PA and SFGADV trip next year

Sunday, August 10, 2003 1:44 PM
Hershey's new rocket has sparked an interest in my dad and I in the area around Hershey. I would like to plan a trip there next week but usually we only have 3 days so I was wonderng if it is feesible to get in all the good stuff that they had to offer as well as SFGADV. I mainly want to go to Hershey, Knoebels, Dorney, and SFGADV. Did I miss somewhere that is a must see. Really my dad is not really into flat rides of any sort and goes just to ride the coasters so I don't think we'll have to spend a whole day at Knoebels nor do I think we will have to spend a whole day at Dorney since the only things that we have to do there are Steel Force and Talon. From what I saw on rcdb from the distance things it would make the most since to go to Hershey the first day, then Knoebels then Dorney on the second day and SFGADV the third day. Also info on how the lines have been would be great even though I realize the the 04 addition of Hershey's new ride will make a large difference in the lines there, but any info would help, because we have never thought about this untill now. Thanks in advance.

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Sunday, August 10, 2003 4:44 PM
You seem kind of limited at Dorney (I don't blame you for skipping Hercules or their lame mouse). What about Laser and Thunderhawk? If your dad doesn't like flat rides, than you'll be able to do Knoebels in less than an hour, unless you do the Haunted House, in which case you'll need an hour. But, in my opinion it's such a long drive to get to Knoebels and back to 78 for just two coasters, unless you also do High Speed Thrill Coaster, in which you can tack on another ten minutes. Knoebels is really in the middle of nowhere. As far as the lines at Hershey in 04', you do the math.
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Sunday, August 10, 2003 4:53 PM
This trip would be good for your coaster count, but it seems to me that you are really trying to pack too much into the time that you have allowed.

Just for example, Knoebels is not a 2 hour park.You will really want to ride Twister and Phoenix more than once. Whirlwind isn't much, but you will want to ride it for the credit. High Speed Thrill Coaster for the credit and maybe for the thrill if there aren't kids on board. The Knoebel's has the best old fashioned ride throught fun house in the country as well as the best bumper cars. Hit a few flats and get the best funnel cake going and you've pretty much eaten up a day.

Sunday, August 10, 2003 5:00 PM
Depending on the time of year and day of the week, Hershey can get very packed. Knoebels and Dorney can easily be done in the same day if your basically going for the coasters. SFGAdv can get crowded also. If you have a rainy day on your trip or a threat of rain, that is your best bet for low crowds at GA. They also tend to keep all coasters running in the rain, whereas Dorney will shut some some down. The order in which you hit these parks really depends on which days of the week we are talking about and at what part of the season.

Jim Hansen
Number of coasters ridden: 293


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