I saw that Hersheypark is aiming to open in July. From all the videos I see of Chocolatetown construction, they'll need to do a lot of work to get the plaza ready for opening. With Candymonium already testing, if they do get everything else finished by July, I could see it open to the public.
So none of you have braved the covid-19 waters to try Candymonium yet?
Early reports I'm seeing are that Hershey's handling of the situation leaves something to be desired. Specifically no hand-sanitizer to be found, few social distance markers and not much in the way of cleaning efforts. That's super disappointing to me. I thought Hershey might do it right. This is only a preview day, though. Maybe they'll get their ducks in a row before the official opening. On the plus side, it sounds like the people actually going are doing a decent job of wearing masks and doing things right.
I heard from some friends that road it yesterday. One called it best hyper they’ve been on. Quite a few out it top 3 hypers. The common talking point was despite the length sounding short, it was about the right length to not lose any pacing but long enough to feel “full”. The airtime hills according to them gave some great feeling but quickly picked up speed again. To quote my friend “it’s as if Apollo and Skyrush had a baby.”
One youtube guy I watched a video of (just offride footage and comments) was a bit underwhelmed by it, but was reserving judgement until he got more rides on it. He did say it appeared to have sped up after his ride. I think he was on one of the first few rides.
I'd wait until next year if you can only go that infrequently. Storm Runner is down for the season and it's one of the highlights. Fantastic coaster. I don't know when they retroffitted it with i305's new style of restraints, but if you rode it before that change, it is now much better. I did ride it early on and remember it being a bit painful with the hard restraints it use to have.