Hersheypark May, 29 2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 3:09 PM

When: Sunday May 29
Weather: Hot, rain in the evening

This was only my second visit to Hersheypark with Fahrenheit, Skyrush, and Laff Trakk being new since my previous visit. I will keep things short and to the point.

Skyrush lived up to its nickname “Thighcrush”. Waited about 20 minutes first thing after the park opened at 10am. Sat in an outside seat somewhere in the middle of the train. I didn’t really care for the train layout and it felt like I was going to slide right out of the seat around ever turn. Lots of Gs but awfully rattly. I don’t know what to think of it. Tried to get a second ride later in the evening but it was closed for an unknown reason.

Super Duper Looper is a cool ride and I am glad Hershey continues to maintain it. Wish there were more of these left.

Fahrenheit — Waited about 30 minutes and ended up in the back seat. Disorienting, fast, and fun. The new restraint style is nice and I am looking forward to riding Maverick with them.

Laff Trakk — Meh. These are fun rides and the indoor setting sets it apart but the wait is too long —45 minutes with cars leaving with only two people in them.

Lightning Racer — I love this coaster. Ended up with three laps, two at noon, one at 5 or so with the rain starting to fall. I was fighting a headache all day or else I would have ridden more.

Storm Runner — New restraints! Love this ride. Only waited 10 minutes, walked by after the water park closed and the line was 45 minutes...

Great Bear — Unique layout, good Gs, smooth for its age.

Comet — Whoa is Comet running great! Rode twice, once in the front, once in the back during a rain. Airtime, no rough patches and it’s roaring through the turns. It’s in the same ballpark as Phoenix compared to my last trip.

Rode a few non-spinny rides and cooled off in the water playground place when the day was hottest. Had lunch at Tröegs.

Last edited by eightdotthree, Tuesday, May 31, 2016 3:15 PM
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016 3:38 PM

Interesting. Comet is "roaring through the turns" and similar to Phoenix? I'm headed to Hersheypark on Father's Day, hope this is the case. Last time I remember Comet being truly great was when I was a kid.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016 3:41 PM

It doesn't have the ejector air that Phoenix has but I feel like it's running to its highest potential at the moment which is fast and a touch out of control. Super fun!

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016 3:58 PM

It never had the air Phoenix has. My main issue was the trimmed second half of the ride, which used to be pretty wild.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016 4:15 PM

sooperdooperLooper.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016 8:13 PM

Vater said:
It never had the air Phoenix has. My main issue was the trimmed second half of the ride, which used to be pretty wild.

It seemed to be running completely wide open with the exception of one on the first turn.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016 11:07 PM

Can I get a Troegs report instead?

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016 9:39 AM

kpjb said:
Can I get a Troegs report instead?

Went Saturday night with friends and Sunday for lunch. Had a Rugged Trail Nut Brown, Sunshine Pilsner, Dreamweaver wheat, and a couple others that were good but forgettable obviously... Grilled cheese was huge and delicious.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016 9:42 AM

The gift shop only had size small bike jerseys... 1 star...

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016 11:25 AM

No Scratch beers on tap, then? Bummer.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016 12:07 PM

eightdotthree said:

Super Duper Looper is a cool ride and I am glad Hershey continues to maintain it.

Great Bear — Unique layout, good Gs, smooth for its age.

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I haven't been to Hershey in ages, but I always loved SDL and it was so nice to see the park invest in new trains a few years back that will likely keep the ride going for years to come. I never knew what it was about that ride but I have always loved it.

As for Grear Bear, it always underwhelmed. I know lots of folks like it, but it is one coaster that just fell short for me. It does have awesome placement though. Glad it is still riding well though.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016 1:46 PM

kpjb said:
No Scratch beers on tap, then? Bummer.

They had a bunch but nothing blew me away. My wife loved the session IPA but I thought it smelled like feet. :)

BrettV said:
As for Grear Bear, it always underwhelmed. I know lots of folks like it, but it is one coaster that just fell short for me. It does have awesome placement though. Glad it is still riding well though.

If I were to be critical I think it needs a little dip or something as it returns to the station but I think clearance was an issue due to the log flume being just below.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016 3:17 PM

I have always loved the first 2/3 of Great Bear up through the corkscrew, but it truly has the most boring ending of any coaster I've been on. I know they had space constraints to work with but I feel like they could have thrown in an inline twist. It looks like an RCT coaster that you run out of money building but just need to get it open...

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016 5:10 PM

Feet dipped in grapefruit juice! Yum! Love me some IPA, the bitter the better.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016 12:49 PM

I had their scratch Gose recently. I'm not always a fan of sour beers, but it was really good.

As far as Great Bear, I always liked it. I think it fits in the area well and packs a lot in to a relatively small footprint. Also it has the greatest on-ride pic location ever. I felt like I needed to talk about coasters at least a little in this topic.

Anyhow, I was surprised to hear that their Perpetual IPA is their best seller. I love it, but I didn't think it would be a very good "for the masses" beer.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016 4:44 PM

I remember the on ride photo location being the brake run at the end of the ride, which I always thought was odd.

And I agree about the RCT comments. They built a good ride but then had to find a way to get it back to the station from far away. And the supports remind me of RCT supports when they will suddenly move and change location when I build something underneath them.

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Friday, June 3, 2016 9:52 AM

kpjb said:
Anyhow, I was surprised to hear that their Perpetual IPA is their best seller. I love it, but I didn't think it would be a very good "for the masses" beer.

That's interesting. It's a very good IPA and it's usually very cheap compared to a lot of others on the market.

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Sunday, June 5, 2016 9:37 AM

I"ve always thought sections of flat, straight track on coasters were underrated, so I've always dug Great Bear's ending.

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