Guess we'll find out in about 3 months.
True, it's a big utilization of water, but CRR is so awesome.
IF it is a Lazy River, yet again it's another reason why I think they should have waited a few years and built a PROPER water park outside of the existing park boundaries... such as converting one of the parking areas adjacient to the park into a water park. The only way to expand the water park now is to dismantal some of the existing park. Shame that it has to be the Rapids... a fun ride and one that is always lined up on hot summer days.
Now if they were removing the rapids for some water type of attraction in the "Journey to Atlantis" style... I say start the deconstruction as soon as you can... with some reservations. Looking at how Hershey does things (the short Great Bear, the short (and campy) Reeses Extreme Cup Challenge), would a JTA type of attraction be built to its fullest potential?
In any event... better ride CRR for "one last time" this summer... just in case.
*** Edited 4/7/2008 7:48:06 PM UTC by SLFAKE*** *** Edited 4/7/2008 7:50:33 PM UTC by SLFAKE***
Hershey has a lot of land thanks to their purchase of the golf course and surely that is going to be used for something- why not a waterpark? A new waterpark could have been billed as a separate gate, meaning more money could be made. Since it would have had the Hershey name, it's not like people would have been hesitant to go. I just don't understand why precious expansion space within the park was used for waterslides when it could have been done right outside of the park. Still seems like a knee-jerk reaction to me, and one bad decision swimming in a sea of good ones. But what do I know?
Now I did hear that there would be a problem with the golf course land (could have been read on here, could have read it elsewhere). Since much of the Golf Course is in a flood plain, the brain trust in the department of enviromental resources have so many restructions on building anything there that the land is pretty much useless for any sort of construction. The high ground of the golf course has been used for additional parking around GIANT Center.
HOWEVER... I still say they should have relocated some of the parking areas currently adjacient to the park for their water park. I have a feeling that a lot more land may open up in a few years once the museum moves. When that happens, I look for the old museum and Hersheypark Arena to be not very long for this world. As much as I would hate to see the old barn go... it is in such bad contition (hardly any maintenance done to it since GC opened) that I look for it go come down in the next 3 or 4 years. IF they would have waited, could have made a proper water park there. But like was stated... I agree that it was a "knee jerk reaction" to get a water park in quickly.
Now like so much Hershey has done (again, the short Great Bear, the short and campy Reeses Extreem Cup Challenge) in the past decade, the all too small Boardwalk (closed how many times because it was to crowded?) seems like it was simply plopped as cheaply as possible (and it still was EXPENSIVE) in existing area to say "Hey, we got a water park too!"
I have a feeling that the midway from Wildcat to Lightning Racer will become water park as everything over there seems really temporary.
The other main rides there that do not seem temporary are Whip and Ferris Wheel. Don't recall about music express... how "permanent" is that structure?
I am not certain that midway will be absorbed... I think that will be all that is left of Midway America. *** Edited 4/7/2008 8:52:22 PM UTC by SLFAKE***
Bad part about moving the entrance... won't that isolate Tudor Square and Rhineland? Now you have to walk through those areas to get to the entrance and the main part of the park, but with a moved entrance will there be any reason to go into that area? Or is that slated for "redevelopment". Would hate to lose the "quaintness" of that area though.
I credit Hershey for adding water attractions that don't require separate admission, but I think the location really limits what kind of experience can be offered. There isn't enough land to expand, and if waterpark attractions have to come at the expense of park attractions, I don't see that being a good thing because waterpark attractions generally don't have the capacity of park attractions. Like I said, a knee-jerk reaction. "We need a waterpark. What can we do now?"
I hope the main entrance doesn't get moved because that would mean Tudor Square would be useless, and I love that part of the park. As odd as the park's layout is, it actually works.
but now after 6 season of hockey in GIANT Center, that building is finally starting to feel like "home".
I've probably only been to about 10-12 games at the GIANT Center, but it just isn't the same to me. The old Arena smelled like hockey even during non-hockey events. It was the perfect arena for it. Plus, Hershey fans seemed to turn into Philly-style fans with the switch - but that could just be me :)
As for something "cool" for next year, my guess would be the long-rumored removal of the rapids for Boardwalk expansion. Don't know if I'd like it personally, but I think it would be good for the park...both in the ability to market additional waterpark attractions and the ability to leave Midway America unscathed.
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