It actually sounds interesting except for the cheesy marketing angle. "The age old question of whether it's the peanut butter or the chocolate." Yeah, whatever. That interests me about as much as the coke vs pepsi wars. They already have a ride through Hershey commercial with a sweet reward at the end.
"Racing chocolate products" rank just slightly above "sing and dancing cholocate products".
I'm reserving judgement until the ride is open.
Good news... I won't be dissapointed by it, however it actually turns out, because my enthusiasm is slightly above 0. If I ride it and I hate it, it will have met my expectations. If I ride it and I enjoy it in even the slightest, then I will have been "pleasantly surprised."
After watching the video on the parks webpage... well, I have mixed opinions. The changes in evelation and the fact that te cars can spin will add to the experience, but the scenes just are lack luster. Maybe when it's all done and I get a chance to ride my opinion will be changed, but I guess the good news is that Hershey will finially be adding a dark ride instead of removing one. Should be a good segway into the 2007/100th year project...
psst.. I really am not trying to nitpick, but just an FYI: the things you ride that were invented by Dean Kaman are "Segway"s.. the word you're looking for is actually "segue". Not your fault, it's just a weird spelling...
...anywho, odd spellings aside: This looks fairly interesting to me, and they do get bonus points for the family aspect. However, they lose points for using a capital X. ;)
Oh, and I love the pun with the racing 'cup' meaning and the Resse's Cup brand.
Why are people so excited about a marketing angle? So a big company has found a clever way to sell something to people. Big deal. Furthermore, isn't anybody remotely disturbed by the sheer amound of commercial messages we are exposed to? It's obscene. And it bothers me to have to put up with endless commercial messages when I am supposed to be recreating.
Please don't give me a bunch of crap that selling things is how companies afford to hire people and build new things. And yes I understand that this is a private business and they can do what they want. Yes, it is Hershey so commercial tie-ins to Hershey products is to be expected. Whatever. That's not the point. What disturbs me is not that it happens but that so many people not only fail to be bothered by it but revel in it. Do people really enjoy commercial messages in everything they do? Don't you feel like a cheap pawn of corporate America? Aren't we overloaded with a constant pitch to buy buy BUY everywhere?
Yeah, the ride probably will be entertaining and clever. That's what makes it so creepy. The line between advertising and real life has been blurred.
Not excited, used to it, its not like its anything new. Ever since rides became themed or associated with TV characters or movies its been marketing. You could say most of the dark rides at disney throws just as much marketing at you as this upcoming ride, being that most are completely centered around their movies. The entire parks and resorts are all about marketing Disney. You should know that stepping into a park called "[Name brand] Park" is at least 75% about the marketing their products. And every park is 100% about marketing itself. I think this could be fun though like mentioend before the scenes seem very lackluster. Im sure they could improve though. *** Edited 10/25/2005 6:31:37 PM UTC by P18***
If it's anything like the virtual reality game that they have there, It will be funny. I love to stand and watch a set of that game each time I am at Hershey. (it's even funnier when you know someone participating ;) )
I don't mind the commercial tie in. I see even more of the cup tie ins because Hershey/Reese's sponsor a NASCAR Car (Busch Series) but hey it's close enough!
As for the ride plans, I will hold judgement until I experience it next season. But to me most dark rides are fun because they are corny and this could be the corniest creation yet! *** Edited 10/25/2005 6:57:24 PM UTC by dragonoffrost***
You should know that stepping into a park called "[Name brand] Park" is at least 75% about the marketing their products.
But that is just it... with a few exceptions (the costumed characters, the "height requirement" system, the "interactie characters" on Roller Soaker, the name / color / window shapes of the Kissing Tower, and the peanbutter shapped Tea cups*, and some of the merchandising), the theme of HP is not all about Chocolate. Considering the name and location, it is very little about chocolate.
Truth be told... unless they are some kiddie ride which I have not seen... the only Peanut Butter tea cups I have seen are in RCT3 and not an actual ride at the park.
Granted, Chocolate World and the 3D show is all chocolate themed... but then again, that is not in the park proper.
As stated... I like my dark rides scary... if a little corny. I know this could never happen because of copyrights... but I want to see the Rolo Character melting Nestle Crunch Bars (the competition) over an open pit... Ravens pecking out the eyes of the M&M characters (also the competition) while the Reese's Peanut Butter cup looks on with delight... The Hershey Kisses tearing the Quick rabbit to shreads like a school of pihrana.... The Hershey Bar character decapitating a Snickers bar with a chain saw...
It's a dark ride for God's sake! Make it scary AND tie it in with Hershey products! So what if it causes mental distress and trauma with some guests!