As we survive the offseason here, does anyone have any thoughts on what HP might do for their 100th anniversary, things they need, their next step? I know some water attractions were approved. Do you think they feel the need to add another coaster at this point and if so, what would fit best?
All I know is that I love Hersheyparks height restrictions. I have a 44 inch tall daughter and a 37 inch tall son. We decided to make our annual Memorial Day weekend trip to Hersheypark and Dutch Wonderland this year. I've been to Hershey twice but never to DW. I'm thrilled that my daughter will be able to ride the Comet AND Superdooperlooper, it will be her first upside down coaster. The whole family will be able to ride Trailblazer(yes it's the worst mine train but it'll be the biggest coaster my son has been on)together.
Looking at an aerial shot of HP I'm not seeing much space left to put anything huge, but then I don't know if they own land on the other side of some of those roads.
Actually, water rides are something Hershey does need more of. Just check out the lines for the major water-ride attractions on a hot summer day, and you'll see the need for more H20-based attractions. Although I don't know the exact plot of land for the new water section, there is still plenty of land left in Midway America on the Roller Soaker end of things.
Definitely, HP doesn't need another coaster right now but the one coaster that would fit that park nicely that they don't have is a hyper. HP has stated that a major attraction is coming coinciding with their 100th anniversary, what coaster-type would fit best there if that was to be the ride type. I think a mid-range size hyper would go well with their "family-based with a few thrillrides sprinkled in" mentality. I agree that the park is as close to perfection as possible, not coming from an enthusiast's point of view who counts coasters and thrillrides, just for the general public's needs.
whatever, CP420...Lot's of park that are close to each other have the same kinds of rides.
Turblence, Gonch? Do you know something that we don't? I hope they would change their mind with the rides location.
I am with you all about HP being very well rounded. They don't NEED anything. Anything new now is just icing. They could get a hyper and a drop ride and a few water rides, and I would be just as happy as I am with them right now.
There actually is a good deal of open space inside the Midway America "loop" that could be used for the water attractions. I mean the area along the walkway going from Famiglia's Pizza over toward Lightning Racer-- near the Ice Cream Parlor and the Trash Time band stage.
That would make sense, since supposedly Frog Hopper is being relocated, and that's right on the opposite side of the Midway near the Ferris Wheel. I know I've seen a picture of this area on one of the coaster sites, I just can't remember which.
As far as a new coaster goes, I wonder if the design contest they're holding has anything to do with that. Wasn't that billed as designing a ride that would actually become a coaster in the park?
The one thing Hershey is losing is some of their more extreme flats. It has been said that Chaos is on the way out (no big suprise if it's true), and Conestoga was gotten rid of a few years back for a Ham'N'Rye pay-per-attraction:( Thank goodness they added the Claw a few years back. The one thing that suprises me at Hershey is that there's no kiddie coaster (Trailblazer doesn't count) like a Vekoma Roller Skater or Miler Taxi Jam-style ride. How's a young kid supposed to get their first credits?:)
So beyond that my wishlist would include a drop tower of some type and a junior hyper ala Steel Eel (although that LaRonde animation looks pretty sweet).