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Next week is the last week of school for most districts in our area so it may depend. There are a good many schools that travel to Hershey for class trips and stuff. I always avoid the park on Monday and Friday. Tuesday through Thursday are typically decent. Just keep in mind that Fahrenheit will nearly always have at least a 45 minute wait. The line is painful to stand in at times (no shade and no misters). I usually have decent luck by hitting that first then going back to Lightning Racer and coming back toward the front and over toward Storm Runner and Trailblazer. Now with SkyRush that may have to change. I can typically hit all the coasters midweek and be out of the park before dinner time (say 4:30/5:00).

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After ride number 8 (a front-seat, right wing, pitch-black, wind-whipped blur), I can safely say that Skyrush is now my official #2 coaster, beating out El Toro just by a hair. The airtime isn't quite as good in the front, but the drop and view completely make up for it. For anyone who hasn't ridden at night or in the front yet (better; both), DO IT!

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For Skyrush, I find that people head straight for it earlier in the day and the lines dramatically die down in the late afternoon into the evening. As for Fahrenheit, the shortest line is about an hour or so before the park closes. When I was there the other day, it was an hour left until closing and the line was only down the stairs to the station.

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I just read this ridiculous statement in the comments on another coaster sites Skyrush post, can anyone local verify these-to me-out there statements? To clarify, these are not my thoughts, and I find them VERY hard to believe.

 

We just went today. This coaster is terrible and we LOVE coasters. If it had different restraints, it would be AMAZING. However, we personally watched 2 people get wheeled away with EMS within a 30 minute period and now I have perfect lap-bar bruises across my legs already, within hours. The combination of no shoulder restraint and over-zealous employees is yielding injuries galore. And to the Aric saying that it is ridiculous that it is even being suggested that there are injuries… there are. Don’t be stupid. Like I said, we personally watched it happen. We even came back later in the day and EMS was still there. If EMS has to hang out by the ride, there is a problem.

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I just read this ridiculous statement in the comments on another coaster sites Skyrush post, can anyone local verify these-to me-out there statements? To clarify, these are not my thoughts, and I find them VERY hard to believe.

 

We just went today. This coaster is terrible and we LOVE coasters. If it had different noodles, it would be AMAZING. However, we personally watched 2 people get wheeled away with EMS within a 30 minute period and now I have perfect lap-bar bruises across my legs already, within hours. The combination of no shoulder restraint and over-zealous employees is yielding injuries galore. And to the Aric saying that it is ridiculous that it is even being suggested that there are injuries… there are. Don’t be stupid. Like I said, we personally watched it happen. We even came back later in the day and EMS was still there. If EMS has to hang out by the ride, there is a problem.

 

It could be that this person is a moron and if the ems really was there it may have been for something completely different. Did this person actually see these people get wheeled from that ride? Maybe these people had pre existing health issues....who knows?

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I just read this ridiculous statement in the comments on another coaster sites Skyrush post, can anyone local verify these-to me-out there statements? To clarify, these are not my thoughts, and I find them VERY hard to believe.

 

We just went today. This coaster is terrible and we LOVE coasters. If it had different noodles, it would be AMAZING. However, we personally watched 2 people get wheeled away with EMS within a 30 minute period and now I have perfect lap-bar bruises across my legs already, within hours. The combination of no shoulder restraint and over-zealous employees is yielding injuries galore. And to the Aric saying that it is ridiculous that it is even being suggested that there are injuries… there are. Don’t be stupid. Like I said, we personally watched it happen. We even came back later in the day and EMS was still there. If EMS has to hang out by the ride, there is a problem.

 

And you have proof that these people were wheeled away for the reason you state? Of course you don't.

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I call shenanigans. I essentially have bones and paper skin, and while I did complain a bit when sitting on the brake run, I did NOT have any bruises whatsoever (I don't have any now either) and I was riding Wildcat and Lightning Racer within about twenty minutes after I did Skyrush.

 

Like I said, my ride would have been -more comfortable- if I hadn't been stapled in the station, but I do not have any injuries at all. I would have ridden it again (and again and again) if the queue hadn't been so long last Saturday.

