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  1. I agree that they should've put the water park where the old swimming pool was, as well as realigned Park Blvd to go around it, eliminating that sharp curve there by the park entrance. They still could've connected it to the park, but it would've been more in the style of how Wildwater Kingdom is at Dorney Park...separate from the park, but still included in your one-price admission. I also thought Coastline Plunge was designed to have a new slide or two added. At least that's what it looks like when I see it. There are small brackets attached to the tower for what appears to be for a new slide. Can anyone clear this up as to if this is happening in the future?
  2. I highly doubt we're getting a giga with this new project. That was be way too large in comparison to what they already have. I'm still in favor for a hyper, which would work perfectly with what Hershey already has.
  3. Or he can disable the guest comment feature on Youtube. Some people do that. By the way, I'm glad you're back...I know you said November, glad you stuck to your word! It's looking great!
  4. I remember hearing about this past STITP and not all of the rides were ready. Wasn't one of Great Bear's trains not inspected, thus the one train operation on the first day when the place was packed to the walls? Yes, exactly why both Storm Runner and Fahrenheit were closed for 2009 STITP. I don't think Ferris Wheel was ever shut down, they even opened it that year when Midway wasn't supposed to be open.
  5. I think that that path you are referring to was used by the former "Trick-or-Treat trail" followed by Treatville before it got moved. So if you didn't have children or were too old to participate with the trick-or-treating, then you still had to take the round-about way during HP in the Dark.
  6. Sounds like during the Keystone Thrills meet-up. When Chris, Alex and I arrived, there were quite a few cars in the lot, but they were parking HP in the Dark guests in one section which turned out not to be that many people. I think there was something going on in the stadium (cheerleading competition), plus Chocolate World was alot (and I mean alot) busier then that park itself (between park guests, Chocolate World guests, and people from over at the studium going in there). The ride had a continuously moving line but we were able to get in and out of there in no problem. As far as the park went, we got caught in the opening crowd, but managed to get in pretty well, and the longest wait was for Fahrenheit, mainly because they switched a new train onto the track and we had to wait for that. Everything else was either a walk-on or a minimal one or two-cycle wait. I ended my season with a night ride in the front left seat of Great Bear...best seat in the house! Can't get any better than that!
  7. Ccron10 and I were also there the first Sunday (Keystone Thrills meet-up) and like YoshiFan mentioned, it wasn't busy at all. The longest we waited was for Fahrenheit the first time, mainly due to them switching another train onto the track. Saturdays are a different story. I've done it twice (05 and 07) and both times it was pretty crowded. I know I think I waited at least 40 min for Comet in 07 when I went. Sundays are usually pretty dead. Read my PTR from when Ccron10 and I went this year. http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=57172 Also, could you throw in a comment or two? I didn't go through the hassle for nothing....
  8. If it's a B&M hyper, then it would have to cross the road and go out into the golf course. I thought someone mentioned at the zoning board meeting that this will not be going over there. I don't know how a B&M Jr Hyper would even fit into that compact space without crossing the road. A Mega-Lite might though. As of now, some of the signs could be pointing this out to a B&M project, but again, how's it going to fit into a compact space? Exactly how Nantimi was, a mixed-matched up game where everyone's trying to figure this whole thing out until it's announced lol.
  9. So the code referring to "Nantimi lives on" could be Intamin with the two scientists leaving there to form a new company (which would be Bollinger and Mallibard)? So we could possibly be looking at a B&M project? Could that be one of the reasons why we haven't received anything in 2010 since typically B&M's cost alot more?
  10. I think it's safe to say that both Comet and SDL aren't going anywhere. I thought I heard somewhere awhile back that whatever this is going to be would interact with those two rides in some way. After seeing the current survey markings and stakes during the Keystone Thrills meet-up on Sunday, it would have to interact somehow. As much as I would love to see Sidewinder leave, that most likely isn't going to happen and the same with SDL, mainly because I would think that HP would want to keep the coaster count up front for the most in PA (and why would they keep throwing the number 12 all over at us?). Removing SDL would bring the coaster count down to ten and with this new ride, back up to eleven. It just doesn't make sense, especially with this new game they're playing with us. Also something else to point out...someone made mention that HP signed a contract to have three Intamins installed within a certain time period (SR, FH, and whatever this ride may be). I would love to see this turn into another B&M project (they desperately need another one of those and not another Intamin) but from all that I've been hearing about their great relationship with Intamin and the contract deal, I'm beginning to start leaning more towards Intamin again. And considering that B&M's are way more expensive, it would make more sense to have Intamin come back, especially if they end up putting in that rumored drop tower (or another flat) next year.
