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I ended up making my first ever HP trip on Friday October 30th. Time was short as the park was only open from 5-10 and we got there an hour after opening, but we still got plenty of rides in! We (my bf and I) started the night with a ride on Skyrush in the front seat. So, Skyrush was a very solid ride but it didn't reach my expectations. Yeah its fast, twisty, and intense, but I didn't get the airtime I was expecting. Luckily, when we got back into the station we saw no one was in line except for a few rows. So we moved to the very back row for our second consecutive ride. The back seat on Skyrush is honestly life changing! I have only ridden roughly 150 coasters, but I would have to rank it as one of my favorites! To make things even better, there was no line again so we stayed on! I could have stayed on Skyrush all night, but time was very limited and we have any entire park to conquer!

Skyrush: 10+/10

 

We then headed over to Superdooper-Looper where there was absolutely no line, we literally walked right on, we didn't even have to wait for the gate to open. SDL is one of those rides I never really paid much attention to and its been a while since I had seen a POV so I didn't know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised on how fun this ride was! We were in the back row and I noticed a few pops of airtime, plus the classic forceful loop, low to ground turns, and wooded area really surprised me.

Super Dooper Looper: 6/10

 

Next we headed to Great Bear where once again there was no line, we also rode in the back. I've honestly never heard anything too positive about this coaster, basically just it has no forces and after the corkscrew it awkwardly makes its way back to the station. Luckily since I had such low expectations I was pleasantly surprised. I adored the predrop helix, it really whips you around and is a great intro to the inversions. The drop, loop, and immelman are basic B&M invert elements, but for some reason I really appreciated the way the zero-gravity roll and corkscrew flow together. I will say after the corkscrew the ride does kind of lose its speed and excitement, imagine if Great Bear would have had a heartline roll like Banshee, that would have been a perfect ending!

Great Bear: 8/10

 

Next was the biggest surprise of the night! I've never really heard to many great reviews for Fahrenheit, and honestly it looks pretty gimmicky. I'm not a huge fan of vertical lifts, but I LOVE beyond vertical drops, and Fahrenheit's was no exception with the ejector air it provides! The Norwegian loop was fun although not that intense, the cobra roll though is taken really fast (I wonder how it was able to stall there of all places back when it first opened?) The corkscrews were disorienting but smooth, and the turnaround, airtime hill, and low to ground turn were the perfect ending. Fahrenheit really surprised me, its like a shorter Maverick with more inversions.

Fahrenheit: 10/10

 

I decided to ride Sidewinder since we're nearby and I'm a credit whore. In the past I've actually enjoyed all of the Boomerangs (including Invertigo's and Deja Vu's) I've ridden, and with this one having the same trains as Carolina Cobra I was actually kind of excited. I appreciate Hersheypark trying to improve the ride with the new trains, but it honestly sucks (but I'm sure its much better than what it used to be like prob.) Seriously, sell it and put anything else there.

Sidewinder: 3/10

 

Besides Skyrush, I was also extremely excited for Stormrunner. So after my bad ride on Sidewinder I was happy to ride a great smooth Intamin. Stormrunner was only running one train, so even though the place was dead the line still ended up being close to 30 minutes which isn't bad at all! I LOOOOOVE launch coasters and this one was no exception! The launch is powerful and quick. I was hoping to experience some airtime on the top hat but didn't, but its alright because this ride is about everything but airtime! The immelman type inversion had really intense positive G's, and the snake dive (I think that is what they call it) was ridiculously discombobulating, and the final s-curve was snappy. Overall Stormrunner was great but not what I was expecting at all, but in a good way!

Stormrunner: 9/10

 

As we were walking towards Lightning Racer we saw Wildcat so we wanted to give it a try. The line for some reason was pretty long and I've always heard Lightning Racer was much better, so we got out of line and decided to come back. After getting out of line I decided we have to get at least one more Skyrush ride, so that's exactly what we did! After that I remembered we had forgotten to ride Comet. I honestly had low expectations for Comet for some reason, but luckily I was surprised. Hersheypark does an extraordinary job at maintaining EVERYTHING, including Comet, this ride felt brand new. The funky old station and chaser lights provided a great vibe for such a cool coaster. Comet was smooth but still felt like a true wooden coaster, had a few pops of airtime, and some of the turnarounds are taken surprisingly fast to make for some awesome laterals! I wish I could've gotten more rides on this, but at this point we only had an hour until the park closed.

