Despite having been sick for the past 10 days I made a treck to the park today because, well, I had to. It is just what I do. I miss the park in the off season and I wanted to see what was new, missing or just plain weird. Found plenty of stuff that was weird.
I started my trip at Chocolate World where I was greeted by a cement mixer. I really had no idea they were remodeling and expanding but they are. Didn’t hurt much I guess, just made it a long walk to the park. Stuff inside was basically the same. Took some photos and then went over to the park.
First thing I noticed was the right half of the penny pool (that’s what we call it since you throw coins in) at the entrance to the park is being bricked up. The section with the waterfall is still there. Some new roof material on the buildings but other than that not much of note.
Lines were stupid long in some places while others they were only 1 or 2 deep. I chose to go through an empty security line and got through the gates in about 5 min. Not to shabby. Took notice of the locker ($15 small, $20 large) and stroller prices ($12 single, $17 double) and bought my meal voucher ($13.75) after waiting in line for 20 min while people mostly resolved ticket issues they had ordered incorrecty on the internet. Seemed to be an epidemic.
I followed the “not so secret” path to Skyrush since it was open. Thought that was kind of strange since Skyrush itself was not open…. the trains were sitting in the queue area with notes on them so it looks like they are close to being running. Maybe next weekend? Only time will tell.
Then I noticed something was missing – Wave Swinger. Oh it was still there but it was much shorter than usual. It was on the list to be open but clearly was not operational. Got some cool photos of it up close and will add those to my Wave Swinger ride post here.
I was taking photos of menus for the 2013 Hersheypark food prices post I’ll put up in a few days and trying to do the math on the meal voucher to see just how much you saved. That is hard to do since many of the meal options are not options on the menu so you don’t know how much you are saving. Bummer. I’ll be doing a meal voucher post soon since lots of folks ask about it. The trick is, it is only a good value if you want the refillable cup. If you already have a cup it is not a good deal at all. And the cup is the same style as last year. Boo hiss. I know it is less plastic, probably cheaper, blah, blah, blah. Not fun to drink out of.
Something new, Simply Chocolate now sells ice cream.
Walked across the bridge toward Minetown and noticed the signs were missing that were there at Christmas about not sitting or standing on the railing. I assumed at the time that those signs were put up because of the young boy who was killed near Pittsburgh after falling from a fence at the zoo. Guess Hersheypark didn’t feel they needed to keep them.
So, took a tour around Music Box Way and Pioneer Frontier and saw what was what up that way. Dizzy Drums is going Steampunk I guess – no paint.
Fahrenheit was not running at this time (Great Bear was) but they were testing with dummies. One of them sprayed water from its head every time it went around. Was very odd to be rained on by dummy brain, but, well, Hersheypark is an odd place.
Tidal Force was getting some work done. This ride was open for Springtime last year.
Found a new snack machine near the arcade – a healthy snack machine. $2 for a bag of pistachios. Looked like mostly it was stuff that contained wheat and nuts, but if you don’t have those allergies this is a nice change over chips.
Lockers at Tidal Force Changing area were covered with tarps.
Took notice to the Roller Soaker-less view at the Boardwalk. Still lots of activity going on here since they are installing two more tubes on the Plunge – orange and yellow. The orange one is up, the yellow one looks like Giant pieces of macaroni sitting on the ground. Didn’t see much evidence of the new water feature to replace Roller Soaker yet.
Wildcat was running one train and I noticed the cover wasn’t on the performance building behind the Fun Slides. That area is awful big back there…..
The Trolley Car was totally devoid of ads on the front which was weird to see.
Doubled back to walk by Storm Runner and Sidewinder. Ran into Fox 43 photographing the characters. Looks like the Reese’s Cup needed a break.
Storm Runner’s trains looked especially bright to me but I think that is because the red track has faded so badly. Time for some more paint there folks.
One thing I noticed with this first walkthrough was a lack of mention of entertainment for 2013. I saw a sign for Patty and the Peppermints (loved them in 2012) but that was it. No sign for anything for summer at the Music Box and the Milkmen stage was gone. The Ampitheatre had the same signage as last year so maybe that show will return, but other than that? Who knows.
Used my meal voucher at Shakey’s for sliders and Fries. They only had Diet Mtn Dew, very icky. Poor guy apologized to me, said I was the fourth person already to say something like that. Took my vittles to Minetown to eat where it was a bit warmer. About that time I went over to the Caboose, or tried to, to meet up with my new park historian friend Harry (Hi Harry!) The Caboose was blocked off.
While I was waiting I took a picture of this flooded Tiny Timbers car. Kinda sad.
So Harry and I spent the next few hours talking shop which for park historians means walking, talking and taking lots of pictures. Harry led me to the last remaining Starlight Arcade piece in the park, at the base of the Falcon. I need a better picture, but it is for the Blue Angels.
Another thing Harry noticed right away that I did not was the new paint job on the Skyview and the fact that they removed the covers. Again, saw it (check out the Wave Swinger photo earlier in the post) but it just did not register.
I haven’t done the ride page for this yet, but when I do I’ll include both iterations. Below is how they looked last year.
So we walked and talked and talked and walked. Harry is especially interested in kiddie ride photos from Hersheypark between 1967 and 1977. If you’ve got any at home, leave a comment. He’s especially trying to find info on a sailboat ride.
Last thing we took notice to before I needed to head to ZooAmerica, was that the Kissing Tower looked might strange. In fact, it looked like a silver foil wrapped kissing tower. Another paint job not quite finished.
So that really ends my park story for today. Went to the zoo, saw a few new animals, heard the lynx meow if that is what it is called when a lynx talks. After that, my cold caught up with me and I left for home. Took some final shots of Skyrush and the fountains before I left. The Canada Geese were swimming happily.
Did I miss anything new folks? If so, leave us a comment so we know. Thanks for reading.