What rides are a must?
What is a good order to hit the coasters to minimize waiting?
What are the normal wait times (on a Monday or Tuesday) for the coasters?
What else should I know before going?
Thanks in advance for replies.
Storm Runner, Lightning Racer (both sides), Great Bear, Comet, Superdooperlooper, The Claw, Canyon River Rapids, Tidal Force, Chaos, and the Wild Mouse are all rides that I do not miss when on a trip to Hershey.
As far as order, I woudl definately hit Storm Runner first (since it's new) and get a few rides in on that throughout the day (the waits usually aren't too bad, and if they are, they go by fast). Then after Storm Runner, work your way on back to Midway America and get that done, then through Pioneer Frontier and into Minetown, then Comet Hollow, and finish off the day in Music Box Way and anything else you want to do again. If you want and have time, check out the laser show, it's pretty good, but not as good as Cedar Point's...
Normal wait times? I'd say they wouldn't be to bad on a Monday and Tuesday.. but from what I remember.. August is a bad month... lots of people!
Other things to know: Before starting your day, go to Chocolate World right outside the park enterance. Here you can take the Free Chocolate Tour Ride where they tell you how they make chocolate, etc. in a fun little car ride where at the end, you get free chocolate! Other things in Chocolate World are the Really Big 3D Show (very good) and the new Factory Works! Experience (which I haven't done). However, both are separate admission. There is also shopping and dining at Chocolate World.
Also, if you will be in Hershey the night before, and still fear you might not have enough time to get everything done, do what Hershey calls their "preview". With this, you can get into the park for free a few hours before closing with your ticket for the next day. It's a nice little service :)
But anyways, just make sure you enjoy yourself at the Sweetest Place On Earth, Hersheypark!
*sings the Hersheypark Happy song*
Stay late (like after 6 pm) and you will find minimal waits. On a Tuesday evening, the longest wait I had was 30 minutes for Storm Runner (running only one side of the station that night). Everything else was a walk on, including Comet (which is usually one of the longest coaster waits) and Great Bear in any seat except the front... and even the front was only a 5 minute or so wait.
Well, it's a road trip and I have the hotel already booked so no matter how the weather is I'm going.
I will be hitting all ten coasters just for the credit at least once. But I meant what non-coaster rides are a must.
What time is that laser show and where in the park does it take place? I like laser shows so I want to see it.
Thanks a lot for the help, I really appreciate it! *** Edited 8/16/2004 1:34:33 PM UTC by SFNE Dude***
Starting at the entrance and working your way Counter Clockwise:
GIANT Wheel: Is this the only Intamin double armed wheel around anymore?
Carrousel: Historic carrousel that runs at a fairly fast speed (like the way they were designed to run)
Coal Cracker: Gotta love flume rides!
Kissing Tower: Nice over all view of the park
Flying Falcon: A Huss Condor... not many of these are around.
Whip: Modern version of an old standard
Tidal Force: shoot the chutes style ride... but a BIG one! (you WILL get soaked)
Canyon River Rapids: Wet and fast (you WILL get soaked)
Dry Gulch RR: Nice little train ride.
The Claw: Need I say more.
Sky View: Little sky ride over the creek... if you get lucky, you will be crossing very close to the tracks of Great Bear when a train roars past.
As for the rest:
Rides such as Scrambler, Tilt-a-whirl, Music Express, Rodeo (trabant), Chaos, Ferriswheel can be found at any park... if you like 'em, ride 'em... but nothing special. Traffic Jam (bumper cars) are fun, but light weight, nothing spectacular.
Pirat... gives some pops of air when the ship reaches the highest part of its swing... problem is that it only reaches this highest point on about one or two swings before it starts slowing down. Most of Hersheypark's flats are run on very short cycles.
Twin Turnpike (antique cars / sports cars): Okay... I will admit, I like car rides... if they have an interesting course. The layout of this rides course is very unintersting.
Frontier Flyers... What can I say... Any little attempt at movement (let alone snapping) will cause the operator to have a panic attack (not to mention that they may actually cycle the ride through a few times empty to "make sure there is no damage")... hardly worth the time.
Let people fly them to their potential I say. Or if you dont want to do that, then I woudl rather see them "neutered" as mentioned above then be sitting in one, knowing that I could easily make this ride much more interesting, but because of over cautious and paranoid rules, I can't.
I heard this may be the last season for the Giant Wheel so get your rides on it while you can.
coasterpunk said:I heard this may be the last season for the Giant Wheel so get your rides on it while you can.
The Giant Wheel appears to have a new paint job, or at least I don't recall seeing the red "starburst" designs on the ends of each arm before this year. That makes me think that the rumor about the Giant Wheel's removal after this year is false.
Also, to add to the suggestions, visit the laser show Nightlights on two consecutive nights. You will see two different shows, and they are both very good.
Is this REALLY the last year for Giant Wheel? I have heard those rumors for the past few years. Granted, its days are numbered... but that was the talk for the past few years.
Come 3 hours before closing and you get the next day free including parking the second day with proof of your ticket
There are NO discounts given at the gate.
AAA and Giant food Stores have tickets for 29.95
($8.00 off the reg. admission price)
But those must be purchased before you get to HP
Roller soaker is a REAL SOAKER I did it first thing in the morning, and I was still a bit damp by 3pm
The kissing tower was not rotating when I was there, you may want to do research before you ride it. *** Edited 8/18/2004 3:20:04 PM UTC by john peck***
On the Giant Wheel, the red Star Bursts (pin wheels) that were on the "hub" of each arm were gone at least for the past two seasons... replaced instead with a GIANT food stores logo (more product placement).
The "pin wheels" are not what I was referring to. I was talking about the red zig zag pattern at the end of each blue arm, before it connects to the spokes, and I don't believe it was painted like that before this year. I don't think they would give a new paint job to a ride that is being removed. The Giant Food Store logo is still there at the hub of one wheel but the pin wheel design is on the other wheel (as of my visit last week).
john peck said:The kissing tower was not rotating when I was there, you may want to do research before you ride it. *** Edited 8/18/2004 3:20:04 PM UTC by john peck***
The sign in front of the Kissing Tower says that the ride will not rotate due to an upgrade by the manufacturer. I asked a ride op about this, and he told me that they need to install a new part and that it will rotate again after they do this. He said they have the part, but they will need to close the ride for several days for the installation, so instead of doing that, they are operating the ride without it rotating until they can do the work while the park is closed.
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