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Not much to say, just wanna mention I love Hershey!

A childhood memory, (my Uncle live in Harrisburg and we went often) great park, still small-y but lots of great rides.

Been twice now, rode Skyrush 5 times and hoping for another visit.

 

Wasnt sure at first but absolutely my favorite coaster there!

Shame HP is so cramped, would've been great if Skyrush could be longer..it would probably be my favorite coaster.

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So I am going to Hershey Park for the first time a week from Wednesday. I want to hit all of the major rides at least once. So I was just wondering what the best seats are and what are the best times to ride everything?

 

 

All personal of course but for woodies I always take the very back.

If you like a rough ride, back for Wild Cat is a must!

 

That's the only time I focus on seats, usually I just take shortest line.

 

Hershey can be tough, I've see crowded summer days but my most recent trip in June was under 30 minutes for every coaster!

However, we have had some success with doing the park in reverse. Going to the far side with Wildcat, Lightning Racer etc and move towards the front. Sometimes we've dodged the crowds entirely with it.

 

Edit: Oh, the area with Skyrush is just a naturally crowded area so be warned. The line for Skyrush can be deceiving too. The queue is real short, so if it extends way past it dont be put off, and it moves quick.

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So I am going to Hershey Park for the first time a week from Wednesday. I want to hit all of the major rides at least once. So I was just wondering what the best seats are and what are the best times to ride everything?

 

A family member of mine went yesterday - Sunday - and said there were no lines whatsoever. Everything, including Skyrush, was basically a walk-on. The longest wait all day was 20 minutes for Fahrenheit.

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Front is definitely worth it on Storm Runner, Fahrenheit, and Lightning Racer.

 

I personally have nothing against the backseat of Wildcat, but from what I've heard you may love it or hate it.

 

Oh yeah deff, if you're not a fan of rougher rides I wouldn't recommend it. ha

But I'm a masochist like that.

 

I would agree front with Storm Runner but just because front any launch is fun.

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Wildcat rattles your brain a little bit if you sit in the very back, but it's good fun. Lots of fun laterals going down the twisty drops.

 

And, yes, I do go to Penn State.

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^Actually, going in the back for Storm Runner, the launch seems more intense. Also, something i noticed, looking down and leaning forward during a launch or a large drop *always* makes it more intense. I don't know enough in biology why it seems that way, but I tried it on dozens of coasters and drop towers, and it works every time; it also makes drops seem about twenty degrees steeper than they really are.

 

Though I haven't tried this plan myself yet, I will on New Hotness: The most logical route seems to be to start off at Fahrenheit at the very beginning of the day because everyone will crowd around Skyrush and the surrounding area. That way, before people realize Fahrenheit is there, you can get a few rides in on that before its low capacity becomes a problem. Then make your way around the back of the park for a few hours riding everything there and then nearing the afternoon head towards the front of the park as the crowds would have more evenly distributed themselves by then (and at the heat of the day the water park will be packed to the brim so that will make it even easier.)

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So I am going to Hershey Park for the first time a week from Wednesday. I want to hit all of the major rides at least once. So I was just wondering what the best seats are and what are the best times to ride everything?

 

Best advice on what to hit and in order is this:

1. Fahrenheit: First or last rows are the best with the front giving you a great view of the track ahead of you and the back giving you hangtime going down the first drop.

2.Lightning Racer: Both coasters more/less perform the same way, but get on them both. Front row is a recommended seat, but the back does produce some airtime or both sides. Little to no wait makes it a good ride to hit on those busy days.

3. Wildcat: The front is the most comfortable.

4. Wild Mouse: any seat.

5. Storm Runner: Go for the front, but the back rows provide a great ride as well.

6. Sidewinder: Front or back rows.

7. Trailblazer: any row.

8. Great Bear: Front row (if line isn't too long), but back row does provide an intense ride.

9. Sooperdooperlooper: back row for some floater airtime going into the final helix, but front is good as well.

10. Skyrush: Front row on the edge seats and middle seats provide a great ride, but if you want the extra pop of airtime on the first drop, try the last row.

11. Comet: last row is pretty good.

12. Roller Soaker: if you plan on riding it, do it about an hour before the Boardwalk closes at 8pm.

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Agreed about Skyrush, I did notice a good bit more air on the drop in back row.

One of the few times I let out a true, full scream!

 

Intense floater over the top into that 85 degree drop.

Also you need to ride the wing seats. Those flicks are intense.

 

 

Cool stuff AJ, graduated myself but I miss those PSU days

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I've got a question for JJLehto: in one of your post, you said

Been twice now, rode Skyrush 5 times and hoping for another visit.

 

You rode Skyrush 5 times? And not one compliant about how bad your thighs were hurting afterwards? Could it be that the park finally fixed their R-E-S-T-R-A-I-N-T-S for that ride? And did you ride anything else, or just spent the day riding nothing but Skyrush (Which I wouldn't knock down because as a rider and amusement park flyer you can ride what you want and skip out what you don't want to ride. I tried doing that to the Merry Derry Dip, but I end up quitting after five times; all those steps can be a killer )?

 

"Hey, why not do marathons with me? I'm sure you will find it relaxing!"

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12. Roller Soaker: if you plan on riding it, do it about an hour before the Boardwalk closes at 8pm.

Thanks for that. I usually hear to hit it first, unless you're one of those people who would rather be soaked on a drive as opposed to throughout your day at the park (I'm not sure I have a preference on this). I'm still not positive what I'll do, but it's very rare that I let an available credit get away from me, so I'm definitely looking to ride it once.

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Thanks for the run-down of which order to hit the coasters. Will serve us well.

