beyond just the airtime and has more to do with the seats/restraints overall. On Toro your legs are fixed into place due to the restrictive U-bar AND the back of the seat in front of you forcing your legs to be bent, feet firmly planted on the floor, which in turn it gives you more leverage, whereas with Skyrush there is no floor - even on the inner seats I have a hard time touching the floor with my feet and I'm 6'2. With just the lapbar comes the more out-of-control/ragdoll feeling people often describe after riding Skyrush.

It's there on Toro too, but with my feet and legs completely restricted I can throw my hands up and ride with abandon but on Skyrush I hang on for deal life - loving every second of it.

And agreed on the rattle factor - Skyrush is smooth as butter. I'm always riding it in October so maybe its a better time of year or something.

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Postby I Like Theme Parks. » Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:29 am

^In the summer there isn't a rattle either.
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Re: Hersheypark (HP) Discussion Thread

Postby VegasBaby » Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:43 am

boldikus wrote:In all seriousness I understand Skyrush is an extremely polarizing ride and I completely get the complaints about the lapbars but I still love the thing to death because no other ride makes me feel like I'm going to die every single lap without fail. I guess I just have meaty thighs cause the lapbars don't personally bother me unless I've ridden it a few times in a row (Toro does this too). Every single time I read a negative review of Skyrush I get a little chubby thinking about how the line just got that much shorter.


These are my feelings as well. I get how some people could be turned off by the intensity of the ride, but I just love it. I haven't ridden another coaster where I actually feel like I'm going to get thrown off the train. The crazy ejector air and the balls to the wall insanity of it all leaves me with a smile on my face every time!
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Re: Hersheypark (HP) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Jul 05, 2017 12:28 pm

I think El Toro's restraints seat in a slightly more comfortable position. However, I still love SkyRush and prefer it to El Toro just because of how intense it is from start to finish.
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Re: Hersheypark (HP) Discussion Thread

Postby Arthur_Seaton » Wed Jul 05, 2017 3:55 pm

chickenbowl wrote:That brings up a good point that I've thought for a while. I find it strange that El Toro gets universally praised by enthusiasts while Skyrush has such mixed reception. Both rides have similarly restrictive lap restraints and similar aggressive airtime. Why hate on Skyrush but not El Toro?

I hit both of those rides on the same trip a couple of years back (rode both multiple times) and left a bit disappointed by both. Like a couple of the previous posters, I didn't think Skyrush was very good at all — not because of restraint-gate, but because I just didn't find it to be an enjoyable layout. I found El Toro to be much better overall, but I was surprised how much more I enjoyed Nitro than El Toro (a ride I expected to kind of suck). With that said, the ride systems on Skyrush and El Toro seem quite different to me, and the airtime on El Toro seemed more sustained than on Skyrush. While both highlight severe ejector air, Skyrush was more of the ridiculously aggressive, thigh smashing-type air whereas at least El Toro's felt more sustained and the ride itself seemed more thoughtfully sequenced. Both are up there in terms of over-the-top aggression and intensity, but this rider requires a little more than that.

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Re: Hersheypark (HP) Discussion Thread

Postby FilmoreISnAZN » Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:22 pm

I Like Theme Parks. wrote:^In the summer there isn't a rattle either.

I rode in mid-May. Though, it is quite early in the summer season, there was definitely rattle. Though it didn't make the ride uncomfortable, it was very apparent on the outside seats nonetheless.

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Re: Hersheypark (HP) Discussion Thread

Postby ArgoZ » Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:58 pm

There's no rattle on SkyRush. We're not diagnosing a car here. Since improvements, lap bar pain is almost non existent. It's a masterpiece, coaster nirvana! Along with El Toro, they are my top favs. I managed a hands free front row ride on SkyRush this year, but was unable to do it riding back row, left side. I question the claims that it's slower. Feels the same to me as when I rode it opening year.

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