Comet: 7/10

 

Since we only had an hour left I wanted to be sure to ride Lightning Racer. On the way there my bf asked what the large building lit up was. I told him it was the new indoor spinning coaster with lasers. In his mind he pictured Flight of Fear, which he loves. I told him its much different but we can ride it after Lightning Racer. So anyways, once again Hersheypark maintains everything so well. Even my bf noticed, he asked how new Lightning Racer was because the queue and station were so clean, freshly painted, and not vandalized that he assumed it must have been only a year or two old! The ride itself didn't disappoint at all. I love how unlike some other parks, this actually does race/duel at all times. Because it was the last hour they turned the lights off, which provided a real out of control feel. There was definitely some air to be found, but this ride is all about feeling out of control. Being the credit whore I am I wanted to ride the opposite track to get the credit, but I promised my bf we could ride Laff Track, and I still wanted to ride Wildcat too, so there was no time for a re-ride.

Lightning Racer: 8/10

 

It seems like Hersheypark in the Dark is obviously targeted towards families and children, which is great because it made the lines on the bigger coasters much smaller. However, since Laff Track is a family ride, this actually had a long queue. I did promise my bf we would ride it though so into the queue we went. After about 45 minutes we finally were able to board the ride. I will say the trains have got to be the most uncomfortable trains ever, like whoever is complaining about Skyrush's restraints must have never been to the other side of the park to ride this thigh crusher. Once again since it was the last hour, all of the lights were off. I haven't ridden this with the normal theme before, but I think its safe to assume its probably better with the lasers compared to the pitch black. Overall the ride was mediocre for me, but for families I can tell its a real winner.

Laff Track: 3/10

 

Unfortunately, after we exited Laff Track the park had officially closed, so no Wildcat for me. But hey, just another one of the many reasons for me to come back next year! Hersheypark is a wonderful place, its the best of a small family park and a big corporate coaster park. All of the employees were very helpful and you could tell they love what they do, something that isn't too common in this industry. I talked to a few employees and found out some aren't actually employees, but rather volunteers which is so great! Apparently Hersheypark will 'hire' workers this time of the year when a lot of college kids are back in school, and instead of paying them, they donate money into a charity or organization of that volunteer's choice! So cool! However as a business person I always try and see where I would do things differently. I honestly was unable to see any major flaws with the way this park is being managed, or areas where it lacks. At best I just wish Hershey the best and hope they continue doing what they do! Oh, and an Intamin drop tower like Falcon's Fury would be nice!

 

Overall Hersheypark is probably one of my favorite parks I have been to. I will for sure return next year and give myself more than 4.5 hours to really take in the park!

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Went to the park yesterday, Sunday 11/1. My first visit since 2011. What an awesome visit, pleasant temps and light crowds. Everything was a walk-on with the exception of Laff Trakk, which we rode both with lights on and lights off. This was probably my fifth visit to HP ever, and I got to ride more yesterday than all of my visit to HP combined.

 

I must say, rode Skyrush for the first time yesterday. I have heard so much negativity about the ride, but WOW!! I loved it. Superb ride, easily a top 5 for me. I lost count with how many times I rode. Fantastic!!!

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Unfortunately, after we exited Laff Track the park had officially closed

 

 

It seems like we were in the park at the same time Friday night. My BF and I arrived around 8:50Pm and rode Skyrush three times (without getting up) before heading back to Laff Track to ride it for the second time of the season. We got off when the park was closed so we were probably in line with you!

 

Glad you have a great trip! You are absolutely right about Sidewinder my BF refused to ride it even though I told him it has received new restraints since he rode it last.

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^ Agreed. I only rode it once but Wildcat was rough like a good older woodie should be. I've ridden much worse.

 

Also glad to see we have some more Skyrush geeks roaming this great planet.

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If anything, I'm just not a fan of the layout of Wildcat. It really does nothing for me like LR does. The flyer trains are really comfortable as rough as the track is.

 

Layout of a ride is about 100x more important to me than smoothness. Predator at Darien Lake still ranks very high for me, and it has to be one of the roughest coasters on the planet. But the layout is filled with airtime and does a lot.

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Unfortunately, after we exited Laff Track the park had officially closed

 

 

It seems like we were in the park at the same time Friday night. My BF and I arrived around 8:50Pm and rode Skyrush three times (without getting up) before heading back to Laff Track to ride it for the second time of the season. We got off when the park was closed so we were probably in line with you!

 

Glad you have a great trip! You are absolutely right about Sidewinder my BF refused to ride it even though I told him it has received new restraints since he rode it last.

We had to have been in line at the same time! I've ridden a few other Boomerangs and none of them (even the ones without new trains) have been that bad. Whenever the train entered the second spike I was wishing I could just get off and not have to go through the entire ride over again, backwards. But now that I've ridden it I will never ride it again, its for sure a one and done.

