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Skyrush is not part of the $50 fast lane pass, AND you only get one ride on each of the six rides using the system. The weather this weekend is supposed to 90 and sunny, so I think both days will be PACKED with the opening of the boardwalk and Skyrush.

 

I know that, but it says it's good for nine of the roller coasters at their park. I'll have to figure out if i want to go through with it when we get there, but for now I'm planning on getting them.

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Skyrush is not part of the $50 fast lane pass, AND you only get one ride on each of the six rides using the system. The weather this weekend is supposed to 90 and sunny, so I think both days will be PACKED with the opening of the boardwalk and Skyrush.

 

Not sure what forecast you saw but I live not far from the park and our forecast is 90 and thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday. That's according to our local news and The Weather Channel. In fact, the local news anchors are supposed to preview the coaster tonight and it is in question because of the weather.

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We have had the same forecast for a week now. It will be bright and sunny one minute and the next raining cats and dogs. I don't think it will keep anyone away from the park this weekend though. There's too much excitement for this. I just wish I would be able to ride it this summer - 22 weeks pregnant and coasters don't mix.

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Seems like some people on the project 2012 page got to ride for a commercial today, and their reviews are very positive!

 

I'm excited for opening, here's hoping i get out there this wednesday!

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Seems like some people on the project 2012 page got to ride for a commercial today, and their reviews are very positive!

 

I'm excited for opening, here's hoping i get out there this wednesday!

 

Any idea what their thoughts were on the ride? Where is the project 2012 page?

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It's on Facebook. From what I've read so far, the consensus is that the best airtime happens on the bunny hops near the end.

 

A "typical summer day" has never stopped me. It poured off and on during the operating day at East Coast Bash last year, and I was still able to get on all the coasters I wanted to multiple times. It seemed like the park was kind of crowded that day as well. I'm remaining in "blue-sky thinking" mode.

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It's on Facebook. From what I've read so far, the consensus is that the best airtime happens on the bunny hops near the end.

 

That's not a consensus, that's what one person has said. So the reviews don't mean much, they're from two people that haven't been on many roller coasters and don't have anything to compare Skyrush with.

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It poured off and on during the operating day at East Coast Bash last year, and I was still able to get on all the coasters I wanted to multiple times. It seemed like the park was kind of crowded that day as well. I'm remaining in "blue-sky thinking" mode.

 

Hershey has always seemed to be packed to the gills with people, but the ride lines never seemed so bad. I have had visits where you could hardly walk around the park because of the people yet never waited more than 15 - 30 minutes for any of the rides???? Kinda weird......

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It poured off and on during the operating day at East Coast Bash last year, and I was still able to get on all the coasters I wanted to multiple times. It seemed like the park was kind of crowded that day as well. I'm remaining in "blue-sky thinking" mode.

 

Hershey has always seemed to be packed to the gills with people, but the ride lines never seemed so bad. I have had visits where you could hardly walk around the park because of the people yet never waited more than 15 - 30 minutes for any of the rides???? Kinda weird......

 

 

Trouble with waits mostly shows up in the waterpark honestly (and Fahrenheit of course), where you can end up waiting the full queue for the most of those attractions on a typical summer day ( and it only gets worse if the temperature creeps up), even waiting in line to get in the wave pool is common.

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Hey guys! TPR is currently at the Skyrush Media Day!!! We will have a full report up later, but I thought I would share a few teaser photos for you guys!

 

 

Ooooh! Our two favourite thing! Roller coasters and food!

 

 

Look! Live riders on Skyrush!

 

 

Check out Skyrush's lap bar restraint! Awesome!

 

 

The first drop just looks incredible!

 

 

And I will close this short preview with a photo of Skyrush in action!

 

Keep checking into to TPR's Facebook and Twitter Pages as we will be posting more photos throughout the night!

 

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From this sounds of some of the reviews Intamin/HP may need to add some padding to those OTS lapbars, I'm hearing the unseasoned riders mentioning thigh pain from the ejector on this thing . I know I can't not wait to ride this coaster everything about it looks awesome imo, It may be short but it looks very sweet

