Hey everyone! Here is my review on the few changes made to Skyrush this season.
First off, here are the changes they DID make to the ride....1)
the lift slows up while the train crests. So, you still go up full-power like last year, but right at the top is slows up and crests. 2)
The gates in the station were moved back about 3 feet or so, allowing MUCH more room to enter/exit. They kept same-side loading, but since there is now much more room, the whole process is greatly sped up. 3)
On the long blue bars on each side of the seats (the bars that the lapbar connects to), they added padding for people who go all the way over and hit the bar.
That is IT
for the changes. There's been rumors of extra trims, OTSRs, etc. They are all NOT true. I repeat....NOT true.
Now, for MY review....to begin, let me start off by saying that I rode Skyrush 14 times between Saturday and Sunday, so I've been closely listening to riders' responses as they get off, pulling into the station, etc. Overall, I heard very few people bring up that they thought the lapbar was tight. I didn't hear anyone say that it "hurt".
I definitely think that slowing the lift while the train is cresting helps to limit the lapbar from "crushing" down (for lack of better terms...).
The only thing I noticed is that the lapbars on the wings, especially towards the back of the train still do get a bit tight, but no where near the point of "pain. As far as the front half, inner seats, the lapbar certainly does not come down as tight as it did last year...
Now for the last part of my review....and a question I'm sure all of you are wondering...IS THE AIRTIME STILL AMAZING? Well...the short answer is... A B S O L U T E L Y!
So, all-in-all, I think that there are still going to be some people that find the ride (specifically the restraints) uncomfortable, or tight. On the other hand, I think that there are going to be a LOT less complaints about the restraints. While the lapbars still do get "tight", it's VERY manageable. Another thing to keep in mind is that a lot of complaints are voiced while sitting on the return brakes outside the station waiting to pull back in. Since this weekend was 1-train operations and the train pulled right in the station, I'm not sure how people's reactions will be while stacked on the return run. We'll have later updates on how the public's response is once Skyrush goes back to 2-train operation. I highly suggest anyone who disliked Skyrush last season to visit Hersheypark again this summer to ride Skyrush again with the improvements.
Here is a video of the slowed lift hill-
I'll take an off-ride video with riders in a few weeks.
ALSO. Here is a photo of where they added the extra padding. You can't see the padding in this photo, because it was taken last year. I circled where the extra padding was added, it was put onto the entire train.
If any of you have any questions, comments, etc, feel free to respond!