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Whenever Hersheypark gets around to expanding to the golf course area, do you think they should build a long, snaking B&M hyper coaster or maybe one of their Wing coasters? They'd have the space to do so, and I think a long coaster could be really cool in that area if it interacts with other rides and areas, sort of like of the rides in Comet Hollow all seem to interact in some manner. Or would you rather see a fully-fledged Intamin hyper (I think Skyrush technically qualifies a minor hyper-coaster, albeit a small one).

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Whenever Hersheypark gets around to expanding to the golf course area, do you think they should build a long, snaking B&M hyper coaster or maybe one of their Wing coasters? They'd have the space to do so, and I think a long coaster could be really cool in that area if it interacts with other rides and areas, sort of like of the rides in Comet Hollow all seem to interact in some manner. Or would you rather see a fully-fledged Intamin hyper (I think Skyrush technically qualifies a minor hyper-coaster, albeit a small one).

 

A B&M Giga coaster would work great here. There are none nearby, and although they have skyrush, they don't really have a floater air ride. Plus it would be the new tallest ride there and could potentially be a new top 3 (in the world) coaster if they do it right!

 

But what they really need is a drop tower.

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Yep. Hershey would basically become the most perfect park on earth if they

 

- added an Intamin Skyjump/some other drop tower

- add another adult flat like a Screaming Swing

- RMC Wildcat

 

The end. Best park on earth.

 

edit: Oh and implement some sort of worthwhile fast pass system.

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Yep. Hershey would basically become the most perfect park on earth if they

 

- added an Intamin Skyjump/some other drop tower

- add another adult flat like a Screaming Swing

- RMC Wildcat

 

The end. Best park on earth.

 

edit: Oh and implement some sort of worthwhile fast pass system.

 

Hard to argue with this list. I would substitute a Star Flyer for the Screaming Swing, but that's just personal preference. Hershey is already one of the top parks in the country, but these additions would make it even better. Giving Wildcat the Iron Horse treatment just makes too much sense, especially since the park already has two other superior woodies in Comet and Lightning Racer. RMC's typically have a 48 inch height requirement (same as Wildcat), so it would still be family friendly even with an inversion or two.

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I totally agree. Hershey is probably one of the more underrated parks because it isn't part of a big box chain. But they definitely know what they are doing and have developed a park of world class coasters. Wildcat is really the only one there that is sub-par, and it's not horrible. My ONLY complaint ever while visiting Hershey is that there are not many slide attractions in the waterpark.

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I totally agree. Hershey is probably one of the more underrated parks because it isn't part of a big box chain. But they definitely know what they are doing and have developed a park of world class coasters. Wildcat is really the only one there that is sub-par, and it's not horrible. My ONLY complaint ever while visiting Hershey is that there are not many slide attractions in the waterpark.

 

There is also a vekoma boomerang, which I also consider sub-par (although the restraints on that particular one are not bad!)

 

But yeah I agree with everything eveveryone has been saying above. My predictions for the next 5 years are a drop tower, a family ride or park improvemts, a RMC of wildcat, Family ride or park improvemts, and then finally a waterpark expansion (hopefully a complex like snake pit).

 

That would be a REALLY solid next 5 years (and then hopefully they can add my dream Giga coaster!)

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RMC's typically have a 48 inch height requirement (same as Wildcat), so it would still be family friendly even with an inversion or two.

Low height requirement =/= family-friendly.

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Last time I checked, Wildcat is not really considered a family friendly ride even on its smoothest day. An RMC conversion would take an existing mediocre thrill ride and turn it into one of the best thrill rides in the park. Also, I do not think an RMC Wildcat with two or zero inversions would be considered a family ride unless the layout was severely neutered.

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Yep. Hershey would basically become the most perfect park on earth if they

 

- added an Intamin Skyjump/some other drop tower

- add another adult flat like a Screaming Swing

- RMC Wildcat

 

The end. Best park on earth.

 

edit: Oh and implement some sort of worthwhile fast pass system.

 

The crazy thing is they could do all that without utilizing the area that will be the eventual expansion.

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Yep. Hershey would basically become the most perfect park on earth if they

 

- added an Intamin Skyjump/some other drop tower

- add another adult flat like a Screaming Swing

- RMC Wildcat

 

The end. Best park on earth..

 

When you think about it it's pretty crazy that with those changes residents of Hershey, PA would have the best park in the entire world right in their back yard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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See... it would be like an hour and a half away TOPS. Best park in the world.

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