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So looks like Casino Pier got a lighting package on the coaster similar to Monster.

 

Looks great!

 

(I can't find video other than this Instagram post)

 

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Despite the horrible nature in which it happened the fact that this place was forced to start over and essentially rebuild from the ground up has made it a dramatically better park. Looking at that last video it's honestly hard to believe that this is Casino Pier.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Hydrus is a nice addition for such a small footprint. The lift hill was real slow and everyone I rode with felt a little light headed going down the drop. I loved the pace of the zero-g roll (or whatever it is called)

 

I do question the actions of the ride operators. The first time I boarded in the second row and after they locked the restraints they had to release the restraints saying there was a problem. They made all of us get off and board the other car, sending the first car out with no problem. It was apparent that one guest in the front row was super sized. We all board the next car and the same thing happens. The ride operator tells us all to go down to the photo booth and wait for him to come down and refund the ride (put points back on the Fun Card that everyone has to use). As we get to the photo booth they send out the next car (the original one we got out of) with 8 people. Now it is apparent to me that there is nothing wrong with the car or restraints and the ride ops just didn't want to tell the woman of size that she was too big to ride. So I get back in line and when I get to the station the ride op just nods at me and lets me through the turnstile without saying anything. Now I get that they might not have wanted to shame someone, but it could have been done tactfully, without inconveniencing everyone else, especially since two of the four ride ops were very large people also.

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I was at the park on Saturday for the ACE Seaside Screams event. There was ERT on Hydrus, and we also got to go in the Skycoaster area to get a group photo and get a nice view. They also gave us an unexpected tour of Hydrus. I went with my friend who's not that into coasters and he had a good time as well. Including ERT, we only rode things for one hour, but we got a lot of Hydrus rides and a few flats. Air Race and Shore Shot were closed. The operations were actually really impressive, but I doubt they have such a nice and energetic staff all the time. It was really a great visit, and I'll post some pictures or videos today or tomorrow maybe. Rides:

 

Hydrus x 10 - Wow, I was totally surprised by this! I knew it would be good, but it really got better the more I rode it. The drop has insane airtime of course, the loop has very strong forces AND great hang time, and the cutback gives you a great view of the beach when you look to your left when you get near the inverted part (I was skeptical if a cutback is really an inversion, but it really felt like one). The next turn is quick and snappy, the heartline roll totally rules and dumps you out of your seat, then there's one more quick turn and even some floater air going into the brakes. The trains are comfy, and it's super smooth. The location is obviously great. I'm glad the park has this! It's a perfect fit.

Super Storm - The restraints can be really painful on your legs if you're fat like me, but the forcefulness and hang time are definitely worth it!

Disk-O

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I'm going to be to be in Seaside Heights in a few weeks, and will be checking out Hydrus for sure! How much does it cost per ride, and are there any discounts for multiple rides, or all day wristbands, etc...? Thanks!

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^Thanks!

 

It seems like Monday's special of half-off credits would be my best bet, assuming that they don't count Monday the 3rd of July as a "Holiday". Either that, or Thursday the 6th's Midnight Madness would give me tons of Hydrus rides, many at night, for potentially even less cost. That may actually be better than the Monday option!

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Quick Hydrus Review:

 

Meh. Yeah, it was forceful enough, and smooth enough, but over FAR to quickly for $10 a ride. You go into the breaks with so much speed it just feels like there should be more coaster to it. "Underwhelmed" I guess is the best word to describe it. Oh well, rode it once, won't be again.

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I rode Hydrus a few times yesterday and really liked it. The lapbars are amazing. From someone who rides a similar coaster (Untamed) with OSTRs pretty often, I was amazed how much better the ride was. The already great drop had even more pronounced air. And then it was nice not having to worry about my head hitting the restraint on the snappy transitions. I honestly liked it better than Gale Force.

 

I had the wristband (so I didn't focus on the per ride cost as much).

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  • 3 weeks later...

Finally getting some pics off my phone, so here are some of Hyrdus and the Ferris Wheel I took when I was there.

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Station/Sign

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Lift and Loop

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Another angle

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Ferris. Looks great and you can see it from the bridge on SR-37 coming in to town.

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Got to ride Hydrus on Saturday night and it's pretty fun, was my first Eurofighter, I enjoyed it. Only ride I went on because it was after 9pm so they stopped selling the wristbands and I wasn't ever going to pay anymore money for rides I've already been on

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Having been on its "big brother" Untamed at Canobie Lake Park, I can resolutely say the lap bars help elevate the ride substantially. Untamed was fun, but there's nothing like riding hands-up through a zero-G roll with just a lap bar holding you in. I've got a bunch of photos on my phone I've been meaning to upload, maybe I'll do it tonight.

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Its a cool little coaster, I've ridden it a few times but yeah its def short. They had enough room to add another couple of turns and another roll.

 

If they did that, made it little longer it would be so much better and worth the tickets. 10 tickets/dollars for one ride is alot.

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Ok locals and others who have been, best free parking is........????

 

In Seaside Park, down in the Lettered Streets section, well beyond where the boardwalk is populated.\

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^ & ^^ thanks for the tips on the free parking, didn't utilize them though as pressed for time. Plan was 7 stops on friday; Bowcraft, Keansburg, I-play, Jenkison's, Casino, Gillian's and Playland Castaway Cove. Unfortunately the scattered t-storms ruined that. We stopped at Bowcraft (closed bc of scattered storms), Keansburg (closed bc of scattered storms), Iplay, jenkinson's and Casino (had to wait 2 hours for storm to go through then pass). On way To Gillian's at 8:30 about to pass AC, saw more lightning south over OC and decided to call it quits. Will now have to accomplish it again this friday.

 

Hydrus is a great addition for the park. Nice small comapct coaster, good elements and people were eating it up. The pier looks good now and less crowded with rides then it was before. I wonder if they'll add more pier along the boardwalk for future additions?

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Daughter Klaire and my pop John, on right

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