Decided to walk around the corner to Roller Soaker. There did not seem to be a line, and it was really hot out, so we gave it a shot. The line was in the station, but still we had to wait about 15 minutes (or 3 trains) to get a ride in. It was better then I had expected, and both of us were completely soaked from head to toe when we got off. Although not all of it was water, a good part of it was lube from the ride. Getting off I saw a sign that read 'clothes may get soiled from ride lube.' Nice.
Next up was a 15 minute wait for the giant raft ride. Average raft ride, nothing special.
Wildcat was the next coaster we came across. 10 minute wait. I had high hopes when I saw the new trains, but the coaster was still pretty rough, and that's from someone sitting in the third car. Good speed, but no real airtime, and too rough to enjoy, but then again I don't like to leave a wood coaster bruised, some do.
I was really looking forward to Lightning Racer. Maybe a 10 minute wait for the front seat. Really good speed, airtime, and a very smooth ride. It's not a standout wooden coaster, but it is one of the better ones I've been on. Rode both Lightning and Thunder.
The Whip was next, and horrible. Go to Dorney Park for a true Whip.
Back around to check on Storm Runner, the whole ride area was now roped off, and there was a crane now working on the launch section of the track.
Ate lunch. Rode the train. Rode the monorail.
Hit up the mine train ride, 15 minute wait for the back seat. There was nothing to this ride at all. Not worth the 15 minutes we waited in the heat.
Great Bear was next and was a solid forty-five minute wait for the front seat. Great airtime here, but it was short and left me wanting more.
SDL was the last coaster for us. This was a one train wait for the front seat. I was surprised to see no seatbelts and only a lap bar. Smooth ride, and better then I expected.
Decided not to hit Comet on the way out after out experiences with Wildcat.
Headed back to the hotel for 5pm. Strom Runner was still down. The crane was there and they were working on what looked like some sort of flywheel.
Had a perfect view of Storm Runner from our hotel window, and it did not open for the rest of the night. (10pm)
Overall, I was disappointed with Hershey. Lightning Racer and Great Bear were above average, and Roller Soaker was fun, but the park on a whole was lacking. I was at Dorney three weeks prior, and liked that park much better.
I'll probably hit Hershey again next season when Hydra opens at Dorney, but only because I didn't get to ride Storm Runner. Unless Storm Runner really impresses, I don't plan to go back to Hershey anytime soon.
Would the giant raft ride be Tidal Force or the white-water rapids ride? If it was Tidal Force, it's called a shoote-the-chutes. And, what were you expecting? The big boat goes to the top, turns around, drops, and creates a huge splash. End of story.
Sorry you didn't get to ride Storm Runner. There's always next time.
I live by the park, and Storm Runner runs very consistently. You just happen to go on an unlucky day. I have been there when it is overcast out, and if there is any threat as far as rain they won't run Storm Runner. It just the way the park operates.
Intamin Fan said:
As far as I know, they're the same trains it's always had.
Would the giant raft ride be Tidal Force or the white-water rapids ride?
As for the new trains on Wildcat, that came across wrong. For a coaster that is 8 years old now, I wasn't expecting slick looking trains. They seemed pretty comfortable was all that I was stating.
The giant raft ride would be white water rapids apparently. I know all shoote-the-chutes are pretty much the same. Just couldn't think of the name off the top of my head.
As far as the weather for Storm Runner, it was closed the entire day due to mechanical reasons, not weather.
Just got back today from a four-day trip so it's still fresh in my mind. TR will be forthcoming. :)
Nitro Dave said:
I simply can't agree with your Great Bear critique; honestly, if it weren't for the grossly subpar (read: sucky) ending, it would be one of the best inverts out there, bar none.
I thought Great Bear was a really solid ride. Good airtime throughout, it was just that it felt like a really short ride. I liked how you did not start off with the main drop like so many inverts. Overall, it was better then your average invert, but nothing I would go write home about.
But again, if it weren't for that damn slow ending...
And by the way, excellent use of the Eddie Izzard reference. :)
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