  11. Sounds a little like the Nantimi deal. If I'm correct, they also done this by providing an email address at Nantimi.com which would've been forwarded to someone at Hershey Entertainment & Resorts. By the way, I'm wondering if they could be opening a drop tower in 2011 AND then make the announcement of "Project 2012". This could very well seem likely. The tower itself wouldn't have to be as tall as the Kissing Tower.
  12. I can't see this being an Aquatrax. They already have Roller Soaker.
  13. Attraction 2012 markings: http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a226/HPCrazy/DSC09475.jpg http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a226/HPCrazy/DSC09474.jpg http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a226/HPCrazy/DSC09473.jpg http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a226/HPCrazy/DSC09472.jpg There were lots more of these markings around Comet Hollow then when I was there back in June. A new temporary fence was also set up blocking access to the former paddleboat area. Looks like they could either be preparing this for a new path to go under Comet or for something. I know there are more markers down there.
  14. Here are some more photos from the day: http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a226/HPCrazy/DSC09455.jpg http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a226/HPCrazy/DSC09471.jpg http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a226/HPCrazy/DSC09467.jpg Here's the entire group - left to right: Alex (coasteral), me (HPCrazy), Mr. Hershey Bar, Austen (Stormwinder), and Chris (Ccron10). http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a226/HPCrazy/DSC09487.jpg http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a226/HPCrazy/DSC09479.jpg http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a226/HPCrazy/DSC09478.jpg http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a226/HPCrazy/DSC09488.jpg The light displays seem to have LED's installed. I'm glad the park is taking this route. http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a226/HPCrazy/DSC09489.jpg As I have already stated, the park was not busy at all. The crowds lightened as the day went on. http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a226/HPCrazy/DSC09490.jpg I don't know when this was done, but the Convoy received a new paintjob. I don't remember this in the summer.
  15. Once we were done at Wild Mouse, we immediately went over to Wildcat. Couldn't find Nick there. The ride op said he didn't remember seeing him show up to work and didn't know if he was working or not. But anyways, Chris and I rode the front seat and Alex in the back. This was one of my favorite ride experiences on the cat. The final helix still beats you up though. I think after some serious re-tracking of this ride, Hershey would have more of a winner, IMO. http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a226/HPCrazy/DSC09460.jpg http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a226/HPCrazy/DSC09461.jpg After Wildcat, Chris and Alex decided to take a lap on one the Fun Slides, before heading back towards Music Box to meet up with Austen (Stormwinder). On our way there, we took a quick ride on Howler. I usually love to spin this thing out of control but since Alex did two rounds on the Claw and all the coasters we've just ridden, we spun slowly this time. I enjoy riding it on each visit and am glad Hershey went with this ride. Now if only they'll get some more flats, this is definitely a good start. We made our way over to Music Box, where we met up with Austen (Stormwinder). After doing some walking and getting to know each other, it was time for the Reese's X-treme Cup Challenge tournement! I can't remember everyone's scores, but I do know Austen came in first, followed by Alex. My score was 3,500 (or something like that lol). What I hate about this ride vs others like Buzz Lightyear at WDW is that it seems so difficult to hit the targets. Sometimes I do better than other times I guess lol. When we wrapped that up, we decided to ride the monorail before getting something for dinner. When off the monorail, Austen said he'd meet back up with us after we ate. Chris, Alex and I decided to go back towards Minetown to eat. Since the sun was beginning to set, we decided to cut through Comet Hollow and check out the Attraction 2012 markings. While there, we took a quick spin on the Tilt-A-Whirl. Lots of markings around here. One of the most intense Tilt-A-Whirl rides I've had in a long time. We saw the temporary, new, fence that blocked off the old paddleboat area. I'm beginning to wonder if this will lead to a