At ten o' clock they opened the gates and I was off the Midway America like I normally do when I'm at Hershey early in the day...since it's the furthest corner of the park it's deserted for the first hour or two. I got up to Music Box way and they had a security baricade setup, I guess they were waiting for the rest of the park to clear of vehicles from the morning setup. From what the gaurd was telling people some of the major rides don't open until 10:30...so rather than chance walking all they way up there and nothing being open, I thought I'd try a flat or two on my way through Music Box....wanted to ride the Claw but the ride Op said I would need to wait for a minimum of ten riders....not sure if this is some wierd new manufacturer requirement or Hershey's ruling to save energy and not run the rides for only one or two riders....anyone that's in the know at Dorney, know if this is the case on Revolution this year or not? Just curious.
So since it looked like no one else was going to get in line, I decided to ride the Pirate. Hadn't been on Hershey's in a while...I think the Huss version is the best looking of the swinging ships, but the only 2 I've ever ridden (Hershey and CP) don't seem to have a good ride cycle at all. As usual, the ride didn't get very high, last very long or have any free swing period like the Chance Sea Dragons do. I guess this is something I'd be more up to riding with my son than alone as a thrill ride.
Then I made it to Midway America, first ride I did was the Wild Mouse at about 10:20 am. The entire area was a ghost town and I was able to sit on the ride for ten straight laps. It's nice of Hershey to allow you to re-ride if noone's waiting.
Well after 12,139 feet of WIld Mouse I headed for the Cat...they were sending trains with only 2-4 rider per train, I got in line for the front row and then the train out on the track stopped on the lift...rather than wait for it to reopen, I went to Lightning Racer....great ride as always, rode 3 times in a row on the red train.
Then satisfied with Midway America I headed to the center of the park, next I rode Sidewinder, walk on, waited one train for the front row. Great ride...it was running pretty smooth again today. I think that backwards verticle loop is the best inversion I've ever experienced. I did notice some sort of markings on the pavement right infront of the entrance to the ride, I hope it's not a construction marker for the Boardwalk expansion...my latest understanding was that the Rapids and Rodeo were going, but I hope the Sidewinder is safe, it's one of my favorite coasters at Hershey. I hope the marking was just something for utility lines or something.
Then I headed down by Trailblazer to Freeman's BBQ..my favorite food in the park and my favorite park food period, ouside of Knoebels of course. I usualy just get the beef sub sandwich, but today I got the platter with the roll and texas taters...surprisinly delicious, and I'm not usually a fan of potatoes at all. Great value for what I got. The clerk said he's had alot of season pass holders today...and said it seemed like a pretty good value (the 15% discount)...I just responded with a yeah, and told him a have passes for Six Flags and Dorney but Hershey's is the only one that gives you a food discount.
Then I went to my favorite flat ride the Flying Falcon, rode five times straight.
Then headed to SDL, rode four times and ran into one a former co-worker from the better years at Dorney...he was attending the train and said it's his fourth day at the park.
I was just about satisfied with what I came to ride, and it was only one o' clock, decided to head to the Comet and finish the day with a front row ride, only waited one train for the front. About as good a ride as usual, it's not the Phoenix, but it's a great classic out and back woodie, my favorite of this type next to Phoenix.
Overall great day, never saw the park that empty other than the first hour or so usually. It was still empty by the time I left around 1:30. Also of note Howler was open and looked pretty neat, didn't stop to ride, I rode a Tornado at Ocean City a few years ago and don't remember enjoying it much. Farienheiht was testing, looked intresting, but will have really bad capacity and looks too short.
Being that I planned to stay almost the whole night at Hershey, I had some extra time on my hands...I headed home and took care of a couple things then headed to Dorney around five.
I figured if Hershey was empty Dorney must be a ghost town. Certainly was, I headed down by Hydra first but it was closed, so I headed down the hill. Rode the Enterprise and Dominator Green...I'd been craving an S&S turbo drop for a while...too bad it's not as tall as Power Tower at CP. Wish Hershey would actualy put in a large one, a drop tower and hyper are all they're really missing.
