Hersheypark 06/16/2014 – 06/17/2014 June 20, 2014 damarksta Theme Parks We’ve arrived in Hershey, PA and first stop is Hershey’s Chocolate World! Up first is the Great American Chocolate Factory Tour and our hosts for the tour are singing cows. And the ingredient that gives Hershey bars their taste is the milk! Let’s take a look at how chocolate is made. There is a process of breaking the cocoa beans. Chocolate is being rolled. Then mixed. And finally poured and molded. The cows remind us again that “It’s the Milk Chocolate” in a catchy song that won’t get out of your head. Here is a line of Hershey kisses. After our tour we got chocolate samples, but enough of that time to enter the park! We were taking advantage of Hersheypark’s awesome preview plan which allows you to get in the night before after 7:30 PM. Ahh Hersheypark! Now where’s this coaster they call SkyRush? I see part of it! Ooh this is a nice fountain with a statue of Milton Hershey. Now how do we get to it? Which way to the SkyRush? Found it! Wow that is some thick track backbone for the lift. While in line we get a nice view of Great Bear. Ahh almost time to ride! Now some people have called this coaster ThighCrush because of the restraints, they don’t look too bad though. And the coaster was amazing! Easily my new number two and I’ve never been on anything else like it. It literally feels as though this coaster wants to throw you from it every chance it gets. The airtime is insane, ejector airtime. This coaster is out of control! Apparently Chevy is the official vehicle of Hersheypark. Boomerang sigh… Still need the credit but it’s probably the least interesting coaster in the park. Hersheypark shows you the correct lap bar riding position while you’re waiting in line for Storm Runner. Now let’s check out another Intamin in the park with a vertical lift. The line winds right by the lift hill which gives you great views and sometimes scares people out of line. 😛 Here’s a look at the lift gears. Climbing the vertical lift, it’s one of the most insane feelings on a coaster. Like Maverick at Cedar Point, Fahrenheit has a beyond vertical drop at 97 degrees. The rest of the ride isn’t as memorable but still pretty fun in it’s own right. Next up a GCI woodie! I love the Millennium Flyer trains, they are so comfortable compared to PTC trains. Which side will you pick? Thunder or Lightning? I picked Thunder unfortunately Lightning won, but it only looked like by a nose. 😛 Here’s a look at the station brakes for Thunder. Now let’s check out this Reese Cup Xtreme Challenge ride. The loading area is setup like a sports locker room. Decked out with tons of Reese’s gear. Time to shoot some targets! You can see the score display on the bottom left. The ride is setup as Peanut Butter vs Chocolate with one car of four being each team. They give you each teams score multiple times throughout the ride and try to cheer on your team to victory. There are plenty of targets and the shooting is pretty accurate. Unfortunately both times we rode we were Chocolate Lovers and Peanut Butter won both times, but hey we were short a shooter! haha 😛 Let’s end the night with some night rides on SkyRush! SkyRush’s lift all lit up for night rides. The ride is definitely an even more aggressive beast at night. Still awesome no matter when you ride it though. Note the sign that states this is a very active ride. They’re not kidding. haha 😛 We decided to start our second day out with the 4D Chocolate Factory Mystery movie. While waiting for the movie to start there’s a bunch of chocolate memorabilia to look at. Alright our hosts guide us to figure out who is sneaking into the chocolate factory at night. The show is pretty funny during the interactive parts and that guarantees that no two shows are ever alike. We solved the mystery and saved Hershey’s chocolate! Yay! 😛 This is cool inside Chocolate World they have real live cocoa trees. The leafs on some of them are huge, taller than us even! This is something different you don’t see everyday at the grocery store. Now let’s become Chocolate Tasters! We learn all about cocoa beans and where they come from. Our teacher also tells us to let the chocolate melt on top of our tongues and you taste all the different flavors of the cocoa bean. Our place-mat shows us all the different possible flavors in a cocoa bean. Also the steps to chocolate tasting are to look, listen, smell, and taste. The look is the color, listen is the sound when you break it, smell is what it smells like, and taste well that one is obvious. 😛 Interesting fact though is the sound when breaking will sound like more of a snap the higher the concentration of cocoa is. We even earned Master’s degrees from Hershey’s University! 😛 Alright now that we’ve earned our new degrees and put them in our car for safe keeping time to venture back into the park! Let’s take the tram to the entrance. Apparently T-Mobile is a major sponsor of Hersheypark. Wonder how their cell service is at the park? Ahh back to the land of Intamin coasters! Before we go in though let’s see what candy bar height we are. I’m a Jolly Rancer. John is almost a Twizzler haha 😛 jk He just wanted his picture with Ms. Twizzler. The entrance area to the park is very nice has almost a German architecture feeling. Alright what to ride first? SkyRush? Hersheypark’s classic carousel. Check out the neat fire hose hookups in the park. How about starting off with Mini SkyRush?!? haha 😛 New for 2014 Cocoa Cruiser a kiddie credit. It definitely has SkyRush’s color scheme. Check out the tiny cars. Not a bad kiddie coaster and they cycle it three times! Check off that kiddie credit! 