Another Great Day!

Yesterday, May 15 2021, was my 4th trip to HersheyPark as a Season Pass Holder. But yesterday I did something different. As I pulled into the park, I noticed it was PACKED! So after waiting an hour and 15 minutes for the first ride, I decided this wait time crap was ridiculous. I opted for HP FastLane Plus. Look, it was expensive ($120) but for as packed as the park was, I’d say it was worth it!

As I said, Candymonium was the first—and only— ride I did without FastLane and it was a miserable wait! After a front row ride, which was AWESOME by the way, I went and splurged on the FastLane. From that point on, my day got a Hell of a lot better!

After Candymonium, I hopped on Comet, the park’s classic wooden coaster. For a roller coaster that is 75 years old this month, Comet is running exceptionally well! It may have a few “bumps” here and there, but it is remarkably smooth for its age! I’d compare it to a fine wine in that regard. Oh, and the queue was about an hour, but with my FastLane, I was on and off in about 10 minutes. Again, in the front row.

After Comet, I decided to ride SkyRush. SkyRush is wild! If you ever ride this beast, do yourself a favor. RIDE IN THE BACK! Seriously! If you do the back row as opposed to the front, you will not regret it! Plus the front row takes forever to load, so I would much prefer getting a few rides in a better seat as opposed to waiting the same amount of time for one ride.

When I was done with SkyRush, I used my FastLane for a back row ride on SooperDooperLooper. Again, the queue was full, which would have meant at least a 30-45 minute wait, but I hopped on and off in about 5 minutes.

Since it was a nice day yesterday, I decided to ride Coal Cracker, the park’s log ride. I don’t know what it is about this log ride, but I love it! Maybe it’s the fact that there is a bump after the drop that throws you out if your seat…with NO RESTRAINTS! Usually I am a hands-up kind of rider, but I found myself hanging on to the side of the boat for dear life!

After surviving Coal Cracker, I went to ZooAmerica, Hershey’s Zoo. This Zoo is free with admission which is nice. It was crowded in there so I didn’t stay very long. However, I did see a porcupine climbing a tree. I had no idea porcupines could climb trees!

After ZooAmerica, I rode Great Bear. Again, with FastLane in the front row with minimal wait. This inverted coaster (where you hang below the track) might be my favorite inverted coaster ever! It is not as tall, fast, nor as crazy as some other inverts out there, but it was my first ever inverted coaster so it holds nostalgia for me. Plus you get an awesome view of the area so that’s cool.

I walked over to the Hershey Triple Tower drop ride(s) and used my FastLane to my advantage. I walked right on! No wait whatsoever! The launch up the tower is filled with airtime (where you get lifted out of your seat) and the view of Hershey from the top is stunning!

From there, I walked towards the back of the park. I saw that another water ride, Tidal Force, was open. This is not another log ride. No…it takes you up and drops you at an incredibly steep angle into a pool of water. You get DRENCHED! I was soaked from head to toe! But did I stop there? Oh no! After a few rides, there was NOT ONE PERSON in line for the ride. I got this thing all to myself! And I have a photo to prove it.

After getting soaked three times, I decided the best way to dry off was to ride another roller coaster. Unfortunately, that coaster was Wildcat. I don’t get the logic here. Wildcat opened in 1996 and is almost unbearably rough. Even in the front row, this thing will compress your spine like an accordion. The back row will probably give you a concussion. I want to know how is it that Comet, a ride three times older than Wildcat, runs smoother? I’d love if someone could explain that to me.

After my painful ordeal on Wildcat, I limped over to Laff Trakk, Hershey’s spinning indoor coaster. This was by far the longest line I waited in, clocking in at about 20 minutes. Still, compared to what the regular line was, that’s nothing!

After a ride in Laff Trakk, it was getting close to closing time. So I walked back towards the front of the park. I used my FastLane for one last closing time ride on Candymonium. This time I rode in the back. I am torn as to whether I prefer the front row or back on Candymonium. The airtime is a little stronger in the back, but there are two trim brakes that slow the ride down. You can actually feel the train lose momentum if you are in the back. On the flip side, the front offers the views but not as strong airtime.

It was about 7:10 when I got off Candymonium. I had one more thing I wanted to do: GET MY GRAB BAG! With my King Size membership, I got a free grab bag with a souvenir cup, a drawstring bag, and a lanyard. I love that Hershey does this for their elite Season Pass Holders. A little compensation for their money.

After getting the grab bag, I met my mom, Aunt, and family friend and we headed home…sort of. We made a pit stop at Primanti Brothers in York, PA to eat. I got a root beer and a HUMUNGOUS sandwich called When Pigs Fly.

The sandwich had turkey, ham, bacon, a fried egg, and provolone cheese on it. It was DELICIOUS! So after eating, we went home. All in all, it was another amazing day at HersheyPark and I can’t wait to go back many more times in the future! Thanks for reading!

-Tom

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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