Could the cold temperatures have something to do with no coasters running during Candy Lane? November and December in central PA can get pretty cold. Currently we have about 3-5 inches of snow on the ground from an Alberta Clipper that came across the area on Wednesday.
Also, how long does off season maintenance take on the coasters? Candy Lane ends the end of December... all but Midway America Coasters (and sometimes even those too), are usually up and running by mid April for Springtime in the Park.
I'd say so. I know Dollywood doesn't run Thunderhead when the temperature dips down low, although they run their coasters a lot more than most parks do when the weather gets cold. I think it has a lot to do with maintenance. If the wood coasters are run until December, that probably leaves about four months to do work on the coasters and the trains. Something tells me that's not enough time.
I'm not a fan of the Xtreme Cup Challenge ride (even less since now you don't even get a piece of candy as a "reward" for playing). I don't get into this interactive shoot the target stuff. I figure it's the park's job to entertain me while I sit there. Works on every other ride in the park.
Something else to consider with running the coasters is the "real feel" temp, aka wind chill factor. How cold does it feel to ride a coaster going even 30 or 40 mph with the air temp in the 20s or 30s? (OK, for Trailblazer there would be no difference). Maybe they figure they don't need the grief of someone complaining they got frostbite riding one of the coasters in the cold. Of course, this is coming from someone crazy enough to ride the Wave Swinger when it was about 30, with a stiff crosswind no less.
Rob Ascough said:I'd say so. I know Dollywood doesn't run Thunderhead when the temperature dips down low, although they run their coasters a lot more than most parks do when the weather gets cold. I think it has a lot to do with maintenance. If the wood coasters are run until December, that probably leaves about four months to do work on the coasters and the trains. Something tells me that's not enough time.
Both Hershey and DW have GCII coasters....less maintenance required (if any, LOL).
i love hershey...the only complaint i have is the skyride being a one station ride. i always enjoy using skyrides in other parks as a means of giving my legs a break and getting somewhere. At Hershey it's kind of lame where you get taken right back to where you came from. please mention this!
They could just run SDL and Trailblazer if they need more than 4 months to maintain Comet. I think people would be willing to ride if the coasters had as much as 45 minute waits during Springtime in the Park this year when the weather was in the 30's and 40's
RatherGoodBear said: I'm not a fan of the Xtreme Cup Challenge ride (even less since now you don't even get a piece of candy as a "reward" for playing). I don't get into this interactive shoot the target stuff. I figure it's the park's job to entertain me while I sit there. Works on every other ride in the park.
I absolutely love the competition aspect of these rides. I like being engaged while the ride goes by, instead of just watching a bunch of scenery. To me, it ensures rerideability as well.
And if you don't so well against your friends/family, it motivates you to try again. Part of my love of these rides is the improvements I've made over the past few years. I've been through seven of these rides, and it never gets old.
As for the lack of candy, I can almost guarantee it's due to the possibility of some kid accidentally eating a Resse's Cup and having a severe peanut allergy attack possibly resulting in death. Better safe than sorry.
Boy am I feeling sheepish! Got the phone call for the follow up survey which I'm pretty sure was administered by a third party. Just question after question with rating them either 1-10, agree or disagree, probably would or probably would not and varying degrees of any of those answers. It was all centered around Candylane and no real discussion of regular park operations.
I don't think I totally misunderstood when the park employee said I could tell them anything I wanted but when I got the call I quickly realized the path that conversation would take. Live and learn I guess but I feel I have somehow helped to make future Candlanes more enjoyable for all of you and your children.
I have my trip to Candylane planned for Saturday... Weather Permitting.
I would love to see a Hyper at Hershey but not at the expense of the atmosphere of the area it goes in. To which Midway America would be out, that part of the park reminds me of the old amusement parks and a huge steel coaster would probably kill that atmosphere.
As for the arena. I remember making many a drive from South Jersey to Hershey to watch the brawls between the Bears and the Phantoms in the Old Barn. I will be sad to see it go but I understand that in todays world history means little when there is $$$ to be made.
I love the interactives....that being said, HW and HP have two of the weakest of the genre....along with Mickey's Buzz Lightyear. Kinda ironic that some of my favoritest parks have some of the worst interactives...
Candy or no candy, I thought XCC was lackluster at best....and I'm a BIG sports fan.
Perhaps I should amend my earlier post in that the Extreme Cup Challenge is a good addition to the park, that type of ride would be anywhere. I just feel the Orlando parks interactive rides have much more of repeat experience for me and that does include Buzz Lightyear. There just seems to be so much more going on.