petition Hershey Park

Saturday, March 10, 2007 12:26 PM
I recently saw on the HP website that they do a high school junior/senior all nighter. I thought to myself how I'd love to ride coasters til the sun came up. I also remember how 2 years ago they opened a friday in september and called it "Ride for Relief" to benefit Hurricane katrina victims. So I thought to myself it would be a neat idea if they did an all-nighter for a charity event and I wrote them an email about it. Attached is the email, and I was hoping if other people felt it would be a great idea like I do, maybe you can send them an email and express that. If they get enough feedback, it might become a reality! Coasters all night...WOW!!!

The response I got:

Hello Gary! This is a great idea worth looking into! I will save your email and develop the idea this fall as we plan for 2008! Hopefully something can work out because I think this is a great idea! Stay tuned and thanks for your interest in Hersheypark!


[contact info removed so they don't get spammed to death... -J] *** Edited 3/10/2007 11:24:58 PM UTC by Jeff***

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Saturday, March 10, 2007 12:56 PM
How! is! that! a! petition!?

mOOSH!!!!!!!

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Saturday, March 10, 2007 2:54 PM
That's not really a petition... more like a letter-writing/email "bombing" campaign. Not sure if that's the right way to go.
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Saturday, March 10, 2007 3:18 PM
Maybe you should first pick a charity.
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Saturday, March 10, 2007 3:47 PM
I like that HP actually bothered to reply, and that it wasn't a form response. It's nice when big companies show that they take your input seriously.

An all-nighter at HP would be wild. Think of all the chocolate we could eat to help stay awake. :)

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Saturday, March 10, 2007 4:41 PM
Chocolate is also an aphrodisiac, so it could keep you "up" one way or another all night...
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Saturday, March 10, 2007 5:44 PM
Well, I was thinking in terms of the caffeine, but, hey, whatever does it for you... ;)
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Saturday, March 10, 2007 5:57 PM
That IS impressive that they wrote back with a personal response. Not many parks would do that.
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Sunday, March 11, 2007 3:30 AM
A personal response? You sure about that?

Hello ____! This is a great idea worth looking into! I will save your email and develop the idea this fall as we plan for 2---! Hopefully something can work out because I think this is a great idea! Stay tuned and thanks for your interest in Hersheypark!

Sounds like a pretty standard reply to me, especially since the "idea" is not mentioned specifically in the reply. Take out the name and the year and this email to could be sent to anyone writing the park with a suggestion.

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Sunday, March 11, 2007 10:20 AM
Are you sure about that? I would think that kind of strongly positive response would only serve to generate many additional e-mails on the part of the sender, who now believes he's in on this great new thing HP is going to do, and furthermore he's the one who had this incredible idea! Which, given the Internet, quickly devolves into rumors, myths, and wildfires that all have to be quenched.

I still say, this sounds like a real response from a real human.

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Sunday, March 11, 2007 9:21 PM
I was there for the Katrina benefit. It was a great night but they only pulled in about three-thousand people. It was quite a bargain at $14 though and I seem to remember all the major rides being open. They were only open for about five or six hours if I remember correctly.

I think it would be pretty hard to talk them into an all-night event. There are lots of neighbors to be considerate of (that would rule-out most of the major coasters) and the labor costs would be pretty high.

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Sunday, March 11, 2007 9:57 PM
Honestly...I would not hold my breath for an all-night event soley for enthusiasts. Given the reasons already cited above I'm sure the park will find it's to costly. Not to mention even at events with 4 hr ERT sessions people tend to get tired after the second hour.
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Sunday, March 11, 2007 10:09 PM
Maybe it wasn't personal... I honestly have no Earthly idea. Just didn't sound like something that would get sent as a standard reply to a lot of people due to the nature of the suggestion. But what the hell do I know?
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Sunday, March 11, 2007 10:21 PM
I don't have any idea if it was a personally-written response either. You know me Rob...I'm just taking the other side of the argument ;)

But what the hell do I know?

I've been wondering that for a while too, lol ;)


*** Edited 3/12/2007 2:22:30 AM UTC by Mamoosh***

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Monday, March 12, 2007 10:39 PM

Intamin Fan said:
I was there for the Katrina benefit. It was a great night but they only pulled in about three-thousand people. It was quite a bargain at $14 though and I seem to remember all the major rides being open. They were only open for about five or six hours if I remember correctly.

I think the problem with low attendance for that event was it was very sudden without much notice (I believe the park was supposed to be closed that day) and that it was on a Friday. If they gave more notice and had it on a weekend or a day most people had the day off I think it would do well judging by how crowded Springtime In the Park got in 2006 with the reduced $19.99 admission and almost the whole park open.

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