Hershey Park and Crossing the Mason Dixon

Trip Start Aug 21, 2010
Trip End Sep 06, 2010

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Hampton Inn & Suites Woodstock

Flag of United States  , Virginia
Saturday, August 28, 2010

A Doug Note:

We woke up early this morning in an effort to beat the crowds out to Hershey Park. When we got down to breakfast, the place was crawling with kids and parents ready to eat and get out to the park. We grabbed a quick breakfast, packed the car, and got rolling ASAP.

When we got to the front gate, we were met with the largest line I've ever seen at Hersheypark. Lizzie was quite upset. Not so much at the line, but that we A) weren't in the front of it and B) she didn't understand what I meant when I said you buy the tickets in the same place that you get into the park. The Disney efficiency that has been ingrained in her for so long could not understand this concept. Though I will admit that she got us to the front of the line quite efficiently and we actually got in front of several people that already had pre-purchased tickets by going through the unused handicapped/stroller line. Well done, Lizzie!

As soon as we got in the park, they had the back section roped off until 10:00am, when the park officially opened. We waited about 5 minutes, and as soon as the chains dropped, it was like the start of a marathon. People at the front were running full bore toward the back of the park and people were trying to stream around us. I'm glad no one fell over, they may have been trampled. 

We walked quickly behind them, then found that the source of the excitement was the Fahrenheit ride -- looks like it was introduced in 2008, and still draws the crowds. Our plan was to hit the back of the park first -- to the oldies but goodies. We rode the first cars out for Wildcat and Lightning Racer had no line when we got there. Unfortunately, that was the end of our line-less waits, but it was awesome that we got in so quickly for a weekend. We also rode Trailblazer and the Looper -- but the state-of-the-art coaster from 1977 knocked her out. We walked around a bit more, and got in line for Storm Runner, but Lizzie decided not to ride it. Probably for the best if the SooperDooperLooper knocked her out. But that ride was fan-freaking-tastic. I got to ride it with a kid that spent 5 years in Germany, lives in Pittsburgh, and wants to be in the US Air Force.

I'm a bit sad I didn't get to ride Fahrenheit, but I figure if we come back in about 5 or 6 years, we'll get in that line without having to wait at all. I was happier to get on the road a bit earlier and find a place to stay before the sun went down so we could get a bit more down time before moving further south. We headed south toward the Blue Ridge Parkway, and we are staying in Woodstock , VA. We're in the Shenandoah Valley and it's beautiful. We've done this trip I don't know how many times when I was a kid, going to visit my mom's mom. I think this is only the second time I've actually driven it though. I could get used to these hills!

Lizzie is happy to be south of the Mason Dixon line again. Yankees are apparently not very friendly. Though when questioned about how many rude Yankees she ran into while in PA, she couldn't really come up with anything but someone that bumped into her at Hersheypark. And there is no doubt in my mind she's been bumped way more than once while at Disney. I think she's just sore that her side lost the war. 

From Lizzie - I have no words. Doug is too much. :)
We did get a King Suite and the room is awesome. We watched Made of Honor (which was pretty lame) and Maid in Manhattan. This was a nice, relaxing night. I am glad we stopped early. Hugs to you all!  
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Janessa H. on

I am SooperDooperJealous that you got to go play at Hershey Park - Doug, I would have been your partner-in-crime on the crazy rides! So glad you guys are having an awesome trip :)

Jamie on

It was closed in March when we went...but one day, maybe we will go! yea, Im with Lizzie on 2 points - the Hershey ticket sells procedures not being up to par with Disney (I doesn't make any sense to me either, Lizzie - WDWCP2000 foreva!) And the fact that northerners are rude :)
Fun stuff guys :)

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