Hrshey Trip Questions

Wednesday, May 29, 2002 11:19 AM
I'm going to Hershey park this summer and I was wondering about how some of the coasters are.
Wednesday, May 29, 2002 11:28 AM

None are terrifying or extreme, but all are fun:

Comet: A great old Herb Schmeck wood coaster. Not huge by today's standards, but still a fun ride... especially if the trims on turn 2 are off.

Great Bear: A B&M invert with a very unique layout (runs through other rides and has a heliz off the top of the lift). Really an out and back design, a good coaster even if it is a little short.

Lightning Racer and Wildcat: Two GCI masterpieces

Wild Mouse: By most accounts (including mine), one of the wildest mice around

Sidewinder: Standard Vekoma boomerang. Smooth up front, a little rough in back.

Sooperdooperlooper: Single loop Schwarzkopf terrain coaster using only lap bars (first of its kind on the east coast).

Trailblazer: A very short and very slow mine train. It's the only Hershey coaster I would say "ride only to pad your count and if you have time"

Roller Soaker: Unknown from personal experience (haven't ridden it yet)... but so far I have heard only good things about it.

Wednesday, May 29, 2002 11:32 AM

Hershey has a great collection of fun coasters that don't beat you up. If you want big, Hershey is not the place. If you want rerideable, Hershey is.

Lightning Racer and Wildcat are the way wood coasters should brakes until the end. Lightning Racer is the best operated racing coaster in the nation. The trains are always released together, and stay together the entire ride. You never know who will win. Great Coasters Intl builds some the best wood coasters in my opinion, and Hershey has 2. Wonderful twistings designs with high banked turns that allow the trains to keep speed. They look like works of art.

Great Bear--its a little short, but very nice inverted. The helix before the drop is very nice swoop high in the sky. It could have used a helix at the end, but very nice coaster that gives you all the feeling of soaring an inverted should. Again, another smooth ride.

Comet is older out and back design. First drops are good, remainder of the ride is slower.

Standard mack wild mouse and vekoma boomerang. Short arrow mine train with only one lift hill, but excellent double helix at the end.

And a wonderful Schwarzkopf looping coaster. Just one loop, but a very nice ride. 20 years old, and still smooth ride. This type of coaster is rare in the US and Hershey has maintained it well.

New for 2002 is Rollersoaker, so no opinion on that as we have not made it there this year.

Overall, Hershey is our favorite park. Clean, good coasters, lots of flat rides, and other attractions for the family to do together. Have a blast.

Wednesday, May 29, 2002 11:45 AM

Hershey is a great park. I live 30 minutes away and it's my favorite place to unwind after a long day at work. I won't bother repeating what's been said - I think SLFAKE and super7 summed up most of it. However, I can report on RollerSoaker.

For raw, laugh out loud fun, RollerSoaker is excellent. As a coaster, it's a very nice smooth, gentle ride. The seats are very comfortable and open. The restraint is basically an over the head lapbar, and allows you total upper body freedom. You need that to lean forward for spotting the victims of your water bomb. You will be soaked to the skin! You go through a number of waterfalls, automatic geysers, crowd launched geysers, and crowd controlled water cannons, but you got 4 gallons of revenge. Setpoint really improved on a lot of things since Super Saturator.

I hope you enjoy my home park

Wednesday, May 29, 2002 11:50 AM
First of all it is HERSHEYPARK. One word all caps. I e-mailed them a question and they told me it had to be like that.

Here is what is about Roller Soaker. Get on when you can becuase it has a tendency to break down a lot. Also if it is cold don't go on you or you will very very cold like I was. Make sure not to break the ride and get stuck for 30min like me. The water hitting you is very powerful. If you don't want to get too wet ride going backwards.*** This post was edited by CoasterBGW on 5/29/2002. ***

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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 12:05 PM

SFDLfan, these guys hit it on the head. It's a GREAT park, I loved it. The Wildcat was a HUGE surprise, I mean big time! Great air, laterals and head choppers. Lightening Racer was incredible.....basically, they have much to offer. Have fun!

There's nothing like a woodie...

Wednesday, May 29, 2002 1:00 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

CoasterBGW said:
First of all it is HERSHEYPARK. One word all caps. I e-mailed them a question and they told me it had to be like that.

The funniest part of this quote is that you're serious. Here's one for the Hershey police...

Hershey Park

That should have them fuming...


Wednesday, May 29, 2002 1:34 PM
Look out, Gonchar...I hear jack-booted thugs from Hershey from coming!

Proud CB club member

Wednesday, May 29, 2002 1:45 PM
The wost part was I made a shirt with the name on it for my local Boy Scout troop and I put it as two words. The person taking the tickets on the way in told me that it had to be one word all caps and I didn't belive them so I e-mailed them after I got back and they said that the lady was right. So now 20 some kids have a shirt that has it as two words lol.


Wednesday, May 29, 2002 1:45 PM
Superstew's avatar I'll say it again; This place doesn't have to take a back seat to anyone!

Just when you think you have all the answers, I change the questions

Wednesday, May 29, 2002 3:03 PM
Thanks for your Answers ys I really apreciate them.
Wednesday, May 29, 2002 3:40 PM
Everyone covered all the rollercoasters except Rollersoaker, so I'll fill you in on that. I wasn't expecting too much, and was pleasantly surprised. It is a coaster don't get me wrong, but I almost look at it as more of a water ride. Its nothing intense just pure family fun. ;)
Wednesday, May 29, 2002 4:40 PM
Great coasters, but Disney-like crowds. This is why I only make the journey once every couple of years. Good luck.

Jim Hansen
Number of coasters ridden: 162

Wednesday, May 29, 2002 6:09 PM

Ummm...Lord Gonchar, this is the HERSHEYPARK police are officially under arrest and are hereby ordered to hand over all your Reese's cups....

No, I don't think he'd believe that. It's just me.

Hersheypark is a GEM. I visited for the first time two years ago, and I loved Hershey (oops, HERSHEYPARK) so much that I applied for a job there. Super 7, you said that Hershey (dammit....HERSHEYPARK) was not big - I disagree. I think it is pretty expansive, and it seems even bigger on a ninety degree day. The park isn't flat like many other amusement parks, and it gets downright hilly in certain areas. My recommendation is to drink plenty of fluids when you visit. And here I am now sounding like your father.

What everyone above has said about the coasters is true. I thought the Trailblazer was the lamest "mine train" (if you can even call it that) I've ever been on. The name sounds cool, you know, it kind of brings to mind the old westerns with visions of cowboys racing around on fast horses. Quite the opposite, my friend. I've seen folks in wheelchairs move a lot faster than that one.

I thought Sooperdooperlooper was a "must ride," especially since it is a Schwarzkopf (I like them...). The loop isn't the ride highlight at all, and what really makes this one stand out is the layout. Wildcat, the first GCI coaster creation, was a bit of a letdown to me, especially since I had already ridden Lightning Racer first (and, for the matter, Gwazi, too, many miles away in Florida). I'm not sure why I didn't like it - the coaster is BEAUTIFUL to look at, and it has a lot of great elements - maybe it was too rough??? I can still appreciate it, though. Great Bear, an interesting B&M inverted with four loops, is different than your run-of-the-mill B&M, as mentioned by SLFake. I think you'll really like the helix off the first lift (coincidentally, a great photo shot of this helix can be obtained from the town of Hershey itself - I think I was behind the postoffice standing on the railroad tracks when I snapped that one).

Have fun at HERSHEYPARK. You'll love it. And, stop by Chocolate World on your way out. Dark chocolate is the best!!


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