Dorney v. Hershey for first visit (going alone)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 8:30 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar

I was under the impression that Hershey releases the restraints a little bit on the final brake run. I'm surprised that this issue hasn't been addressed given that SkyRush opened in 2012.


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Wednesday, August 2, 2017 8:38 PM

Yeah, I've heard they made it more tolerable since 2012.


Hey, let's ride (random Intamin coaster). What? It's broken down? I totally didn't expect that.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017 8:40 PM

Thank you all for the responses. I'll be going to Hershey. Hopefully by getting there before park opening I can knock out the Intamins and the rest without too much waiting. I will take your advice and start with Fahrenheit. Can't wait for some Intamin goodness!

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017 8:41 PM

^^^ Bobbie1951 I am with you on that. Hersheypark is my home park, and my wife and I go on Sundays in the Summer to float in the lazy river. When we are done at the waterpark I'll check the wait times on their app, and we frequently hit Lightning Racer, and Storm Runner on the way out because of the short waits. At times we've been able to reride Lightning Racer for several laps, and just have to change rows. Two weeks ago we waited 3 laps for a front seat ride on Storm Runner. I won't complain that other people haven't caught on. Fahrenheit is really popular( plus bad capacity,) and I don't understand it because it's just ok in my opinion.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017 9:12 PM

Both. Seriously. During the summer, the dry side of Dorney is pretty dead, and you probably can hit everything you want to in a few hours. Then it's a little over an hour to Hershey, where you can spend the rest of the day and night.


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Wednesday, August 2, 2017 10:09 PM
TheMillenniumRider's avatar

There isn't much of true notability at Dorney though. I guess it depends on you, but I am always good for some Demon Drop and Talon. They have the old Whip, and I like Voodoo and Hydra. But the real winner is Hershey out of the two.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017 11:21 PM
Vater's avatar

I've never had the agonizing leg pain everyone seems to experience on Skyrush. Mild discomfort during the ejector airtime moments (hell, maybe even a little more than mild), but each of those moments are over so quickly and the ride is so insane that I don't really even take notice. Been on it 3 or 4 times now. Honestly, if I hadn't heard so much complaining about the awful restraints and the leg pain and "ThighCrush" (ugh) since the ride was built, the little discomfort I felt wouldn't have even registered in the memory banks.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017 11:45 PM
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Good choice! Hersheypark is fantastic. It's just so big and can easily take a full day. Don't forget to go to Chocolate World, just outside the front gates, sometime during your visit. While there, buy t-shirts, candy, and stuffed animals, and ride the chocolate factory tour.

Lighting Racers is all the way in the back of the park. Don't forget it. The coaster is amazing.

There is a Chocolate vs. Peanut Butter (or something) dark ride hidden somewhere near the entrance of the monorail. I rode it once in my many visits to the park. It's short and forgettable, but if the line is short, and you like dark rides, you might want to know that it's there.

There is also a dark spinning coaster near Lightning Racers that is a lot of fun. Laugh Track is easy to miss if you don't know what it is.

I have a theory about Skyrush and the leg pain...

The pain that I got fro Skyrush occurred when the ride provided airtime. My heavy upper body was pulled from the seat, and the only thing holding me in was a bar that pinched the front of my upper thighs to the seat. This caused pain in my thighs, as if the ride was trying to break my femurs in half.

Less heavier people, people with less upper body weight, like Vater for example, will not feel the same pull on their femurs.

Then there is the "twists" from side to side. This hurt me too, because my upper body was going in one direction and my lower body was going the other, twisting my back quickly and unexpectedly to the side.

I don't hate much in life, but I truly hate Skyrush, almost as much as I hated Son of Beast. YMMV

Last edited by LostKause, Wednesday, August 2, 2017 11:46 PM
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Thursday, August 3, 2017 2:51 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar

Nope. I'm 6'0" 155 and I still hated SkyRush. It's a shame because I could tell the layout was incredible and the ride should have topped Storm Runner as my favorite in the park, but after 3 rides, I could not bring myself to get back on. The cinching of the restraints at every high-g moment made the ride a slow torture, and sitting on the brake run with my legs losing circulation did not help.


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Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

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Friday, August 4, 2017 1:25 AM
VTFanatic330's avatar

If you have time at Hershey, stop by Chocolate World next door and do the (free) tour ride! Mmmm....chocolate.


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Friday, August 4, 2017 9:29 AM
eightdotthree's avatar

ApolloAndy said:

...and sitting on the brake run with my legs losing circulation did not help.

They release the restraints just a touch now while you're on the brake run.


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