😛 Hmm which way to the….? Pretty neat that the signs have every coaster in the park on them. I see you Storm Runner. We decided to check off another new credit and make our way to Sidewinder, on the way we spotted a mini carousel. And a mini scrambler. Alright we’re here, notice it’s sponsored by Outback Steakhouse. So this a boomerang coaster and Outback explains to us why it’s called that. Then it makes perfect sense why Outback would sponsor this coaster. Ooohh its got the Vekoma MK-1212 restraints with no headbanging! This might actually be an enjoyable ride. Actually might be my favorite boomerang coaster. No headbanging, pretty smooth, and great views of the wave pool and waterpark. Speaking of… let’s check out the Boardwalk. Haha there’s a sign warning guests that Ellis audits might be taking place on the lifeguards. I think every Ellis waterpark should post this, let’s the guests know that the guards are being tested and also let’s them know to not pick the dummy up. Definitely adds to the overall feeling of safety I think. Ohh check out the nice blue water. I’m sure it feels pretty refreshing on a hot day like today where the temperatures were in the low 90s! Pretty neat looking wave pool, wish we had more time to check it out. From inside the waterpark you get great views of Fahrenheit. Such a neat looking coaster. Too bad it’s not more exciting. Millennium Force changing rooms? Nope it’s Tidal Force changing rooms. 😛 haha And here is Tidal Force! Pretty high water ride, though the hill isn’t as steep as others. But you still get just as wet as any other. The nice thing about this park is there is plenty of shade provided by the trees. One more look at Fahrenheit before venturing on. I love the color scheme of this coaster. Ooh Cocoa Ave and Chocolate Ave intersection. Time for the last new credit I need at the park the Wild Mouse! It’s a pretty fun Mack wild mouse and it seems to pull a little more on the turns then other versions that I’ve ridden. The exit also has you walk under the ride! While grabbing a bite to eat, a street band rides up and starts playing Bruno Mars. Every park now seems to have flyers. This ride is sure regaining popularity. We gotta check out the bumper cars, they have the best name ever! Also sponsored by Geico. 😛 They even have neat footprints in line to tell you which way the line moves. What’s down here, other than great views of Storm Runner? Oooh it’s the Our Friends from the Sea show! Featuring seals and…. Sea lions! Also again great views of riders experiencing vertical horsepower on Storm Runner! The trainer gets the sea lion to wave, splash, slide around all kinds of different tricks. The finale is a dance to Cotton Eye Joe that was pretty cool. I can see the Hollow over there! Let’s get a ride on the Kissing Tower for some great views of the park. Here you can see Storm Runner. Sorry for the slight blur as the window we were looking out was a little dirty. The classic chocolate factory! And of course SkyRush!!! Love the fact that this coaster like Intimidator 305 has one big drop and then hugs the ground for speed and out of control air-time! An aerial view of Fahrenheit and you can see Wildcat back there as well. Another great GCI woodie at the park. Sidewinder even made it into the picture. And here’s an aerial view of the rest of the Hollow featuring Great Bear, The Comet, and Sooper Dooper Looper! Oooh Coal Cracker the parks flume ride looks pretty fun. Bummer is there are no spots for loose articles. The area by the Kissing Tower provides yet again more great views of Storm Runner. Time to enter the Hollow! Let’s check out this B&M Invert! Love the warning signs that Hersheypark has posted. At least it sounds like they’ll keep the ride running in the rain unlike other parks. The line walks right past the Coal Cracker too. Sigh.. would have been a nice refresher on such a hot day. Almost time to ride! Climbing the lift, ready for the unique first drop on this coaster! The first drop is different than any other B&M Invert I’ve been on, it circles around and then performs the first drop. Neat little change from the normal. Ahh the classic B&M roar you hear, there’s no better sound. Overall a pretty fun coaster. Nothing spectacular but a great ride for the park. Time for some Sooper Dooper Looper? And this is what heat exhaustion looks like. 😛 haha The coaster with the best name in the world. The name is displayed all over actually. The line also gives you more views of Great Bear. Nice comfortable trains with only a lap bar to hold you in which again means no head banging! Old style chain in the station instead of tires that are used on modern coasters. Check out that track. Still smooth as glass so many years later, Anton sure was a genius. Time to check out The Comet. Are we tall enough to ride? I see you SkyRush track. Only two persons per seat. As if you could fit any more. haha 😛 Pretty fun classic woodie. Even more fun now for the views of SkyRush. Ooh there’s a sky ride over there. Let’s check that out. The ride gives you great views over the paths of the park. Who are we kidding? We’re on this for the views of the coasters! Here’s Great Bear navigating the first drop. The final corkscrew of Great Bear. Ooh the station for the Comet. B&M track, very sexy. The Kissing Tower the tallest point in the park. Looks like these geese are having a meeting. Sooper Dooper Looper getting ready to…. loop of course! 😛 Another shot of Great Bear and the Comet. The Comet climbing the first hill. John looks like he’s having a great time on the sky ride. Neat little area of Great Bear before the immelman. Before we leave maybe we should ride that SkyRush coaster again. Yup there it is! This park has free sunscreen stations! Pretty cool don’t want their guests to get sun poisoning. And solar powered cell phone charging stations! Before we get in line for SkyRush again we are greeted to some more roars from Great Bear. The best element of every B&M Invert is the in-line twist. Hands down. Ahh one of the best coasters on the planet!!! Never experienced anything like it. Well time to head home, after a few rides the restraints do start to feel tighter on your thighs but doesn’t matter this coaster is still worth every minute of it. The outside seats are where it’s at too. Definitely feel more force and the coaster wants to throw you even more on the outside. Check out our ride photo from SkyRush!!! Sad it’s time to leave Hersheypark… 🙁 More shots of the entrance area to the park. Very pretty. Noticed this neat little fountain area too when leaving. From the parking lot, you can see the world’s largest school for orphans that was established way back by Milton Hershey. Well that’s it for Hersheypark, time to head onto Knoebels!