This past week, Hersheypark’s General Manager, Frank O’Connell has passed away so this week’s update will be in honor of him. We wished that he would’ve been able to be at Skyrush’s grand opening. He will be missed.
Let’s start this update looking at what’s happening inside park from our 2nd Hersheypark in the Dark Meet-Up.
Shouldn’t be too long until it goes vertical. Photo by HPCrazy.
I seriously would’ve thought that they would’ve waited until Christmas when the Comet would be closed to work on the footers under the turnaround. Photo by HPCrazy.
I made a map showing approximately how many footers have been done so far from what I can see. You can see it at the end of the update. Photo by HPCrazy.
Looks like they might start on the footers up here soon. Photo by HPCrazy.
The markers by Comet’s exit have been re-painted. Photo by HPCrazy.
Temporary restrooms to take the place of the older ones. Photo by HPCrazy.
Over at Skyrush’s future station, it looks like utility work has begun. Photo by HPCrazy.
New maintenance path to the lift building for Comet. I want to say that it’s been there for awhile, but it’s hard to tell with Looper Lanes being there. Photo by HPCrazy.
Looks like they have the transfer track footers marked out.
Half of Looper Lanes is still there. Photo by HPCrazy.
On the future new path, they seem to be starting to either dig utilities or the footers for the first lift support.
Let’s fast-forward to today and start the next update checking out what this week’s delivery of track is.
This week’s theme seems to be the lift hill peak and more first drop pieces.
It’s a small delivery and I did dectect some silver in the last photo so maybe it’s part of the catwalk?
From left to right: some curvey unknown yellow piece, a strange box to double spine track piece, a no-spine piece that looks like it connects after a lift hill piece on the first drop, lift pieces on where the catchcar drops after pulling the train up the lift hill.
Let’s head back to the construction site.
New footer for the far-turn. Still several to do on this side of the layout.
Footers for the curved airtime hill are starting to take shape.
So much progress since the first footers showed up several months ago…
But so much still needs to be done.
The next area where we’ll see more work happen.
This new path will be exciting since you will now have the option of just skip walking though Founder’s Circle and head straight for the coasters.
Most of these trees will need to go.
A new manhole cover for the sewer.
It looks like they ready for concrete for the 2nd lift hill footer. That thing looks massive.
It seems like some of the theming aspects of the ride have begun. If they add paint, then this will add a nice touch to the ride area.
I think the biggest mystery of today has to be this. I have no clue what it could be for, but it has to be for Skyrush. I guess we’ll find out soon.
Now that the leaves are falling from the trees, it should be easier to see the station construction. Could the restrooms already be gone from the look of these photos?
Here’s an approximate guess on which footers seem to be done, under construction, and about to be started. As you can see, it looks like much of the main ride area seems to be finished or soon to be finished.
That’s it for this update. Thanks for reading!