My thought is if your going to do something, do it right. I feel like it was a half-assed attempt to have a water park. With Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom being so close, I can't see how they compete.
Maybe they don't want to compete, maybe this was just supposed to appeal to a younger audience, but to me, I love HP, but I just don't see the purpose this Boardwalk serves.
Not sure that they are trying to compete with Dorney, but I see your point. How long will people put up with the crowds?
The renderings I saw last year looked pretty cool but I generally don't like the idea. Hersheypark needs a full-fledged waterpark, not a bunch of water attractions scattered about the park... plus I'm not too keen on the idea of cluttering the Midway America area with stuff that doesn't fit in with the retro look the park was originally going for.
They seem to be the victim of trying to do too much, with alittle space.
Overall though, the theming is great, they just don't have the room for the crowds.
I guess I feel disappointed as well. The Extreme Cup Challenge last year was kinda a dud, and the boardwalk this year I had high hopes for, and is a dud. At the very least they need a full sized wave pool, and maybe a lazy river that takes you on a nice trip.
Like other posters said, though, I ain't quite sure they have the room for it. I think it was good intentions, and looked great on paper, but in the long-run I don't know if it will have a great affect on the park. Also, admission went up $5 because of this. Therefore, I don't know if it will bring in the target audience, if my assumption of the target audience is right.
I have terrible mixed fellings. I love HP, and the coasters and rides and atmosphere. I do feel a little let down with the Boardwalk though.
Rob Ascough said:
^^ But they now own the adjacent golf course and that will surely open up a lot of land.
A good bit of the higher elevated flat land has been used for the expansion of the parking around GIANT Center and the "new" entrance. Alot of the golf course is hilly. The rest of the golf course land is along the creek and in a flood plain... nearly impossible to get the state department of Environmental resources to let you do anything with that even if you want to take the risk of flooding out.
Parks are pretty brilliant at not making it obvious where their empty space is.
Just my totally uninformed opinion, but I can see them using more of the old golf course for parking-- use a lot of underground stormwater storage and make it more "green" than what they have in their current lots, infiltration, bio-retention and all the buzzwords DEP loves to hear.
They could even relocate the service building and parking, then expand the park out as far as the stadium. Maybe even create a path to connect Midway closer to the main entrance. Right now it's basically a long cul-de-sac, and I think still under-utilized. That would give them more room for a waterpark and would let them expand Midway America too.
Again, I don't claim any insider knowledge, but I can't see them expanding parking without planning to expand the facilities as well.
I've said it before, and someone else said it too above, but why would you take an area that was specifically supposed to remind you of a bygone era with muted traditional colors, and then take it and dilute it with all the bright modern colors of The Boardwalk?
But, I do think it's brilliant that they made the changes to the entrances of Tidal Force, and Canyon River Rapids ride, so it becomes one area. I think the congestion that someone brought up will be a very real concern come August, which is when I will not be there ever again.
However, if they were going to put in a waterpark, I think it would have been a better idea to put in a full-fledged one that has more slides, a full-sized wave pool, and more room. I'm not sure where they could have put this, but I think it would have been a better idea. Now, they are even more squeezed for space inside the park.
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