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Thanks for asking. Between Hershey Park and staying at Hershey Lodge we had a really good time. It was reminiscent of Cedar Point meets Busch Gardens, as far as the atmosphere and views of the attractions goes.

 

As for Skyrush goes, our first two rides were pretty good. They were slightly uncomfortable, but still fun. I didn't find the ride was as intense as people said it was, which was a good thing for the discomfort factor. We rode on the middle seats toward the front. Our third ride, which was our only ride on Skyrush on our second day, was a bit different. We made the mistake of riding in the front. We asked the people in front of us if they wanted to ride the wing seats, but they didn't. As a result, I got stuck on the left wing. The first drop was great. After that, it literally hurt. It made us not want to ride anymore. The discomfort just wasn't worth our appreciation for the ride. We spent most of our rides on Great Bear, which is rare since Emily really doesn't like inverts much. We mostly waited for front row seats on Great Bear and it was probably our favorite. We also really liked Storm Runner. Coal Cracker was awesome, as well.

 

The weather was beautiful and we had a pretty leisurely time to close out a long trip. I'll post a TR, eventually... probably... maybe...

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We mostly waited for front row seats on Great Bear and it was probably our favorite. We also really liked Storm Runner. Coal Cracker was awesome, as well. The weather was beautiful and we had a pretty leisurely time to close out a long trip. I'll post a TR, eventually... probably... maybe...

 

Smart man! Storm Runner and Great Bear are my 2 favorites there as well. Did you guys go in Zoo America or Chocolate World at all? Post your TR!!

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We walked through Zoo America, because it would have been kind of dumb not to with our two day visit. We're not really zoo people, but it was neat. On the rare occasion we do go to the zoo we're pretty pampered with the St. Louis Zoo.

 

We went to Chocolate World on our second day. Our only goals were to do the ride/tour thing and the make your own chocolate bar. Unfortunately, the machine for the make your own chocolate bar attraction was down. We did get a chance to do the ride, which was fun. I was looking forward to that kind of cheesiness! We got lucky and only had to wait about five minutes to ride. I couldn't imagine waiting in a full queue, which seemed about a mile long. After the ride we browsed around and purchased some chocolate for my mother-in-law.

 

I can't be the only one who thinks that the fresh chocolate from Hershey tastes better than other Hershey products you get elsewhere. It's just seems like it's got more of that smooth melt in your mouth experience than outside of Hershey. Maybe it's all mental.

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Yeah, Skyrush is VERY different between wing and non-wing seats. In the middle it's a pleasant hyper. In the wing seats it's a murderous villain with laser eyes and a battle axe.

Seems like middle of the train in a middle seat was the only way to go for us. Even so, the need for defensive riding combined with a coaster that wasn't all that spectacular to us just wasn't worth trying again. We quit while we were ahead, leaving with our two good rides compared to one bad one. To us, it's one of those rides that we'd ride once or twice during a two day visit and just enjoy the park's other great offerings.

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The front of Skyrush is the best row for me, wing or not. The ride is just perfection up there, the way the train just plows you into the air. But there is absolutely a reason we refer to that back left wing as the death seat.

 

Glad you enjoyed the park, its the best.

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Never waited for the front on Skyrush, I've always sacrificed myself for the back row, especially the left wing. I should try out a front row wing the next time I visit.

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Even so, the need for defensive riding combined with a coaster that wasn't all that spectacular to us just wasn't worth trying again.
Although I did re-ride it a bunch of times when I visited since the place was completely empty (I sat in pretty much all sections of the train), this was my opinion of it too. A good coaster, to me, mixes thrills with fun, and the balance on this one was totally off. It's like 60 seconds of non-stop clenching while getting flung into the restraints. Having said that, I loved the park — especially Lightning Racer, Fahrenheit, and Comet.
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And they're closed again (as is Knoebels again).

 

It's pretty bad up this way. We get a couple hours with no rain then Mother Nature just lets loose with like 2 inches in an hour. The park just can't catch enough of a break to let the water recede. And as usual the people on their social are a-holes about it.

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ABC world news tonight just did a story from Hershey park. They said the park will be closed till at least Friday.

 

Here are some pictures from the story....

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This is worse than I thought.

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Even a shot from knobles

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Hate to see Hershey and Knoebels flooded like this...Hopefully there won't be a lot of damage from this, but who knows until the water goes down. Hopefully, mother nature will calm her tits and Hershey can recover. Also, I love seeing Skyrush from that angle in those pics...It's always been a top 5 coaster for me.

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Those shots of Skyrush don't do the flooding justice. I saw pics on our local news where the path on the left is completely flooded and there was mud covering the ground around the kiddie rides and Tilt-a-Whirl to the left of Comet.

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Actually SR was 2004, Fahrenheit 2008, Skyrush 2012, Laff Trakk 2015. They are overdue for a major coaster addition already (would have been this year based on the 3 Intamins).

But they got a coaster this year . . .

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With the new area, is there anything they can do regarding Spring Creek to mitigate future floods? For instance, if they widen the creek in the new area to match the width it reaches in the park, would that help at all? I'm guessing it doesn't help that Spring Creek narrows suddenly over by the catering area/Skyrush turnaround. Would that just be a waste of money?

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With the new area, is there anything they can do regarding Spring Creek to mitigate future floods? For instance, if they widen the creek in the new area to match the width it reaches in the park, would that help at all? I'm guessing it doesn't help that Spring Creek narrows suddenly over by the catering area/Skyrush turnaround. Would that just be a waste of money?

 

They could potentially build one or two large 'dry' retention lakes that only fill up for these type of events. I am not sure what the flow rates are for Spring Creek and how big these retention facilities would need to be. So it might or might not be feasible. Building something up stream would probably be their best bet. But that would require land and lots of permits.

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The last time the park had a significant flood was 2011 right (and they recovered within days and have probably since revised their flood protocol at Zoo America)?

 

I mean, is it really that big of an issue? If they were all that worried about it I feel like they would have done something by now.

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