East Coast-er Trip Help Needed

Monday, June 9, 2003 10:14 AM
We are planning to go to Six Flags Great Adventure, Hershey, Dorney, and Knoebel's in a couple weeks (around June 22nd-26th), so I was wondering if I could get some help and tips to have to best trip possible. It is my first time at all of the parks besides Dorney, so I have no idea what to expect. Here are some question I have:

1) Is Batman The Chiller and Skyride at Knoebel's in operation yet for the season? Do you know of any other rides closed at any of the parks?

2) What non-coaster attractions are must-see or must-ride? I've heard good things about Houdini at SFGAdv. I'm a big fan of water rides, but some spin-n-pukes are hard for me to handle. =p

3) Do you know of any discounts to any of these parks and where can I find them?

4) Can you do Knoebel's and Dorney in one day without feeling rush? If yes (since we would then have an extra day), would you highly recommend visiting the Jersey Shore or Coney Island or is it best for a full day at Knoebel's?

5) What food stops at the park or hotels do you recommend for any of these parks?

Any other tips would be excellent!! Thanks in advance.

-Danny
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Monday, June 9, 2003 10:25 AM
I'm not an expert on any of those parks, but I will offer you one bit of advice: Spend an entire day at Knoebel's. It isn't the biggest park around, but it is one of the coolest. The flat ride collection is top notch, both wood coasters are outstanding, the food is great, and it's just so quirky that I wouldn't want to feel rushed there at all.
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Monday, June 9, 2003 10:41 AM
1) Knoebels Sky ride is open.

3) Plan on a week day for Knoebels. Not only will it be less crowded, but you can also buy an all day wrist band ($28 or so with the "Wood Coater Option"). If you would go on a weekend, I believe it is all tickets with no POP band available. For Hersheypark, various stores around the area have discount coupons. Not sure exactly which ones, but check out Giant food stores and Turkey Hill convience stores. Also, not sure if they still are doing this, but there were coupons on the bags at near by Wendy's fast food restaurants.

4) Even though I have been to both park's before and they are not new to me, I wouldn't personally attempt to do both in one day. During our last visit to Knoebels, my wife and I stayed for about 5 hours, and there were still things that we did not do that we would have liked to. When we visited Dorney two years ago, we also stayed for 5 hours, only leaving when the park closed. However, we could have easily stayed a few more hours. It would be easy to spend a day at each park. If you ABSOLUTELY have to do both in one day, keep in mind that it is a good 1 1/2 to 2 hour drive between parks. Should you chose to do both on one day and would opt on another park, I would highly recomend the Jersey Shore, more specifically Wildwood and Morey's Piers. While the old Cyclone at Coney Island could arguably considered famous and historic coaster in existance today, Morey's would win out by sheer volume. Their two largest coasters, Great White (CCI) and Great Nor'Easter (Vekoma SLC) are two good coasters in tehir own right. Even though the Nor'Easter is an SLC, it is unique in its setting and does have some custome work done on it to make it fit the pier so it doesn't seem like a clone. It is also very smooth... for an SLC. A quick stop off at Ocean City, NJ while on the way to Wildwood may be in order if you want to pad your count with 4 more coasters.

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Monday, June 9, 2003 10:54 AM
2. Since you've been to Dorney, you likely already know this, Danny. But being a big fan of water rides, you'd be remiss if you passed up Dorney's rapids ride. That thing is sick and demented with at least 11 (that's right ELEVEN) waterfalls, not to mention some violent bumping and spinning. For Hershey, Tidal Force get you pretty durn wet and wait until there is a long line for RollerSoaker. Sure, you may spend two hours in line, but you will be soo soaked by the end of it. It is my guess that the ride is less fun without the interactivity.

And Even though you're not good with the whirl&hurls, if you get a chance, @ GAdv ride the HUSS jump "Jumping Jack Flash" (though it reads 'Freefall' on the side).

