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Hi all. I'm travelling from the UK and visiting HP for the first time on 30th August. I am in two minds if I should purchase the fast pass or if I will not need it? I know that we can preview the night before but it will have been a long day of travelling from KD so we may not be up for it. I don't know how long the lines usually get up to for the main rides so any input would be appreciated.

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Way to walk around vlogging with your masks off all day. Also, some constructive criticism: the music in your vlogs absolutely blows.  

Back row. That way, she'll never want to ride another roller coaster again and you can save money by leaving her at home.

Let's just leave it at this and talk about the park. I get why this came up today. It's newsworthy for sure but this is going to go off the rails. People try to find every single opportunity to inject

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That's the first day of school for some local districts so it shouldn't be too crowded. I'd expect up to 30 - 45 minute waits for the big rides at the worst (in a normal year I would have said lower wait times but that's factoring in reduced capacities). I would also expect some non coaster rides to be closed as that time of year the park really struggles to have enough staff for everything to be open.

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Someone mentioned a few days ago they were here and Storm Runner was down. Just checking, its been generally operating so far, correct? I know it was down when I went last July and believe it was for the whole season. 

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What’s the word on Lightning Racer? From looking at the app, it doesn’t appear as if it’s been open yet. 
Heading to the park in early June and hoping all of the coasters will be open by then!

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1 hour ago, kidmanboy said:

What’s the word on Lightning Racer? From looking at the app, it doesn’t appear as if it’s been open yet. 
Heading to the park in early June and hoping all of the coasters will be open by then!

It was testing last week but has not opened yet.    Probably any day now.

 

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Hi all! My friend and I made our first ever visit to Hersheypark this Saturday and had a blast. Thanks so much to everyone that gave us advice on how to make the most of our day - we rope dropped Fahrenheit and got in 2 walk-on rides and managed to get the Laff Track credit before the lines got longer than 15 min. The park was definitely very busy, and most of the major rides got up to a 1-2 hour wait during the day per the app, although it seemed like the app was most overestimating wait times.

A couple bits of news for folks:

- Lightning Racer (Left) was open and ran pretty well for a 20+ y/o GCI! The right side had its train on the track but it was covered in tarp.

- Storm Runner didn't open or test at all on Saturday, but trains are on the tracks with water dummies. Super bummed we missed this, but definitely gives us reason to come back!

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I was there too and was happy to see the crowds were back to 2019 and earlier Sunday in April crowd levels. Other than the usual rides (Laff Trakk and Cupfusion) plus Lightning Racer, I didn't wait more than 20 minutes for anything. Even Fahrenheit was only around 15 minutes.

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Glad it was a great time! Love Hershey so much. Though oof has Storm Runner still been down? Deff hope that is back up and running soon.

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32 minutes ago, JJLehto said:

Glad it was a great time! Love Hershey so much. Though oof has Storm Runner still been down? Deff hope that is back up and running soon.

It was down for the entire 2020 season and hasn't opened yet this season - I've only visited once but my understanding was that they had a safety incident that caused the ride to shutdown, but I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong. They had trains on the tracks with water dummies so hopefully it opens again soon, it was a huge bummer to miss it!

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15 minutes ago, C.O. said:

It was down for the entire 2020 season and hasn't opened yet this season - I've only visited once but my understanding was that they had a safety incident that caused the ride to shutdown, but I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong. They had trains on the tracks with water dummies so hopefully it opens again soon, it was a huge bummer to miss it!

Officially it was down waiting for a part from overseas (that was then impacted by Covid restrictions/issues due to Covid shutdowns)

I think only Fandom equated the long downtime due to that lawsuit over the perceived safety issue (and I'll fully believe that they did take it down for a little while to do "discovery" for the lawsuit, but certainly that's not why the extended downtime).

good news on the water dummies, as that does imply whatever part they were waiting on has arrived.

 

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Just now, Canobie Coaster said:

Hersheypark's official statement was that Storm Runner was closed in 2020 since they were waiting on a part that was delayed due to covid.

you type less than  me.. LOL. . so you got your answer in first 😛

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They have responded to questions about it on their Twitter and FB pages alluding to it opening this season. 1653577105_ScreenShot2021-04-28at11_38_56AM.thumb.png.5cca2cbcb7fa6c878b1cb1d7f70684b9.png

 


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The fact they have water dummies loaded up on the train this year seems to indicate they intend to open it.  And probably sooner rather than later. No real hurry on their end, park is seeing good business.

 

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Has anyone had experience visiting Hersheypark on a windy day?  I was hoping to visit Friday expecting low crowds, but the weather calls for 20-25 mph sustained winds and gusts of 35-40 mph.  The back-up plan is a park two hours east that I know has zero cares in the world running things in any weather conditions.

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Coaster power hours at SFGA sound awesome.  I think I'd head that way regardless.  But I do love some Hershey and Skyrush.

 

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The original plan was to hit Hershey on Friday for minimal crowds and then do Great Adventure on Saturday since I have the all-season Flash Pass.  I agree Power Hour and all those night rides at Great Adventure sound awesome, so that's not a bad consolation prize.

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Oh I know, I am a stormrunner fanboy so my 2020 visit was a little sad :( 
Didn't know it was still down and bc of a piece, I just assumed was a weird covid protocol so good to know! I don't follow news as well as y'all and I don't really follow parks on the social medias and all so I never know this stuff ha 

Deff excited though, I will prob stop by Hershey in early June on my way back from Ohio. Hope SR is open by then but not banking on it, which is OK. It'll just be nice to be at Hershey again when it's not July and (hopefully) not uber crowded. I've heard from my brother and couple others Candymonium is better in front, which I never did so maybe that will make the ride a tad less...lackluster XD 

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Cool but uhhhh how are they going to enforce this? Beyond going around to everyone and asking to see their vax card I don’t see how... Non-vaccinated people are just going to lie about it which doesn’t do anyone any good. 

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Those of us waiting for a full FDA approval would never lie.

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