I was kinda upset in the park. I can't figure them out. They will run 2 trains on coasters when it is dead, but today their were some line(not very big) but only one train. Heck Storm runner had six employees on scene, a line up the stairs and over the bridge, and they only ran one side whil 4 of the employees just sat around.
They also closed the Great Bear 1/2 hour early. I was hoping to make that coaster the last ride of the season.
GB closed over an hour early. I got the next-to-last ride. They were offering people re-rides, if there were openings in your row, or you could score an empty seat somewhere else. I didn't want to be involved in that scramble. Then just as I reached the edge of the platform, I heard them say it was the last ride of the year. :(
I was thinking of heading back to Midway America again for the last ride on LR, but I wasn't looking forward to the long walk, plus the longer walk back to the park entrance.
Other puzzlers from that night:
On Lightning Racer, Lightning won every time I saw. I've seen trip reports that said that one was winning much more than the other, and one old TR that even said that Thunder won every time. What's the deal with LR, does one side get sticky or the brakes get fired too much or something? (I *think* I remember a trim brake in there somewhere, but it was really too dark and too fast to look.)
The line for Comet was absurdly long early -- like, immediately after opening! -- and even later in the night when it was shorter it was much, much too slow. (Before I found out how slow it was I had assumed the length was just due to Comet being visually impressive and in a prominent position near the entrance.) I'm know I'm spoiled by Knoebels woody ops, but in my opinion the speed of the Comet crew that night was bordering on incompetent. This was my first time at HP, is it always like that? And the biggie: have they ever said what posessed them to kill the speed for the second half of the ride?
Put them all together and it takes time to retrieve both sides of the belt, plus at least one person per train fails to latch the belt so they have to open the buzz bars again, and we fatties have to do all that and squeeze into one side of the seat. Personally, I think they can get rid of individual seat belts or the divider without worrying about losing anyone on the ride.
Trailblazer gets a lot of little kids who take time to get settled on the train, and their parents who have a hard time squeezing in, especially if they have long legs. It's probably the first coaster many kids ever rode.
I posted a thread last year about LR, because I observed a big disparity in favor of Lightning. Two weeks ago, I had 6 rides and Lightning won every time, plus each ride I saw waiting in line. Twice it won by a whole train length. Last night when I rode it was Lightning 2, Thunder 1. One time, Thunder was ahead by several seats going into the tunnel, but Lightning still came back to win. Others have noticed it more even, or in favor of Thunder, but I don't know why it seems so different.
Considering how even the smallest of changes can affect the speed, I'm not surprised that it can be "off-timed" with just a few turns of a wrench (smacks from a hammer) here or there...or wheel replacements, etc.
I have not been to HP in the dark since the entire park was open for the event. Last time I was there, Midway America was closed (as it used to be for Springtime in the Park and HP in the Dark). Also, the last time I was there you had the ticket or Wrist Band option.
Now my question is... with the ENTIRE Park open for HP in the Dark, could they be running with the same staff numbers they were running with before (with Midway America Closed) and just stretching that staff a little thin?
Since it is all POP at the front gate, could it be that there is no longer an incentive to have things run efficiently? With the ticket options, they had an incentive to move people through fast to get them to ride more and thus take in more money. Now they have your money up front, and if you are not going to spend any more money if you ride 30 rides than if you ride one ride.
Again, just my mind wandering / wondering.
When I was there, they had two trains on Comet but the loading was so slow that the first train would be back and parked on the brake run before the second one got off, every time. The only good thing was that the line for the front was no longer than the line for any other seat, but that was no consolation because I really wanted to try different seats to see if any of them managed to give a decent amount of airtime in spite of the trim brake.
As for Great Bear, I wonder if the closing was due to temperature. There's a note on their website that the coasters may not run below 50 degrees, so we called before we left and they told us that all the coasters were running the weekend before and they expected that all of them would be running that weekend, despite forecasts for low 40s. But I would have thought that the hardware would have warmed up enough from all the running earlier in the night.
Their incentive to run sensibly should be the prospect of people visiting more frequently and/or not dumping on them on the Internet :)
Comet could definitely lose the seatbelts. Phoenix has never ejected anybody and Comet is no Phoenix.
Word-of-the-day (eyes looking toward Lake Compounce): "Re-Schmeckification"... ;)
Did they start using that break again?
And they didn't shut down Great Bear because of the Temp. When I was there Oct 15, my last ride at 10:00pm was GB and when I left the park it was 43 degrees F. When I let the park on the 28th it was 47 degrees F and they closed it an hour early???????
I am just disgusted because the HP I came to know and love would never act like this!
Last year I went on the last day of Hersheypark in the Dark and lines weren't as bad but they were also running 1 train on each side of LR and on Wildcat they had the middle section of the train chained off (but were running 2 trains).
Both of those times SDL was running 2 trains and there were 2 - 10 people waiting in the station at each time. It was nice that it was running 2 trains because I was able to stay on for a few rides in a row but I would have rather seen LR run 2 trains on each side instead.
Unless the park is completely dead I don't see how Great Bear can ever get away with running 1 train. Even last year when the park was mostly empty, with 2 trains running there wasn't more than a 1 - 2 train wait (except for the front) and the trains were being sent out with every row full and even 1 train running that day would have probably made it a 10 minute wait. *** Edited 10/31/2006 8:57:59 PM UTC by YoshiFan***
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