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Yoshi

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  1. Saw Mill Log Flume and Congo Rapids aren't enough for the crowds the park gets especially when only 1 of those rides are operating. It seems like over the past few years Saw Mill Log Flume opens sometime in early to mid May around Memorial Day at the latest and then closes around Labor Day and Congo Rapids opens around Memorial Day and closes in mid September. It would be good to have a water ride that could possibly run from April to sometime late in September. That would give the park 3 water rides during the warmest part of the season and still have at least 1 water ride open during the beginning and later parts of the season.
  2. Hopefully the weather forecast doesn't change and the park is able to have the event this time.
  3. With how popular Holiday in the Park is with families, it would be good to have the Safari open the entire season. It might also encourage people to get to the park earlier and spend more time at the park since it seems like every time I go to Holiday in the Park, from opening until 3 - 4, crowds are very low.
  4. Day 11 - Season Locker Pass

    Yeah those lockers are good and helped me in September. The zipper pocket on my shorts broke ( that's the last time I buy clothes from a 3rd party seller on Amazon) and they had the lockers set to 5 hours for free at SkyRush. I guess Hershey can offer it since their daily tickets and season passes are so much more than other local parks. I paid $145 for my 2018 Hershey season pass and that was the early sale pricing. I wouldn't care if they raised the season pass price somewhat. I like the low prices but if they raised it something like $79.99 or $89.99 I would still find it a tremendous value. The first few years I had a season pass it was $60 for the season pass and $60 for the parking pass.
  5. That's good there will finally be hotels near the park. It amazes me that for as long as the park has been around, the closest hotels are 20 minutes away. I would probably stay at a nearby hotel maybe once a year and go to the park 2 days in a row when there is a day I just don't feel like driving over 5 hours round trip.
  6. Disney Parks additions

    I wouldn't have expected to see that. It reminds me of around 10 years ago when multiple Six Flags parks were selling Disney character merchandise.
  7. Disney Parks additions

    Yeah I agree. It looks so out of place and something I would expect to see as a building in Tomorrowland. It was also strange to see all the Marvel merchandise being sold in the park. Probably because I'm used to the Florida parks where they don't sell those items.
  8. Day 11 - Season Locker Pass

    With lockers now being required for some rides, it would be good to be able to pay one price and be able to use the lockers the entire season rather than pay $1 each time you are at a ride or $8 per visit for the option that lets you use a locker at each ride. It would also allow people to keep their souvenir cups secure at each ride rather than use the station or ride entrance cup holders if they already paid for using the lockers the entire season.
  9. It can be frustrating to be waiting to get into the parking lot and be stuck in a line of cars where people don't have their money ready to pay, their card doesn't work or they ask a lot of questions. Having a lane just for pass holders where payments aren't accepted and everyone's season pass voucher or season pass card is scanned would save time for pass holders.
  10. Now that we have Justice League, a wooden coaster is one of my most wanted rides I want to see the park add. Even though El Toro is great, I really miss having a traditional wooden coaster and it would also be good for anyone looking for more of a thrill than TDK, Skull Mountain and Runaway Mine Train but not ready for the larger B&M and Intamin coasters.
  11. Disney Parks additions

    I never thought about that before but now it makes sense why all these new additions to the parks are almost all licensed attractions. It's a shame that EPCOT especially is probably going to get more and more licenses. Some new information about the Guardian's of the Galaxy coaster has been released. http://wdwnt.com/blog/2017/12/breaking-new-details-revealed-guardians-galaxy-ride-epcot-coaster-will-not-feature-inversions/ There will be no inversions and it is yet another launch coaster. I'm still not really looking forward to it that much just because of the theme and now that whole side of Future World that used to have 3 rides that anyone could ride is now 3 more intense / thrill rides that are much more limited in who can ride them (both height requirements and health warnings or people that don't like more thrilling rides). Not to mention it will probably be a Tier 1 FastPass ride so it's either give up a Test Track FastPass or deal with ridiculous standby waits.
  12. I wonder if they are going to open the park if it is going to snow that much and if they will reschedule the event.
  13. Kennywood Removing Log Jammer