5. At Hershey, leave the park for lunch and eat at Pippin's right outside the maingate. Nothing like good old fashioned table service. If you just *have* to eat in the park, try the food court like place across from Great Bear and Coal Cracker. The pizza there is actually edible, unlike most park fare. @ GAdv, try eating in the Boardwalk area. Last year there were many 'specialty' places like a Jamacan stall. You can probably get some atypical park food there (along with my favorite park staple...the corn dog).

hope this helps: lata, jeremy

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Monday, June 9, 2003 11:04 AM
2) Houdini's Great Escape is a blast and pretty easy on the stomach, I think. If the Huss Jump is open, it's an incredible ride. It's rarely open, though. (I know, I lament this in about every SFGadv thread.) The Frisbee is fun, but may be too much. If you're feeling nostalgic, Great Adventure's skyride is a transplant from the 1964-65 New York World's Fair.

In Hershey, don't pass on Chocolate World.

At Knoebel's, The Haunted Mansion is a must, as are the Flyers.


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Monday, June 9, 2003 11:09 AM
Thanks Chris, SLFAKE, and Jeremy. We'll do a full day at Dorney and Knoebel's (as well as the other two). I don't know why we missed the rapids ride in 2000, but it will be a must this year. I've heard about Pippins before, I'll take note of it. I'll also stare at JJF for awhile before I decide whether or not to ride.

edit: Thanks Maddie. I love skyrides and dark rides too, so I plan on riding both of those. I'm not sure if we'll have time to do Chocolate World, but that's another thing I hope to do.

-Danny
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*** This post was edited by Koaster King 6/9/2003 3:13:10 PM ***

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Monday, June 9, 2003 11:19 AM
Chocolate World takes almost no time at all to do. The ride runs continuously throughout the day. If you *do* lunch at Pippin's, stop by Chocolate World. It's a good way to kill time while your stomach settles. You wont be rushed at all at Hershey, especially if you get there early and head STRAIGHT to Midway America, saving Comet and Great Bear until at least after noon-1pm (because most people hit Comet first since it is the first coaster you stumble upon).

I've gone to Hershey on summer Saturdays, special events and weekdays, and while sometimes the park has been crowded, the lines are not intolerable. You'l have plenty of time.

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Monday, June 9, 2003 11:24 AM
Saturdays are the busiest days at Hersheypark. The lines for Wildcat, Comet and Great Bear can be 45 minutes. The lines for sooperdooperlooper and Lightning Racer are always light. If it is a hot day, the lines for Canyon River Rapids and Roller Soaker can be very long as well... but with Roller Soaker, half the fun they say is being in the line.

Weekdays and evenings are good for lack of lines, and things do tend to clear out on Sunday evenings as well.

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Monday, June 9, 2003 11:24 AM
Above all else make sure you plan on doing SFGAdv on a weekday. SFGAdv during the weekend is a complete madhouse.

You could do Knoebels and Dorney in one day, but you will be rushing it. There is plenty to do at Knoebels (at least 5-6 hours worth with re-rides). However, if you do not want to hit Dorney's waterpark and are only planing on hitting the major coasters at night it could be done. (I would choose to do both parks on seperate days however).

Discounts- SFGadv has the typical coke can discount. In the past Hershey has sold discounted one day passes at Giant Foods in Hershey PA. Its worth a stop.

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Monday, June 9, 2003 12:05 PM
I was never really impressed with Houdini. Ot os a great way to escape the heat for awhile. Also if you like simulators try the Air Force one where Dino Island used to be. I think you should definitely make Dorney and Knoebels two days. Knoebels is good for one day if you are going to do all the major rides. Don't miss the Haunted Mansion. Have fun!

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Monday, June 9, 2003 12:43 PM
As others have said, give yourself two days for Dorney and Knoebels. Knoebels may be a small park, but it has a lot to offer, and the park is so strange and anti-corporate feeling, that you may feel compelled to stay just for the atmosphere.