potential new path in the future. More on this later with some pics. Walking up to Minetown, we decided to eat at Gourmet Grille this time. This was my first time (as well as Alex) there and we both got the pasta with marinara sauce as well as a drink. I also got the breadsticks with marinara. I was very happy with the portion of pasta they gave me and it filled me up. I would definitely eat at Gourmet Grille again. Following our dinner, we met back up with Austen and got on Great Bear, which was a few cycles for the front and maybe one or two for the other rows. Chris, Alex and I rode the front row this time, while Austen did the second row, one train ahead of us. I think Great Bear, as well as any coaster, in the evening/night is definitely more thrilling and intense. This was only the beginning of some of my best coaster rides of the year at HP! Leaving Minetown, we walked back down to ride sooperdooperLooper which was a walk-on. Alex and I rode the front seat, while Austen and Chris rode several rows back. Actually they rode a train ahead of us, but then remained at the same time that Alex and I rode since the ride was basically dead (as well as the rest of the park continuing to empty out). The sun was almost down by this time making this our true first "night" ride. http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a226/HPCrazy/DSC09476.jpg We immediately went over to Comet where the line was just down the ramp (suitable for us). Again Alex and I did the front seat while Austen and Chris waited for the front seat of the next train. I think that Comet has one of the best first drops on any coaster and it definitely gets even better come dark. Leaving the Comet, we decided to take it easy with a ride on Skyview. Then it was on to Storm Runner. It was a walk-on with a several-cycle wait for the front and maybe a two-cycle wait for the other rows. Chris and I rode the front with Austen behind us. I forgot how great this ride is in the dark. The barrel roll really kicks out the airtime, especially when you have the night breeze to contend with. Definitely worth it! Following Storm Runner, Chris, Austen and I decided to take another lap on Fahrenheit. This was very exciting for me as I have never experienced this thing in the dark yet and I was thrilled to no end! I rode in the third/fourth (can't remember which right now) row while Austen and Chris got in the back. Just like Storm Runner, this thing really thrills you in the dark. It was a totally new experience for me and definitely will not be the last time I ride it at night - definitely worth it! Following Fahrenheit, we, again, took it easy while riding Dry Gulch Railroad. This is one of the few times I ever get to ride it at night that's not Christmas Candylane. The effects were great again, as well as the tunnel lit up with lights. After DGRR, we walked back to Minetown again to ride Flying Falcon. It was also obvious how the place really emptied out, as there weren't hardly any people walking around. Flying Falcon is always great in the night, along with a more intense feeling, just like the coasters. I definitely hope this ride sticks around for many more years. Next up was the Kissing Tower, followed by our final ride of the night, a true night ride aboard Great Bear. I was originally going for the second row, but there was one seat available in the front and some people waiting for the front row informed me about it since they saw I was riding by myself. And how great was this....it turned out to be the front left seat, the best seat in the house! And especially at night! What a great way to end the perfect day! After our final ride aboard Great Bear, we started to make our way towards the front of the park. As we approached Founder's Circle, we said our good-byes to Austen, then Chris, Alex and I began to make our way towards the park exit. After browsing some of the shops, we finally left for the night. http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a226/HPCrazy/DSC09493.jpg Overall this was a great trip and I enjoyed every minute of it. We all enjoyed meeting Austen and hope that he'll definitely meet up with us again! I do have some videos of some of the day's event that I want to post up on the Keystone Thrills Facebook page (you'll have to join up with us there to see those when I get them on), hopefully to give more exposure to the site and maybe make our next meet-up event even more successful! We also would like to thank Hersheypark for adding the extra bonus treat in there for us with the Ride Institute of Technology puzzle. Maybe this will lead to possible more involvement with the "Attraction 2012" project.
