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  1. Before yesterday, I also happened to drive by the park about a month ago on my way to Chocolatefest over at the Hershey Lodge. Creekside pretty much looked like it normally did, minus the tables and fixtures being there and a dumpster being on the site. They now have that dumpster filled with old timbers from the other two buildings that were demolished. I don't expect to see the remaining structure that's currently on the site to last too much longer.
  2. The part you all have been waiting for, what's been happening currently at the Attraction 2012 construction site: This is the only remaining structure standing at Creekside Catering. A close-up of most of the construction site, looking down towards the Comet. The brand new gate that was built into the park's fence along Park Blvd. There was a bulldozer/backhoe sitting right on the other side of this gate, along with a dumpster filled to the top with old timbers from what were probably from the other structures that were denolished in this area. There was also an old ride ticket booth back from when STITP, HPITD and CCL were all free admission. Why this was sitting here, I have absolutely no clue. Another look at the remaining structure currently standing at Creekside. I don't expect this to be here come STITP. Looking towards the one hillside where there are stakes lined up, as well as the new fence that was installed during the 2010 season. This whole area appears to have been dug up. If you look closely, there is dirt under the snow. Something that has to do with the sewer. Not sure what this is for. These white flags indicate PA One Call System which as something to do with marking and locating underground utilities. These, as well as the yellow flags were lined up from Creekside the whole way up to Comet. Since there is construction in this area, the nearby utilities need to be marked. Yellow flags indicating gas lines. These were also located on the other side of the Park Blvd bridge opposite of where Tudor Grill is located. Red marks indicating electric. And blue marks indicating water lines. And I leave you with two final shots of the park's skyline, which will be changing in the coming year as Attraction 2012 progresses. We'll be back in April for the next Keystone Thrills meet-up at Springtime in the Park! Some final notes of the trip: -Candylane banners were still up. -Hersheypark sign has been installed over the gate. -Tudor Grill seems quiet. Not alot happening on the outside. -Alot of construction activity over at Creekside Catering -All structures at Creekside appear to have been demolished, except one of the pavilions -New gate installed along Park Blvd for construction entrance. -Lots of digging going on over at Creekside. -Spring Creek is still completely drained from the dam the whole way up to Comet. -Comet Hollow appears quiet except for two dumpsters that were set up by the games building. Not sure what these were for, but apparently, somekind of construction will be starting in this area soon as well. -Utlilty markings for gas, electric and water are along the path at Park Blvd. Lots of white and yellow flags line the park's fence from Creekside to Comet. -The hillside along Park Blvd is filled with stakes. -Work has begun on the Rte 743 realignment. Hope to see you at Springtime in the Park for the next Keystone Thrills meetup!
  3. Now onto the Chocolate Parade. They had Nutrageous out again this year, as well as the 5th Avenue character. Next up is my update on Attraction 2012.
  4. The "Hersheypark" letters really stand out in the snow. Do you see what I see.... Storm Runner appears not to have been repainted. It surely needs a new paintjob. They managed to have Tudor Square cleaned out down to the gate. I was able to get some fantastic winter shots again this year. The "Hersheypark" sign was finally put back up on the gate, unlike last year. They also still had the "Christmas Candylane" banners hanging on the lightpoles along the tram spine. The "soon-to-be-renamed" Tudor Grill looks quiet, but I'm sure the inside is full of hustling and bustling as they work on the three new rooms in time for the summer season opening. The park looks so beautiful in the snow. A train makes it way down the Norfolk Southern. Work has begun on the Rte 743 realignment. The old lighthouse from the swimming pool. A trolley making its rounds by the park. Next up will be the Hersheypark Chocolate Parade, followed by my update on Attraction 2012.
  5. Alex (coasteral) and I made our annual Chocolate-Covered February trip today. Stopped by the Attraction 2012 construction site to see what was up and alot has been going on there, but more on that later. Right now I'm going to start off with some random Chocolate World photos: Almost decided to do it but I figured I didn't know what size of a bar that you would walk out with for $9.95 Still a better deal than the regular price for an attraction like this. The Chocolate Machine was moved when "Create Your Own Candy Bar" was added. The Reese's sponsored stock car is still here. I'm wondering if this will become a permenant display. The Trolley conductors taking some time to say "hi" to Keystone Thrills! Next up will be outside park photos, up in a few minutes!
  6. I guess they're having a naming contest for the restaurant. I've already posted my naming suggestions. Same here...can't wait to see what they pick. I'm also going to be at Chocolate World this Sunday (2/6) for some of their Chocolate-Covered Feb festivities as well as taking our annual off-season trip around the outside of the park. Anyone local who may be around there that day, feel free to say hi if you'd like. Expect lots of photos to come soon after.
