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^I'm hoping for the waterpark to be the main draw on Friday and Saturday. Only problem is I need the Roller Soaker credit... any tips on getting that credit with less than a 20 min wait?

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In spite of it being one of my absolute favorite parks, I usually only make the trip out to Hershey once a year. However, thanks to my 2020 plans going right into the crapper I'm working with what I'v

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Hey guys just 2 more questions, (Sorry for asking this many, but this will be my last chance to go here for a LONG time..)

First, what rides should I hit with the nighttime preview pass and in what order? I have to do Skyrush tomorrow so I can get it as #100! (I'm at 91 now!)

 

Second, Is it train one or two that has the better restraints? Is there any way you can tell a difference of the trains? I will let other people go in front of me

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^I'm hoping for the waterpark to be the main draw on Friday and Saturday. Only problem is I need the Roller Soaker credit... any tips on getting that credit with less than a 20 min wait?

 

The best way I can suggest is the same as Fahrenheit. Get there first.

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I forgot to mention somethings!!

 

I did not buy the line skipper option at the park. I do not think theirs is worth it. I do not like that you can not pick your seat!!! I much prefer Cedar Fairs where you can ride as much as you want and the two lines come together (usually) and you can pick your seat. There was barely anyone using it when I was there so they let anyone just sit in them seats - which was nice.

 

However, I did notice a lot of people using the VIP option where someone escorts you around the park. I think that is silly but to each their own.

 

The last thing I wanted to say is the loading and unloading of trains and rides. A lot of the employees were being VERY SLOW! Half of the time they did not fill the trains on the coasters even though every coaster at points in the day had at least a 30-45 minute wait. I noticed a lot of stacking with the coasters. It took the employees in the AM at the Claw almost 10 minutes to unload and load each time. Their was no communication on this ride. The guy worker just did not even bother there were 5 empty seats and shut the restraints as the girl worker was letting more people in to fill them. I did notice on some rides they would call out next group of 2 or any singles, but that was rare. When I was in line at the Sidewinder for the front seat the workers were chatting about their personal lives and than they started about how the line dropped down to almost nothing. The girl worker stated she wished they would all just leave. As a consumer basically paying your paycheck with my admission to the park, I do not want to hear that.

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^Well then maybe SHE should leave!

 

That is something that would annoy me enough to get her name and complain to guest services or management about that. That is unprofessional and rude- obviously she does not want to have a job there.

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What is with this park and all the reports of bad operators? Hershey is supposed to be a happy place!

 

Do any of the rides have "older ops" this year? Last time I went Lightning Racer was being run by this awesome group of senior citizens who were both friendly and dispatching like crazy. If they can do it, everyone else can!

 

I'm just speculating here, but maybe Hershey needs older/more experienced/higher paid "team leaders." I noticed that Kings Dominion often has lots of young operators and then one older "leader" who was making sure they were keeping dispatches up to par/dealing with small problems, etc. Hershey may already do this, but I think it could really help and would cut down on the BS on the platform.

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Ops weren't this bad last year. I haven't been to the park this summer as I opted to not renew my season pass due to being pregnant. There were occasional issues that would pop up but these descriptions are sounding ridiculous, almost like there is no supervision at all. They do hire a lot of young people and they also have a volunteer program but from my experience, that program provides more than adequate "training" to help a crew operate any ride in the park. I hope they figure things out and get back to normal for next season.

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^Every team leader or whatever I saw at Hersheypark on my last visit had a "since 2011 tag" or something similar and all looked very young. Age really has nothing to do with operations, though, at least as much as experience. I'm still shocked at how bad the operations were when I visited and I obviously wasn't alone with these continued reports. I hope that can get their operations together in what is other wise an absolutely amazing park...but those ops were seriously the worst I have ever experienced.

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What is with this park and all the reports of bad operators? Hershey is supposed to be a happy place!

 

Do any of the rides have "older ops" this year? Last time I went Lightning Racer was being run by this awesome group of senior citizens who were both friendly and dispatching like crazy. If they can do it, everyone else can!

 

I'm just speculating here, but maybe Hershey needs older/more experienced/higher paid "team leaders." I noticed that Kings Dominion often has lots of young operators and then one older "leader" who was making sure they were keeping dispatches up to par/dealing with small problems, etc. Hershey may already do this, but I think it could really help and would cut down on the BS on the platform.

 

This past weekend I was very pleased with the ride ops except for the Storm Runner Saturday night crew. As a former ride op, I know how it feels to operate late at night, especially if you have worked all day, but their lack of interest in the ride's operation was saddening really, and somewhat frustrating.

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Just got back from Hershey and I have to say SkyRush is definitely one of a kind.

