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I made it out to the park yesterday for my first rides on Skyrush. I followed the plan and went back to Fahrenheit first. This plan almost worked to well,we had too much time to kill before we could get a good line on Skyrush. By 11:15, I had got 2 rides on Fahrenheit and Storm runner, 1 on Wildcat and Wild Mouse, and 6 on Lightning racer. I then decided to kill some time in the Boardwalk because the place was dead. I had never been able to do much in the five years it has been open due to crowds. The Coastline Plunge slide really kicked ass. Going down backwards into the funnel on Whirlwind was one of the craziest things I have done. EastCoast WaterWorks was also a good time. My only complaint with the Boardwalk was the Seaquel. They were the worst wave pool and lazy river I have been in. The waves were small and not forceful and the current wasn't strong enough on the Lazy River. I much prefer Dorney's. After leaving the Boardwalk I got some lunch then head over to Skyrush. I was greeted with a very small line. Damn, this ride is incredible. I didn't feel much pain but it was uncomfortable during the excessive airtime. The ride will greatly benefit from re-worked restraints. I thought the operations around the park were great and the guys working Skyrush were doing the best they could with the crappy station setup. It was a really great day at Hershey and following the plan really does work.

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That back row, left wing seat is quickly becoming my favorite place to ride. I kept my arms up the whole time and just try to anticipate where the ride was going to throw me. I also grayed out a little on the first left bank turn. tighten up the leg muscles a little if you don't want that to happen. I actually like a little gray. Good to hear about the bag drop bins and the possible restraint rework. One of the best rides I've ever been on.

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I was at the park today from 4 - 10. Everything in the Comet Hollow had problems (periodically closed) including: Comet, SDL and of course Sky Rush. I only rode it 2 times during 2 hours that I was waiting for it. It was down 4 times during that 2 hour period. When the ride was running, the rideops were were constantly crossing for no apparent reason. As others have said -- slow dispatch times. Nuf said.

 

My first ride was last row outside (right) wing seat. I found that seat very rough. It seems like it has the same spring board effect like X2 at Magic Mountain which I don't like either. I did ride it a second time row 3 middle and found that better. I had no problem with my thighs.

 

I had high expectations for this ride, but I'm really not sure if it will break into my top 10 steel. I'll try to ride it several more times tomorrow to try to rate it better. I'm really disappointed...

 

I like the new SDL trains.

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I was there the same day, and yes the ride was having problems, but I was expecting that the whole time seeing as it was built by Intamin. The ride seemed to be running ok for the day, but as all others have stated, operations are quite slow. I have a feeling I only think so because I am spoiled by the operations at Cedar Point, but it did seem like they were just intentionally being lazy. Even after checking seats, they took unnecessary time to dispatch the train. The whole load/unload on the same side is really retarded. I didn't really find any problem with the bins, either. They were just different; and I could see how they would confuse a typical stupid guest wandering through the park on a Saturday, so maybe the drop boxes will be better.

 

As for the ride...!!!!!!!! Wow! The lift is absolute insanity. I watched it all day and still couldn't believe it was going so fast. And the drop...the shape is just bizarre. It's like a good floating drop until the end when you are kicked out of your seat. Of course afterward you are stapled like no other, but other than that, the rest of the ride was great! The speed was phenomenal, the airtime was almost too much, but it was still stunning! The twists and turns, especially in the outer seats, really whip you around. I found myself latching onto the grab bars because I almost flew out the side of my seat. The last turn was the only part of the ride that seemed a little sluggish, but after that much insanity, it was nice to have a smooth little turn. Unfortunately after that, thanks to operations, I had to sit in the train that was bruising my thighs for another 3 minutes...it was hilarious to hear the whole train moan in relief once the lap bars were released. If this ride had clamshells, it would easily be unbeatable.

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I was there the same day, and yes the ride was having problems, but I was expecting that the whole time seeing as it was built by Intamin. The ride seemed to be running ok for the day, but as all others have stated, operations are quite slow. I have a feeling I only think so because I am spoiled by the operations at Cedar Point, but it did seem like they were just intentionally being lazy. Even after checking seats, they took unnecessary time to dispatch the train. The whole load/unload on the same side is really retarded. I didn't really find any problem with the bins, either. They were just different; and I could see how they would confuse a typical stupid guest wandering through the park on a Saturday, so maybe the drop boxes will be better.

 

As for the ride...!!!!!!!! Wow! The lift is absolute insanity. I watched it all day and still couldn't believe it was going so fast. And the drop...the shape is just bizarre. It's like a good floating drop until the end when you are kicked out of your seat. Of course afterward you are stapled like no other, but other than that, the rest of the ride was great! The speed was phenomenal, the airtime was almost too much, but it was still stunning! The twists and turns, especially in the outer seats, really whip you around. I found myself latching onto the grab bars because I almost flew out the side of my seat. The last turn was the only part of the ride that seemed a little sluggish, but after that much insanity, it was nice to have a smooth little turn. Unfortunately after that, thanks to operations, I had to sit in the train that was bruising my thighs for another 3 minutes...it was hilarious to hear the whole train moan in relief once the lap bars were released. If this ride had clamshells, it would easily be unbeatable.

 

Wow, seriously? So a ride built by anyone else could not have possibly had any problems?