  7. I don't know why everyone seems to be thinking Mega-Lite, but I just don't see a 200-foot one coming. A hyper (B&M or Intamin) or B&M dive machine would be the best fit. I'm still trying to figure out how they'll even fit a 200-foot coaster in there at all without going to the golf course. They don't even have any stakes near the pavilions. As what Chris stated, they stop before those, unless more were added to that area. I like Chris' layout (not saying that is the exact proposed layout) but it does have potential. As far as the dive machine goes, I guess the area where Griffon sits is a lot larger then I originally expected. I've never been to the park since it was built (my last visit was in 2005), but when I was last there, that area didn't seem any larger than what we're looking at here.
  8. That looks like a good layout, utilizing the land more than once. I could see some possibilities as far as designs (Mega-Lite, etc) if this thing wasn't going to be a 200-foot coaster, but a Dive Machine just keeps coming to my mind, due to how much land this thing will be built on.
  9. If they are definitely doing the second suggestion that I mentioned, then why the heck did they approach us at the Keystone Thrills meet-up when they had no intention to do anything else until the spring. They should've had the people in the labcoats out doing the surveying this spring during STITP. I know it's bugging some of us over at Keystone Thrills that things have been pretty quiet lately. Also don't forget that it was mentioned on the RIT website that it has been twelve years since their most ambitious undertaking (or something like that). When you think about that, it would lead to when Great Bear opened, which is from B&M and which also happens to be approximately twelve years until they announce this thing. I was also discussing with someone else about the dive machine concept and mentioned that Griffon has a steep lifthill. I have yet to see and experience it in person, but from the pictures that I've seen of it, it could very well be possible that we're looking at a 200-some foot B&M dive machine here.
  10. I would have thought they would be playing their game up until the spring when they made the announcement. That's unless they begin the game in the spring and play it until July/August and then announce it.
  11. Well maybe since the early stages of construction is beginning to heat up, maybe we'll see some more to their little game come spring. I know what you mean, it's been a few boring months lately, but I think a change is on the way pretty soon.
  12. The creek is usually not drained during the off-season. This is possibly a good sign. I'll be back next month for an off-season update so I'll see what I can find.
  13. A special news announcement to you all.... I decided to put the current drawing project on hold for the time being and here's why.... I came up with an idea of re-transforming my drawing of Hersheypark. Right now, I've been showcasing the park in its entirety and how it looks today in its current form. I've been thinking of how a lot of us may like to see how the park looked in the 1980's so I sat down and gave this some thought. I would like to do a vintage 1989 version of the drawing showcasing of what the park looked like during that season. Here is what the drawing looks like right now (or from page one of this thread): What I plan on doing is tracing over the park to where it stopped at the time (Western Chute Out and Canyon River Rapids), leaving blank areas where former rides were located/relocated. After this stage is done, I'll draw in the removed/relocated rides and structures in those areas, followed by the final stage which would be to retrace it via carbon copy paper onto a final sheet of paper that would roughly fit that area of the park onto it. As of right now, I'm in the beginning stages of the first step which consists of tracing a rough sketch over the drawing onto tracing paper that I can transfer to the final sheet of paper. I'm creating a list of all the changes I can think of regarding how things were in 1989. Feel free let me know anything that can be added or changed and I'll edit this list when possible: RHINELAND: -Sky Ride -Small kiosk inside the main entrance that is no longer there. CARROUSEL CIRCLE: -Giant Wheel -Tilt-A-Whirl (old location) -Starlight Arcade -Carrousel Cone -Old shade arbors -Small kiosk that was located between the Craftbarn and Dutch Fudge shop. The Get the Picture booth resides a few feet from where this kiosk existed. MUSIC BOX WAY -Old Music Box Theatre -Starship America (old location) -Earthmovers -No Milkmen stage (can someone help me out as to what was in this area around this time) -Cyclops COMET HOLLOW -Rotor -Whack-A-Mole stand looked different, more like how the game stands out in Music Box/Midway look like now -No Great Bear...weeping willow trees that used to reside along the creek -Mini Golf Course that used to reside where Great Bear's barrel roll and S-turn are now -Comet's old exit TOWER PLAZA -Name of whole area changed to Minetown in the 90's but was still referred to Tower Plaza I believe prior to that -Himalaya -Coal Shaker (does anyone know where I can find a pic of the ride building) -Old Penny Arcade/Minetown Restaurant -Sky Ride -Coal Cracker's old exit and on-ride photo booth PIONEER FRONTIER -No Sidewinder (what was here before it was built? My thoughts were a catering area?) -No Storm Runner (area was off limits to the public) -Rodeo -Canyon River Rapids -Western Chute Out -Wells Cargo -Conestoga -No Food Court (although all the buildings were there, several housed kiddie rides, food and other things I believe) If anyone can help me out via photos or direct me to sites that have photos from around this time period, your help would be greatly appreciated! I do have some photos that were donated to the old HPCrazy site that I've kept and I'll use those as reference (as well as a few of Minetown 1996/97 with the old Skyride station and Coal Cracker exit). As I complete each stage, I'll try to provide some photos of the progress leading up to the completed project. When completed, this will also be a permenant version of the map as there won't be a need to update yearly as I'm doing now with the current version. As recently said, there will be updates throughout this project to completion. Let me know what you think!