 

It was actually the first ride I rode since my friends wanted to. The switchbacks were full and it was really only around a 45 minute wait. Could it kill them to put some shade over the queue though? The misting fans could only do so much. Anyway, they managed to dispatch a train every ~2.5-3.5 minutes or so. I thought the crew was doing a pretty good job all things considered. They made sure to fill the blocked off rows if no fast pass riders were there. The big problem is that it takes so long for the riders to exit on the same side that by the time one train completes its course, the next riders haven't even boarded yet.

 

The lift was ridiculously fast and in the back we got a huge pop of airtime in the back. I think I greyed out every time on the first turnaround. I was actually scared to put my hands up but I did it anyway on the very last airtime hill and wow...my legs were basically forced up and my upper body forced down toward the lapbar. Definitely never experienced anything like that before.

 

I thought the ride was a bit painful on the thighs, but then again I'm scrawny and small. I haven't looked yet but I'm pretty sure the 3 consecutive rides we took later in the evening caused some bruising. SkyRush was definitely more fun than it was painful though since I rode it 5 times. I'm actually surprised by some of the lines in Comet Hollow. SDL had a full queue at the beginning of the day. I know it's only running one train right now but I've never even seen the queue come close to reaching the bottom of the stairs in the morning. But around 5pm basically everything - Comet, SDL, Great Bear, SkyRush - only had station waits.

 

As per the winged seats on SkyRush, I thought the left wing was far more intense than the right wing. Quite enjoyed the middle seats though. I think out of all 5 times I rode it I got the train with the unmodified seats. I wasn't paying particularly close attention, but if I did get the train with the noodles then it really made no difference for me.

 

Overall, SkyRush is definitely in my top 5 but it's not a ride I can re-ride over and over. I don't really see that as a problem though

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^Every team leader or whatever I saw at Hersheypark on my last visit had a "since 2011 tag" or something similar and all looked very young. Age really has nothing to do with operations, though, at least as much as experience. I'm still shocked at how bad the operations were when I visited and I obviously wasn't alone with these continued reports. I hope that can get their operations together in what is other wise an absolutely amazing park...but those ops were seriously the worst I have ever experienced.

 

I will vouch to say I am a team leader, or as we call them ride leads and this is only my second year. I can say that I am experienced enough to keep operations running smoothly and be ready for any situation. Age has nothing to do with anything

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^ACTUALLY, they just should get all their ride operators from TPR! I can see it now: "NO LOOSE ITEMS, this train is leaving the station in six seconds whether you are sitting down or not!"

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Could it kill them to put some shade over the queue though?

 

I haven't gotten up to Hershey yet to ride it, but judging by pictures I also wondered why they didn't put any shade at all over that huge area of switchbacks...? Either they didn't have them in the budget or they wanted the view of the lift/drop clear from the queue are my only guesses.

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^ACTUALLY, they just should get all their ride operators from TPR! I can see it now: "NO LOOSE ITEMS, this train is leaving the station in six seconds whether you are sitting down or not!"

 

Those people will get some airtime they never expected

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Could it kill them to put some shade over the queue though?

 

I haven't gotten up to Hershey yet to ride it, but judging by pictures I also wondered why they didn't put any shade at all over that huge area of switchbacks...? Either they didn't have them in the budget or they wanted the view of the lift/drop clear from the queue are my only guesses.

 

Probably a bit of both. The lift hill is so fast it's thrilling just to watch it. There's always gonna be a few gasps in the line.

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http://www.ldnews.com/latestnews/ci_21012079/fire-reported-at-old-hersheypark-arena

 

The historic Hersheypark Arena, the longtime home of the Hershey Bears and site of Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game, escaped serious damage during an afternoon fire on Thursday. Fire crews were initially dispatched to the 76-year-old arena about 1:10 p.m. White smoke could be seen coming from the roof on the arena's western end. The smoke eventually turned gray, then black, and then flames were visible shooting from the roof for several minutes. The blaze eventually went to five alarms, and multiple fire companies from Dauphin, Lebanon and Lancaster counties were dispatched to the scene. Fire apparatus lined up next to Hersheypark Stadium waiting on stand-by. More fire companies from other counties were called to fill in for Dauphin County stations service areas while those crews were on scene.

 

The fire was located in a small area in the rooftop that had a wood frame around it, said Tim Shellenberger, managing director of corporate safety and security for Hershey Entertainment and Resorts. "The difficulty and why it took so long is not that it was a big blaze or a lot of harm to the structure itself," he said. "The difficulty was that it's over 100 feet off the floor of the arena, and there's very few catwalk structures and things to get to it." Additionally, Shellenberger said, firefighters had to go through multiple layers of building material just to reach the fire. "So it was just difficult for the firefighters to get to that location and be able to extinguish it," he said.

