Hersheypark 7/11

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Sunday, July 15, 2001 2:21 PM
My rating system: 1 smile=worst, 5 smiles=best.

My overall impression in my short time at Hersheypark, was that it was clean, had plenty of shade, and was a lot bigger than I expected. They really need a train to the back of the park.

We headed strait for Sooperdooperlooper.

Sooperdooperlooper (1 lap):This ride has a nice loop that is threaded by it’s own track. A relaxing but fun ride. I really enjoy the freedom of lap bars. :) :) :)

Great Bear (2 laps):We got one ride in the front seat. Great Bear kind of reminds me of a smaller, shorter Montu. The unusual helix at the top is really neat. I like how Great Bear uses the other rides and water around it. How did they fit that in there? Too bad the ending wasn’t that great. :) :) :) :)

Lightning Racer (1 lap Lightning 1 lap Thunder):Wow! This coaster is a huge surprise! I loved it. Dueling or racing, whatever you want to call it, is put together wonderfully. Possibly my favorite woodie. :) :) :) :) :)

Wild Mouse (1 lap):This ride has a lot of extreme laterals, but isn’t that what a wild mouse is supposed to be like? :) :) :)

Wildcat (1 lap):Ouch? Another coaster that surprised me. This coaster was very rough for GCI. I came off with a headache. Don’t get me wrong, Wildcat has some positive points. It has a lot of airtime, especially for a twister. It could be a great ride if it wasn’t so rough. :) :) :)

Sidewinder (1 lap):Another Boomerang. This one is very rough. As GregLeg would say, “ding!” :) :)

Trailblazer (1 lap):We went on this after lunch. A few ground-hugging helixes but it could use another lift hill. :) :)

Comet (1 lap):Very smooth for an old coaster. I like the scenery around the ride. Overall, a nice little ride. :) :) :)

We spent a total of about four hours at Hersheypark. They looked like they had a good selection of flats and water rides but we didn’t get on any of them. Oh yeah, Chocolate World is pretty cool too.
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Colorado Avalanche: Stanley Cup Champions!
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Sunday, July 15, 2001 6:41 PM
Glad you had a good time! I definitely agree that Hersheypark needs another mode of transportation to the back of the park (other than walking, of course). They keep putting in more paths to get out there, but that doesn't help.

I don't really agree with any of your ratings, but hey, to each their own.

Chocolate world is very cool and very free.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 11:16 AM
Thanks for the TR. I was at Hershey on 7/13 and had a great time. My understanding is that Wildcat has gotten kind of rough over the last year. I think this is a great coaster and I hope that it gets the TLC it deserves.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 11:36 AM
To PT300:
Glad you liked the park.

As a side light, before they got called up to the NHL, some of your "Colorado Avalanche: Stanley Cup Champions" spent a good deal of time in Hersheypark Arena (that big cement building you pass on the way into the park) playing for the AHL Hershey Bears (the Avs' farm team). Players like Muir, Dingman, Hinote, Parker, Messier, Nieminen, and Tanguay all spent time in Hershey either this season or in the past few. And it was under Bob Hartley coaching that Hershey won its last championship in 1997. Just thought I would pass that little bit of info along.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled coaster talk...

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45 visits to Hershey in the past year... 3 for the park, 42 for hockey
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