I expected the park to be dead with the forecast, but it had more cars than I was expecting. Of course as soon as we get out of the car, it starts to rain. The plan was to go into the park, ride the rapids and if it stormed, leave and go to the shopping outlets and hope it stops raining. Thankfully it only rained for about 15 minutes and wasn't more than a drizzle.
We went to the rapids first. It was just into the 1st switchbacks, a 15 minute wait. They weren't running at full capacity and no one was making sure rafts went out full. My sister and I were the only ones in our raft, despite there being 4 more seats open. It is easily the best rapids ride I have been on with the wave like movements thanks to some rollers. There are waterfalls but waterfall after waterfall like Thunder Canyon at Dorney. It was a very fun ride and we will miss it a lot.
I of course wanted to ride Fahrenheit so I went to that while the rest of my family went to Dry Gulch Railroad and Fender Bender. This was my first of many bad operations throughout the day. Only 2 out of 3 trains were running and the single rider line was closed. It was a 75 minute wait and it was very fusturating to see as many as 2 seats going out empty on a train when it only seats 12 to begin with. I got the front row and the lift was very different going up the lift completely vertical. The first drop also was strange but cool being tilted forward. I liked the Norwegian loop but the Cobra Roll had a rattle to it which was surprising considering how its only been open around 3 months. The air time hill at the end surprised me. Everyone seemed to enjoy the ride. I thought it was very good but not excellent. I wouldn't wait more than 30 - 45 minutes for it again.
We went to the Boardwalk next, skipping all the waterslides and they weren't worth the waits when we can go to WWK at Dorney anytime. The line to get into East Coast Waterworks looked to be about 25 people but they are set up for a lot more people waiting than that. I can't imagine waiting to get into that area as I hated it last year. Rollersoaker had a line down the ramp with no switchbacks being used in the station. Again operations were slow. It took forever to dispatch the trains and it was an hour wait. I couldn't believe how many people were surprised you got drenched on the ride, I mean you go right through waterfalls/waterwalls. The water was also very cold. Not worth it but my sister really likes the coaster so we waited.
Wild Mouse appeared to be 15 minutes, Wildcat around 20 minutes. I have ridden The Dark Knight 7 times this season so I saw no reason to wait, I don't like Wildcat that much so I skipped it. I expected Lightning Racers to have 1 train running on each side but they had 2 trains on each side with all rows open. 1 train wait, of course Lightning won, I never have seen Thunder win.
We went to the Whip, way too tame compared to Dorney's
Sidewinder was a 15 minute wait, I kept my head back against the headrest and it wasn't that rough. Storm Runner was also running 1 train. The entrance guy said it was a 70 minute wait. No way was I waiting that long when I already have the credit so I skipped it for now.
Trailblazer was closed all day. Great Bear's line was just out to the switchbacks, 30 minute wait. It's crazy how long the line for the front row is (probably at least an extra 20 - 30 minutes) when Talon and Batman The Ride (Great Adventure) usually have at most a 3 train extra wait for the front. Dispatches weren't as fast as Talon but the crew was faster than I had heard they were this season with a little stacking.
From the Kissing Tower, the lot appeared to be around 60% full which seemed like a lot for a Friday with questionable weather.
We went back to the Canyon River Rapids to get a final ride in, it was more crowded this time, about a 30 minute wait.
Sooperdooperlooper was also running 1 train and was a 25 minute wait. I was hoping for 2 trains so I could marathon ride but that wasn't going to happen today. Comet had 3 swtichbacks full close to a 30 minute wait. These are still my 2 favorite coasters in the park.
We went to Reese's Extreme Cup Challenge. We destroyed the other team, around 140,000 to 65,000.
My family decided to ride the carousel and go to Choclate World while I tried Stormrunner again. The wait was down to 45 minutes. I was glad to try the ride a 2nd time after my first ride last year and I expected to like it more than Fahrenheit but it seemed like it was way too short. Plus the restraints hurt my shoulders during the inversions.
Overall it was an ok trip. I'm glad we got to ride the Canyon River Rapids before it closed and I also am glad I was able to ride Fahrenheit but the operations made the lines longer than they should have been which is a shame. It really says something when you think Great Adventure has better operations than Hershey (at least in terms of running multiple trains)
SFGAdv lover said:
I don't know why, but the front row wasn't a longer wait, in fact, it mighta been a shorter wait.
