Hershey Park on a Saturday

Monday, July 6, 2009 5:00 PM

I was just wanting some insight on a possible coaster trip I may be going on. I was planning on hitting up Hershey Park Saturday, July 25th and since I won't be getting to Hershey, PA until 5pm I was going to get a Sunset admission which will give me from 5pm til 11pm when the park closes. The ticket off their website is $27 which is about $25 less than an all day admission ticket. Will it be worth it? Just wanted to see opinions of those who have been to the park on a Saturday and if you think that would be enough time to ride most of the roller coasters in the park and if it would be worth my $27 for 6 hours?

Monday, July 6, 2009 5:38 PM

Imagine if, when visiting Hersheypark, you had to buy tickets to ride each coaster instead of the park offering a pay-one-price option. How much would you be willing to pay to ride each coaster?

Monday, July 6, 2009 5:44 PM

Um, yeah I didn't even think of that. I was just wondering if it would be worth my time and money to go on a Saturday for 6 hours? I've never been and don't know how busy it would be on a Saturday.

Monday, July 6, 2009 5:58 PM

Have you ever visited any park on a Saturday in Summer?

Monday, July 6, 2009 5:59 PM

A Saturday in July will be very busy. Expect at least an hour wait for most rides. Therefore, you'll be paying ~$5 per ride. Is it worth it?

Monday, July 6, 2009 6:08 PM

Re: any park anywhere on any specific day:

If they're open until 11pm they'll probably be more busy than on days that they close at 8.

If it's a weekend, it should be busier than a weekday.

If it's July it should be busier than May.

If it's sunny and warm, it should be busier than if it's rainy or cold.

If they have a waterpark as the same gate, the amusement side will be much busier once the waterpark side closes.

In other words: with the exception of Disney World parks, you canpretty much guarantee that weekends in July will be the busiest time ofthe season, weather permitting.

Feel free to apply this to any park, anywhere, at any time of the year.

Last edited by kpjb, Monday, July 6, 2009 6:15 PM
Monday, July 6, 2009 6:13 PM

Hmmmm...sounds familiar, kpjb ;)

Monday, July 6, 2009 6:16 PM

Well, if you want to be long-winded about it, sure... :)

Monday, July 6, 2009 6:23 PM

Only a Mooshebag would be longwinded.

Wait.....aww, dangit.

Monday, July 6, 2009 6:59 PM

Hershey has a "preview" option for all their tickets, after a certain time in the evening for the price of a one day ticket you can "preview" the park on Saturday night and then use that same ticket for entry Sunday. A way to not only increase your ride time, but double the amount of precious night ride time you get. Also, even if you cant stay the whole day on Sunday you wont feel as guilty since you had those few hours the night before.

Monday, July 6, 2009 7:43 PM

That's my birthday, so if you do decide to go, please bring a gift. You can leave it for me by Storm Runner. ;)

Monday, July 6, 2009 7:53 PM

^Happy birthday, Carrie! (I thought StormRunner was your gift - I know *I* wouldn't return it). :)

Monday, July 6, 2009 8:15 PM

Thanks, Gator! But really, am I supposed to receive the same gift 5 years in a row? Come on, Stormy needs some bling! :)

Monday, July 6, 2009 8:41 PM

^"Bizarro Stormy!" (That one's for the SeaLab fans)... :)

Monday, July 6, 2009 8:45 PM

Carrie M. said: That's my birthday...

Oooooooooh! (evil laugh)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 9:24 AM

You can probably fit in all the coasters in 6 hours if you are only doing coasters, except maybe Roller Soaker as that is one slooooowww moving line.

Hershey really isn't the kind of park where you just ride the coasters and leave though. It's so much more than that and deserves a full day. Unless you are on a stringent time restraint, I would strongly suggest you give Hershey the full day.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 11:28 AM

I would agree about giving Hershey as much time as you can. It's a great park with a lot to offer.

I would say the time estimate for coaster riding, though, depends on your seating preference. Waiting for the front of Storm Runner and Great Bear can rack up your time quite a bit. And I highly recommend a front row experience on Storm Runner. It's the best way to ride it, in my opinion.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 1:47 PM

Although you would be better off with 6 hours on the Sunset admission than getting there at say 4 or 4:30 and having to pay full price. If that happens, dawdle. Go to Chocolate World, or browse the shops outside the main gate.

Even on a Saturday, you should be able to knock off Lightning Racer (both sides), Wild Mouse and Wildcat in little longer than the time it will take you to walk back there from the entrance.


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