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I just read this ridiculous statement in the comments on another coaster sites Skyrush post, can anyone local verify these-to me-out there statements? To clarify, these are not my thoughts, and I find them VERY hard to believe.

 

We just went today. This coaster is terrible and we LOVE coasters. If it had different noodles, it would be AMAZING. However, we personally watched 2 people get wheeled away with EMS within a 30 minute period and now I have perfect lap-bar bruises across my legs already, within hours. The combination of no shoulder restraint and over-zealous employees is yielding injuries galore. And to the Aric saying that it is ridiculous that it is even being suggested that there are injuries… there are. Don’t be stupid. Like I said, we personally watched it happen. We even came back later in the day and EMS was still there. If EMS has to hang out by the ride, there is a problem.

 

And you have proof that these people were wheeled away for the reason you state? Of course you don't.

 

As mentioned, these are not my thoughts, I just found them ridiculous and wondered if anyone local had heard of such a thing.

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Adavis, to clear up your post regarding the EMS at Skyrush. Yes, EMS was called because a female felt light headed while waiting in the queue. She did not ride Skyrush, and the EMS was there for a total of 5 minutes and have not returned. The ride is operating fine, and provides an amazing airtime experience. We have seen Hershey executives in the station observing the riders getting off, so they are keeping a close eye on the rider experience.

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To all the Hershey locals and regular visitors....

 

I've experienced some of the worst lines ever visiting Hersheypark over the years on weekends, especially Saturdays. Two years ago we went in late June during a mid week day and it wasn't much better. We are going this year on Wednesday June 27. I think two years ago there was a big concert the day we went. Does anyone know if this day would be a normal slower weekday, or should we expect the worst. Also, does Hershey still do the the night before free entry thing when you buy a ticket?

 

Ted

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To all the Hershey locals and regular visitors....

 

I've experienced some of the worst lines ever visiting Hersheypark over the years on weekends, especially Saturdays. Two years ago we went in late June during a mid week day and it wasn't much better. We are going this year on Wednesday June 27. I think two years ago there was a big concert the day we went. Does anyone know if this day would be a normal slower weekday, or should we expect the worst. Also, does Hershey still do the the night before free entry thing when you buy a ticket?

 

Ted

Saturdays are the busiest days of the week, but close second can be Fridays when school is in session. Certain holidays aren't too bad. I know it wasn't bad on Labor Day last year. It's best to go earlier or middle in the week.

 

The park does offer a program called the Preview plan. How this works is that you purchase your ticket for the next day at the park around 3 to 4 hours before closing and you can spend the rest of the evening in the park for free.

Preview Plan

 

Purchase a regular full-day admission ticket for tomorrow, 2-1/2* hours prior to Park closing, and be our guest FREE for the remainder of that evening. (*3-1/2 hours for 11 pm closing)

-6 PM Closing

Admission after 3:30 PM

-8 PM Closing

Admission after 5:30 PM

-10 & 11 PM Closing

Admission after 7:30 PM

A SWEET way to maximize your visit. All single or multi-day tickets (including online, group, Giant, AAA, etc) qualify for this plan! Just present your ticket at the gate after 7:30 PM and enjoy all of the rides and shows all night long! (Not valid on Sunset, Consecutive Day or Concert Special Admission)

http://www.hersheypark.com/tickets/index.php

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Adavis, to clear up your post regarding the EMS at Skyrush. Yes, EMS was called because a female felt light headed while waiting in the queue. She did not ride Skyrush, and the EMS was there for a total of 5 minutes and have not returned. The ride is operating fine, and provides an amazing airtime experience. We have seen Hershey executives in the station observing the riders getting off, so they are keeping a close eye on the rider experience.

 

Thanks for the response, much appreciated. I'm very glad to have confirmation that what I assumed was hogwash actually was in fact a load of crap.

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Adavis, to clear up your post regarding the EMS at Skyrush. Yes, EMS was called because a female felt light headed while waiting in the queue. She did not ride Skyrush, and the EMS was there for a total of 5 minutes and have not returned. The ride is operating fine, and provides an amazing airtime experience. We have seen Hershey executives in the station observing the riders getting off, so they are keeping a close eye on the rider experience.