Because they assign the effin' seats!! Which I get cuz the station's tiny, but frankly, Fahrenheit's been this season's biggest new ride turkey by far!! :(
Oh yeah, the single rider line is equally worthless! No surprise it was closed....
tigellinus, they weren't assigning seats at all. It was a free for all, and seemed to be that way all day.
I also would have rather seen a B&M hyper as well. With 3 trains running, it would have the greatest capacity of all the rides in the park (but knowing Hershey it would probably only run 2 trains at most). I am always impressed with how fast Nitro's line moves with 3 trains. On my last trip the wait was at the 60 minute sign which I know isn't accurate but I was boarding the last row in 20 minutes.
The only reason we bothered to wait so long for SDL was because we decided to "trick" my cousin's 9 year old son into riding it because he was never on an "upside-down" roller coaster before. Yes we all lied and told him it didn't and all the loops he saw were part of Great Bear. It was dark so we could get away with it. BTW, he thought the ride was awesome.
After that, we ran to Comet thinking they were about to cut off the line if they hadn't already, only to find the park wasn't closing for another hour. I was chatting with a woman behind me in line and I mentioned about the single trains. She told me the park was short-staffed because a lot of college kids had already left.
Of course, that doesn't explain why SDL only has 1 train running, but it could be part of the reason why Fahrenheit had nobody on the platform assigning seats and had the single rider queue closed. It could also explain why the Monorail and Dry Gulch RR also only had one train running.
The only other explanation I have is they thought the weather might have been worse and didn't anticipate such a large crowd. Also, it was a little cooler than normal (upper 70s) so maybe the Boardwalk wasn't quite so crowded. I don't know-- my group never made it that far back because we had a few older folk who didn't want to navigate every hill in the park, plus we included a few more family friendly rides like the Monorail, Pirate ship and Kissing Tower.
Comet is just a mess. People have the worst time figuring out how to buckle and unbuckle seat belts. A few times, the train was back in the brake run before people from the previous train were out, let alone before the train would fill and dispatch. They need a whole new restraint system.
The one very bright spot was that by sundown, the Coalcracker was a walkon, well a run-on, and run back around.
The monorail looked to be at least a 45 minute line, since when I walked by it, it was almost a full queue and with the ride circuit so long, it probably moved very slowly.
Tig, Fahrenheit's not a waste of money! Or...not really anyway. Ok, maybe a little. I liked it okay, but the waits are just ridiculous for the ride that it IS. Maverick, yes. Fahrenheit NO. Still, for an insanely steep drop and way more inversions than Maverick, this ride manages to be a family coaster (or, it felt like that to me). Maverick is more hardcore. I think people were expecting another Maverick and when they didn't get it, they were ticked. I for one am definitely glad I rode Fahrenheit first because then I was all the more thrilled with the superior Maverick.
What IS up with Hersheypark lately? This is the second trip report I've read that makes me glad I didn't buy an HP season pass.
Rye.D.Ziner: ^^ ehehehehehe....
We noticed workers working on the motor at Trailblazer (top of the second lift hill) both days, so it was a pretty bad problem that I can't fault the park for. Storm Runner was in better shape on Sat, and the lines moved quickly.
Farenheit seemed to have 2 hour waits both days, so I'm glad I got in early Fri and got on after 20 mins, though we weren't as impressed with it as we hoped. The restraint almost made it seem like the 97 degree drop was no different than a very steep drop (probably because of the lapbars keeping your legs tight to the seat the entire trip). Good hills and twists, but didn't feel special enough. Count us as bigger SR fans.
Wildcat was still good, though that last turn is still really rough (and why can't they oil those brakes? The squeaking was really bad like it was last year!). Great Bear ran great all weekend and Lightning Racers made even a long line disappear quickly. Almost as good as Gemini's throughput.
We also remain rather unimpressed with most of the non-music entertainment, though. The two shows in the Chevy center....well, let's move on.... The traveling bands and musicians throughout the park, especially the Milkmen and the band near the Founder's Circle, are absolute gems.
Overall, I think we did better on Sat than Fri.
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