Incidentally, where did you stay on this trip? Did you venture to one of the park's hotels, or someplace else nearby?
When I went Great Bear (inverted coaster) was the new thing and i must've gone on it like 50 times. The SuperDuperLooper was also awesome.
My fondest memory was riding the factory tour ride. They piped in the smell of chocolate everywhere. It was a supreme olfactory overload! And when I got off the ride they gave us free samples of the then-new NutRageous bars. I subsequently re-rode about 15 times or so.
Once we had done all the modern coasters, I simply had to ride EVERYTHING. Those wooden coasters where so bumpy and my mom didn't pack any ibuprofen. Legendary headaches. #1 rule of Hersheypark: pack Tylenol or Advil.
I intend to go back with my own children in a few years time. At the top of my to-do list is to visit the Crayola factory (which my dad refused to stop at during our vacation!!!). Also, check out Penn's Cave, the Penn Hills, and Sesame Place.
Lightning Racer remains my fave at HP by a wide Margin, and is even better at night. I like Storm Runner, Comet and SoperDooperLooper, and always enjoy most of the other coasters. I've not gotten back on Thigh Crush since my first and only ride last year, which I certainly did NOT enjoy.
I'm not a person who seeks out live entertainment at parks, but the musical shows during their Kalloween event are pretty decent.
And I NEVER go to Hershey without going through Chocolate World at least once.
Hersheypark is a really underrated park. As I wrote in my review last year of Skyrush, they don't have any record breakers or must-do coasters in the park (I still think Skyrush is the one, however, despite the restraints), but they have a solid, diverse lineup of coasters that few parks can match.
SkyRush is a megacoaster or hypercoaster with four-abreast seating per row. The train design has the outside seats extending beyond the track edges and slightly set back from the middle seats, but that design doesn't classify it as a "wing coaster".
Differences of opinion and differences in perception are what make discussions about roller coasters interesting. I happen to adore Skyrush - you published an article I wrote about a Travel Channel filming of that coaster - and put it at no. 5 on my list of top ten steel coasters. I've ridden it a total of 15 times (11 during the Travel Channel shoot, lol) and will undoubtedly ride it many more times. Granted, the restraints are an issue. How much of an issue depends largely on where you sit, so I'm pretty selective about where I sit. The front row wing seats are the ones that gave me the least discomfort. I enjoyed reading your comment to the effect that Skyrush is rougher than an old woodie. What you perceive as rough I perceive as intense. To each his own. I find that in general people either love or hate this coaster; I have yet to meet anyone who's neutral on the subject. Anyway, enjoyable reading and good description of Fahrenheit.
Every ride was pretty much a walk-on all day.
Hersheypark's used the wing designation for the coaster in the past, but only the two outermost seats on each row could be considered "wing" seats, as I described.