  14. Did Rocky Springs park in Lancaster inspire you to do this project? It's nice to see someone take something back this far. I hope you continue with it and don't let this project die. As far as the other park crashing, is it because maybe you're computer can't handle all the custom scenery you installed? I don't know how some computers can handle that stuff...I thought you just got yours last year for college. And I also hope you'll continue to work on Hersheypark in RCT3. Haven't seen any updates on that in awhile!
  15. I love that map! How long did you it take you to complete it? Here is a recent update to my Hersheypark drawing: http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=53239&start=40 Let me know what you all think!
  16. Whenever I continue to update this project, I'll post photo updates every now and again. For now, enjoy this update!
  17. Thought this might be a good time to revive this topic. I have been working on my Hersheypark drawing off and on whenever I have the time to do so. Right now, I've updated it with the very few 2010 modifications that were done to the park. Hopefully there will be more (along with a new flat) in 2011 that I can make more adjustments this coming season. As of this time, I'm currently working on the parking lot area. It's not finished but I'm providing you with a few photos of the work in progress. I'm not expecting a completion date as of this time, like as I said before, I'm working on this whenever I feel up to it or have the time to do so. Now onto some more photos: Here is an overview for those of you who have followed me through this project. I know, there are only two changes to the 2010 version...the red circle indicates the new Lemon Drop shop next to Comet's station. The green circle indicates the new basketball game that was installed next to Coal Cracker's entrance. Here is a view of the original park map section, along with the parking lot extension to it. As you can see there is quite a bit of work still to be done to it. A closer view of the parking lot area. Chocolate World is in the upper portion of the photo and Giant Center (not quite half finished) is at the bottom of the photo. This gives you an idea of what it takes to work on a section of the drawing. I highlighted the area where all the stakes and markings for Attraction 2012 in yellow, so hopefully this will give you an idea of what's going on. Here's a better version of the updated area without the circles. Hopefully you'll be able to spot the changes.
  18. It's sad to see such a place close down. I never stopped by here but know the immediate vicinity. I'm surprised they had a coaster train sitting there for such a long time and that some of the structures appeared in good condition. I'm surprised that someone doesn't renovate the place and at least open it as a picnic area of some kind. I bet Williams Grove is in worse shape than this place. Good PTR!
  19. How far from SFMM are you guys? Like what can you see from your place? Too cool!
  20. Storm Runner at Hersheypark - needs a new paintjob (red track slowly turning pink/salmon color due to serious fading) Sidewinder at Hersheypark - new trains or modifications to existing trains. I've never added this credit because I've heard too many (including my father) say it just beats you up badly. Wildcat at Hersheypark - serious retracking. Even though the Millennium Flyers seem to be an improvment over the old PTC trains, the experience would be alot better if they retracked most or all of the ride, especially the ending helix.
  21. I surely hope you continue this past 2011. You're really on the move as far as the years go. This is probably the only RCT3 park that I've been following forever now. There is nothing I can say negetive about this park other then....YOU aren't on there - lol! I agree with Chris Benvenuto though, perhaps you should have a virtual Robb visit the park in an update...maybe Tommy will have the chance to meet him! Heck, you should pretend that the Travel Channel was there filming a segment about Superman for one of their shows!
  22. -2011 Hersheypark Season Pass -6 Disney Parks DVD set with over 5 hours of Travel Channel shows covering Disneyland, Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line -A Pinnochio lithrograph -Toy Story 3 DVD
  23. That last pic could've been taken during Candylane 2004, the only season that it ran for Christmas. Usually the seats are taken off of it during the winter and pretty much the frame is left in tact. I think that this was even the case at Dutch Wonderland last winter when it was there. Perhaps Hershey had the rights to this ride and may possibly put it back in next season under the Twister name? Would be nice to ride it again in it's original home. We'll see how things progress.
  24. Sounds similar to me. My first looping coaster was sooperdooperLooper at Hersheypark in 2000, but my first ride on Great Bear in 2001 is what broke the scare out of me. Ever since that moment, I became hooked. I'm not sure what the longest wait for a coaster was for me. I know I've waited 30 to 45 min for Great Bear and Comet on one of Hershey's busiest days. Maybe an hour for Hypersonic in 2004, but could've been a little shorter.
  25. I was just about to ask you if you've visited Hershey for CCL in your DWW PTR! You answered my question. That was also a great PTR that you put up as well! Glad your daughter (or whoever she was lol) was able to drive the antique car, considering you mentioned that her height was a problem in the past. Do you think you'll be visiting HP next summer?
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