Hersheypark to Debut 3 Rides

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Hersheypark to Debut 3 Rides


From local; wire reports, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Hersheypark introduces three rides for its 107th summer season that will appeal to all ages.

Cocoa Cruiser in the park's Music Box Way area, is a six-car train ride -- holding up to 12 riders -- that follows a compact oval track, featuring a midcourse helix, or turn, that forms a radius of more than 360 degrees.

In addition, a Tea Cup ride, featuring six cups, and Sweet Swing join the more than 70 rides and attractions at the 110-acre park.

A tilted tea pot is the centerpiece of the ride of tea cups -- each holding two adults and two children. The riders turn the center steering wheel to spin the cups as fast as they want.

The Sweet Swing is a giant bench, in which each side accommodates six riders.

All three attractions have been built by Zamperla Rides of Italy, which designs family thrill rides.

Among other additions, there will be more food offerings and a Hersheypark map app, where guests can find directions, get information on everything from baby food to roller coasters and search attractions by height limits and other criteria.

The park, which will be open on some weekends in April and early May, will be open daily May 21 through Sept. 1. For special concerts, Bruce Springsteen will perform there May 14 and Bruno Mars on July 12.

For details, go to www.hersheypark.com.

Sleep cycle

Hotels offering bikes to their guests as a way to see the local sights isn't new, but some are now taking the concept to another level with souped-up versions of standard two-wheelers.

At 45 Park Lane in London, for example, guests have access to Brompton bicycles in the hotel's signature purple color. Le Meurice in Paris has pistachio-green bicycles with green baskets, gold bike locks and decorations featuring the footprints of the hotel's mascot, Pistache.

The Gramercy Park Hotel in New York recently introduced Lorenzo Martone-designed bikes that are all white with bright red chains and "GPH" license plates. Chebeague Island Inn on Chebeague Island, Maine, has L.L. Bean-designed bikes, and Montage Kapalua Bay, opening this spring on Maui, will have Panama Jack bikes in different styles and colors -- each one will also have touches such as bottle openers.

Besides their good looks, the best part about these bikes might be that using them is free. Misty Ewing Belles, director of public relations for Virtuoso, the luxury travel network, says that upscale properties are putting effort into how their bikes look because of the growing popularity of biking and as a way to extend their brand. "With bike shares taking off in cities, there is a desire to be more mobile in that way," she said. "Luxury hotels are recognizing this and are offering it as an attractive amenity for their guests."

SILENCE IS GOLDEN

If you're against letting airline passengers talk on cell phones, you've gained a powerful ally.

The Global Business Travel Association, a trade group for the world's business travelers, has submitted its opposition to a plan by the Federal Communications Commission to lift a ban on voice calls on planes.

The group, which represents about 6,000 travel managers, called onboard calls "detrimental to business travelers." The association even quoted folk singer Pete Seeger, who borrowed heavily from the book of Ecclesiastes when he wrote, "There is a time to keep silence and a time to speak."

Although the U.S. Department of Transportation has already received hundreds of comments in opposition to in-flight cell-phone calls, business travelers carry extra influence.

In 2012, business travel was responsible for $491 billion in spending, or 3 percent of U. …

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