Houdini's Great Escape at Great Adventure is a great but simple ride. It may be overated, but it sure is fun seeing the room turn upside down.
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Monday, June 9, 2003 4:32 PM
Some SFGAdv help:

The Robin side of the Chiller is open. The Batman track is closed.

Houdini's Great Escape is a Vekoma Mad House. In my opinion it isn't the most thrilling ride.

I don't think the Jumpin' Jack Flash is open. SFGAdv never has much flats open.

Hershey Help:

They have a good rapid ride. Other fun wet rides are Roller Soaker and Tital Force. My favorite flat there used to be Conestoga, but sadly that got taken out.

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Monday, June 9, 2003 4:47 PM
More great tips guys. It's too bad SFGAdv doesn't have more flats open regularly after the huge package they added around 1999. Many have been taken out and it sounds as if many more aren't operating at all. The park looks like it has unbelievable potential as well, so that's disappointing.

-Danny

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Monday, June 9, 2003 5:47 PM
I also have a question, Im going on practically the same trip...exluding Dorney but including some other parks along the east coast.....

Well, when we go to Knoebels, we'll only be there for about 4-5 hours, and I dont think its possible to go for any longer than that :( .

So my question is.....

Is it worth the money to get a day pass for only 4-5 hours, I was only planning on getting about 5 rides on Phoenix, and about one on everything else that may be worth it. So would it be worth the $28? Or would ride tickets be better for the situation....

By the way, how much are the ride tickets? And how are the rates for the rides?

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Monday, June 9, 2003 6:08 PM
If you haven't lock in your dates yet, Dorney's Coaster Madness is on June 27th. What better way to spend a day at Mini-Cedar Point than during Mini-CoasterMania? The ERT and food details can be found on ACE Online.

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Monday, June 9, 2003 6:28 PM
2) For Dorney I would recomend The Whip, its a classic ride, that is still pretty fun. Dorney's water park is always busy, I would suggest hitting them early, then getting to the coasters which have light lines durning the day. The one non-coaster ride that I would recomend to anyone at Knoebels would be the Haunted Mansion. Its one of the best, if not the best, dark rides around.

3) If you are a member of AAA, give them a call. I got $15 off Dorney tickets for my friends last year.

4) Just do what everyone else said, you will be suprised by Knoebels.

5) Not sure about the food at Knoebels, but hit the French Fries at Dorney, right near Dominator and across from the Burger Barn. SFGAdv, I would suggest Nathan's Hot Dogs, a little pricy, but its good food. And I would have to concer with the others for Hersheypark.

Overall, all the PA parks you picked do not have bad lines at all. I haven't been to SFGAdv this year, so I cant tell you anything. Also, if you go in the pool at Knoebels, be ware, its really cold.

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Monday, June 9, 2003 6:38 PM
I believe most tickets at Knoebels are less than $2.50. Um, check http://www.knoebels.com/attractions.htm and then select the type of ride. I belive they have the prices listed. Hope this helps! :)

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Tuesday, June 10, 2003 4:27 AM
Knoebels wrist band being worth it: It all depends. If it lines are short (or basically non existant), it is easy to do twice as many rides as you are planning on Phoenix and Twister. Personally, for me there are other rides that are "Must Do's" every time I go there... the Flume, the Carrousel (one of the few remaining where you can grab rings), the Flyers (best around), the Skooter (best bumper cars around). The Haunted mansion is also a must do, but that is not included with the price of a wrist band, nor is the sky ride.

If you have a set plan, perhaps tickets would be better. However, when I get there I get impluslive and re-ride alot of things. Last time we were there I had hoped to get at least 2 rides on Phoenix and Twister... and it turned into 8 on Phoenix and 6 on Twister... those two rides alone would have cost $24.80 in tickets (maybe more... I don't remember if Twister still costs $2 or if they raised it... its been that long since I bought individual tickets there).

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