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I honestly think great bear would benefit enormously from something like a second corkscrew and a helix before the brake run, then it could be a top invert.

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Do people really find Alpengeist that rough? I've heard the same from many people, but I've yet to find anything uncomfortable about the ride. If anything I usually feel it rattle in the cobra roll when I'm in the back row, but that's it. I can't say anything about the Great Bear since I haven't been on it yet, and hopefully that will change next year. But I've always found GB's layout very unique and loved it's use of the terrain.

 

Alpengeist just got new trains this year so the rattle isn't as prominent as it was in years past. It's still there, but it doesn't affect the ride as much if you sit toward the front-middle. Toward the back, the ride rattles incredibly hard. The front row is actually really smooth (at least it was when I rode in summer).

 

GB sits with Alpengeist as a very underrated, surprisingly forceful ride. I feel it would've benefitted from an extra inversion or something to throw you off a bit. The corkscrew at the end is nice, but not enough to justify the meandering the ride does. It's still with a ride just to experience the weird forces in the helix.

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I actually like the GB a lot, and its only real fault IMO is that it is rather short. But, then again, many of the coasters at HP suffer from that issue, which is a reult of not having a whole lot of room to build longer coasters.

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I agree that it's short, but honestly I'd take it over the slew of short Batman clones out there - just the uniqueness of it and the location (I really do love that run along the creek before the last corkscrew) makes it a much better ride to me.

 

Flying low near the water with the ground on the right hand side adds a sense of speed to it.

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I also take Tylenol before most trips to a park especially after last year when I rode Gwazi and had a headache for close to an hour afterwards.

 

Great Bear is probably my 2nd least favorite B&M invert (out of 6 I have ridden) but I still think it's a great ride. That helix before the drop is unique and I really like how it has the the loop and then immelman right after the first drop. It's amazing how they fit the coaster in with so many rides close to it.

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^Talon was impressively good. I had heard some saying it was forceless but I found it great. The pacing was pretty good, the helix after the immelmann was forceful enough and I loved the ending: the corkscrew immediately followed by that sharp intense turn that goes almost 90 DEGREES and the unexpected airtime moment before the brakes. I was pretty impressed.

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This was posted on a local newspaper's Facebook page:

BREAKING NEWS: The Hershey Company announced today that “19 East” -- the site of the old Hershey’s chocolate factory -- will become a “restaurant, retail and entertainment” complex. Spokesman Tim Leh said the company is working with a developer, Tim Harrison, on details of the plan.

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I am really hoping for something along the lines of Universal's CItyWalk and could be a great opportunity to turn the town into a year-round destination.

By the way, not everything is being removed. The smokestacks, cocoa bean silos, "Hershey" bushes, and original factory building (which is being renovated for office space) is staying. The people in town are upset about it (kind of like the Chipotle controversy a couple of months ago), but I view it as a better alternative than just letting the building sit abandoned with no use and rot away.

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^ It won't be. Probably a couple of chain restaurants, a half decent bar and a couple of shops. I wouldn't put too much stock in to this.

I'm not really expecting a Wolfgang Puck out of this, but a nice mix of offerings that aren't as fancy or expensive that is kind of on a smaller scale than CityWalk. Just enough to attract tourists during the offseason for when the park is closed.

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This looks like a good move to enforce the resort. Am I blind or did they have a completion date for the complex?

No completion date yet, but it still has to go through the township for approval. If I were to bet, I don't see this thing being finished until the end of the decade if it gets the green light. As of right now, the park isn't involved with this.

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I've noticed a lot more places are building mixed residential/comercial areas to draw more residents. They seem to be very successful too. Hopefully Hershey can pull this off well.

 

- I was still hoping Hershey Resorts would buy this and expand Hersheypark back there. Then again, they bought part of the golf course so I guess they have more than enough room to expand.

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They should build a Chocolate World #2. They could include the store, food area and perhaps some new cool tours or features. Chocolate World is always so crowded so why not. On my last visit, we were actually looking for a good place to eat and found somewhere a city nearby so I like this idea.

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This reminds me of the Power Plant complex in Baltimore.

 

 

It would be awesome if it turned out like this. Power Plant is one of my favorite spots in Baltimore, and it would be cool if they added something like Rams Head Live. But considering they already have Hershey stadium, it would be out of the question. Regardless I'd like to see what comes out of this project.

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^ I am not current on my Hershey knowledge. What is being done with the old factory area? I know the candy is mostly made out of state now and I was wondering what they were going to do with the old factory. I would love to the park expand more. I know they are pretty much at their limits on most sides of the park.

 

Someone brought up Power Plant in Baltimore. Its nice down there. Not into the club scene (I hang out in Mount Vernon) there but I have heard Rams Head Live is a good concert venue.

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