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- Skyrush was super super fun, although I had forgotten all about the talk (or complaints?) about the comfort of those restraints. All I'll say is that I should've taken my phone out of my pocket and put it in my sisters purse in a cubby because when we got back to the station, the restraint was so tight on my thighs (I guess from the g-forces?) that it quite visibly 'bent' my iPhone ... I was able to bend it back and it still works a-ok though so I guess no harm done

 

Same thing happened to a friend of mine a couple years back on El Toro. Left his brand new iPhone in his front pocket and when we got off the ride the thing was bent.

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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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Can't wait to get back to this Mecca next weekend. Planning on using the preview to my advantage on Friday night so I can spend Saturday enjoying the atmosphere and seeing my niece have an absolute blast on all the kiddy rides. I love Hershey.

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Two things. One, does any one know whats going on with the Amphitheater? On may 13, the HP fan club posted a pic of it boarded up on their fb page. I also noticed that they have no shows planned there for this summer, the character quiz show that used to be there is now listed as strolling in the park. Thats a decent sized area of land inside that could be used much better. Maybe a sky screamer type of ride? The only thing is it would look odd to have that many towers in one section of the park. A nice flat ride would be nice for that area of the park and would overall be a great addition. Also I have seen pics that the park is putting up fencing around the old park view golf course. Maybe this hints that the park is getting ready to develop the land?

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Hey everyone, I'm heading to Harrisburg this weekend to visit family and we're making my first trip to Hersheypark in quite some time (since before Skyrush was built) but this is going to be a bit of an interesting trip for me. This will be the first theme park I take my young daughter (16 months old) to. We were hoping to have grandparents come to Harrisburg also to watch her while we go to the park, but that fell through.

Long story short I suppose, does anyone have any advice for taking a toddler to an amusement park and still having a fun time? What are some things a young kid would enjoy at Hersheypark (I've always just ignored kiddie rides).

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Hey everyone, I'm heading to Harrisburg this weekend to visit family and we're making my first trip to Hersheypark in quite some time (since before Skyrush was built) but this is going to be a bit of an interesting trip for me. This will be the first theme park I take my young daughter (16 months old) to. We were hoping to have grandparents come to Harrisburg also to watch her while we go to the park, but that fell through.

Long story short I suppose, does anyone have any advice for taking a toddler to an amusement park and still having a fun time? What are some things a young kid would enjoy at Hersheypark (I've always just ignored kiddie rides).

I brought my daughter here at 7 months and 22 months; 16 months is going to be tough. Is she walking on her own yet? Most of the kiddie rides that support children under 36" explicitly have the "no hand-held infants" restriction on that, and they usually test it by having the child take a few steps on their own. If she can't handle that, it's going to be very slim pickings as far as what rides she can go on. Off the top of my head, you should be okay on the carousel, Ferris wheel, Dry Gulch Railroad, monorail, and maybe a small handful of others. If she's good with walking, that opens up a much wider range of kiddie rides, and even some questionable choices that might be a little too much for someone under two, like the Tilt-a-Whirl and Starship America.

 

If you visit Hershey's Chocolate World which is accessible via their main parking lot, there is a free animatronic dark ride through "the factory" that she shouldn't have any problems with. They supposedly remodeled it for last season and I haven't checked it out since they made the changes, but I can't imagine that they would have changed it too radically.

 

You could also try checking out the shows at the Music Box Theater and the Aquatheatre if you think either of them will hold her interest; my daughter had a hard time sitting through them but she's naturally cranky.

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Hey everyone, I'm heading to Harrisburg this weekend to visit family and we're making my first trip to Hersheypark in quite some time (since before Skyrush was built) but this is going to be a bit of an interesting trip for me. This will be the first theme park I take my young daughter (16 months old) to. We were hoping to have grandparents come to Harrisburg also to watch her while we go to the park, but that fell through.

Long story short I suppose, does anyone have any advice for taking a toddler to an amusement park and still having a fun time? What are some things a young kid would enjoy at Hersheypark (I've always just ignored kiddie rides).