    Maybe they are going to add a family coaster? Unless Jack Rabbit is considered a family coaster, there are no other coasters for kids under 46" besides Lil' Phantom.
  14. https://www.kennywood.com/kennywood-log-jammer-retires It's a shame to see such a great log flume removed, especially with the rare uphill section. The rapids and Pittsburgh Plunge can get you soaked and removing the one water ride that doesn't get you soaked seems like a mistake. 3 days notice is not much time for people to get their final rides in either.
  15. I like that for Holiday in the Park there are some different options not offered the rest of the year like at the Main Street Pub. More choices throughout the year like that would be great.
  16. 12/3/17 Great Adventure and iPlay America

    That was the first season I really became interested in riding coasters as much as I could compared to before that when it was once or twice a year or sometimes not at all and also when I started to ride major coasters. Before that I had only ridden Rolling Thunder, Skull Mountain and Runaway Mine Train at Great Adventure and nothing with inversions at any park except sooperdooperlooper and Loch Ness Monster. It was also when I started to post on amusement park message boards and learn about things like the different coaster manufacturers and want to learn more about parks, coasters and the industry.
  17. I got to the park around 1:30 and it was empty as expected. I wanted to get multiple Justice League rides in and knew it might get a long line later on and went there first. There was no wait using the single rider line. Even with this being my 3rd trip to the park since Justice League opened, I still feel like I am at Universal when I walk into the building. I'm determined to get 200,000 or at least 150,000 but I only managed to get 141,000 (I don't remember the last 3 numbers). The 2nd ride had a few minute wait to get to the single rider line. After lunch I went back for a 3rd ride and this time the line was almost outside the building. It was only 10 minutes, mostly waiting to get to the single rider line. I could have stayed here for another hour but wanted to get to other rides. Nitro had a station wait. There isn't anything much better than being able to ride a B&M Hyper Coaster in December. It was excellent as always. The B and C train were running. I walked around for a 2nd ride. Batman had no wait with 2 trains running. As much as I would like to ride this coaster multiple times in a row, it's too forceful for me. Skull Mountain was also a station wait and as usual, I went for the last row. SkyScreamer was 1 cycle wait. I had an inside seat and got a little dizzy (that only lasted for a couple of minutes) which hasn't happened since I first tried the ride in 2015. Next time, I'll try to get an outside seat again and see if that matters. I went back to Skull Mountain and the Dark Knight. Nitro had broken down and I waited outside the entrance when I saw empty trains were cycling. A few minutes later it opened and I walked onto the front row along with the other 3 people in line in front of me. By the time I got back in line for another ride, the line was almost to where the 30 minute wait sign used to be. It took almost 20 minutes and when I exited the ride I saw the line was almost to where the 60 minute wait sign was. After Nitro I went back to The Dark Knight. I was going to try to ride the Skyway earlier in the day but even by 3:00 the line was at least 20 minutes. I thought I might as well wait until the lights were on all over the park. Riding the Skyway later in the day is great to see the lights everywhere and then get to the Frontier Adventure station where the park is quiet but the lights are still turned on in Plaza Del Carnaval. After dinner I rode Green Lantern twice with 1 train wait each time. I didn't go back to Justice League since the wait time on Queue Time was showing 35 minutes and I wanted to get to iPlay America. Like 2015 and 2016, the park looked amazing with all the lights all over and I think it looks nicer than Hersheypark's lights. I went to iPlay America for 1 reason only, to ride the Freedom Rider coaster. 2017 is almost over and I realized I hadn't ridden a new coaster this year. This would have been the first year since 2005 when I became a coaster enthusiast that I wouldn't be getting a credit and didn't want that to happen. The pictures of the coaster on the park's website don't show seatbelts but they have been added and connect from the lap bar to the front of the seat. There was no one else riding the coaster and it went around the circuit 4 times. The coaster spun a little but not as much as Primeval Whirl and not nearly as much as Sierra Sidewinder which was ok with me since I don't like spinning that much. Now that I had coaster #147 ridden, I walked around the rest of the building for a few minutes. Besides the coaster, there were some other small rides like a Kite Flyer as well as a ropes course, go karts and a lot arcade games. If it was closer, it would probably be fun to visit in the winter and drive the go karts, play some arcade games and maybe ride the coaster again. I liked these light projections.
  18. I miss the old path that went past Balin's Jungleland. It takes a lot of extra time to walk from Frontier Adventures or Plaza Del Carnaval and have to go through the Boardwalk to get to Kingda Ka and Zumanjaro. Having the Old Country path open all year would be nice too, especially if someone is going to Justice League fr their first ride of the day.
  19. Another area that's not in the best condition is near Kingda Ka's exit and photo area. I try to be extra careful when walking around the sections of pavement that are worn.
  20. GAH Members' Birthday Thread

