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I see nothing wrong with a second hyper that will offer a much different feeling ride.

 

I don't either (I'm sure it'll be a ton of fun), but it still seems really, really weird to me.

 

It may be a tad redundant, but I'm not complaining! Hershey's lineup is solid as hell and I can't wait to get out there again in 2020.

 

To me, it's still not as weird as Leviathan/Behemoth or Fury/Intimiadator

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IMO, Leviathan and Fury do offer "different" experiences than their hyper-counterparts....

 

But that "difference", mainly lying in them simply being better...

 

Having an ejector air-time hyper in Skyrush and then a more graceful B&M hyper will be quite a dynamic duo.

 

I don't think there can ever be a more dynamic duo than MF and Magnum though...

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Pretty much everything from Hospitality Services out to slightly past where the Tram Circle currently is, is where the development is going to be taking place. Take notice that there is no hill that you have to walk down, enter the park and then walk up another and there are some seriously high walls bordering the creek on the other side of the new fountain.

I honestly don't know where to begin with this as there is literally so much to unpack! I consider the coaster to just be the icing on the cake as I've been just excited for the new entrance! I'm not really expecting an earth-shattering coaster, but something along the lines of an experience similar to Gatekeeper and I think this nails it. I can't wait to watch this whole project get built!

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From the link posted a few pages back. Almost like they are going for a mini version of Disney Springs. It sounds fantastic...

 

"Hershey’s Chocolatetown will offer more than five locations to eat, drink and gather, including the largest themed restaurant, bar, and patio in Hershey with one-of-a-kind views of Hersheypark. Open year round, this full-service restaurant and bar will feature a second-story patio & bar and offer an innovative menu with hints of chocolate, craft cocktails, and signature desserts."

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For me the single best part of chocolate town is that they are barely touching the 23 acres. We’re going to get a decade of steady growth from this new land.

 

 

So how many years until they ruin it by moving Lightning Racer to chocolate town so they can expand the only thing the GP cares about the water park?

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Moving on from my Triple Tower joke, here are my real thoughts on this:

 

I actually love Hersheypark's current entrance area. Clearly this won't have that same charm but at the same time it looks really cool and I'm sure the coaster will be a ton of fun. I understand why they're doing this because it's going to be way more efficient and profitable for them (and it's going to be open year round and directly adjacent to Chocolate World), but it's a shame that they're replacing such a charming entrance. I have faith that they'll make this one look really cool though.

 

That said, the pros outweigh the cons by a large margin. I love the bar and I think it's really smart of them to sell more unique craft cocktails. Options for drinking in the park are limited and since you can't walk around the park with a drink it's really important to provide people with nice places to sit and hang out if you want them to buy alcohol. A second story patio & bar with panoramic views sounds like an awesome place to have a few drinks, and providing cool cocktails (that are likely going to feature hints of chocolate) is a great way to turn beer sales into cocktail sales which gives them much higher profit margins and is a lot more unique and fun.

 

As for the coaster, every B&M hyper is awesome and I'm sure this will be too. They have mass appeal and everyone loves them. I do think it's pretty weird to have two hypercoasters right next to eachother right up front but they'll undoubtedly feel like drastically different experiences. I'll never complain about any park building a super fun, high capacity B&M hyper.

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Now watch this B&M hyper become the love-child of Mako and Shambhala and blow everyone away at how great it actually is. At the very least it will probably be a top 10 Golden Ticket mainstay!

 

This is actually the perfect coaster for Hershey the way I see it. Right now they don't have a single coaster over 4,000 feet long and this will comfortably exceed that. Skyrush is currently their longest and it blitzes through so fast you barely have time to breathe. Entrance plaza looks great too.

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D'aww, the sweetest coaster at Hershey

 

Really excited for this development as I found the current entrance to be a bit too narrow. It wasn't too crowded when we visited and there was still a hefty line that grew to get in. This new entrance and area will be great.

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Really excited for this development as I found the current entrance to be a bit too narrow. It wasn't too crowded when we visited and there was still a hefty line that grew to get in. This new entrance and area will be great.

 

I completely agree. I'm pretty surprised by all of the people saying how they'll miss the current entrance. It just doesn't make sense for a 'real' theme park.

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Almost like they are going for a mini version of Disney Springs.

That's kind of a stretch as a comparison, even using the word "mini." Disney Springs is a full blown "Entertaining & Dining" complex that is the size of some of the theme parks at Walt Disney World. There may be HUNDREDS of total shops & dining experiences at Disney Springs.

 

This will be a really nice "entrance plaza" with 1 full-service restaurant, a few quick service "snack" locations, and a store. And to be fair, wasn't there ALREADY a full-service restaurant, snack locations, and a shop in their current entrance plaza area?

 

I'm not meaning to sound negative, but I'm not sure you can really compare this to Disney Springs in any way at all. it doesn't even compare to Disneyland's Downtown Disney which is a quarter of the size of Disney Springs!

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I'm pretty surprised by all of the people saying how they'll miss the current entrance. It just doesn't make sense for a 'real' theme park.

Agreed. The current front entrance is horrible and is a compete nightmare bottleneck every time we are there. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that part of the reason why we haven't gone to Hersheypark as much is because the front entrance is just a cluster of annoyance that we have ONLY been lately if we can get into the park early and we will skip the park as a "casual stop" when we are nearby.

