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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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It would be faster and a better use of your time to leave the park, drive to the airport, fly to Orlando, Uber to Seaworld and ride Mako than to wait 4 hours for Candymonium...   (Or you cou

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^Exactly

And BTW, i saw a Club TRP member today. Was it you^ lol.

 

That may have been me. How come you did not introduce yourself? I was by myself until about 12:30 when another TPR forum member showed up.

 

I had several people stop and talk to me because of the ClubTPR shirt I had on. It was great, I felt like a celebrity!

 

Anywho... I absolutely loved Skyrush! Got to ride it 10 times, and it is by far my favorite Intamin. It's also my new #1 steel coaster.

 

I loved the feeling of nearly flying out of the seat on just about every turn.

 

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^I kind of did!?!? I did acknowledge whoever had the shirt on by saying TPR and they just shook their head. And by then i was holding up the line so i had to run up the steps. Haha. Next time I see a TPR member i will for sure stop. And i wasnt in the best of moods either yesterday. My fault for not introducing myself

 

And yes see, Skyrush still hauls! The lap bar "release" on the break run is very nice. Everyone on the train loved that addition

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I got the chance to go on Friday! It was awesome as always. Although I was a little disappointed in Skyrush's slowed lift hill, it wasn't as noticeable as I thought it would be. The release of the restraints was nice, and it was kinda funny how some of the guests were alarmed as in "was that supposed to happen!?", haha. It was great to ride my favourite coaster again (and again and again.... :$), I've missed it so much! I'll be back again in August/September. I'm already counting the days, lol <3

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Hersheypark has sent us a press release about their upcoming Summer entertainment!

 

This summer, Hersheypark entertainers proudly offer 13 different live shows including six new offerings. Guests can rock day and night with their favorite acts, from dueling piano performers to an array of high-energy entertainers who strut their stuff in the theaters and midways. These musical medleys provide the perfect complement to the Park’s collection of more than 65 rides and attractions.

 

In addition, the Hersheypark Summer Concert Series, sponsored by Famous Famiglia, continues throughout the summer with an exciting line-up of local and national artists every Sunday in the Music Box Theatre. Shows are seated on a first-come, first-served basis and are included in the Park’s one-price admission.

Following is a summary of the resident entertainment for the Hersheypark 2013 season:

 

NEW: Fusion

Chevrolet Music Box Theatre

May 3 – September 29

No shows on Sundays

Join us for a high-energy, non stop singing and dancing spectacular featuring musical mash ups that will leave you cheering for more!

 

NEW: Piano Duel

Chevrolet Music Box Theatre

May 25 – August 25

No shows on Sundays

Blend a concert with an interactive experience and the result is this new and all fun dueling piano show that will be the hit of summer.

 

NEW: Character Quiz Show

Amphitheatre

May 25-September 2

Are you smarter than a candy bar? Find out when you join the fun as our famous Hershey’s characters compete in a game show sweet enough for the whole family.

 

NEW: The Wild, Wild West Show

Country Grill

May 22 – September 2

The old West was never this wild! Join Wild, Wild Bill and a crazy cast of characters for a comic musical revue at the Country Grill.

 

NEW: Reese’s Boardwalk Bash

The Boardwalk- near the new Shoreline Sprayground

May 25 – August 25

You’re invited to boogie down at The Boardwalk with the Reese’s character and his friends.

 

NEW: Piano Express

Strolling through the Park

May 25-August 25

No shows on Sundays

We’re taking the show on the road. The singing pianists of Piano Duel take to the “streets” of Hersheypark!

 

Pattie & The Peppermints

Music Box Way

May 22 – August 25

No shows on Tuesdays

Back for their second season, this sassy all girl band plays classic tunes with a fresh twist.

 

The Hershey’s Character Party

Music Box Way

Presented by Turkey Hill Minit Markets

May 25 – August 25

Ever dance with a larger-than-life chocolate bar? Have your camera ready and join a variety of Hershey’s Product Characters as they party in front of the Music Box Theatre.

 

Our Friends from the Sea

Aquatheatre

May 3 – September 29

Meet Geneva and Diego, the sea lion stars at Hersheypark, and their new harbor seal friend Bumper. See these beautiful animals side-by-side and learn the differences in the two species. This show is both fun and educational and a Park tradition.

 

The Ed-ZOO-cation Team

ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park

May 25 – August 25

No shows on Thursdays

These ex-ZOO-berant jugglers will amaze you with their extraordinary skills, comedic timing and eco-friendly message.

 

Cocoa Rhythm Factory

Strolling through the Park

May 25 – August 25

These strolling “factory workers” are mass-producing good vibrations for everyone.

 

Hershey’s Choc-a-pella

Strolling through the Park

May 22 – August 25

No shows on Wednesdays

Listen for the sweet sounds of yesterday as this a cappella sensation pedals through the Park.

 

The Chocolate-Covered Band

Strolling through the Park

No shows on Mondays

This Hersheypark favorite band is always whipping up a fresh batch of sweet tunes for you to enjoy.

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Just getting word from the Inside Hershey Facebook page that Hershey Highmeadow Campground, to celebrate it's 50 year anniversary, is changing it's name to Hersheypark Camping Resort. It will feature a new mascot character, have newly named areas, and is located on a newly named entrance road: Sweet St.

 

Credit: Inside Hershey

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^I kind of did!?!? I did acknowledge whoever had the shirt on by saying TPR and they just shook their head. And by then i was holding up the line so i had to run up the steps. Haha. Next time I see a TPR member i will for sure stop. And i wasnt in the best of moods either yesterday. My fault for not introducing myself

 

And yes see, Skyrush still hauls! The lap bar "release" on the break run is very nice. Everyone on the train loved that addition

 

Ah, ok. I remember you. I was kind of annoyed that you were holding the line up!....LOL

 

The lap bars releasing was a nice touch. It also startled guests that weren't expecting it.

