Fahrenheit Heats Up Hersheypark in 2008

New Coaster FahrenheitWill Heat Up Hersheypark in 2008The details of Hershey’s new roller coaster have been released. It will be called Fahrenheit. It’s claim to fame will be a 97-degree drop which is beyond straight down. Way to upstage Griffon, Hershey! Fahrenheit FeaturesFahrenheit will have a straight up, 90-degree lift. Followed by an ultra-steep, record setting 97-degree drop whi...[Read More]

Wildcat @ Hersheypark | Roller Coaster Reviews

Wildcat @ Hersheypark | Roller Coaster Reviews Coaster enthusiasts often fall into two camps. Those who can excuse a rough ride on a wooden coaster and those who can’t. I’m in the latter camp. I don’t mind being thrown around a bit, but Wildcat just down right hurt. I rode it during my last trip to Hersheypark which kicked off my busy 2006 season. Wildcat is a wooden twister and ...[Read More]

Hersheypark Teases New Attraction for 2008

Is Hersheypark Planning a New Roller Coaster for 2008?It’s that time of year when the summer season begins to wind down and parks start announcing their plans for 2008. Hershey has struck first with this message on their web site:“What’s better than a perfect 10? Hersheypark 2008” When you click the message you are sent to a page that displays the date 10/02/07. The “perfect 10” ...[Read More]

What is a Shuttle Roller Coaster?

What is a Shuttle Roller Coaster? A shuttle roller coaster is any roller coaster which does not make a complete circuit, but instead reverses and travels the track backwards. Some of the first shuttle coasters were the King Kobra at Kings Dominion (1977 – 1986) and Black Widow at Riverside Park (1977 – 1999). Early shuttle coasters featured a solo vertical loop. Because of their size a...[Read More]

Great Bear @ Hersheypark | Roller Coaster Reviews

Great Bear at Hersheypark I rode the Great Bear for the first time about 4 years ago. I hadn’t been on a a lot of B&M inverted roller coasters and I’m sure I was comparing it to its big brother Alpengeist. I rode it at night and the wait was ridiculously long. For some reason, I didn’t really enjoy it. Anyway, on a return trip I was excited to give it another go and see if my...[Read More]

Top 3 Dueling Roller Coasters

The Best Dueling Roller CoastersDueling roller coasters were the next obvious evolution after the racing coasters of years past. Like racing coasters, duelers have two tracks. The major difference is that on dueling coasters the tracks interact with one another. Exciting near misses and fly-bys are common on these roller coasters.3 – Gwazi at Busch Gardens Africa (Tampa, FL)Located at Busch ...[Read More]

Storm Runner @ Hersheypark | Coaster Reviews

Hershey’s Launch Coaster, Short but Memorable As a big steel coaster fan, I was curious to see how good Storm Runner really was. Since it wasn’t there the last time I went to the park I figured a 2 hour trip to re-visit Hersheypark wouldn’t be a bad idea. On this Intamin Accelerator Coaster, riders are launched from 0 to 72 mph in 2 seconds. The launch has a great viewing area wh...[Read More]

Top 3 Launch Coasters

Top 3 Launch CoastersThose clickety-clack chain lifts are a thing of the past. In case you haven’t been to a theme park in a decade or so, there’s a new way to power coasters. Launch Coasters also known as Rocket Coasters are all the rage these days. This week I’ll count down my Top 3 Launch Coasters.#3 Storm Runner at Hershey Park – More of a proper roller coaster than tho...[Read More]

Top Wooden Coasters of 2006

Thunderhead Edges Out The Voyage for Second Straight GTA TitleThunderhead won top honors at Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards for the second year in a row. But the real surprise, to me at least, is that The Voyage shot all the way to the second spot nearly taking first in its very first year in existence. That’s impressive, and it must mean that a lot of those well-traveled enthus...[Read More]

’06 Coaster Season Starts Off Chocolatey

I hate waiting in lines just as much as the next guy. Maybe even more so. When I go to theme parks my time is usually limited and I’ve often got a long drive ahead of me. “Get to the park, ride the coasters, and get out” is usually the game plan. So, when I found out that Hershey Park was going to open its season with a special Spring Preview and half-price admission, I was there...[Read More]

Coaster Rehab

Coasters are over 100 years old. The oldest operating coaster in the world is Leap the Dips at Lakemont Park (b. 1902) in Altoona, PA. Leap the Dips operated from 1902 to 1985. Then it sat in decay until 1999 when it was restored. Unfortunately, many coasters don’t age very well and for one reason or another are never rehabed. Their rides become bumpy and rough to the point where ridership b...[Read More]

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