Hersheypark Springtime in the Park?

Friday, February 25, 2005 2:52 PM
hey everyone, i was just curious, for those of you that have been to the Springtime in the Park event, do they have a good number of coasters and attractions open? i know for the halloween event in the fall they h ad just about everything open, but i was curious if the same applied for the spring? if anyone has been before, let me know, thanks :)

Tim

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Friday, February 25, 2005 5:08 PM
I was there either last year or the year before, I forget, but I think almost everything was open. I think Wildcat was closed, along with all the water rides. There may have been another coaster, but I'm not sure.
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Saturday, February 26, 2005 2:15 AM
Last year, the only coasters open were Wildcat, SuperDooperLooper, Sidewinder, and Great Bear. SuperDooperLooper didn't open until about 11:30 or so, and Great Bear didn't open until about noon...resulting in extremely long lines for Wildcat and Looper when they first opened. So I'd say be careful about going, but if you have the whole day, then enjoy yourself...but if you're only going for part of the day...well then...
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Saturday, February 26, 2005 3:17 AM
Yeah, when I lived in Baltimore I used to go to that every year, and each time there was a different selection of coasters open. Expect at LEAST a couple of them to be closed.

--Robb

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Wednesday, March 2, 2005 5:36 PM
From the Hersheypark website..."Just pay as you go for more than 35 rides, including 4 coasters..."which coasters those are, they don't say.
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Wednesday, March 2, 2005 8:03 PM
Go here: http://www.hersheypa.com/events/springtime/index.html

Then click on "click here for rides and ticket requirements" and it will give you a list of the rides. Looks like 6 coasters including Storm Runner.

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Thursday, March 3, 2005 1:11 AM
thanks for the help guys....bummer that Midway America wont be open:( Wildcat and Lightning Racer make a day there, lol. oh well, still worth it for $19:)
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Thursday, March 3, 2005 6:53 AM
I went this past Spring (May) and everything was open from what I remember, minus the water rides.

Spring and Fall are the best times to go to ANY park IMHO. :-D

-Tina

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Thursday, March 3, 2005 9:07 AM
Tina, I believe what he's asking about and what you are recalling are two different things. While the spring season in the park is nice, (what you're referring to, with regular operating hours and stuff), he's talking about the event named Springtime In The Park, which has only a limited amount of rides open, and a "wristband" ticket system in place for the rides that are open.
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Thursday, March 3, 2005 9:38 AM
Checking out their site, it appears that they are not opening Midway America, thus keeping Wildcat, Wildmouse, Lightning Racer and Roller Soaker closed (even if this area was open, I am not sure if RS would be open in April).

This is pretty standard for Springtime in the Park. I know that they had that section open for Hersheypark in the Dark (and they might have had it open last year for Springtime in the Park... not sure... I wasn't there), but that is a rarity. Most of the times, for Springtime and HP in the Dark, Midway America stays closed.

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Thursday, March 3, 2005 9:46 AM
I've never gone to the Fall or Spring events at Hershey. I've always wondered how much they charge per ride during that time. If you don't have the wristband, how much does it cost to ride each of the coasters that are open?
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Thursday, March 3, 2005 11:37 AM
"I'm not paying that much to ride Great Bear" (over heard by a peep in an RCT2 game)

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A quick check of their page shows the following:

$4.50 for: Comet, sooperdooperlooper, Great Bear, Storm Runner, Side Winder

$3.00 for: Trailblazer

This what Hershey always seems to always charge for their "pay as you ride" rates for these rides.

My advice... Buy the wrist band. If you simply ride each coaster once, it will save you $6.50.

(Kind of makes you wonder how Knoebels can charge only $2 for Twister and $1.80 for Phoenix but Hershey charges these prices for their "pay as you ride" dates) *** Edited 3/3/2005 4:38:25 PM UTC by SLFAKE***

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Thursday, March 3, 2005 1:58 PM
Shorty, Thanks. I never bothered reading any further.

SLFAKE, don't forget that you can buy strips of 20 tickets for only $14, so that reduces those prices to ONLY $4.50 and $2.80. You never know if you'll end up ahead or not. In December, we went to Christmas Candylane and bought the wristbands thinking we'd make out better. That was before we waited 25 minutes in line for the Skyride. Turns out the kids' bands paid off, the adults' didn't.

Of course, if this weather pattern doesn't change soon, you may have to shovel out your own parking space.

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Thursday, March 3, 2005 3:49 PM
Ah... now Candylane is a different story. I wouldn't consider a band for that.

HOWEVER.... This past year for HP in the dark I walked over from GIANT Center before the hockey game to get a few end of season rides on Comet and a final (ever) ride on Giant Wheel. A quick calc of the prices and seeing no lines on Comet and I decided to buy a band even though I knew I was not going to be there over an hour. In this case it paid off... I did a little better than break even.

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Thursday, March 3, 2005 5:43 PM
Yeah, HPITD was much better. I went twice and got bands both times. Second time I was there on a Saturday night from about 10-midnight,and got 2 rides each on SR and GB, plus about 5 or 6 straight on LR to end the night. In the densest fog I have ever seen. Wild.

The problem with Candylane was it was actually quite warm in December, so there were tons of people there. Plus fewer rides open means longer lines all around. Now, the w/e before Thanksgiving, the bands probably would have worked since the crowd was pretty thin. Even the train was a walk on.

So how are the Bears doing lately? Better since they brought up a few of my Royals?

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