Thanks for your patience... ;~P
Lightning Racer is crazy fun. Still runs great, too. As for PHL, it's a really nice A terminal, a pretty nice F terminal, and a complete abomination in between. The food selection wasn't bad, though. Apparently the rats agree.
I third the Lightning Racer opinion. There's only a coupla coasters I just plain have FUN on, and LR tops the woodies. Nitro tops the steel. Are they my favorite rides? Nope. But sometimes ya just gotta ride with a smile...
Mike, I like what you said. I think it's very true that sometimes the rides you have the most fun on aren't necessarily at the top of the rankings. For instance, I find Superman Ultimate Flight (the B&M flyer, not the Premier...whatever it is) to be one of the rides I have an absolute blast on each time I experience it. I think Manta and Tatsu are both far more impressive, but I could ride Superman Ultimate Flight over and over and over.
The name Flemington will forever remind me of Furs, and the commercials for that store that used to play on the Philly cable stations back in the 70s and 80s.
(although not nearly as cheesy as the ones for Krass Bros. and Ideal).
I remember going with my Mom to Flemington Furs back in the early 70's. Good times...NOT. They didn't sell Matchbox cars, so I had zero interest. We usually hit one of the diners on Rt. 22 on the way home, so that was a plus.
I vaguely remember Ideal, but Krass doesn't ring a bell..oh, wait..doesn't someone by that name post regularly on Coaster Buzz?
We lived less than a mile off Rt 22 growing up in Green Brook.
My aunt was a Flemington Furs regular - stored clothes there (a totally foreign concept to me, LOL).
Lightning Racer's timing is beyond belief - a difference of 50-100lbs. of rider weight on the train made the difference in the race outcomes....amazing. Almost 3400' of trackage, and the races were usually within one car-length difference...
The Whip at Hershey reminds me of HW's Carousel. Sometimes it's worth the investment to buy a CLASSIC ride...
Flemington is also home to the largest model railroad museum in the world.
I went a few years ago and while I am not a model railroad hobbyist, it is pretty darn impressive. I took me over an hour to get through it all and I was moving along. If you are into model railroading, you could probably spend the entire day there.
I am going to Hershey in a few weeks. I haven't been in years. I was under the impression that they didn't make chocolate there anymore. If that is true, how does the town still smell like chocolate? Is the smell lingering from years past? lol
I don't know if they still make chocolate there, but I swear it still smells like it. And chocolate world definitely still exudes chocolate fragrance way before you set foot in the building. Awesomeness.
Lightning Racer is still my favorite wood coaster after Toro. I like the red side much better than the green side for some reason, but I am always insistent on riding this coaster at LEAST once per visit. Such a smooth (for wood) ride, so well paced, and as was said before, so smile inducing. Now I'M smiling! Makes me happy just thinking about it.
And Hershey's whip AND Musik Express blow.Last edited by bunky666, Friday, August 17, 2012 3:01 PM
They still make some..not all..the chocolate in the town. The actual factory and its smokestacks are very prominent.
I found out a few years ago that Hershey's Ice Cream is NOT made by the company we know simply as Hershey. That surprised me when one of their truck drivers told me that.
Ideal jingle from the 70's: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQFlkK9nYYs
Krass Brothers Men's Store (not Krause) 901 South St. Store of the Stars: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5fUJWJX938&feature=player_detailpage Krass is a fitting name.
LK & bunky, Hershey moved some of its operations to Mexico a few years ago. The story evolved into Hershey doesn't make any chocolate in PA anymore. Reese's just built a new plant a few years ago, and Hershey is planning a new one as well. The old one apparently doesn't cut it for 21st century production techniques.
I still remember the pre-Chocolate world days when you toured the real plant. Monorail would drop you off at the factory and take you back to the park, or vice versa.
For Black Diamond I would recommend sitting in row 4 and keeping your head on a swivel for the best experience. If you sit in the front, a lot of stuff happens after you are past it IMO.
Favorite Philadelphia area cheesey commercial from back in the day
Monday, August 20, 2012 11:50 PM
- Knoebels' Bumper cars - silly train wreck. Always protect the knees.
I protect my knees by making sure, whenever possible, that I get in one of the older cars -- they're higher. You can tell the older cars by the fact that the paint job doesn't go all the way down, there's a shiny metal section at the bottom.
(For that matter, I don't think that most of the other ones are even metal, but fiberglass or something. There's another tip for you: the metal ones are more fun, because you can do more damage with the extra momentum.)
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