I brought my daughter here at 7 months and 22 months; 16 months is going to be tough. Is she walking on her own yet? Most of the kiddie rides that support children under 36" explicitly have the "no hand-held infants" restriction on that, and they usually test it by having the child take a few steps on their own. If she can't handle that, it's going to be very slim pickings as far as what rides she can go on. Off the top of my head, you should be okay on the carousel, Ferris wheel, Dry Gulch Railroad, monorail, and maybe a small handful of others. If she's good with walking, that opens up a much wider range of kiddie rides, and even some questionable choices that might be a little too much for someone under two, like the Tilt-a-Whirl and Starship America.

 

If you visit Hershey's Chocolate World which is accessible via their main parking lot, there is a free animatronic dark ride through "the factory" that she shouldn't have any problems with. They supposedly remodeled it for last season and I haven't checked it out since they made the changes, but I can't imagine that they would have changed it too radically.

 

You could also try checking out the shows at the Music Box Theater and the Aquatheatre if you think either of them will hold her interest; my daughter had a hard time sitting through them but she's naturally cranky.

Thank you for the rundown. Ideally we would have had the grandparents stay with my daughter at my sister's place, but unfortunately that fell through. I'm expecting to maybe get a few hours in at Hershey but not much more, hopefully I can get my ride on Skyrush (much needed credit that I'm looking forward to).

It looks like she will be able to do some of the nice simple rides like the balloons and she likes animals so Zoo America may work out well.

In general this may be a disaster but I'll let you all know how it goes, hopefully we can actually have a good time.

 

In the future I will not do any amusement parks with any children under 5 probably (just so they can appreciate it a little more).

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In the future I will not do any amusement parks with any children under 5 probably (just so they can appreciate it a little more).

Well, that's your call. The littlest one, who's now 28 months, has been on three kiddie coasters and a larger number of flat rides once she started walking, and aside from one ill-fated Scrambler run at Knoebels last year, has loved just about everything she's been on. Her second trip to Hershey was much more well received than the initial one, and she'll be coming back later this year, since we're spending two days at the park for my son's sixth birthday.

 

As far as HE goes, he's a beansprout who was 42" at three and hit 48" tall before he turned five, and so we've been making a habit of roadtripping it all over the place to different parks, since he ADORES rollercoasters and rides. In fact, many of his earliest rides were there at Hershey since they have low height requirements on many of their classics (Trailblazer, Comet, SooperDooperLooper, etc). He's currently got 65 different coasters under his belt and is hoping to hit 100 before he turns six.

 

So yeah, I wouldn't invoke the nuclear option quite yet. I hope that your daughter manages to enjoy herself, get on some stuff, and it begins a long love affair with parks for her!

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The changes to the Chocolate Tour includes an inexplicable on-board screen that distracts from the ride. It also has footage of how the real factory works. As a kid, I assumed the dark ride was the actual factory. This change completes the destruction of that illusion for small children. Awful in every way.

 

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There's a talking chocolate bar. What more is there to say.

Please tell me they kept the singing cows, at least.

 

They've... changed...

This is terrible news. I've seen two changes of that ride but always loved the singing cows.

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As a kid, I assumed the dark ride was the actual factory.

 

Wait... so as a kid you thought Hershey's chocolate was made by 3 cows wearing hats named Gabby, Harmony and Olympia who spent the entire day singing a song about milk chocolate over and over to pass the time before they could finally clock out?

 

I mean, I won't judge. Everyone believes stupid sh*t when they're little but... really?

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As a kid, I assumed the dark ride was the actual factory.

 

Wait... so as a kid you thought Hershey's chocolate was made by 3 cows wearing hats named Gabby, Harmony and Olympia who spent the entire day singing a song about milk chocolate over and over to pass the time before they could finally clock out?

 

I mean, I won't judge. Everyone believes stupid sh*t when they're little but... really?

I actually don't remember the cows or know if they were there. I believed the chocolate making parts were real, obviously.

 

Either way, the bright video screen is not needed on a dark ride.

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Does anyone have a review on all three towers yet? It seems a little strange having three rides which do the same thing, except for capacity sake.

 

I didn't get to ride the smallest tower, but it appears to be an average Double Shot. Compared to Power Tower at Cedar Point, the other two are quite intense.

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Does anyone have a review on all three towers yet? It seems a little strange having three rides which do the same thing, except for capacity sake.

