rollergator 200....PA Dutch Wonderland/HP.....

Friday, July 26, 2002 8:16 AM

Well, work's taking us to DC from Sun-Wed this coming week, and we get out early on Wed. To save money on the flight - among other things...;), we don't have to come home right away. Having to do some visiting with the family, but I've got Jill convinced to do Dutch Wonderland and Hershey....if all goes well, Thunder and Lightning will becone #199 and #200 on my track record. Dutch Wonderland seems to fit best with travel, and I'll get the first CCI....sucker for nostalgia I know....

I would've just put this on the meeting calendar, but wanted to know what's in the area for food/shopping etc. We remember the outlet mall next door, and I need to have something for Jill to enjoy while I'm getting infinite re-rides on the good woodies....all suggestions are welcome - thanks!

And, if you are able to join us, all the better....:)

Friday, July 26, 2002 8:26 AM

I know there's a combo ticket you can buy for Dutch Wonderland and Hershey that you may want to look into. I think it's about $46.

I don't really know too much about the area, SLFAKE and coasterpunk could probably help you out, though.

You may also want to check out William's Grove while you're in that neck of the woods.

"Look outside, I know that you'll recognize it's summertime." - The Flaming Lips "It's Summertime (throbbing orange pallbearers)"

Friday, July 26, 2002 9:02 AM

The Hotel Hershey and the Conference Center both offer deluxe accomadations and food, but at a price. if you follow the road towards Harrisburg you will find lots of chain restaurants, sit down as well as fast food.

Your wife might also be interested in Chocolcate World and Zoo America.

There isn't too much shopping right in the town of Hershey as I recall. There is a better than average selection of shops inside the park. The real locals can fill in details.

Friday, July 26, 2002 9:07 AM

Gator - have fun, drive carefully, and congrats on #200, even tho the way you count is *totally* bogus ;-)

Matthew - avoiding "Hershey Highway" jokes this time

"Outside of a dog, a man's best friend is a book. Inside a dog its too dark to read." - Groucho Marx

Friday, July 26, 2002 9:34 AM

well, considering we're going to DW first, I'll get to 200 at HP either way...I "thought" I was following some sort of guidelines in terms of counting, now I see on my track record some "double-coasters" as one, others as two....nothing like a foolish (in)consistency....

bill, tipping his hat to Ralph Waldo Emerson....;)

Friday, July 26, 2002 9:58 AM

Not too far from Hersheypark on rt 22 near Harrisburg theres a mall that you wife may want to visit while your at the park. I'm guessing it may be a half hour drive. The Hershey/ Harrisburgh area is littered with tons of restraunts and shopping. Your best bet is to just look at the billboards while your driving.

Drop me an e mail or instant message if you want a buddy for Hershey. I broke mt hand last Saturday so I'm looking for somthing to do to pass the time. Although I'll have to sit out the water rides. ;)

Knoebels visits in 2002. 6

Friday, July 26, 2002 10:06 AM

coasterpunk, if you can make it on Thursday, please do....we'll be there, along with our friend Steve - an RRC'er that I've been trying to get on the 'buzz for awhile now....apparently he LIKES the crap that goes on over there.....go figure.....

BTW, your track record is two coasters off from mine, and looks amazingly similar....and while Jill may be "my better half", we're not married.....yet....;)

Friday, July 26, 2002 10:07 AM

My wife and I were in Hershey last week, and the best place we ate was the pro shop at the golf course at the Hotel Hershey. The hotel's other restaurants are too swanky for us. The Hershey Lodge (on Governor Road) was good but a little pricey.

There is an outlet mall in Lancaster very near Dutch Wonderland. But that area is just completely void of natural beauty; I wouldn't stay around there any longer than I had to.

He let the contents of the bottle do the thinking; can't shake the devil's hand and say you're only kidding.


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