 

I'm also wondering about the Roller Soaker thing though. We skipped it when we went to the park in 2005 because it wasn't warm but I'd like to hit it this time.

 

Wonder if it'd be worth it to wear some throw-away sandals into the park then change into shoes after riding RollerSoaker first (or 2nd after Fahrenheit). I don't mind my clothes being wet, it's the shoes I don't care for.

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I've got a question for JJLehto: in one of your post, you said
Been twice now, rode Skyrush 5 times and hoping for another visit.

 

You rode Skyrush 5 times? And not one compliant about how bad your thighs were hurting afterwards? Could it be that the park finally fixed their R-E-S-T-R-A-I-N-T-S for that ride?

 

Or it could be that the restraints really aren't a problem for some people. I didn't find them to be painful at all, and I rode it six times in a day. Or, he just isn't a complainer.

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I've got a question for JJLehto: in one of your post, you said
Been twice now, rode Skyrush 5 times and hoping for another visit.

 

You rode Skyrush 5 times? And not one compliant about how bad your thighs were hurting afterwards? Could it be that the park finally fixed their R-E-S-T-R-A-I-N-T-S for that ride? And did you ride anything else, or just spent the day riding nothing but Skyrush (Which I wouldn't knock down because as a rider and amusement park flyer you can ride what you want and skip out what you don't want to ride. I tried doing that to the Merry Derry Dip, but I end up quitting after five times; all those steps can be a killer )?

 

"Hey, why not do marathons with me? I'm sure you will find it relaxing!"

 

 

Well I've had this talk on CF...I guess my thighs are a beast. I went on opening day and honestly, it wasn't that bad. There was some soreness on ride, and it lasted for like 15 seconds after...but I thought people were really making too big a deal of it. My one friend is a bit big and even said it wasnt thaaat bad.

 

However, they HAVE indeed fixed the restraints!

Some people on CF said they were and I can verify.

My second visit they were far better. I had literally no soreness! Rode it 3 times in a row that day, once from back row wing and I was A OK !

 

Edit: Why do you think maybe I rode nothing else? We actually did every coaster except Fahrenheit! (I dont count roller soaker).

The Skyrush line moves quick.

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I've got a question for JJLehto: in one of your post, you said
Been twice now, rode Skyrush 5 times and hoping for another visit.

 

You rode Skyrush 5 times? And not one compliant about how bad your thighs were hurting afterwards? Could it be that the park finally fixed their R-E-S-T-R-A-I-N-T-S for that ride?

 

Or it could be that the restraints really aren't a problem for some people. I didn't find them to be painful at all, and I rode it six times in a day. Or, he just isn't a complainer.

 

Combo.

As I just posted, I honestly had very little issue with them and yeah, I'm not a complainer. (Unless its really warranted). I was actually a bit miffed how much whining I heard but all our bodies our different.

We were fine, I heard some people actually had trouble walking!

 

Regardless, the restraints did feel better 2nd visit.

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Going to Hersheypark tomorrow for the first time in at least 5 years. Can't wait to try Skyrush and Fahrenheit. Does anyone know if the restraints on the second train of Skyrush are currently being modified or if it is already done?

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You rode Skyrush 5 times? And not one compliant about how bad your thighs were hurting afterwards?

 

I had a 30 min ERT on it with CF a few weeks ago. The whole group lasted all 30 minutes - 7 or 8 rides each, a few complaints of sore legs, but almost everyone loved it, and those who didn't love it, did like it!

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Best advice on what to hit and in order is this:

1. Fahrenheit: First or last rows are the best with the front giving you a great view of the track ahead of you and the back giving you hangtime going down the first drop.

2.Lightning Racer: Both coasters more/less perform the same way, but get on them both. Front row is a recommended seat, but the back does produce some airtime or both sides. Little to no wait makes it a good ride to hit on those busy days.

3. Wildcat: The front is the most comfortable.

4. Wild Mouse: any seat.

5. Storm Runner: Go for the front, but the back rows provide a great ride as well.

6. Sidewinder: Front or back rows.

7. Trailblazer: any row.

8. Great Bear: Front row (if line isn't too long), but back row does provide an intense ride.

9. Sooperdooperlooper: back row for some floater airtime going into the final helix, but front is good as well.

10. Skyrush: Front row on the edge seats and middle seats provide a great ride, but if you want the extra pop of airtime on the first drop, try the last row.

11. Comet: last row is pretty good.

12. Roller Soaker: if you plan on riding it, do it about an hour before the Boardwalk closes at 8pm.

 

Thanks for the advice! I will defiantly follow this , especially going to Fahrenheit at the start of the day .

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Seriously, the lines for Skyrush have not been that bad.

They move really quick, and even on opening day it was only 45 minutes later in the day!

 

Went on 6/30 and the waits were under half an hour all day (though it did break down once).

A friend of mine went a this weekend and said he managed to walk on once, and the waits werent bad overall.

 

Could be luck of the draw but really for a new ride they havnt been bad!

 

Deff best to hit fahrenheit early. The line is ALWAYS swamped!

I dont get it....I wasnt a big fan (shrugs)

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^ when leaving the park make a right onto Hersheypark Dr and go past the outlets. Troeg's has a gigantic brewery on the right. I'm pretty sure they do tours and such. They are a local favorite in the area. I'm not a beer drinker myself so this is the opinion of friends and family who are fans. Also there are small microbreweries in the Harrisburg area. Appalachain Brewing Company is pretty popular and I've always had good food there too.

 

edit: I looked up their website. They do free self guided tours or for $5 they have tasting tours which include tasting and a free glass.

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