I actually wasn’t planning on being in the park today but hubby gave me a chance to go and I went. My goals for this trip were to get some photos of Reese’s Xtreme Cup Challenge and the old theming on the Railroad for an article I’m writing for the DAFE folks on dark rides of Hersheypark. (Don’t know DAFE? If you like ‘em dark and scary, rides I mean, then you should. Check out the Dark Ride and Funhouse Enthusiasts.)
Was a beautiful day, a little cool, a little windy, but the nicest of the days I attended. It also looked like it was going to be the busiest. Sundays usually aren’t anything special in terms of crowds but this one showed signs of being pretty busy. Thankfully folks were in good moods.
I was happy to see that the penny pond is still there on the left side as you approach the entrance. I was afraid they were going to pave it over like it’s sister pond on the right which now has a retail stand and the height bars.
Headed straight for Reese’s Xtreme Cup Challenge. Used the single riders line – always use the single riders line unless you MUST sit next to someone. You will get in much faster. I rode in a chocolate car and shot photos not circles, much to the chagrin of the two boys in front of me who were hoping to beat their parents in the Peanut Butter car behind us. This is the only dark ride at Hersheypark now so I have to include it even if I personally don’t like it. Designed by the masters of interactive dark rides, Sally Corp., I don’t find this ride to be all that, but some folks love it to bits. I really liked it when you used to get chocolate when exiting, but alas that did not last past season one.
Then over to Dizzy Drums where there still is no paint. And the Milkmen stage where there still is no stage.
I hoofed it up to Dry Gulch and saw something unusual in the giant claw machine….. hmmm…. you never know what you will find there.
Janelle was my engine today and after waiting entirely too long for the attendant to pick at her nails and ignore people waiting in the handicap line, we finally steamed off around the park.
I noticed some new tipis since last year.
And if I’m not mistaken, Mr. Mister Snake is different than last year too, appears much larger. But perhaps that could be my imagination.
I almost missed taking the photos of the skeleton and other bits I wanted because I was snapping shots of the Trailblazer. In the spring you can see through the trees to the corkscrew turns and it just looks really neat. My one and only coaster any more since it doesn’t have any back and forth motion to it.
Exited the train and set out for Midway America. I missed this on weekend 2 and wanted to check out the construction at the Boardwalk. Picked up a kids twist cone and had a chat with a security officer about what’s new, what’s gone and what should be. These poor guys just stand there all day and say, “The Boardwalk will open May 25th” Ugh, what a job. I wasn’t able to see much of the new Shoreline Sprayground water play area from any vantage point. Will have to wait until May I guess.
So the orange and yellow tubes are up for Hydro and Pipeline Coastline Plunge slides (I don’t know which color is which) though I don’t think the ends are quite done.
I was very surprised to see workers on site on a Sunday. They are building stairways. I don’t know who did the designs for these tubes and stairways, but I bet they are glad they have a computer. I’ve done my share of manual mechanical drafting as a geographer and this would have been a nightmare with a pencil.
Here is my favorite photo of the day… all the high tech rides and whatnot and what do they use to carry their tools? Yep, a Radio Flyer wagon.
I took more photos and played “Where am I” with my oldest daughter who is back at base in CA. She guessed this one right away without the hint, do you know what ride it is?
Took a few Chocolate World construction photos on the way out from the tram. My daughter and her best friend were there Wednesday and were asked to do a preview of the new 4D ride. She thought is was OK but nothing great. Moving seats, some smells etc. It opens to the public next month and I’ll give it a go then and let you guys know.
And that ended my day at Hersheypark and ends Springtime in the Park for 2013…. on to Knoebels!