I love trains so the Dry Gulch Railroad at Hersheypark is one of my favorite rides, but I’ve ridden enough times with small children to know that some of the props can be scary to them and even to some adults. Even adults who are now Marines.
This post contains spoilers so if you don’t want to know what is on the ride, stop here and go search for hmmm, pressed pennies. Yep that’ll keep you busy.
All of the items that seem to cause problems with adults and children will come up on your LEFT if you are riding in a forward facing seat – meaning you are facing the engine. If you are riding a backward facing seat (with the engine behind you) then all these things will be on your RIGHT.
To avoid them, sit on the other side of the seat. (Right if you are riding forward, left if you are riding backward.)
The thing that bothers some adults, some children and even one Marine I know (Hi Skeetr!) is a large (fake) rattlesnake. He spits water most of the time and you will get a little wet and he moves forward toward the train.
The other two things that often bother small children are a crazed barber with a razor that moves out of shadows of the barber shop and a skeleton that swings from a rope and moves toward the train. These items come up just past the tipis so if your children don’t like that sort of thing, distract them by having them look out of the train the other way to the rest of the park.