On Tuesday June 26th, 2012, the Coaster Of The Day crew headed to Hersheypark in Hershey, PA. This was our first time to Hersheypark for 2012. It was an important day because it was the first time we rode their 12th Coaster, Skyrush.
Our day started at 9:00 am as we arrived at Hersheypark. The park did not open until 10 am, so we had to wait with the massive crowds to enter the park. When the park finally opened, it seemed almost everyone headed to Skyrush. At 10:05 when we arrived at Skyrush, it already had a 30 minute wait. The line moved very slow, due to a one train operation. At 10:30 we reached the point where you can decide to wait for front row, or wait for another row. Since it was the first time we were going to ride this Intamin Mega, we wanted to experience it in the front row. We ended up waiting an extra hour for the front row! After waiting almost 2 hours, we finally rode Skyrush! Overall it was an amazing ride, but there was some problems! (Be sure to Read our full Coaster Review of Skyrush!)
It was about noon, and the park was already crowded. We decided to grab a quick slushy drink, and head over to ride Trailblazer, the mine train Coaster. It was a nice family Coaster, but it was very short. We then headed over to another great Coaster at the park, Storm Runner. The wait time was about 45 minuets, and this Coaster also was on a one train operation. We decided to wait, because this is one crazy Coaster! After riding Storm Runner, we headed over to ride one of the parks 3 wooden Coasters, Wild Cat. Wild Cat was an okay ride, but it was rough. It was also the first Coaster manufactured by GCI (Great Coasters International). After getting our heads rattled around, we headed over to ride another Wooden Coaster at the park, Lightning Racer. Lightning Racer is another GCI Wooden Coaster, and compared to Wild Cat, Lightning Racer is a much better Coaster. We rode Lightning Racer a bunch of times and then headed over to ride Fahrenheit.
We noticed Fahrenheit had a long wait of over 2 hours, so we decided not to wait. Instead we decided to eat lunch at the Hersheypark Place. It is located right outside the parks main entrance, and is the parks only sit down restaurant. It was a good meal, and if your at the park and want a break in the A/C, we highly suggest visiting the Hersheypark Place. With a full stomach, we headed back over to Skyrush to ride it again. Surprisingly, Skyrush only had a 30 minute wait. We decided to wait line, and we rode the back row. After that, we rode the parks oldest operating Coaster, Comet. We then also rode SooperDooperLooper, with it's new trains. (SDL's new trains were fantastic!)
It was then about 5 pm, and we headed over to ride the parks B&M inserted Coaster, Great Bear, and it is one of the best Inverted Coasters. We then rode the Coal Cracker, the classic Log Flume, which is located next to the Great Bear. After that, we rode the parks classic observation tower, the Kissing Tower.
Finally it was 7 pm, and we decided to ride Fahrenheit. Then, it had an hour wait, and we decided to ride it. It was a great Coaster, and it was worth the wait. It was then about 8 pm, and we were very tired from our long day. We then had dinner, and went back to our hotel.
It was a fantastic day at Hersheypark, and we were very luck, as we were heading back to the park the next day!
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