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P. 431: Jolly Rancher Remix & Mix'd family ride to debut this summer

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I, for one, do not care for them and I think we ought to have a law banning Fast Passes. However, at $50 a pop and only in limited quanities, I'm hoping that they won't be selling many of them, thus I won't have to wait nearly forever to get a roller coaster. My feelings on waiting in the queing lines is this: "If you can't stand waiting in line to ride a ride, then you have no business being inside an amusement park, period.":evil:

 

I can see both sides of the argument. I used to think the way you did when I was in college, had huge amounts of free time to visit parks, and mostly visited parks within a day's drive.

 

However, now that I have a job with limited vacation time and have started visiting farther away parks, I have seen how having a skip-the-line system makes the park much more accessible for those coming from out of town. Day visitors who live nearby can forgo the pass, since any rides they don't get on can wait a few months or until the following year. However, when you're coming from out of town and have just spent $600 on airfare for two people, $150 on a hotel, $150 on a rental car, and $100 on park admission, spending an extra $100 to make sure that you actually get on every ride is definitely worth it. Especially when you consider that it may be years before you return to that park, if ever. When I visited Magic Mountain last summer and got the Flash Pass, most of the people I talked to in the FP lines were international visitors or Americans on once-in-a-lifetime trips to California. You really think that those people have no business in an amusement park?

 

These days there is no way I would plan a trip to a far away park unless I was going to an event with ERT, some sort of skip-the-line system was offered, or I knew that I wouldn't have any trouble experiencing everything I wanted to in the time I had allotted. Despite generally being a huge cheapskate, I will definitely spring for the Fast Track Pass when I fly down for the Skyrush opening.

 

I am 100% in agreement with this statement.

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For $50 on top of general admission, I'd hope that it's more than once per coaster.

 

I'm going to go ahead and guess that Skyrush, Trailblazer, and Fahrenheit will be excluded. Skyrush is the newest attraction so it would be out. Trailblazer is the only "family" coaster (unless you count SDL because of its 42" height restriction), so it's out. Then Fahrenheit would be the last one out because of its low-ish capacity.

 

Then, they would probably add Skyrush to the pass next season.

 

EDIT: Another thing, if they make the front row only available to pass holders, I will be seriously torqued.

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^^I would thing that they would add Fahrenheit because of the low capacity. The lines on that can get pretty ridiculous, and would be a pretty attractive choice for the pass. I don't think something like Wild Mouse or Roller Soaker would get preference over Fahrenheit.

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^Granted, they do have three sets of lines going up the station stairs, right? I thought I noticed that in one of those pictures, and thought it was a little weird. What are the chances that those are for the front row, rest of the train, and then a future Fastlane/Fastpass/Fastwhatever line?

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Roller Soaker...I completely forgot!

 

Oh well. I usually get lucky when it comes to queue times anyway. I got walk-ons on Wildcat and Lightning Racer during the day at East Coast Bash last year, and only one- or two-load waits on several others. I don't think it's worth it, considering I usually go during the middle of the week.

 

EDIT: I'm pretty sure the third line is the exit, because riders board and de-board on the same side.

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I'd say SDL, Trailblazer, and Sidewinder. Roller Soaker has so low capacity, over the last nine years I've been at the park, I have yet to get on Roller Soaker because the lines are ridiculous.

 

The one and only time I went on Roller Soaker, the lines were long too, however, I loved that. I think I had more fun on the Roller Soaker line than the actual ride. It was a VERY humid day when I was there and water was flying everywhere keeping everyone cool, while at the same time, the coaster riders were dropping water over us as we fired back. I've never had so much fun waiting for a ride.

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My best guess is Skyrush will be excluded. Too much trouble because it will be way too popular, and the best candidate for abuse by passholders.

 

But the other two?

 

 

 

 

Roller Soaker, for one, since it's really not a part of the park at large.

 

And the third...Lightning Racer. IMO..IT DOESN'T NEED IT.

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It looks like everyone's throwing Trailblazer out, but I think that's definitely included- if you go over to the FAQ's there is now a question about Fast Track where it notes that children 42" to 47" may purchase a Fasttrack for $20. I'd guess that means that all four of the 42" rides (Comet, Roller Soaker, Trailblazer, superdooperlooper) will be included, or else the $20 pass won't be good for too much.

 

Lightning Racer certainly doesn't need a queue skipping system, but that won't stop them from implementing one. It'll be interesting to see which are excluded, and I hope (but don't expect) the rides have merge points- while I despised all queue reducing systems for years, I'm more accepting now but I still can't stand the hold up from when riders board from the exit (I also prefer Q-bots over other systems, but whatever).

 

Is one of SkyRush's stairs confirmed to be for the front row or is that just guessing? An entire staircase for it seems a bit intense to me (I have no clue what the layout of the station is)

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^Personally, I was guessing. Dominator at KD does have its own dedicated line for front row that starts at the bottom of the upper stairwell though, so it isn't unheard of!

 

I would certainly hope for the merge points too, because otherwise it's really terrible (and makes guests angry, I've seen plenty) to be next in line for a row and watch people sit right down in your seat. But the current lines at Hershey don't have those in place so I don't see much of a way for them to implement that. At least Fahrenheit has the single-rider line that is no longer used and can be repurposed, but for the others I doubt there's much of a way to get around the exit-users.

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According to the Project 2012 group on Facebook, Skyrush, Soaker, and Mouse are excluded from FastTrack, there will be dedicated rows set aside for FastTrack/ADA people (to be filled from other rows when no one is in the FastTrack/ADA line), and initially Hershey will be limiting FastTrack to 100/day.

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According to the project 2012 group on facebook, Skyrush, soaker, and mouse are excluded from FastTrack, there will be dedicated rows set aside for FastTrack/ADA people (to be filled from other rows when no one is in the FastTrack/ADA line), and initially Hershey will be limiting FastTrack to 100/day.

 

I wonder why Skyrush is excluded, it is the ride everyone wants to go on in the 2012 season at Hersheypark. If they included it, FastTrack sales would be much, much higher.

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They are also $50 a pass, one per person (right?), so I don't think the average family of 4 is gonna plunk another $200 on top of admission.

I'm pretty sure Busch limits their sales as well, but it never seemed like there was crushing demand for them whenever I pick mine for a busy day.

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