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jdcm1014 Jul 23rd, 2006 01:56 AM

Crayola Factory/Dorney or Hershey Park in August

I am thinking of doing couple of nights in PA (during week) and was wondering if anyone could advise on crowd size at these two attractions during middle couple weeks in August. Have to admit, we do not want to wait an hour to get on rides at any amusement parks. Have not been to either place, but think my daughters would enjoy a short visit. Thanks for your help.

karens Jul 23rd, 2006 06:47 AM

You are wise to go during the week - weekends at Dorney are a total zoo.

I can't specifically answer about mid-Aug., but I can tell you what always works for us - get there as soon as the park opens! You will be practically guaranteed an hour or two of no lines. Even if gets crowded later on, you will have gotten on many rides by then.

elysian45 Jul 23rd, 2006 08:53 AM

Get a map of the park before you go & plot a strategy of the rides that you most want to go on, then go directly there once you get in the park. Another trick with any amusement park with water rides is to go there when it's cloudy (but warm) and the weather forecast isn't predicting heavy rain -- people postpone their visits for 100% sunny days, so on cloudier days the park is less crowded. I also read somewhere that if you head to the left, because most people automatically go to the right, you'll find the rides less crowded.

jdcm1014 Jul 23rd, 2006 11:01 AM

Thanks for the info everyone. Any thoughts on Hershey, specifically?

aossip Jul 23rd, 2006 11:14 AM

We went to Hershey two years ago - we combined it with a trip to Amish Country and we stopped at the Crayola Factory along the way. I thought my kids would hate the Crayola Factory (12 and 6 year old boys and a 9 year old girl) but the truth is, we couldn't get them to leave. Herhey was very crowded in August but everyone had fun anyway. Just get the kids an ice cream (with napkins!) before waiting on a long line so they can eat it while waiting. For obvious reasons, don't do this before any scary roller coaster rides.

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