The artwork for their new wave pool and lazy river is now up on their site... and it appears to be in the location of the old River Rapids ride. While they are anouncing this addition with great fan fare, they do not specify which existing attractions of the AMUSEMENT park will have to be ripped out for this expansion of their poorly planned WATER park. Can't really tell from the drawing... but not even too sure about Sidewinder's fate after seeing this expansions artwork.
Also... according to a video on their site, Tidal Force will now be officially part of The Boardwalk... yet isolating Midway America (and Wildcat, Wild Mouse, and Lightning Racer) even more.
And the destruction of the AMUSEMENT park at Hershey continues in favor of the (ill conceived) WATER park.
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fringes of the park, but after visiting the Boardwalk I
have accepted it. I like it and I can't wait until the
lazy river opens. I am sad to see the rapids ride go.
It was/is execellent! GRADV's is a turkey.
While I'm not sure I would have put the Boardwalk in that location, it was a successful addition, and pahse two will probably equally as successful.
My little paranoid mind is working overtime I suppose. However, this past sunday at Hershey Wildcat and Lightning Racer were walkons with the middle of the trains blocked off. Ridership is falling on these two it seems. My consparicy theory brain keeps wondering... how long do these two coasters have before they are sacraficed for yet another expasion of the Boardwalk? (Yeah... I know... "unlikely"... but you never know. Water attractions are popular, and they are cheaper to maintain and run than wooden coasters who's ridership is not what they once were).
A wave pool and a "lazy river" will replace the Canyon River Rapids in 2009 at Hersheypark in Derry Township.
General Manager Frank O'Connell said at a news conference this morning that the wave pool will have 378,000 gallons of water and a zero-depth entry. The lazy river, called the Intercoastal Waterway, will cover 24,000 square feet.
But it comes at the expense of the popular Canyon River Rapids. O'Connell said park officials know it's a popular ride, but he said, "We feel confident our guests will find the sequel even cooler than the rapids."
It had long been custom to follow a major attraction with a smaller attraction the following year, but this is the third straight year Hersheypark has gone with a big announcement.
2007 brought the Boardwalk water attraction, which park officials have said was largely responsible for a record year of 2.7 million visitors.
This year's new ride is the nearby Fahrenheit, a roller coaster that boasts the steepest drop of any coaster in the United States. Creating it was a two-year process.
For more on this story, see Wednesday's editions of The Patriot-News.
It seems like in their haste to get a waterpark up and running quickly, they abandoned the entire concept of Midway America, of which Wildcat and Lightning Racer were the anchors. If anything, the addition of Roller Soaker was the first bad move. Granted, the Rapids and Tidal Force were there, as was the infrastructure for water attractions, but they should have waited until land for a REAL water park was available. And the proximity to Tidal Force and the Rapids should have nothing to do with it... other parks with major water parks have rapids and shoot-the-Chute type of rides separated from their water parks (Dorney for example).
Said it before, will say it again... Should have waited a year or two for Boardwalk. They added extra parking with the addition of the old golf course... should have moved some of the employee lots adjacent to wildcat and the service entrance to the newly acquired parking and then put a PROPER waterpark where the old lots used to be... with a separate gate so that people do not have to trek the entire length of the park to get to the water attractions, and where they didn't have to tear out already popular attractions to expand.
How many years until what is left of Midway America (including Wildcat and Lightning Racer) is "Geauga-ed" to make way for another waterpark expansion?
And those cabanas? Make a few available to people NOT staying at Hershey Resorts, please...
Is Rodeo gone next year too? No mention of it, but I thought this was it's last year as well.
I love the Frontier area, best atmosphere in the park, and Midway America would have been great if they would have added more vintage rides and themed it more like old Hershey Park and less like a state fair.
I hate to think of what else the Boardwalk will absorb. And the fact that it's included with general admission makes it less diserable to me. A small waterpark in the middle of a huge amusement park makes for severe over crowding. I really like seperate addmission waterparks like Water Country USA and Soak City because they don't get overcrowded and are thus more enjoyable.
The only nice thing about Hershey's crammed in water park is that the VERY wet rides were in the same area and that you could wear your bathing suits on them, including the rapids ride. This is a move of pure cost cutting, as the canyon rapids are still very popular.
This water park should have been built in the parking lot behind wildcat. It would have still been adjacent to the water rides, but also could have had its own entrance and room to grow.
If anything was going to be removed, they should have chosed Tidal Force instead. It is not as family friendly, as popular and already had an incident. *** Edited 7/1/2008 11:43:04 PM UTC by super7****
I don't mind the waterpark expansion so much, I think the farthest it will go is to the Boomerang coaster.
Honestly, I think that's why Lightning Racer is now a weird 'end piece' to Midway America - I don't believe a water park was ever intended for where it is now.
As for the details of this new section, I put this together using an aerial of that part of the park:
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2008/07/hersheypark_to_close_ride_open.html *** Edited 7/2/2008 11:30:30 AM UTC by NitroFan*** *** Edited 7/2/2008 11:57:42 AM UTC by NitroFan***
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