  16. Had a great day for the first Keystone Thrills Meet-up! After picking up Chris (Ccron10), we arrived at the park to find quite a few cars in the parking lot, at approximately 1:30 pm. I figured out that something was also going on in the stadium (cheerleading competition?) after parking attendents were directing those people to the lot in front of the stadium and HP in the Dark visitors further out into the parking lot. Overall, we weren't that far away from Chocolate World and the park entrance. First off, we stop at Chocolate World to find that place pretty busy. It seems like no matter what time of year I visit the place, I always seem to find loads of foreigners there (usually by the buses). There was a line for the Chocolate Tour, but as always, moved quickly. Chocolate World was way busier then the park itself. http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a226/HPCrazy/DSC09449.jpg http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a226/HPCrazy/DSC09450.jpg http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a226/HPCrazy/DSC09451.jpg After the ride, we made our way into the park at approximately 2 pm. Unfortunately, we got caught in the opening crowd at the gate but we made our way into the park rather quickly. It always seems like no matter how busy or empty the park is, Rhineland always seems to be congested, usually at opening. We arrive at the Hershey statue and decide to wait for five minutes, since we were expecting two other people from the Facebook group to arrive. As we were ready to hit our first ride, something interesting happened. You can read more about it in detail visiting Chris' Ride Institute of Technology thread: http://keystonethrills.megabb.com/hersheypark-happenings-discussion-f18/the-ride-institute-of-technology-discussion-thread-t188.htm Once that happened, we made our way over to Fahrenheit, where Chris and I took a spin. Not that much of a line, mainly down the steps and into the first switchback or two. This was probably our longest wait of the day, not because of the line, but because they were switching another train onto the track. We rode in the front seat, best seat in the house, IMO for any coaster! Great feeling as usual, especially on the airtime hill. http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a226/HPCrazy/DSC09456.jpg http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a226/HPCrazy/DSC09457.jpg After we met up with Alex, we headed over to the Claw, where Chris and Alex decided to ride. Once they got off, Alex took a second ride by himself. When that was over we decided to go out to Midway and see if we could hunt down Nick (The Storm Runner). After walking past every ride that was open and no success, we decided to take a spin on Lightning Racer. It was Alex and I in the front seat on Lightning vs Chris in the back seat on Thunder. Suprisingly Thunder won the race, which always seems to be a rare occasion as Lightning usually wins most of the time. After the ride op at LR told us that Nick was working at Wild Mouse, we went over there to take a ride. Still no Nick, but the ride op informed us that he was at Wildcat. During our Wild Mouse ride, Alex and Chris rode in the front and me in the back. I love HP's Wild Mouse. It definitely put Dorney's to shame and is one of the best out there due to the lack of trims used, providing serious airtime on the bunny hops. I seriously think that Dorney needs to pack in a bunch of their ride dept heads in a van and send them to Hershey to see how to operate a Wild Mouse correctly. More to come in a min....
  17. Sounds like another "Nantimi" game to me. The "Hershey Park" person who came on our Keystone Thrills Facebook group and asked us when we were meeting up knew exactly what they were doing. I'll be following this closely. By the way, I'll be posting some pics in a PTR from our trip yesterday on here very soon (including some Attraction 2012 survey markings), so be on the look out. EDIT: Got this from the provided link that Chris posted: Now some things to point out: -They mention "Comet Halley". This would refer to the ride being located in Comet Hollow, thus why we're seeing all these survey markings and stakes. -Spring 2011, they will unveil their "most ambitious undertaking yet"? Hmmm, sounds like a spring 2011 announcement, may be in the works? Most ambitious - maybe referring to the over 200-ft height mark? Those are some things I wanted to point out that maybe we should think about.
  18. If you're referring to the one that has their coasters listed for this year, I also got one of those back in June. I wasn't going to get one but decided to at the last minute as we were leaving. You're right, not bad of a deal.
  19. I think that went to Memorial Day - Labor Day status when it was rezoned into the Boardwalk. Prior to that, it was open all summer.
  20. For a camera phone, these pics are pretty good. I can usually tell camera phone pics out pretty well but these are just as good of quality (or close to) a regular camera. Looking at the one pic, I'm wondering if they could possibly make this go over the area where Comet's first drop ends and hill to the turnaround begins. Other than that, the only other way I can think would be is to make an opening just under the first drop and run it through there. I don't remember a bulldozer being around there back during my June trip, perhaps someone else around here can also confirm seeing this recently (or a month or two ago). And I totally agree, Storm Runner is in desperate need of new paint. The thing has needed it now for the past season or two. I just love how they're repainting everything else but leaving this ride alone. And why would they be repainting Sidewinder's station's roof? That's the least of worries when it comes to fixing up the place. As always, you have always provided good TR's. Can't wait to be there again on October 17th!
  21. Plus the station isn't going there either. We all know it's going where Tilt-A-Whirl is (or in that general area). Too bad you couldn't be around for the meet-up. We're hoping it will be successful this time! Even with four/five people total, that's successful to us lol.
  22. 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. More info: http://keystonethrills.megabb.com/hersheypark-trip-planning-and-tips-section-f19/keystone-thrills-hp-in-the-dark-meet-up-t184.htm EDIT: I changed the link and also added something to our Facebook page as well. You can go there by clicking the link in my sig.
  23. Reminds me of Hersheypark's 2004 season. First year for Storm Runner (Undertaker) and the last year for Giant Wheel (Parachutes). Will miss seeing them in your park. I'm surprised you didn't keep them longer as SFGAdv and SFOT still have theirs.
  24. For some of you who may not go to or post at Keystone Thrills or read the Patriot News, here you go:
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