Hersheypark - What's next? Thrust Tower; Stand Up

Friday, December 28, 2001 12:14 PM
With the addition of Roller Soaker, HPs water arsenal will be complete and unmatched. We also know that their wood is second to none. With that in mind, where will they go from here? I think a nice stand up from B&M would be delicious (something similar in size to the Great Bear). Maybe a Power Tower type ride called what else; the Chocolate Drop. What do you think?

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Friday, December 28, 2001 12:18 PM

I think a B&M mega would be great. We all now they have the money!
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Friday, December 28, 2001 12:19 PM
That they do my friend!

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Friday, December 28, 2001 12:26 PM
Hershey needs to get either a stand-up (B&M) or a Hyper/Giga (Intamin)
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Friday, December 28, 2001 12:37 PM
But where could they fit a new coaster????
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Friday, December 28, 2001 12:44 PM
You used now in the wrong form its spelled know.
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Friday, December 28, 2001 12:53 PM

CoasterHut said:
"You used now in the wrong form its spelled know."

I think you meant to say that I made a typo, because the word NOW means at the present. We all KNOW that I meant to use the word know which means to have knowledge of something.

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Friday, December 28, 2001 1:11 PM

duke said:
Hyper/Giga (Intamin)

We need to remember that Hershey has the hard core reputation of family oriented rides, and rumor has it plans for a hyper were scrapped for Roller Soaker...

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Friday, December 28, 2001 1:32 PM
They still have plenty of room for a hyper..Beside where rollersoaker will be, behind the trailblazer, and into Comet Hollow there is room. They can fit in a hyper just like they did with the Great Bear. Fit it in to the existing rides and landscape. I have heard from some reliable sources that B&M had already done some surveying of that area. I am pretty sure its for a hypercoaster, but that has not been confirmed. I have been told that it has to do with their 100th anniversary celebration. You know they are going to do something big for that. That is still 5 years away. The park was opened in 1907. I hope it comes before that.

*** This post was edited by Coaster Fantom on 12/28/2001. ***

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Friday, December 28, 2001 1:43 PM
There is still plenty of room. I could see them eventually moving across the road (HP Drive) via
cat walk, or even closing down HP Drive totally and re-routing traffic somehow.
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Friday, December 28, 2001 3:00 PM

. said: We need to remember that Hershey has the hard core reputation of family oriented rides, and rumor has it plans for a hyper were scrapped for Roller Soaker...


Well, then maybe they should contact Morgan...the best builder of family hypercoasters I know of.  ;-)
-Nate

*** This post was edited by coasterdude318 on 12/28/2001. ***

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Friday, December 28, 2001 9:23 PM
Since when did Hershey become such a wooden coaster capital? All they have is an essentially ruined Schmeck, a rough GCI, and a forceless GCI. I can think of 2 parks in the same STATE with better wooden coasters.
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Saturday, December 29, 2001 1:26 AM
They would be wise to get an Arrow or Morgan hyper. They don't ever need a stand up, it's a family park, a stand up would not pay off at the gate with families.
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Saturday, December 29, 2001 4:56 AM
I don't know about a hyper...doesn't seem right. Definitley not a stand up. Maybe a floorless or a sit down looper...I may be wrong about the hyper though 'cuz Great Bear the invert seems to fit in fine. And i agree. Where's the room??

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Saturday, December 29, 2001 5:25 AM
I would scratch off any new installations from B&M..at least until they get the 54" lowered. Though the park invested in Great Bear (which they list as 52") , thy found that the B&Ms aren't right for families. (IOA learned that problem fast) So, look for rides with a restriction of 48" or lower so they can get more shorter riders on, which are generally kids.

A hyper or steel out and back does indeed look possible as well as a themed water coaster from Premier.

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Saturday, December 29, 2001 7:03 AM
I do not think that IOA ever planned to have Hulk or DD be family rides!! The purpose of the two rides was to attract thrillseekers and teenagers to the park.  Judging by the huge lines and attention that both rides recieve, both rides were a huge success!! I think the same can be said about Great Bear, even if it doesn't fit into the family demographic. GB brought something unique and special to Hershey, since it was the only invert in Penn for multiple years. A unique coaster (water coaster or flying, etc.) could easily be a viable option for Hershey. A Hyper is found in three parks in the vacinity of Hershey. (Kennywood, SFgav, Dorney)
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Saturday, December 29, 2001 8:47 AM
Sethman don't forget about SFA's Superman even though it isn't technically over 200 ft. I still think Hershey would invest in a hyper just because it is a good family ride. Not really intense, no inversions. Heck I'd say the Great Bear would be more intense than most hypers.From what I heard from my friend in PR they are really interested in B&M's design. As far as she knows they are the only company that has been to the park to take measurements for a new coaster. She just doen't know what kind of B&M they are interested in. They need a new looper, floorless, or the mentioned hyper. I can't see Hershey getting a stand up, but I wouldn't rule that out. For the most part all of the newer types of coasters aren't family orientated, except for the Vekoma inverted that PKI got. They wouldn't install that cause they already got the Great Bear, and soon Rollersoaker.

John Peck the height for the Great Bear is only 48". I know because my son rode it as soon as he was tall enough, and I don't think that they'd change the height restriction since its been that way since it opened.

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Saturday, December 29, 2001 1:01 PM
You dudes need to send this "family fun oriented theme park thing" down the toilet. Hersheypark does not bill or advertise itself in any way, shape or form as a family fun park, or the family ride capital of America for that matter.

John Peck....They found that B&Ms aren't right for families...Maybe then, you can explain why the Great Bear is the most popular and ridden ride the park.

And TylerE....Check out the polls guy! Then you'll realize how asinine that particular statement was.

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Saturday, December 29, 2001 1:29 PM
I completely disagree with TylerE. Forceless? Give me a break.

Now for the space problem, look where they put Great Bear. I bet nobody was expecting that!
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Saturday, December 29, 2001 1:52 PM
Superstew, let us examine the polls indeed. By far the best measure of wooden coaster goodness is Mitch Hawkers poll (http://www.geocities.com/wcoasterpoll)

Hershey's rides rank like this: (Lower is better)

LR - 25.5 (Average of both sides)
Wildcat - 42
Comet - 93
Average: 53.5

Other parks that beat it:

Silverwood
Tremors - 4
Timber Terror - 14
Average: 9

Knoebel's
Phoenix - 11
Twister - 32
Average: 21.5

Lake Compounce
Bolder Dash - 3
Wildcat - 94
Average: 48.5

Holiday World
Raven - 7
Legend - 10
Average: 8.5

There are many more examples I could throw about, but I just wanted to show you what the POLLS really say.

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