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For well over the past 10 years there was always wonder if and when Hersheypark was going to put in a 200 foot tall coaster. Finally in 2012 the question has been answered and it was more than worth the wait! Built over Spring Creek and crammed into a little area of the park that hasn't seen guests in quite a while, Skyrush focuses on some of the best parts about a hyper/megacoaster; the speed and airtime, INSANE moments of airtime. Climbing quickly with the aid of a cable lift over top of Comet and sooperdooperLooper, Skyrush reaches the 200 foot mark in under 8 seconds and then drops at an 85 degree angle and sharply banking to the right reaching speeds of 75mph, but not forceful enough to cause any grey-outs. Riders towards the back of the train get their first moment of ejector air while the front of the train gets some airtime, but not as severe. An airtime hill tries to send you out of the train while crossing over Spring Creek, then a banked turn to the left, followed by another airtime hill of major negative G's over the creek, and then a banked turn to the right. A Stengel Dive banking right awaits next followed by a twist, banked right turn, another twist, and another airtime hill with enough force to launch you into orbit if not for the restraints. Then it's a left turn over Comet and into the brakes. All this 3600 feet with an over-the-head lapbar and your choice of a standard floored seat or a winged seat. Loading and unloading is all done on the same side of the station and there is no separate load and unload. This will slow down dispatch time, but Hersheypark has installed "spin bins" for each row, allowing you to drop off your goods before the gates even open and collect them as you exit the train without hindering the people next in line as they rotate once the gates open.

 

I rode a total of 20 times during the event, trying out as many seats as possible. The back is definitely more intense than the front, and I found the left side to vibrate a little more than the right. My favorite seat was probably the front right wing, followed by the back left center, and both winged and floored do offer a slightly different sensation that is worth trying both conditions out. Not really sure I prefer one way of riding over the other.

 

So far most of the talk from those who have ridden it is the insane amounts of airtime and its effect on the thighs. The airtime is comparable to El Toro or the Mega-Lites, very strong negative G's. It's definitely forceful and many guests won't be able to ride it too many times in a row, but then again how many people have that opportunity to do so. Many of the media there was with their families, and after a ride or two they would sit down for a few minutes or walk around and be back ready to ride 15-20 minutes later. It could maybe use more soft padding on the underside of the restraint, but I found if you just hold on and try to work against the forces of physics and keep yourself in the train, it's not so bad. Skyrush is a sensational ride from start to finish, offering up lots of airtime, directional changes, and speed all in a very open train. Hersheypark and Intamin definitely have another hit on their hands, and after 2004's Storm Runner, 2008's Fahrenheit, and 2012's Skyrush, I'm really looking forward to what the two are working on for 2016 (Aquatrax)

 

Thanks to Hersheypark for allowing us to attend this media preview. Onto the pictures!

 

SkyRush POV Video!

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Last August we Rushed the Hollow, now we're back for our reward

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Time to preview Hersheypark's newest rollercoaster before it opens to the public on Saturday, May 26

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Festivities start at 6pm

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The Cocoa Rhythm Factory performed some sweet music for us while we waited

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And since it's all about rushing the sky, here's some of our flying friends. We'll just call this Gunter: The Golden Eagle since that name seems popular right now

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Making this little bird Gerta. She's all like "um, whats up with that big yellow thing there, I wanna ride too!"

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Kathy, John, and Kevin welcome us to Hersheypark for their 105th season and their 12th currently operating coaster, Skyrush

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and the rush is on!

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This is all the queue there appears to be, 8 switchbacks and then the stairs to the station

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When you reach the stairs there's a separate queue just for the front row

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And here's the station for all other rows

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The ride is all ready to go

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Down the first drop goes the first train with people of the night

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Falling at 85 degrees and 75mph

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Airtime over Spring Creek

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Different angle of the same cross over the creek

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Banked turn at far end

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Crossing over the creek again

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Another banked turn

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Exiting the Stengel Dive

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A little bit of twisty!!!

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And another major airtime hill following Comet

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And over Comet's station to return to Skyrush's own

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More pictures

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Skyrush's station resembles the old railroad station

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Take too many photos of Skyrush and they put you to work!

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Another look at the trains

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The lapbars make this ride very open, even more than the B&M hypers

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A seatbelt attached to the center of the lapbar between the legs as seen on most inverted coasters

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At this point the front of the train is going "Awesome!" and the back is going "OMG AHHHHH!"

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The path by the Sunken Gardens is now opened and provides great views of the ride, as well as a nice shortcut past Founder's Circle!

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So far very open in the new area

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I'm sure this will look really pretty once more flowers bloom

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If you want speed and airtime, let me introduce you to Skyrush

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Nice headchopper here

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The trees provide another headchopper when exiting the Stengel Dive

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Notice the cable pulley at the bottom of the support

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My front seat photo, taken at bottom of first drop

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Here's the "Spin Bin". Add your items before the gates open to board and they'll rotate to inside the gates once the gates open for you to ride

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And thus concludes the preview of Skyrush. Forget the barbecues, beaches, and family gatherings, get out to Hershey this weekend and ride it, folks!

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And I'll leave you with some coaster train porn to show just how truly bare and naked these trains are!

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