 

Thanks for the response, much appreciated. I'm very glad to have confirmation that what I assumed was hogwash actually was in fact a load of crap.

 

And a big, giant, steaming load at that!

 

Just out of morbid curiosity could you post the link where this comment was posted? I may want to have some 'fun' with it later.

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Adavis, to clear up your post regarding the EMS at Skyrush. Yes, EMS was called because a female felt light headed while waiting in the queue. She did not ride Skyrush, and the EMS was there for a total of 5 minutes and have not returned. The ride is operating fine, and provides an amazing airtime experience. We have seen Hershey executives in the station observing the riders getting off, so they are keeping a close eye on the rider experience.

 

Thanks for the response, much appreciated. I'm very glad to have confirmation that what I assumed was hogwash actually was in fact a load of crap.

 

And a big, giant, steaming load at that!

 

Just out of morbid curiosity could you post the link where this comment was posted? I may want to have some 'fun' with it later.

 

Play nice. It's on the coastercritic.com, and he's a member here, and a hell of a nice guy. An aside, it was a commenter that said it, not him.

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Had a great day at the park today. Everything had short line and some were walk-on. Skyrush is an insane ride, Hershey definitely has themselves a winner! You can get two slightly different experiences depending on which seat you pick. The middle is more of a traditional coaster experience, and the outsides are a lot wilder and out of control. Every seat, though has an incredible open feel. They both give insane experiences, but I'd say I prefer the middle slightly more (only very slightly). I'm one that likes to just go-with-the-flow on rides, if you will, rather than fighting them, Voyage-style. Either way, that train absolutely hauls during every point in the layout, from the lift hill that you go FLYING over, to the airtime hills, to the final quick turn at the end...it just never lets up, much like I305 (or a mini-I305 as many have said, which is definitely the most accurate way to describe this). Best of all, NO TRIMS OF ANY KIND! Wooo!

 

I really didn't see any problem with my "thighs hurting." Sure the airtime was intense, but it's similar to what is found on I305, El Toro, and Maverick. You come back to the station a little stapled, but no more than you do on Maverick.

 

The only complaints I have with this are not with the coaster itself, but with little nit-picky things on how loading is managed and how the station was designed.

 

-Skyrush needs a single rider line, or at least better seating management from the ops. Each and every train had about 5-6 empty seats (sometimes more, and sometimes two together)...even in the morning when the queue was full.

 

-People seem to get more confused by the rotating bins than they actually help. Hopefully it's just a learning curve and the process will be mastered over time.

 

-The fact that people exit the same side they enter really slows things down. The crew has to wait until everyone has gotten their belongings and left the area to open the air gates for the next people to board the train (and of course you always have the people who fool around and don't move swiftly).

 

Again, this ride just opened, so hopefully bugs and kinks will be worked out eventually...these are just a few things that irked me a bit (albeit nit-picky). This ride is definitely in my top-5! Get out there and ride Skyrush people!

 

 

I also found this a bit odd today, and maybe someone can answer this for me. Every single coaster had one, two, or a few of its middle rows chained off, but they were still loading those seats. Why?

 

 

 

Does anyone know if the SooperDooperLooper is running more reliably now. When I was there on 5/26 they were having some major issues.

 

SDL ran one train all day today. I saw mechanics looking at the other one in the morning, but I never saw them again after that.

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Does anyone know if the SooperDooperLooper is running more reliably now. When I was there on 5/26 they were having some major issues.

 

Well it did just get two brand new trains and a new braking system so some things may need adjusting.

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The combination of no shoulder restraint and over-zealous employees is yielding injuries galore.

 

Hrm... I think this would just place the pain somewhere else - the tender shoulder/collar bone area. I had bruising and pain from I-305, Maverick, and Fahrenheit from their obnoxious shoulder restraints (yes, I rode I-305 with the new backpack-like soft restraints. The result is a displacement of comfort; you get held DOWN and BACK, as well).

 

Shoulder restraints have NEVER been the solution for a coaster... I think a "part of the solution" compromise would be to add a large amount of super-padding to the lap bar.

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