Hershey park and Dorney info please!!!Hersheypark: Lines, food, any info.
From Christy ShumanHey guys, Im headed to Hershey and Dorney. Going to Hershey on Monday June 1st and Dorney Wednesday June3rd. Just wanting a general idea of what you guys have to say about these parks, and what the crowds might possibly be like. Food, cleanliness, park employees. How strict are they on rain policies? Are the parks easy/hard to navigate? Thanks for any info. Christy
Posted May 23, 2009 at 11:23 AM
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From Robert MillerChristy, the Boardwalk section opened this weekend, wave pool, lazy river ,etc, so that area might be crowded more so than the other sections. I've gone to Hershey many times since it's only about 50 miles away. The park itself is built on hills, so you'll be going up and down them a lot.
Posted May 24, 2009 at 5:14 PM
I've been a season passholder for a number of those years, and have always found the park to be clean and the employees' friendly. There is a wide veriety of food to choose from and although I have never eaten there, there is a nice restaurant just by the ticket booths but I can not remember the name. As far as rain, the coasters shut down, but the crowd stays.
One last thing, remember to take the free tour of Chocolate World. And if your a chocolate lover like I am, you'll love the candy store at the end of the tour. Have FUN next Monday. Also, I've been to Dorney many times,and I like Hershey better. Dorney starts on a hill and goes down, tough going up at the end of a day. I haven't been there in three years, so I do not know what it's like now :)
From Eli KatzmanChristy, I'm actually going to Hershey Fri. June 5th (1 or 2 times later that year, too), and dorney sometime late june, i hope.
Posted May 25, 2009 at 6:42 PM
Anyway, I'm going to adress my info like you have no idea what rides are at the parks. Oh, both parks have cubbies on all rides. So bring a bag if you want, not like crap SF... anyway: Ok, here we go, brace yourself:
Hershey: Great park, self owned (of course) by the Hershey corporation, and no chain. Has a nice chocolate factory tour, too (alternate pay)! Great employees, well kept.
Dorney: Owned by Cedar Fair, and in same condition as Hershey: great! Still, I don't know about food. Look for my tr, if you want, or you can just ask James (Rio) to find it for you.
Okay, coasters (only 5): Steel Force, Talon, Hydra: the revenge, Thunderhawk, and Possessed.
Steel Force: No where near you expect... basically terrible... no lines, though. Okay, it hurts, and the restraint might LITERALLY lift someone out of their seat! If you're young and small, the lowest the lap bar will go to is like you're chest! VERY unsafe... because of the lap bar + air time, it's just dangerous...
From James RaoAsk and ye shall receive. I am Eli's gopher!
Posted May 25, 2009 at 7:29 PM
By the way, not only are Talon and Patriot (at Worlds of Fun) twins, but Steel Force and Mamba (also at WOF) are very similar as well. However, Mamba is an extremely smooth and fun hyper coaster, not sure what went wrong with the Dorney version of the ride.
From Eli KatzmanThanks, James. Sorry I spelled your name wrong though!
Posted May 26, 2009 at 3:09 PM
From James RaoNot a problem, Ely Cats-man. ;)
Posted May 26, 2009 at 4:36 PM
From Greg BarkContrary to what has been previously said, I really like Steel Force. It was smooth for me and provided massive airtime while still being safe. As for Hydra, I wasn't impressed. I really wanted to like this ride, but I couldn't because it felt too slow and the inversions were just downright repetative. That's excluding the pre-lift roll, of course.
Posted May 26, 2009 at 4:48 PM
From Eli KatzmanJames- EHEHEHEHE (that's the Peter Griffin laugh from the show family guy... I love it!)
Posted May 27, 2009 at 1:16 PM
Greg- have you ridden any other hyper coasters? For example, I ride superman at SFA all the time. That seems much better than Steel Force. It's kinda like how I rode flight of fear before I rode joker's jinx. They are the exact same ride, but FoF is 10x better because it seems faster and it's in pitch black indoors. So, I couldn't really enjoy JJ because I rode something really similar and better before the "worse" coaster, in my opinion. As for Hydra, I know what you mean, but I try to take in the greatness, which makes it better, if that makes any sense.
From christian giovanniniYou are going to LOVE your trip. Il start with dorney bc i live 25 minutes from there.
Posted May 29, 2009 at 6:07 PM
its a fun park rides are great. but only 6 coasters there. The food is good at the BURGER BARN. (but of course a little pricey)BRING bathing suit. There is a whole seperate water park thats amazing. some hills so be ready to walk. clean and friendly employees.
Now HERSHEYPARK(my fav amusement park)
From Greg BarkReally? Friendly service at Hershey? The last time I went, employees treated guests like crap.
Posted May 29, 2009 at 6:54 PM
From christian giovanninioh i have been going every summer for at least 5 years now and we never had a problem.
Posted May 29, 2009 at 6:57 PM
From Eli KatzmanChristian, when I went in '07, they were pretty good. Was that a year when they were nice? Anyway, there are only 5 coasters at Dorney, remember? Possessed, Hydra, Steel Force, Talon, and Thunderhawk. Were you thinking of Wild Mouse? I don't really classify them as coasters. (Not as an example) When I went to dorney last year, people were waiting for over an hour just to ride it... no way...
Posted May 30, 2009 at 6:50 AM
From Robert MillerChristy, the weather forecast for the Hershey area on Monday is mostly sunny with temp about 80. Unfortunately, the extended forecast for the Dorney area on Wednesday, is mostly cloudy with possible rain, temp 74. Have fun at both parks. :)
Posted May 30, 2009 at 7:23 AM
From christian giovanninii was thinking of LASER
Posted May 30, 2009 at 8:12 AM
From Eli KatzmanI thought they took that out. Have you gone yet this year?
Posted May 30, 2009 at 12:00 PM
From christian giovanniniomg it was so weird when i was talking to u today at like 11 my friend texted me and said do youwanna go to dorney with me so yes i just went today and it was so fun. The perfect day. No lines for anything. We walked right on everyride including coasters.
Posted May 30, 2009 at 8:44 PM
From christian giovanninioh yea...and LASER is gone it looks so weird. it a big open lot. Do you no why they tok it down??? Do you know if there putting a new ride for next summer?
Posted May 30, 2009 at 8:46 PM
From Eli KatzmanWell, I actually know as much as you, now. The only reasons I can think of is because it needed a lot of maintenance and that it had a slow line, and not very many people went on it... so i guess it was just using energy that was needed, and used for a bad purpose. What do you think?
Posted June 1, 2009 at 6:53 AM
Oh, and I REALLY hope they put something there! COME ON CEDAR FAIR!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!! I might go this year, and I'm definitely going next year, so we just have to see!
From christian giovanniniyup hopefully a new BIG coaster
Posted June 1, 2009 at 1:55 PM
From Eli KatzmanWhat are you hoping for? I am going for a smaller B&M flying or a new GCI... what about you?
Posted June 1, 2009 at 6:05 PM
From christian giovanninisomething like farenheight at hp bc its such a small area and i think something ike that would fit
Posted June 2, 2009 at 1:40 PM
From Eli KatzmanYeah, I guess. Like maybe the Superman Ultimate Flight layout
Posted June 2, 2009 at 2:09 PM
From christian giovanniniyea
Posted June 2, 2009 at 4:01 PM
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