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Hersheypark trip report

Hersheypark: First-time visit to one of the country's oldest theme parks

From Wendy Purdy
Posted August 19, 2006 at 9:33 PM
My husband and I visited Hershey Park the evening of Aug. 16 and all day Aug. 17. It was our first visit to this park. In the interest of space, I will include the highlights, and lowlights, of our trip, along with some general comments. At the bottom, I will list the other attractions and shows we visited, and will be glad to offer information and comments on these as requested.

Favorite rides

Lightning Racer: This was our first experience with a dueling coaster, and we both loved it! We rode “Thunder” and “Lightning” in the dark and then both during the day. Each coaster was fun in and of itself, but watching for and racing the other train added to the enjoyment.

Storm Chaser: We’ve both been on Hypersonic XLC at King’s Dominion, and we were looking forward to riding this launch coaster with the added bonus of the inversions. It did not disappoint. We rode three times…the first time in the front row in the evening. We went first thing the next morning and rode twice in 15-20 minutes (of course not waiting for front row).

Least favorite ride

Wildcat: My husband described this wooden coaster as “evil.” It was probably the second-worst coaster we’ve been on our life (after “Psyclone”? at Magic Mountain). It was very rough…much rougher than the much older “Comet” in the park.

Favorite shows

The Great Candy Caper: From what we were able to determine, this is a new show in the “Aquatheater.” A sign outside the theater said the dolphins that used to perform here were relocated after Hurricane Katrina destroyed their home on the gulf. Anyway, this show is a slapstick comedy featuring sea lions and divers. The sea lions plus one guy are the “good detectives,” while the divers portray the “bad mobsters.” Be warned, though, the first few rows are in danger of a good splashing.

Trash Time: The Beat Bros.: This was a “Stomp”-style show in the Music Box Theater. A group of “plumbers” used a variety of objects such as garbage cans, pipes, lunchboxes, etc. to make percussion-style music. As a couple of Gen-Xers, we enjoyed the homage to the Mario Brothers at the end of the show.

Least favorite show:

The Milkmen: The singing was fine for a theme park show…we just couldn’t figure out if it was supposed to be a comedy, a public service announcement or blatant product advertising.

General observations

Positives: The preview program was nice. We arrived at the park at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night, purchased tickets for Thursday and enjoyed the park for the rest of the evening. I would say the nicest part of the program was that we didn’t have to pay for the parking again the next day.

My husband is a chocoholic, and he quite enjoyed the aroma of cocoa and sugar from the factory. Of course, he had to sample several products throughout the day, and he said the item that came closest to that smell was the “Death by Chocolate” fudge.

Negative: The performers in the outdoor shows had to compete with the music being piped over the speakers. They need to find some way to cut the speakers while the shows are in progress. It was very difficult to listen to “Karl Hausman - The Piano Man” with Carrie Underwood singing “Jesus Take the Wheel’ as backup.

Other rides

Comet, Wave Swinger, Dry Gulch Railroad, Reese’s Xtreme Cup Challenge, Skyview, Coal Cracker, Flying Falcon, Great Bear, Twin Turnpike, Canyon River Rapids, Frontier Flyers, Sidewinder, Tidal Force, Trailblazer, Western Chute Out and Roller Soaker

Other shows

Karl Hausman - The Piano Man, Great Country, In Your Own Backyard and The Soda Pops

Closed attractions during our visit: The Kissing Tower and SOOPERDOOPERLOOPER


Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From Alex Silverman
Posted August 21, 2006 at 7:58 PM
WOW. I am shocked about the review of Wildcat. I personally love this ride. I personally like a rough wooden coaster and I understand that most people don't. To see it rated that poorly just shocks me. I guess the differing opinions is what makes a ballgame.

From christian giovannini
Posted June 7, 2009 at 6:17 AM
just so u know its storm runner not CHASER. and sounds like a u had a good time. I myself hate wildcat

From Eli Katzman
Posted June 7, 2009 at 4:18 PM
Christian, I'm going to post a thread probably tomorrow for my trip to Hershey Friday, but as for right now, I'll tell you this- I actually waited an hour for Wildcat because they could only run 1 train in rain. I knew it wasn't going to be worth it... anyway, my friends and I (aside from being pissed) found it ironic that stormrunner can't run in rain because it's supposed to run in a storm... just kidding.... eheheheh!

From christian giovannini
Posted June 7, 2009 at 8:09 PM
eli, hahaha hence the name STORM RUNNER. Im going to dorney again on tuesday and then ill give my tr

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