Saturday, July 22, 2000 6:39 PM
Arrived at the park at 10:45 and walked around a bit to get our bearings. Some of this park is tough to navigate if you haven't been there before. Went right to Wildcat. I'll say it now, before any suspense...this is the best ride in the park. I have never ridden a WOODEN coaster that is as out of control as this one. It's fast, furious, and never let's up. Every corner is banked hard and the dips before the inclines are unique to give the greatest air time that we've ever experienced. Each time you hit air, you slide laterally in your seat, too. OH MY, I can go on and on...This coaster payed for the $30 admission right away...so we took two laps. This was a walk on ALL day, too!! 6 laps total before the rains or else it would have been 10 or 12!! We are coming back next year just to ride this coaster.
We rode the Wild Mouse accross from the Cat, and I'll say it again. CP needs one of these...retire the Wildcat and replace it with the Wild Mouse. Steve said, "it's CP's Wildcat on Viagra." We laughed and giggled around the whole track twice.
Lightening Racer: One lap each side and it's not even 11:30am yet! This is a good coaster, not the best, but very, very good. So many different elements make this special. My favorite is the weave. When you come off of the first duel and dive in and out of each other is truly dynamic. We'll get back to the LR in a minute.
We go to Comet Hollow, the Sooperdooperlooper is shut down for the entire day...that's a pooper! So we hit the Great Bear. Very good ride, but very short. We agreed that it needs a helix somewhere, but it has some great elements, too. Flying down Comet Hollow next to the Ski lift and the paddleboats is exciting. I still have no idea why people wait 6 extra trains to ride in the front, when the best ride is in the back, the g's are amazing, especially through the immelmann and corkscrew. We had 4 laps there also.
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When the rains subsided at 9:45pm, we began walking back to the front to go back to the hotel. I heard something....it was the Comet still running in the rain. We ran back to it and rode it 2 times without stopping in the back seat!! What a way to finish a great day.
Even though the rains took about 2 hours of our ride time, we rode 14 different rides about 35 times.
If you go to Kennywood or Hersheypark, notice the attention to detail at both parks. It's beautiful. Park attendants go out of their way to please. PKI and SFO should send committees out to take notes, because it was truly a special two days. The God's of wooden roller coasters planted seeds in Pennsylvania...go see what they've reaped.
There's nothing like a woodie...
*** This post was edited by Woody on 7/22/2000. ***
Saturday, July 22, 2000 6:50 PM
To add to this: Jeff (our webmaster...or Webmaster J our friends affectionately call him) wrote about the same type of trip report in May when he went. He hit it right on the head. Kennywood and Hersheypark are outstanding. Each ride is completely unique with it's own bloom. Thanks for the great tips, Jeff, Dan, and Ryan!!!
There's nothing like a woodie...
Friday, July 28, 2000 7:44 PM
If you think Hershey's great wait untill you hit Knoebels next year. :) It's best mid week when Twisters a walk on.
Parks hit for 2000!
PKD,BGW,Knoebels,DP,HP,PKI,HW,SFKK,SFA,SFNE,LC,GE,QP, Camden, SFO,CP,WL,IW,KW