It seems as though there are just as many people watching as there are people in line for it. Hershey draws the families, and it seems as though a lot of people are afraid of the ride. If the line is not out of the quene it shouldn't be any longer than 35 minutes.
It's amazing how quick that line does go. The only time the wait seems to get long is when your in the station and queue up for a front seat ride. With the front seat line filled your looking at an extra 20-30 minute wait.
I was at the park last week and didn't wait for more than 30 mins on all of my rides. I'm 5'9" 250 lbs, with a 42 inch waist, and while the retraints were snug, I don't think I would have had much probably being a little bit bigger. The whole thing with pretty regular sized people not getting on MF has me completely paranoid, too, I can't imagine that sort of BS going on for much longer...
FYI for KarlS and matt - who both mentioned being paranoid about fitting in coasters because of the MF situation: I know just what you mean! I could buckle my MF seatbelt, but couldn't get enough slack. Ever since then I've had a totally distorted view of myself. I felt like a Macy's Day parade balloon. I'm female, 5'7" and wear a size 16/18 jeans - fat, but not THAT fat.
I'm happy to say I've been able to put things back into perspective. I just got back from a trip to Kings Island, Holiday World and Hershey. I fit in everything - no problem, just like every year until now. KI and HW gave me the confidence to try Storm Runner - something I was planning on shelving until next year. I'm so glad I rode it. SR was great. But I must say, I'm still avoiding all other Intamin rides - particularly those like Superman at Darien Lake. Those restraints look nasty.
Storm Runner's restraints are very comfortable and not too restricting at the same time.
As far as the crowds, the coaster attracts a ton of spectators, which almost makes me wish they would of built the "wuss stands" like they have at Dragster. Then again I don't remember there being much room since Sidewinder is adjacent to SR.
I agree, there are a lot of spectators, but I don't believe that there's A LOT more people not riding than the other coasters at Hershey. The thing is, there is no other coaster at Hershey that is so dynamic to watch, where you can see your friends and family so cleary on the launch track. I'm sure almost as many people are sitting out Great Bear, because there's just not such an obvious place to sit down and gawk.
Just got back from a great weekend at Hershey. Ate plenty of chocolate and still had a least 3" on the belt. So, according to Hershey I'm not exceptional size, if fact I was able to ride everything with room to spare.
I was at hershey last wednsday and thursday and the line did seem long to the eye, but moved very quickly. If the line fills the entire que, except about 30 min to get into the station. I managed to have an average wait of 25min to get into the station or sometimes the ride. Expect 45 min - an hour if your waiting for the front.
It was such a great ride. The airtime in the front car is just increadible! It quickly jumped into my top 10 list after a ride in the front.