    Happy Birthday James
  21. Hersheypark, 11/26/17

    My last visit to Hersheypark during Christmas Candylane was in 2007. Although it was fun being at a park in December, seeing all the coasters shut down for the season was tough and I didn't feel like going back that time of year with no coasters running. Since that has changed, I decided to give the event another try. I kept looking at the temperature displayed in the car on the drive to the park knowing if it dropped another few degrees, the trip wouldn't be so good with the coasters and Triple Towers shut down. It did warm up to almost 50 when I arrived at the park. Thanks to some bad traffic on I-81 and not taking the usual exit, I didn't stop for lunch before getting to the park. Outside the park entrance at the ticket booths near the tram stop, meal vouchers are sold. For $10 plus tax you get an entree and a 21 oz fountain soda. That is very reasonable for pricing at a park and the entree alone is most cases is more than $10. I might get that voucher a few times a season rather than spend time going somewhere else on the way to the park. sooperdooperlooper was the first ride of the day. It was a little strange walking around in that area of the park without many people around and Comet, Skyrush and Great Bear not running so it was kind of quiet. Only 1 train was running with no train on the transfer track so it looks like it will be 1 train for the rest of the season and I guess explains why the wait was an hour for much of the day Saturday. It felt like the coaster was running a little slower than normal and the brakes before the last turn towards the final brakes outside the station slowed the train almost to a complete stop and it moved slow to the next set of brakes. After 4 rides I went to get lunch and then to the Triple Towers. I could see Skyrush's trains taken apart with some of the train pieces in the station and others in the queue. All 3 towers were running with no wait. I rode the Hershey Tower twice and the other 2 towers once. The Kisses Tower has more air time than I expected (I had ridden it earlier this season once but didn't remember much). Reese's Extreme Cup Challenge doesn't seem as fun anymore after riding Justice League especially when you get a laser gun that doesn't work well. Wild Mouse had 5 cars running without much of a line. Laff Trakk had a 45 minute line. This was the emptiest I have seen the park in all of 2016 and 2017 and this coaster still had a long line. I feel like if there were only 200 people in the park one day, somehow, all 200 would end up in that line. Wildcat had 1 train running with the 2nd train covered up. It was running like normal, not too bad in the front row, rough in the other rows. The station was somewhat covered with tarps that had clear plastic windows, to help keep the station warm. I got 2 rides and then back to Wild Mouse and Music Express. This was my time trying the Music Express at Hershey and there were no seatbelts like at Dorney. The cycle was longer than Dorney's Music Express as well. Whip wasn't as rough compared to earlier in the season, maybe the wheels got replaced? After 2 rides I went back to Wild Mouse and Wildcat again. This time Wildcat had a line out of the station. After another ride at Reese's Extreme Cup Challenge with another laser gun not working, I went back for 4 more sooperdooperlooper rides and then to the Hershey and Reese's Towers. Frontier Flyers had been closed the entire time I was at the park and had opened. I got 2 rides and went to Pirat, Reese's Extreme Cup Challenge again finally with a working laser gun, Fender Bender and Starship America on the way out of the park. During my final sooperdooperlooper ride I looked up the temperature and it was 41, by the time I left the park it was 35 and the Triple Towers, Frontier Flyers and all the outdoor coasters except Cocoa Cruiser were closed. I had heard the lowest temperature the park will run the coasters is 38 degrees and that seemed to be accurate. I didn't expect the park to remain so empty the entire time I was there and I ended up getting 31 rides in 5 1/2 hours.
  22. Hersheypark, 11/26/17

    That must have been a really long wait with how much time it takes for each monorail cycle. I didn't notice if only 1 monorail train was running on Sunday or not and I would like to see them try to run 2 trains on the monorail and sooperdooperlooper on crowded days. I understand on a slow day this time of year that 1 train is enough especially because they want the trains going out full if the weather is cold (at least for the coasters) but on a crowded day, it doesn't seem like enough.
  23. GAH Members' Birthday Thread

    Happy Birthday Matt
  24. Miscellaneous Mumblings

    I hope you have a good cruise, the AquaDuck looks fun.
  25. Misc GA Mumblings

    I was watching the wait times again today and it looked like it was empty today as well except for Justice League. I'm going to try to get to the park on a Sunday before the season ends rather than deal with the Saturday crowds.
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