 

I didn't get to ride the smallest tower, but it appears to be an average Double Shot. Compared to Power Tower at Cedar Point, the other two are quite intense.

Rode all 3 last week. The larger two provide a fun ride experience, with Reese's feeling more intense. Kisses tower felt like a tame version of Reese's, so I don't see the point in building it as I don't think many will ride that over the other two if they're afraid of heights.

 

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In the future I will not do any amusement parks with any children under 5 probably (just so they can appreciate it a little more).

Well, that's your call. The littlest one, who's now 28 months, has been on three kiddie coasters and a larger number of flat rides once she started walking, and aside from one ill-fated Scrambler run at Knoebels last year, has loved just about everything she's been on. Her second trip to Hershey was much more well received than the initial one, and she'll be coming back later this year, since we're spending two days at the park for my son's sixth birthday.quote]

 

We took our Daughter to Hershey for her first real park when she was 18 months old, she loved the rides, and later that same year we went to Story Land in NH which was perfect, all but a couple allowed her to ride. My daughter now loves rides and roller coasters and I hope to get her on even more this summer, Shes on the smaller side so its tough to find parks that allow kids under 42" and be worth it for her. But the few I find she cant wait to visit, she loves watching videos of them too. Its never too soon to get them on and loving them.

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Does anyone have a review on all three towers yet? It seems a little strange having three rides which do the same thing, except for capacity sake.

 

I didn't get to ride the smallest tower, but it appears to be an average Double Shot. Compared to Power Tower at Cedar Point, the other two are quite intense.

Rode all 3 last week. The larger two provide a fun ride experience, with Reese's feeling more intense. Kisses tower felt like a tame version of Reese's, so I don't see the point in building it as I don't think many will ride that over the other two if they're afraid of heights.

 

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And to think a few months ago we thought Reese's was going to be the pointless one!

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In the future I will not do any amusement parks with any children under 5 probably (just so they can appreciate it a little more).

Well, that's your call. The littlest one, who's now 28 months, has been on three kiddie coasters and a larger number of flat rides once she started walking, and aside from one ill-fated Scrambler run at Knoebels last year, has loved just about everything she's been on. Her second trip to Hershey was much more well received than the initial one, and she'll be coming back later this year, since we're spending two days at the park for my son's sixth birthday.quote]

 

We took our Daughter to Hershey for her first real park when she was 18 months old, she loved the rides, and later that same year we went to Story Land in NH which was perfect, all but a couple allowed her to ride. My daughter now loves rides and roller coasters and I hope to get her on even more this summer, Shes on the smaller side so its tough to find parks that allow kids under 42" and be worth it for her. But the few I find she cant wait to visit, she loves watching videos of them too. Its never too soon to get them on and loving them.

I think it's more concern currently. I hope she loves amusement parks and I can take her from a really young age. The nice thing about Hersheypark is there is ZooAmerica if we find she hates the rides. (man I hope she loves rides).

I think I just took a more extreme thought due to the current concern, it will probably go way better than I'm expecting.

 

Does anyone have an opinion on Saturday vs. Sunday for smaller crowds?

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Does anyone have a review on all three towers yet? It seems a little strange having three rides which do the same thing, except for capacity sake.

 

I didn't get to ride the smallest tower, but it appears to be an average Double Shot. Compared to Power Tower at Cedar Point, the other two are quite intense.

Rode all 3 last week. The larger two provide a fun ride experience, with Reese's feeling more intense. Kisses tower felt like a tame version of Reese's, so I don't see the point in building it as I don't think many will ride that over the other two if they're afraid of heights.

 

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And to think a few months ago we thought Reese's was going to be the pointless one!

I think it fits nicely with the "Choose your thrill" theme that they're going for. The Hershey kisses tower provides a tamer ride along with the shorter height, the Reese's one is taller with a stronger launch, and the Hershey tower is taller still with the added drop and height.

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I have ridden the Reses's Tower and the Hershey's Tower. The Reses's Tower was fun, but the Hershey's Tower is the one that gets me every time. I have ridden it 10 times, and every time it drops from the top, I find myself blurting the s word. I love the Hershey's Tower or as I refer to it, the "Sentence Enhancer Tower".

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