Hershey Park Announcement For 100 Year Anniversary!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006 12:32 PM
So the plane in the add dragging the banner was to represent the planes that fly up and down the coast at the boardwalks in MD, DE and NJ (and probably all other similar coastal areas) dragging adversising banners.

Does this mean the Nostalgic turn of the century feel of Midway American (which I never quite got) is now to be a Nostalgic coastal amusement park feel?

Oh well... maybe NEXT year (as in 2008) for a new coaster.... or the year after that. Guess we can't complain though. From 1923 to 1974 (or there about) Hershey's coaster count was 1. From 1974 to 1977 it was 2. From 1977 to sometime in the 1980's it was 3. From the Mid 1980's to the mid 1990's it was 4. It's only been from around 1996 or so that the coaster explosion occured. I guess we can survive a few years (a decade?) with out another one.

Good news about the new water park and new attractions... my waits in line for the coasters might be shorter now that all of the kiddies are off playing in the water.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006 12:35 PM

tambo said:
Perhaps they are going the "resort" way and feel a golf course would be a goood addition. I always thought CP should buy up some property along the water and put in a course.


Way I hear it, part of the golf course is going to be used for over flow parking and for "special events" (used to basically replace the grass field across HP drive where the old air port used to be). I think this is the "high ground" just across the entrance road opposite GIANT Center. The rest of it I think I heard was for "future development"... as limited as it may be considering that it lies in a flood plain and PA's draconian Enviormental Regulations severely limit what can be built there. *** Edited 7/12/2006 4:35:51 PM UTC by SLFAKE***

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006 2:06 PM
The renderings look pretty impressive. Now I'm curious to see how it all fits together, especially since every rendering showed a coaster structure as a backdrop. Plus many of the features aren't simply duplicates of what Dorney has (Vortex and Surfing, for example). 200,000 square feet is about 5 acres. I don't know how that compares to other water parks in size. But I think they'll pull it off and it won't look at all smushed in.

Re: the golf course. I believe HERCO already owned it, and maintained it as a public course. The Hotel already has at least one course for its guests on the hill behind the hotel. I think the Hershey area has nearly as many golf courses as the park has coasters.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006 3:09 PM
What's that weird stripy thing in coastline plunge that looks like some kind of hot air balloon that crashed?
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Wednesday, July 12, 2006 4:26 PM
Thats a Pro Slide Tornado.

As far as acres go, not sure if anyone has been to Wildwater Kingdom at Geauga Lake but that waterpark is roughly 20 acres in size. So they will be packing it in there to say the least.

I'm sure it will look nice, but man, 5 acres for all that stuff? "All new in 2007, compact waterparks!" *** Edited 7/12/2006 8:28:54 PM UTC by lakecrystal*** *** Edited 7/12/2006 8:30:21 PM UTC by lakecrystal*** *** Edited 7/12/2006 8:31:11 PM UTC by lakecrystal***

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006 9:46 PM
I'm glad I got some uncluttered pics of Lightning Racer while I could last summer.
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Wednesday, July 12, 2006 10:51 PM
Altogether, it's a pretty neat idea. I'll definitely walk along the boardwalk during my next visit, but, as impressive as they are, I'll probably pass on the rides; I'm not much of a waterpark person. However, between this and the Roller Soaker area, Dorney's Wildwater Kingdom has a pretty strong competitor.

Nonetheless, it's a neat idea that I'm really looking forward to seeing in person next year. I'm sure East Coast Waterworks will be pretty impressive looking.

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Thursday, July 13, 2006 12:53 AM
Well, if they wanted to expand the waterpark area, Hersheypark could remove Tidal Force... because, hey, I don't think that trend worked out well for them (I never see many people riding it). That could buy you an acre or two right there, and also fix the worst traffic flow problem area in the park (all the planters).
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Thursday, July 13, 2006 2:37 AM
Coasterjosh, I guess you don't get to many parks, because Tornados are probably the most popular waterslide attraction ever! There freaking everywhere! Someone leaked the plans for Dorney Park's Tornado next year on Screamscape. Screamscape pulled the plans after the park complained, but cat's out of the bag.

Arson, I think you must visit HP on mild days because I've seen some obscenely long lines for Tidal Force when it's really hot. Besides, the way Tidal Force is themed fits in with the Boardwalk theme perfectly. It will probably get more popular with the waterpark because you'll already have tons of bathing-suited people, which will take away any barriers people might have had about riding it before. Tidal Force and Roller Soaker are two rides you don't want to ride in your clothes.

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