Then I headed down the Laser midway to take a look at VooDoo and Laser, it's nice to see something other than the empty hole from where Skyscraper was. Laser didn't seem to have any activity going on, the trains weren't even on site yet. Hope Laser opens by the end of the month.
Next I rode Revolution, good ride and I was looking forward to it since I missed out on the Claw earlier.
Next I headed to Steel Force, waited 2 trains for the front row.
On the way up the hill I stopped to ride SeaDragon since I noticed they seemed to have fixed it.(last season the last half of the year it was running at about half the normal swing. Good ride, better than the Pirat at Hershey.
Hydra was next, walk on for the entire train, rode in the front row. I hadn't been on it in about 2 or 3 years...thought I'd give it another chance...and remembered why I don't ride it. Honestly felt like an Arrow mega looper. Never felt that much shaking and head banging on a B&M.
I was getting very hungry so decided I needed to head out...rode Wave Swinger and then finally Talon. Waited 2 trains for the front, noticed a little shaking, but nowhere near as bad as Hydra. Good ride. I stopped at the gift shops on the way out hoping to find some good new stuff. Picked up a Thunderhawk shot glass and a VooDoo pin.
Then it was off for some pizza outside the park. Good day, got in most of my favorite rides at both parks.
Wild Mouse 10x
Lightning Racer 3x
Flying Falcon 5x
Dominator Green 1x
Steel Force 1x
Sea Dragon 1x
Wave Swinger 1x
Boardwalk expansion...my latest understanding was that the Rapids and Rodeo were going
Perfect example of why the Boardwalk is in the wrong place. Two rides "on the block" to make way for expansion of the ill planned Boardwalk. Needless to say, I think the Rapids would be a great loss... and even the Rodeo going would still be yet ANOTHER non kiddie flat ride disappearing from Hersheypark.
I really think they should have put it off property somewhere with a seperate gate price. I don't see myself ever visiting the Boardwalk, if it were seperate fee though, the crowds would be much smaller and make it more enjoyable for everyone else. A park the size of Hershey really should have a seperate large waterpark...plus they really do need expansion room for the rest of the park. I would have loved to see Midway America mature and expand with more classic rides, how about a recreation of the Lost River, a new Dark Ride, Funhouse etc.
My favorite MJ tune: "Billie Jean" which I have been listening to alot now. RIP MJ.
Does anyone know if any other park has a waterpark placed in the 'middle' of their amusement section like Hershey? I don't mind it being included in the admission but it makes Midway America seem like a hike to get to.
Midway America was always the same distance away from the rest of that park as it is now.
I guess I'm in the minority here that doesn't really mind the Boardwalk. Even though I'll probably never patronize it myself, I enjoy walking through the shop area. I like the theming they used.
I know CRR is a very popular attraction. If it is going to be removed, I wonder if insurance costs might be playing a part in that.
scraperguy99 said:Farienheiht was testing, looked intresting, but will have really bad capacity and looks too short.
I'm worried about that, it seems like a huge mistake to get a ride that only has an optimal capacity of 850 an hour at a park that is now getting close to 3,000,000 people a year. It will probably be one of those rides that if you don't run to it at opening, you are going to have a long wait *** Edited 5/7/2008 2:15:57 AM UTC by YoshiFan***
Midway America was always the same distance away from the rest of that park as it is now.
I realize the global position of Midway America hasn't changed but having to bypass the Boardwalk to continue the amusement side of your day 'seems' like a hike.
I think they did a very nice job with the Boardwalk, it just needed to be bigger and placed elsewhere. I just don't really know where elsewhere would be. I guess they didn't either. Probably didn't go bigger until they saw the attendance could justify it. *** Edited 5/7/2008 4:17:02 AM UTC by MrZero***
Question is, with Boardwalk "land locked" as it is, and the rumor that at least the Rapids are getting the axe for an expansion... my question is, what is next? What will be going the next time they want to expand this ill planned attraction?
I know... just me being cynical...
I always hoped they'd turn the arena into an indoor section of the park that could stay open year round. I've been inside though, have no idea how much space their would be in there though.
I wonder what would be the costs to rehab and bring it up to current code? Would those costs be worth it?
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