 

The fire was extinguished around 3:15 p.m. Afterwards, firefighters used chainsaws to cut away sections of the roof to search for hot spots.

 

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation by a Dauphin County fire marshal, said Chief Pat Leonard of the Hershey Volunteer Fire Co. "It doesn't appear to be anything suspicious," Leonard said. Three firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion, Leonard said. Two were transported to an area hospital and released, and one was treated at the scene. "One was assisted from the roof," Leonard said. "He was overcome by heat on the roof. We put safety ropes and tag lines on him. We had a small technical rescue from the roof." The fire was under control in about two hours, he said.

 

A damage estimate was not available, but Shellenberger noted there was "little to none." "It won't take us very long to repair what's there," he said. "Obviously, we'll have to wait until all the smoke clears to see how much soot and ash is on the old arena seats and the floor. I'm sure we're going to have a few days of cleanup, but actual structural damage, very minimal." Shellenberger said there are no structural concerns, although an order for non-essential personnel to get off the roof because of possible structural concerns was heard over emergency dispatch channels. "There probably was a concern while it was still a fire, but once it was put out there's been no actual degration to the structure itself at all," he said.

 

Shellenberger said the biggest concern was for the firefighters because of the heat. Temperatures reached the mid 90s on Thursday, and firefighters were rotating after 20-minute intervals. "There were multiple stations set up, some in air conditions, some under tents with ice, misters, showers and we had enough of a response here - it was a beautiful thing - by the fire department that they were able to rotate staff, so no one was really put under pressure to the point where they were in any kind of extreme danger," he said.

 

Shellenberger praised the firefighters who responded to the blaze, especially considering the heat they faced. "Few people love firefighters more than I do, and they did an outstanding job, and I couldn't begin to thank them enough for their response, their care," he said.

 

The fire did not affect Hersheypark at all, Shellenberger said. Nearby rides could be seen operating normally, including the park's new Skyrush roller coaster.

 

Between 30 and 40 people were in offices in the arena when the fire started, and they were all safely evacuated.

 

Shellenberger said no one was injured, but emergency scanner reports indicated several people were taken to a hospital.

 

The arena's roof is currently in the process of being replaced, but Shellenberger thinks the timing was coincidental and construction had nothing to do with the fire. "We have no way of knowing," he said. "They had worked in that area, but that was several days ago. They haven't been in that area for multiple days, so I wouldn't want to suggest it was the cause at this point."

 

Construction workers were working on the roof Thursday, but not in the area of the fire, he said.

 

The arena will be cleaned up, and operations will eventually return to normal, Shellenberger said. The arena's primary function nowadays is as an ice-skating facility, he said. "The amount of events that we have there is minimal at this point, but, yes, in a few days time we'll probably get back to normal with what events were scheduled there," he said.

 

The arena opened in 1936. Originally called the Hersheypark Sports Arena, it was designed and constructed by D. Paul Witmer, head of Hershey Lumber Products. The arena had a capacity of more than 7,500 seats.

 

Known as the 'Old Barn,' the arena was the home of the Hershey Bears for many years and is now the home of the Hershey Junior Bears youth ice hockey team, as well as the Lebanon Valley College and Shippensburg University ice hockey teams.

 

Over the years, it also has hosted events such as the Ice Capades, Disney on Ice, and in 1953, then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower's birthday celebration. Besides being home to the Bears, it is perhaps best known as the site of Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game on March 2, 1962.

 

"The Hersheypark Arena is a landmark and an icon to our company," Shellenberger said. "We would not be happy if something serious happened to it, so everybody (breathed) a little sigh of relief that the historic Hersheypark Arena is sound, it's fine, and it'll be back to normal shortly."

 

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Fire shoots out of the roof of the Hershey Park Arena as fire crews battle a multi-alarm blaze Thursday, July 5, 2012. In the background people continue to ride Skyrush, Hershey Park's newest rollercoaster. LEBANON DAILY NEWS - JEREMY LONG

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So sad. Such a historic building and long time home to my favorite team. The Hershey Bears! I'm just happy that there isn't any serious damage and nobody was hurt. Hopfully all damage is repaired.

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I know this has been answered numerous times throughout this thread, but it's gotten buried under all the posts from Skyrush and what not.... Can anyone tell me where I can get the best discount for a single day admission to the park? I see on their website that Giant Food Stores has $11 off general admission. Is there currently any better? If not, is the store closest to the park a "participating location"?

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Giant would be your best bet. There is one as you are entering Hershey on Cocoa Ave. (Rt. 743) a block up from Rt. 322. There is also a Giant as you are entering Hershey from Rt. 39 near the Antique Auto Museum.

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