Hersheypark has new rides in store for 2003

Posted Friday, December 20, 2002 3:51 AM | Contributed by SLFAKE

Hersheypark will add four rides, an expanded theater and a statue of Milton S. Hershey in 2003. The rides include a "pendulum-type" ride, mini-scrambler, The Flying Scooter and a mini-swinging ship.

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Friday, December 20, 2002 4:46 AM
while this is awesome, i hate the fact that they are removing the Cyclops....for those of you who know me well, you know my partiality towards Enterprises..:(....oh well, at least i got a few more rides on it at Halloween Hershey:)

hey...thats my story..and im stickin by it!!! :)
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Friday, December 20, 2002 5:27 AM

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Friday, December 20, 2002 5:39 AM

I got a last ride on Cyclops during Hersheypark in the Dark as well. Not sure if it was just during that time, or if it was standard operating procedure this season, but the ride cycle was very short. My wife will not miss that ride though. She has not ridden it since sometime in the late 1980's or early 1990's. Being "trapped" in one of the gondolas of Cyclops and sitting behind her hurling sister turned her off of that ride for good.

On to other things...

The mysterious "pendulum" ride: Personally, I'm hoping for an "Afterburner"... but any type of "thrill ride" will be appreciated.

The Flying Scooters: Nice choice... I just hope they take note of Knoebels and run these with some speed. Being a family park though... Hershey has a tendancy to run their Scrambler slow.

The Kiddie Scrambler and the Kiddie Pirat: Hmmmmm... Hershey does tend to run its Scrambler a little on the slow side. Now that they have a kiddie scrambler, could the speed on the regular Scrambler be increased? Same with the Pirat. During HP in the Dark, I swear that the Pirat only got to the highest swing once before starting to decelerate. With a kiddie Pirat on the way, could a little more "umph" be put back into the old Pirat?

Milton S. Hershey Statue: While the old Star Light Arcade was innovative in the 1970's, its appearance does seem a bit dated. Most of the celebrity hand / foot prints and stars are from the late 1970's early 1980's. It has served its purpose. I'm looking forward to seeing the new fountain and statue. In my minds eye, I keep seeing the statue of Walt Disney and Mickey with Cinderela's Castle in the back ground.... but in this case it is Milton Hershey with the red,white and blue canopy of Hershey's classic PCT carrousel in the back ground. Hopefully, the placement of this statue will but rest all of the "speculation" of a possible move of the park's entrance. It sounds like the statue is being placed in a location so that it is the first thing that you really see upon entering the park proper (same as the carrousel and current Star Light Arcade is). Any change of entrance would isolate this area (along with Tudor Square and Rhineland)... a highly unlikely move.

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Friday, December 20, 2002 5:41 AM
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Just beyond the main entrance, the cement handprints of the park's famous visitors in the Starlight Arcade in front of the carrousel will be removed and replaced with a bronze statue of Milton S. Hershey and a fountain.
That's kind of disappointing, as I always liked looking at the famous handprints under the Arcade. At least they will be kept in storage (maybe the park will find another place for them?).

Otherwise, sounds like some nice improvements. I normally don't get too excited over flat rides, but it's always good to see an already great park expand further.

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Friday, December 20, 2002 5:53 AM
Just a thought....

Aside from being used as a practice ice for the Bears and as a "secondary venue" for events, nothing else is really known of future plans for HERSHEYPARK Arena. Making the assumption that the Arena will remain... since many of those celebrities who are "imortalized" in cement in the Starlight Arcade appeared in the Arena, I think a nice revitalization of the front of the arena would be a good idea with the restored hand / foot prints and stars making a sort of mini "walk of fame" in that location. That would go along with the PA State Historical Marker commemorating Wilt Chamberlain's 100pt night in the arena (the first time that occured) that was placed in front of the arena last year.

Of course, this is just purely my wild speculation / wish list and should in no way be taken as truth.