 

Bulldozing the current front entrance into something far more usable may actually make me want to go to the park more often!

 

As for the coaster, every B&M hyper is awesome and I'm sure this will be too. They have mass appeal and everyone loves them. I do think it's pretty weird to have two hypercoasters right next to eachother right up front but they'll undoubtedly feel like drastically different experiences. I'll never complain about any park building a super fun, high capacity B&M hyper.

I agree with this 100% - And yes, while I wouldn't "complain" about a big, new, fast, high capacity, B&M being built, it also doesn't make me want to go out of the way to make a special visit to the park.

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Almost like they are going for a mini version of Disney Springs.

That's kind of a stretch as a comparison, even using the word "mini." Disney Springs is a full blown "Entertaining & Dining" complex that is the size of some of the theme parks at Walt Disney World. There may be HUNDREDS of total shops & dining experiences at Disney Springs.

 

This will be a really nice "entrance plaza" with 1 full-service restaurant, a few quick service "snack" locations, and a store. And to be fair, wasn't there ALREADY a full-service restaurant, snack locations, and a shop in their current entrance plaza area?

 

I'm not meaning to sound negative, but I'm not sure you can really compare this to Disney Springs in any way at all. it doesn't even compare to Disneyland's Downtown Disney which is a quarter of the size of Disney Springs!

 

Just the vibe I got from the promo video and reading the article made me think of it but I definitely agree with you. Even if I said an extreme micro version I would be being generous with that comparison lol

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Almost like they are going for a mini version of Disney Springs.

And to be fair, wasn't there ALREADY a full-service restaurant, snack locations, and a shop in their current entrance plaza area?

 

All of that.. yes.. and all before you actually entered the park. As the park has grown, those shops and whatnot have become more or less an afterthought when entering and leaving the park. Most are way too small to spark any interest in going into them. The main Hershey "store" that they had just inside the main gate was/is pretty tiny as well. It will be nice for them to finally have a main retail store and restaurant "worthy" of the attendance the park gets.

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Part of me is hoping they just stick with all the generic place holder names they provided in this announcement. I would love to shop in "Flagship Store" or ride "15th Coaster."

 

In all seriousness, love this announcement.

 

I'm hereby throwing my guess for the hyper to be named "Hershey Squirts."

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I actually love Hersheypark's current entrance area. Clearly this won't have that same charm but at the same time it looks really cool and I'm sure the coaster will be a ton of fun. I understand why they're doing this because it's going to be way more efficient and profitable for them (and it's going to be open year round and directly adjacent to Chocolate World), but it's a shame that they're replacing such a charming entrance. I have faith that they'll make this one look really cool though.

 

I understand why they are doing this too, but I have always loved the charm of the entrance. It does get VERY crowded before the park opens. This is huge construction process since its taking the place of the old entrance. When I first heard this I thought they would build the new entrance in another location to the side. This is why they most likely announced this early.

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This looks great! The B&M is giving me serious Mako vibes, which I expect to be a good thing. It is a little strange to have it right next door to Skyrush, but the two will have such vastly different ride experiences anyway. They are much more different from each other than the Carowinds and Canada's Wonderland (and probably soon to be Kings Island) B&M Hyper/Giga combos.

 

I'm sure the coaster will be great (I'm a big fan of Nitro and Fury), but Skyrush is still my all-time favorite roller coaster, and if I ever make a return visit to the park, it will be to ride Skyrush again! lol

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I like that they're following the Triple Tower format once again. Two hypercoasters right next to eachother (one to the left and one to the right) with one for daring, fun people and one for pussies who are afraid of the cool one.

Eh. Throw me into the pussies group on this one. I got bit by a massive German Shepherd police K-9 on the thigh during an arrest last night. It broke the skin and all. No sh*t, it actually happened. Hopefully for the first and last time. That was still less uncomfortable than riding Skyrush on the front row left wing. Even despite the softball size purple bruise on my thigh. Lucky for the K-9 incident I don't have any soft meat on my thighs. Unlucky for Skyrush, I don't have any soft meat on my thighs. Pain and pleasure don't mix, for me.

 

This is great, though. Two different hypers with two different experiences. It's fantastic how the coaster interacts with the entrance and I really like how parks are really starting to immerse roller coasters and rides into the theme park experience as a whole vs. picking a plot of land, clearing it, and placing the coaster off of the beating path.

 

These new shops and restaurants, combined with Hershey Hotel, Hershey Lodge, and Chocolate World, make Hershey Park more of an overall experience instead of just rides and thrills. Cedar Point is the closest comparison I can think of.

 

This looks great! The B&M is giving me serious Mako vibes, which I expect to be a good thing.

 

It looks like it also has a Goliath-like helix within the layout.

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Looks like the B&M hyper has a reverse bank type of thing at the top of the first helix. Sort of like Fury's "treble clef"

Considering in that very same image you can see a track connector with no support, and in a different part of the video you can see the train banking not matching that of the track, I wouldn't say that the video rendering is completely accurate. It might not be as banked as it looks there, but we'll see...

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There's no way it's going to do that off of the midcourse. It's B&M not RMC.

 

While I feel like what you see is generally what you're going to get, I wouldn't be shocked if either there are some minor modifications to this design or at the very least it's sort of a rushed render of the actual design.

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