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You shouldn't have too many problems, but here's a general plan that I think should work best for you to get as many rides in as possible:

 

Head straight to Fahrenheit when the gates open, get your rides in there, then head over to Storm Runner and Sidewinder while you're in the area. Storm Runner isn't getting much of a line with Skyrush open that I've seen, but since it's there you might as well knock it out when you're doing Fahrenheit (which will get a very, very slow-moving and long line)! I would head back and hit the back of the park after that, so that's Lightning Racer, Wildcat, and Wild Mouse. You shouldn't have any waits for any of those things, just a few trains' worth here and there. I would head back up after that, cross under Storm Runner (ride it again if the line is short!), and make your way down the hill and back up the other side. Hit Trailblazer if you like. That'll put you in Minetown, where you can hit Great Bear (not a bad line with Skyrush open either), then SDL on your way around to Comet and Skyrush. Skyrush has a massive line in the morning, but if you hit it anytime after 2pm you're looking at a 10-30 minute wait (depending on crowds). When we were there on Sunday, we rode four times that afternoon, never waiting more than 20 minutes other than our wait for the front.

 

Basically, fight the urge to ride Skyrush and go do the rest of the park ahead of everyone else! It'll be worth it when you get to ride it as many times as you want later in the day.

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Wow, seriously? So a ride built by anyone else could not have possibly had any problems?

How did I in any way suggest that no other ride has problems?

 

As you said, the ride was having problems and you expected that seeing it was built by Intamin.

 

Maybe I took it wrong but it seemed like you suggested a ride built by Intamin WILL have problems.

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Intamin rides have problems? I never knew that before! The ride should have been built by Vekoma. They would have made it so much more reliable. I mean, it's not like they have problems getting seats to stay on a ride or anything.

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^Is anyone else surprised that we went this long without a genuine "this ride isn't OMG phenomenal" or is it just me? (Admittedly it's one of my most anticipated coasters of the year.)

 

I was extremely disappointed. I felt for sure this ride would easily be in my top 10 steel if not in the top 5. I rode it 4 times this weekend (lines were extreme) with 3 times on the wing. I'm very disappointed in it. I found the "springboard action" made this ride rough for me. The 1 center seat ride was better, but I always ride with my hands up once I crest the hill and it was rough for a 1 month old coaster. Dispatches this morning seemed quicker. I think the staff is getting better. I'll be back in a few weeks test it out again. I guess I'm a minority who doesn't like this ride. I didn't have any noodle complaints.

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I wouldn't call it rough, but more like definitely being able to feel the frame flexing and "bouncing" on the outside seats. Like I have said, and many others have said, the outside is NOT your traditional coaster experience. It is insane, wild, and completely out of control! Anyone who has not ridden it yet, go into your ride with that mindset if you choose an outside seat.

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^I was hoping that they had figured out how to do wing seats without Baco's bouncing/flexing.

 

The problem is not really the wing seats, rather than the speed and intensity of the ride.

It would be rough-ish even if it had a pair of B&M's new wing trains.

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Hidy ho everybody! This is my first time posting in this thread. I am heading out to the east coast this weekend with my girlfriend. We are both in our 30's. We are planning on stopping at Hersheypark on Wed the 27th and Thursday the 28th. Neither of us has been there before. We won't be able to get there until about noonish on Wed, because we have to drive up from Busch Gardens.

 

I read the plan that Okinawaboy and coasterlover posted. We would like to do the chocolate factory tour as soon as we get there. Which of the 4 attractions should we do? The trolley is the one that interests me the most, but are there any "must do's" between the other 3? Are advanced tickets suggested, or will we be able to get right into the attractions?

 

For shows, we are planning on seeing Chocapella, Tap, Rock n roll homecoming, and showdown at cocoa canyon. Any more that are strongly recommended? Or any of these that are not worth our time?

 

It looks like Great Bear, Skyrush, Stormrunner, Fahrenheight, and Lightening Racers are the best coasters. Where are the best seats to ride these 5? We hope to ride them all, but if we can't what should be skipped besides Sidewinder? I've ridden that model elsewhere. We don't plan on getting fast lane passes.

Are there any strongly recommended flats? I've ridden the claw at county fairs. What about any unique water rides that aren't the same model that every other park has, beside Rollersoaker?

 

How about food in the park? Any places I just have to try? Or what are the places that have the best food/value?

 

What hotels should I look at staying? I'd like to keep it at under $80 a night with breakfast.

I'm planning on having 21-22 hours over the 2 days to complete all of this and we like to soak up as much as we can. Thanks.

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Thankfully, the park offers a great "preview" plan for every ticket holder. If you have a general admission ticket, you can get into the park for free the night before.

 

For example, you said you were getting in on Wednesday around noon. If you bought a single ticket for Thursday, you can get into the park for free on Wednesday starting at 7:30PM, because the park closes at 10:00PM. You can use the time you have between arriving at Hershey and going to the park to get settled into wherever you're staying, or go to Chocolate World, because it's free admission there.

 

You can get in a lot of rides using the preview plan; I didn't get to the park until 9PM a couple of Fridays ago and I got a ride on Sooperdooperlooper, once on Wildcat, and several rides on Lightning Racer. That way, you can nail out the most popular coasters (SKYRUSH!!!) when the crowds are at their (theoretical) lowest, and you'll have time for all the shows you want to see in the park the next day.

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Food is typical park fare. There is really nothing, in my opinion, that stands out as a must try. The Smokehouse (down by Trailblazer) is hit or miss but when it's good, it's very good. I heard they changed vendors though and portions have gotten small for the price. In that same area is a country music show that is very good also. I am not a huge country fan by any means but this is newer stuff so I enjoyed it. Double check the preview plan. I thought that if the park closed at 10, the preview started at 7.

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