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Friday, December 20, 2002 6:05 AM
Wow, a mini scrambler and pirate ship. I've never heard of such a thing. That will be interesting to see. Any word why they're getting rid of the enterprise ride? I don't seen any reason to get rid of it. There's plenty of room for flats.
I hope they don't change the park entrance. I love it the way it is. I've always thought it was so cool how you're kind of already in the park by the time you reach the ticket booths since they have all those shops and stuff outside the gate.
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Friday, December 20, 2002 6:18 AM

They're probably getting rid of cyclops due to high maintenaince & operating costs,it is a shame for yet another park to be getting rid of it's enterprise ride first PKD get's rid of apple turnover & then SFA gives sky escaper the axe now it's HP getting rid of cyclops what's next to go?

As far as I know BGW still has an enterprise somewhere in the roman section of the park unless it was removed to make way for AC as it is/was in the general area that AC's station is at now.

Friday, December 20, 2002 7:06 AM

Cyclops has operated for 22 years, making it (along with the Pirat) the oldest non coaster / non flume thrill rides in the park next to the Rodeo. I am not sure what the average operating life for an Enterprise ride is.

I would also assume it is a maintenance / economic issue. Last time I rode it, it was rougher than years ago and there was a bit of a "groaning" sound coming from some of the "tubs". While the Rodeo is two years older, the costs to run that could be less. Also, I know a few people who wouldn't think twice about hopping on the Rodeo for a spin, but are scared to death of Cyclops ("It goes upside down!"). If this syndrom applies to the average attendance of the park, I can see where ridership on Cyclops may be a little lagging.

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Friday, December 20, 2002 7:36 AM
Its a shame though. Even after almost 30 years after its inception, enterprise is still one of the more sensational looking flat rides. Its pretty incredible to watch it go up to full height. And its still a great ride, especially since it is all force that keeps you in your seat. Its like floating in a cage.
Friday, December 20, 2002 7:54 AM
Just as a note (if you have never seen one) KBF has a mini-scrambler in Camp Snoopy. I will try to find a picture of it.
Friday, December 20, 2002 8:38 AM

Ahh, the Cyclops. Such a fun ride, such a shame to see it go away.

So, where now can a girl find a working Enterprise on the east coast?? *laugh* Geez.

Friday, December 20, 2002 9:07 AM

question: "So, where now can a girl find a working Enterprise on the east coast?? *laugh* Geez."

answer: Lake Compounce in Bristol, CT... a beautiful traditional park.

Friday, December 20, 2002 10:51 AM
The mysterious pendulum ride is i believe a chance revolution. I am sad to see Cyclops go, but with maintenence costs most likely getting high, I see the need for it.
Friday, December 20, 2002 10:54 AM
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I noticed during my trip to Hershey this summer that the Cyclops really sounded terrible.

I actually commented to my wife that I wouldn't allow it to open if it was groaning like that. Maybe it was just on its last legs.

Our Enterprise is also from the 70's, but we removed it for a year in the 90's and gave it a complete overhaul before reinstalling it a year later. Maybe Hershey could be planning the same type of thing.

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Friday, December 20, 2002 10:55 AM
Like I've said before, Hershey can always sell Cyclops to Six Flags America to replace the non-Huss made Sky Escaper, which was removed because of lack of parts. As for the pendulum ride, I'm smelling a Chance Revolution (KMG Afterburner) big time. At only an hour-and-a-half away, I might be visiting Hershey more this season:)
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Friday, December 20, 2002 2:24 PM
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How high could the maintenance cost be? I don't like this move at all. The ride is still popular and takes up no room. Hersheypark is famous for these kind of head scratchers though. They found out a few years ago that getting rid of the Himalaya was a mistake, so what did they do? They put in an imposter to replace it.... The Music Express..

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Friday, December 20, 2002 4:55 PM
I've seen the mini-Scrambler. It's basically... a 50%-sized Scrambler.
Friday, December 20, 2002 7:10 PM

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Friday, December 20, 2002 7:12 PM

I don't get how a company like Huss isn't able to provide spare parts to keep up the maintenance/operation on their enterprise model when they are a large company producing several various flats both classics as well as new prototypes.

It looks as if the enterprise has become an endangered species of sorts,what's next on the endangered species list wave swingers perhaps? considering that they are just as old if not older than the enterprise.


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