Hersheypark Skyrush Construction Update #80 (1-31-12)

The wait is over (sorry guys, had some college work to get done). Check out the 80th update in the Skyrush Construction series featuring the topping-off of Skyrush. This update is photo-heavy, just the way you like it. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚


(1-30-12)Skyrush is Officially Topped-Off!

That’s right folks! Skyrush has officially reached the 200 foot-mark! Expect a large photo update and possibly a video being posted to the forums tomorrow! I will post a link to the update over here when I have it finished. For now, here’s a teaser photo to hold you guys over:

A Look Around the Hotel Hershey

Lets take a look around one of the area’s most beautiful hotel, The Hotel Hershey.The property is one of only three hotels in the state of Pennsylvania to receive a Four-Star rating by Forbes Travel Guide.

Walking up to the hotel, you get that Mediterranean feeling that seems to radiate off of the building.

Just inside are a few stores that welcome you. One of them was the Cocoa Beanery, which is set up similar to a coffee shop and bakery. Many of the desserts are just mouth-watering to look at such as this one.

Next door is a candy shop called Sweets that sells a wide variety of macaroons and cupcakes, which you have the opportunity to decorate your own.

This shop sold comfy home decor. There was also a jewelry shop, seasonal shop, and others as well.

The staff is the friendliest that I’ve everย seen at a hotel. They hold the door for you as you enter the place and are always willing to help you if you have a question.

Here we are, the famous fountain lobby. This was my first visit to the hotel and it’s appearance blew me away.

No small amount of detail was skipped, as you can see.

Connected to the fountain lobby is the famous Circular Dining room. When M.S. Hershey built it, he wanted nobody to have a bad seat. As you can see from how open it looks, his idea makes sense.

Behind the hotel is an area called the Formal Gardens that feature two reflecting pools.

Behind the Formal Gardens is where the skating Rink, Woodside Cottages, pool, and Hershey Harvest restaurant are located.

Come spring, this area will look totally different.

Turns out that the Formal Gardens came before the Hotel Hershey.

To the left is the Chocolate Spa building.

Looks like there is no skating today.

The Hershey Harvest is one of seven dining locations at the hotel.

The pool looks like it would be awesome in the summer.

It has two water slides, zero-depth entry, many water elements, and is that a fountain on the concrete to the right?

Twister Slides were open. You need to be a Reese’s height category in order to ride. ๐Ÿ˜›

Here is an overview of the slides.

The Woodside Cottages were added in the 2009 Grand Expansion and has a nice setting with the view of the Blue Mountains behind them.

But with a hotel that has a view like this,ย no wonder why the Hotel Hershey is such a highly recommended place.

This concludes our brief look around the Hotel Hershey.ย  If you are interested in learning more about the Hotel Hershey, you can visit their website here: http://www.thehotelhershey.com/index.php

This is only the start of what Keystone Thrills has in-store and much more is on the way!

Hersheypark Skyrush Construction Update #79 (1-27-12)

Despite being windy and part of the construction site flooding, supports for the brake-run and more station has been done today. Shouldn’t be long until we see Skyrush topped off, from the look of things.

To view even more photos, check out our forums here:


Feel free to comment as well while you’re there! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hersheypark Skyrush Construction Update #78 (1-25-12)

Unfortunately, no top-off today. Word has it that Clifford caught a cold and had to take the day off. But on the brightside, more stationwork has been done and the transfer section in the back of the station is installed. I also threw a few skyline photos in this update as well.

More photos can be found here:



Hersheypark Skyrush Construction Update #77 (1-24-12)

Hey guys, only 122 more days until we Ride the Edge. The updates from here on will be posted to the Keystone Thrills discussion forums since that part of the site has been starting to collect dust. Don’t worry though because this blog isn’t going anywhere, in fact it’s going to feature more variety in the near future. Links are still going to be posted to the updates on the forums and feel free to join them and comment! ๐Ÿ™‚

I managed to swing by the Skyrush construction site twice today to check out what they’ve done today and here are a few key points: – The front part of the restrooms under the station will be one floor with the back of them being under the loading station itself. -The upward curve leaving the station has been installed marking the first lift piece to be added. -The track piece that transitions from double to no spine has been added to the first drop. Looks like Skyrush’s first drop is officially 85 degrees. -More of the creekwall has been added and more is about to be started. -Only two ladders are left on the flatbed. Shouldn’t be long until the lift hill will be capped.

The rest of the photos can be viewed here: ย http://keystonethrills.megabb.com/t319p150-skyrush-and-comet-hollow-renovation-official-discussion-thread#6001


Hersheypark Skyrush Construction Update #76 (1-20-12)

In this update, another section of the lift has been put into place and some track has been added to the station and transfer area.

This was taken from the Hotel Hershey.

Can’t forget about Lightning Racer.


The top of Skyrush is starting to tower above the trees in front of Chocolate World.

Bolting it into place.

You have to give these guys a lot of respect for what they do. Not many people can go up 150-some feet into the air and stand on nothing more that a few inches of steel.

The Preview Center path has been dug up.

Some of the decorative rockwork on the creekwall.

More parts for the first drop.

No spine to double-spine.

The crest.

That’s a lot of bolts.

Some of the storage track is in place.

Looks like some of the station track is in place as well.

Guide wheels for the lift cable

That’s it for this update! Thanks for reading!