Hersheypark questionable for this weekend after flooding

Posted Tuesday, September 13, 2011 1:12 PM | Contributed by Jeff

A little over a week ago, Hersheypark Outfitters was filled with toys, merchandise and tourists squeezing in a final weekend at the Derry Township amusement park. Four days after Spring Creek crested in the heart of Hershey, all the remains of the store are bare studs and the sounds of hammers as work crews tear apart Lee’s leftovers. It won’t be until Wednesday or Thursday before the park’s staff will know whether or not the amusement park will re-open this weekend.

Read more and see photos from The Patriot-News.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011 1:17 PM

It didn't appear that they had the same insane current that Knoebels did. At least, it doesn't look like anything was outright moved. The north half of the park is all on significantly higher ground, isn't it? The one part of the park I can't visualize is the elevation change near the shooter dark ride and up under Storm Runner.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011 2:11 PM

My initial reaction is that they are doing very well at getting as much done as they have. I remember Hurricane Agnes and how devastating that was. It's just ironic that part of Hersheypark's charm in my opinion, is the creek and the elevation changes. I guess it's the good with the bad.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011 6:16 PM

Hersheypark was my home park growing up. The Comet was the first roller coaster I ever rode. Hopefully they can get things cleaned up soon, repair damages, and get Zoo America back up and running after the tragic loss of one of their Bison.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011 8:09 PM

I heard they're replacing it with a Capybara exhibit. ;)

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011 3:31 PM

Latest facebook from Hershey says that they are "ready ride" this weekend. They posted that all rides, with the possible exception of the sooperdooperlooper and Tidal Force should be running.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011 4:12 PM

Raven-Phile said:
I heard they're replacing it with a Capybara exhibit. ;)

They had to scrap that idea. Somebody left them in the car, then they ran away. Too bad. Capybaras can swim, unlike bison.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011 4:21 PM

RGB just summarized an entire week's worth of threads in one post.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011 11:38 PM

Well, most of them. I'm deliberately ignoring the Cat in the Ass stuff. That's just stark-Raven mad.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011 6:05 AM

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2011/09/hersheypark_to_o...weeke.html

They are opening this weekend.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011 8:27 AM

Coasterfantom2 said:
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2011/09/hersheypark_to_o...weeke.html

They are opening this weekend.

Egg-cellent. I was planning to go NEXT weekend for a while now, before the floods. I've got a free ticket that expires the 25th, so I'm going on the 24th.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011 7:32 PM

These are two of the better slideshows I've seen on youtube showing scenes from the flood in NE and central PA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IxnLmCAwZI&feature=player_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwLg6NLtLiY&feature=related

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Friday, September 16, 2011 4:12 PM

Just announced by Hersheypark via Facebook: sooperdooperlooper should be running this weekend. Nothing was said about Tidal Force.

I wonder if Tidal Force's down time is due to the flooding or some other factor? I mean it sits on the "high ground" and not in the creek valley that was underwater.

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Saturday, September 17, 2011 9:51 AM

We are headed there today for a few rides, and to renew our passes. I don't foresee a problem at the park. Seen it flooded a few times before, and they recover fast. If there's something to report I'll let you know.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011 6:46 AM

Park up and running. Several shops closed near the front gate due to flooding, but the flooded areas were cleaned up well. The park was packed. We walked around and only rode both sides of LR, and a front seat lap on the Wildcat.

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