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^I kind of did!?!? I did acknowledge whoever had the shirt on by saying TPR and they just shook their head. And by then i was holding up the line so i had to run up the steps. Haha. Next time I see a TPR member i will for sure stop. And i wasnt in the best of moods either yesterday. My fault for not introducing myself

 

And yes see, Skyrush still hauls! The lap bar "release" on the break run is very nice. Everyone on the train loved that addition

 

Ah, ok. I remember you. I was kind of annoyed that you were holding the line up!....LOL

 

The lap bars releasing was a nice touch. It also startled guests that weren't expecting it.

Thats what i figured! I was taking a picture of the lift hill with the sun behind it and then i saw your shirt and by then i had held everyone up. You looked pissed lol

The guy you were with said to let him know next time I was going so we could meet up

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So after class on Wednesday I decided to stop by the park on my way home and take a lap or two on Skyrush. While there, I found out that the Boardwalk was open so I went out there to check out the new additions and see what Roller Soaker's area now looks like.

One of the things that struck me about the renovated area was that there was a lot more seating and that the new Shoreline Sprayground is very approachable. What's cool is that I think that the old footers from the former ride were re-used for the shade structures, judging from their positions.

I still haven't had the chance to experience the two new slides yet, but I should be able to in the next day or two. Here are a few photos of the new slides and Sprayground area.

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When you're walking down this midway, you know it is summer!

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Roller Soaker's station is still there, but the coaster itself is gone.

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What was once this...

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...is now this.

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Intercostal Waterway's entrance has been moved down further for more queue space.

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This building was the ride photo building for Roller Soaker, which was at the ride exit.

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Some nifty netting has been put around the outside of the former Soaker station.

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These flags have also been added as well.

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The food stands from the area near East Coast Waterworks have been moved.

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Jet Ski!

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Let's check out one of the new attractions. Welcome to the Shoreline Sprayground!

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Compared to what this area looked like before...

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It is absolutely more colorful and uses less concrete.

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It is also more open and a very approachable attraction as well with no fence surrounding it or limit on how many can visit it.

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It looks like Soaker's station queue is still there.

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You now have a more open view of Lightning Racer's far-turn.

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More seating anyone?

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The centerpiece of the attraction has to be this tipping-bucket.

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Attraction and height sign.

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Here's a photo of just the height sign. Basically anyone can use it.

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On the other side of the area, an existing water attraction has also received something new for this year.

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Hydro and Pipeline are now up and running (The orange and yellow slides).

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The new height sign for the two new slides. The rules are similar to Riptide with riders needing to be at least 42" to ride and 48" to ride alone.

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Here's the catchpool.

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Thanks for reading! Once I try out the new slides, I'll post my review of them.

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Maybe it is just me, but I find the Sprayground a pretty lackluster replacement, despite the fact that Roller Soaker was a pretty lackluster attraction. Just seems like a huge waste of space... But if there are bigger plans in the works for that corner of the Boardwalk area, it isn't as silly. I can't imagine they left the Roller Soaker station (queue and all) intact if they didn't intend to use it for something requiring a station in the future. A water coaster or master blaster would make sense, and would definitely explain the contained, low height of the Sprayground structures.

 

Also, why in the world do they need these net structures?

 

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Maybe it is just me, but I find the Sprayground a pretty lackluster replacement, despite the fact that Roller Soaker was a pretty lackluster attraction. Just seems like a huge waste of space... But if there are bigger plans in the works for that corner of the Boardwalk area, it isn't as silly. I can't imagine they left the Roller Soaker station (queue and all) intact if they didn't intend to use it for something requiring a station in the future. A water coaster or master blaster would make sense, and would definitely explain the contained, low height of the Sprayground structures.

 

Also, why in the world do they need these net structures?

 

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I think the Sprayground is an awesome thing for families like me with kids who are too small/scared to do the big slides. It gives them a chance to play and have fun while the bigger ones ride the slides.

 

As for the nets, are they close to any rides or anything where something could come flying at you? Like the nets under Great Bear over the midway paths.....

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It almost seems like they were originally intended to provide shade, but it sure doesn't look like they would provide any to me... decorations?

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Looks like the nets are to catch any objects from Lightning Racers.

 

That was my thought process also.....along with what looks to be the turnaround from Tidal Force.

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Anyone going to be at the park on Thursday the 30th? I want to go but can't find anyone to go with me and I don't want to be the loser walking around the park by myself.

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I'm honestly really disappointed. I know you all are going to yell/laugh at me, but I actually liked RollerSoaker and I'm glad I got to ride it. I thought it was a unique little coaster. Personally, I don't like water parks, so taking out a coaster for a slide(s) is.... >.> But that's just me. It feels kinda weird (ok, weird isn't the right word, but I don't know what is) how they heavily marketed Skyrush as being the "12th coaster in 2012 being 212 feet tall" and also being announced at 12:12pm (my boyfriend's sister who works at the park gave me her employee 12:12 Rush The Hollow Skyrush shirt *_*) and now it's the 11th coaster, lol.

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Looks like the nets are to catch any objects from Lightning Racers.

 

That was my thought process also.....along with what looks to be the turnaround from Tidal Force.

 

Those attractions are quite a distance from the structures. I want think that they didn't get around to putting up the canvas on them yet.

 

I want to say that Soaker's station is reminding me quite a bit like the Sky Ride station in Rhineland: the ride removed out of the station with evidence that there was something there.

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