I was talking to ride mechanics, and it seems that Hershey wants to make sure that it is going to run well. They want to make sure everything is right, so they don't experience the contamination problems that TTD had experienced.
Knowing how Hershey operates if the coaster is ready they will open it. If its not they won't. Giving them until May 24th gives themselves a lot of time to make sure it is ready for daily use.
I am a little bummed out because I was preparing for opening day May 7, and getting there early to be one of the first in line. ;) At the sametime I happy that I get to attend a catered preview day several weeks later. Getting free food, and ERT is always a plus.
Yea, I was hoping i would be one of the first in the park on opening day and one of the first to ride. Guess not, Im a little Bummed about this. Oh well, Its better to have a ride open late then barely open at all.
I too wonder how you get invited to that. I am a season pass holder and I didn't get one, but I did get another mailing (this past weekend) that said something about a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 8 for SR.
This sucks because I already took a vacation day on May 7 hoping it was going to be ready...Oh well, I knew it was wishful thinking. And I am willing to sacrifice a couple of weeks if it means getting it operating properly from Day 1.
Now I am wondering if I should take a vacation day on May 26 since that is the next operating day after the preview day.
For those of you who didn'r get one, it's because it's a media preview for a select audience. I'm guessing the list of invities includes only telivision, radio, and newspaper anchors, webmasters of MAJOR rollercoaster related websites, executive board members or media members of coaster clubs, and people with inside relation to the park (ie the construction workers, the families of the executive board members, etc...).
I have a feeling that person has some sort of connection to HP considering him mentioning talking to ride mechanics and living in Hershey PA. Everyone in the world isn't invited because it's a Media Day...for the media..not enthusiasts.
But if invites for media day go out to "MAJOR rollercoaster related websites" (however that is determined) can it really be considered a "select" audience? Seems like more of a grab bag of people that will take pictures and say happy things as opposed to some special coaster intelligentsia.
Heatherw I don't have a date for the event. It would be possible for you to come along. I have to send in the card stating how many people I am bringing from my immediate family. ;) If I am not taking family I can only have one guest.
I am taking my son with me. He'll be so happy to have ERT and free food. I am sure that he'll have a good time. Like father like son.
I am wondering how many people are invited to the event. Thinking about how many rides I'll be able to get. ;) A full TR will follow of course.