Hey there everyone,
I'll make the Knoebel's part short since I did a report on our visit two weeks
ago. I did want to say that although the Phoenix was not running up to it's
usual self on opening day (after all it WAS opening day!), it was absolutely
flying on Saturday! We got in about 7 or 8 rides and it was easily running as
good as does during Phun Phest. Massive amounts of airtime with some ***
slamming moments! Our last ride of the night was a triple ride! Everything
else was running well. Both Twister and Phoenix ran two trains most of the day
so waits were minimal. Thanks Knoebels!
Onto Hersheypark. I was hoping it would be a light day with it being Mother's
Day and all, and it most certainly was! Hershey is so close to being a
traditional park, but because of that little bit of TPM that's thrown in there,
they just can't qualify.
I'll report on Lightning Racer first since that was one of the main agenda's
for the day, that and getting our season passes. I really enjoyed LR a lot. I
went into not expecting an air-time filled out of control woodie, but a fun,
enjoyable, light-on-thrills coaster. That's pretty much what it delivered.
It's not a top ten ride, but it's a solid, 2nd tier ride. I was happy to see
that it raced more than it dueled, since the dueling aspect of woodies just
doesn't do anything for me. The trains are identical to the ones on Roar west,
no difference in lap bars so if you're a fairly big person, you won't have much
room. Sarah on the other hand got some decent airtime, and there is a pretty
long sustained float over the hill after the first drop. It's kind of a shame
because I like these GCI trains a LOT, far more than the Gerstlaur trains, but
the lap bars pretty much take away from some of the ride's potential. I
prefered this ride in the front, as I do with all the other GCI woodies. There
are several 'pops' of airtime, but nothing too severe. The ride is very smooth
and very fast. The ride is perfect for the type of crowd that Hershey wants to
draw. In some ways, I'm kind of glad Hershey doesn't go for the hard core
thrill machines (although Great Bear is close). I think their crowd would look
more like SFGadv if they did that. Hershey always seems to draw a nice,
comfortable crowd. Not only did the ride move fast, but do did the line.
Being the new ride in the park, everyone went to that first. They ran 1 train
per side first thing in the morning, and the wait was about 20 min. Later
during the day, they had all 4 trains running, and the wait for the front seat
was less than 10 min. The ride is a capacity monster. I think even during the
busiest days, the line will move VERY fast running all 4 trains. Of the new
woodies I've been on this year so far, LR is not in the same class as Legend,
but certainly better than the Boss.
Everything else was running well. I saw a previous report that said Wildcat
was running poorly, but I took about 6 rides (all but 1 in the front seat) and
thought it was running just fine with multiple pops of airtime. Tremors knocked
the Wildcat out of my top 10 last year, and although it's still out of my top
10, it rests at the top of my 2nd tier. We closed the park with Wildcat and it
was running great at the end of the night. The one ride I had in the back car
seemed to shuffle a lot, though. I'm just not a back seat fan of GCI rides.
The Midway America area must have the most tracer light bulbs of anywhere on
the planet. LR has the same light package as Wildcat, it's a quite a site
standing by Tidal Force and watching the amazing display of lights! As far as
woodie 1-2 punches go, the Midway America area might not be in the same class
as Silverwood or Holiday World, but certainly should NOT be overlooked. Those
are two very good rides almost right next to each other. And don't forget
they've got one of the wildest Wild Mice right in the middle! So it's a nice
1-2 woodie punch with nice bonus!
We got in all the coasters, Rebecca even rode the Trailblazer. Her count it up
to 7 now! Overall a really nice day at Hershey. Ran into quite a few ACErs.
Saw Dana, Dooley & MCB. Some Hershey locals Don & Derek Shaw. Other ACErs
that had logo clothing, but we didn't recognize. Then were was us, Jim
Westland and Andi!
Looking forward to our next Hershey trip.
Next trip: Coney Island meet up during Spring Con.
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