Hersheypark adding three new rides in 2014, including family coaster

Posted Tuesday, December 17, 2013 8:23 AM | Contributed by Vater

Hersheypark has announced a family coaster, tea cup ride, and family swing ride as well as Chickie’s & Pete’s, the legendary Philadelphia/South Jersey eatery known for their signature crabfries, and a frozen yogurt stand.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013 6:53 PM

I remember that HP had a version of the tea cups ride about 30 years ago that was in a covered building. I think it was called the "coal shaker". When did they take it out and for what addition?

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013 9:23 PM

I always thought Coal Shaker was better than a standard tea cups ride. It was a PTC Cuddle Up, I believe. I don't remember what year it was removed, but it was sometime in the late-80s or early-90s, I think.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013 11:58 PM

Brilliant addition even without the coaster! I don't get why they waited so long to announce though. Any specific location/model/name for the coaster released? Anything being removed for these additions?

Last edited by bjames, Tuesday, December 17, 2013 11:58 PM
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013 12:07 AM

You're right, Mr. Vater. It was an original Cuddle Up and became the Coal Shaker with the re-theming of the tubs to look like ore cars, or something. These new tea cups look like the one-table kiddie/family ride that we've seen popping up at various parks recently. The photo on the website looks like the one at Luna, which would make it a Zamperla ride.

I guess it's nothing but pint-sized thrills for Hershey in '14.

Edit to add:
bjames-
according to the link provided the coaster will be along side the Geico Fender Bender in Music Box Way. I wouldn't get too excited, they describe the layout at helix shaped, whatever that means, but to me it looks nothing more than a Miner Mike type of ride.
As for the lateness of the announcement, and this is just a guess, but perhaps the deal for these new rides wasn't struck until the recent IAAPA trade show. While a lot of those deals can be several years out in the planning, these rides look like readily available production models that could be delivered and installed in a short time frame. Happy Swing is also a Zamperla ride, so I'd imagine they went straight to them for all three of these new rides.

Last edited by RCMAC, Wednesday, December 18, 2013 12:26 AM
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013 12:52 AM

Yeah I remember the Coal Shaker being a little more intense than a tea cups ride. I didn't know who the manufacturer was until this post.

I also remember the ride having a distinct "cadence" to it. It was loud (mainly because of the wall and roof) but in general a fun ride. I know the ride disappeared at some point during a decade absence for me from the park, I just couldn't remember when it was taken out. The more I thought about this tonight though, I am wondering if that "falcon" ride when in that location?

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013 10:25 AM

Looking at maps, it appears the kiddie rides Red Baron, Convoy and Frog Hopper were placed where Coal Shaker was, though Flying Falcon is right nearby. Check this 1987 map (Coal Shaker is #18) and compare it with this 2007 map (kiddie rides are #20-22). And according to this site, Coal Shaker was removed in 1990.

I always thought Trailblazer was a great ride for the kids, but I have vague memories of riding an actual kiddie coaster called Mini Comet on my first visit, which was either 1978 or 79 (possibly the last year it operated). Nice to see them adding another after so long.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013 4:29 PM

Man, that park has a terrible layout.

Sorry, I had to...

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Thursday, December 19, 2013 12:16 AM

All those awkward hills and such^. I used to have a map from 1997 that needed to specify "steep incline" on all the paths that could be inaccessible for disabled people.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013 12:54 AM

Speaking of geography... I'd rather go to Hersheypark than Holiday World. I love HW but that end of day climb all the way up the hill (because I always end up at The Voyage) is a killer.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013 4:41 AM

Hills are good. BGW, anyone?

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Thursday, December 19, 2013 4:44 PM

Try Magic Mountain on for size.

Anybody here ever had crab fries?

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Thursday, December 19, 2013 4:59 PM

AV Matt talked me into Chickie & Pete's in Philly, and again another time at Dorney. Both times I found them...less than crispy. Tasty, but not texturally appealing...IMO.

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