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Nick Markham

Hersheypark Announces SkyRush, Carowinds Buys 62 Acres of Land

Published: August 2, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Two big announcements today from Hersheypark and Carowinds.

In an interesting announcement by Carowinds which was expected to be about their new attraction for 2012, they have purchased 62 acres of land which sits between their parking lot and the freeway, a good expansion area for more parking lot if the park expands into the present lot, or a new hotel possibly in the future.

And then later today, Hersheypark announced it's brand new addition for 2012 on its Facebook page: Skyrush.

Skyrush will be a 200 ft. tall Intamin giga Coaster, but it will be unlike any other that exists today. Skyrush features unique vehicles which have four-across rows, the two inner-seats having a floor, but the two outer-seats being floorless. With five airtime hills, four banked turns, a 50 degree and 80 degree descent, this ride will be the star attraction at Hersheypark, come 2012.

Hersheypark released this video announcement as well:

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Replies (6)

Jill Harrington

Published: August 2, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Interesting... We were actually just at Hershey this weekend, and saw a significant amount of construction, and a boatload of track. Wondered what it was for! Sounds like a cool new ride - looking forward to it!

Published: August 2, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Maybe I'm just being jaded..... but it does not seem that different from their current selection of coasters which mostly depend on drop and hieght effects for their thrills. Whoopity doo..... more of the same.

Published: August 2, 2011 at 3:19 PM

I am glad Carowinds has more land options..... hope they do something nice with it. A Hotel within walking distance of the park would be a smart move. Also moving their Camp Ground into that area so they can expand into the campground for the park is a possible option. Using it for parking so they can expand into the parking lot is an option too..... I think they could rework parking and make it more convinient and save space for other things too.
steve lee

Published: August 2, 2011 at 6:51 PM

I'm sure Skyrush will be good, but I'm not feeling this "wing seating" thing. Can someone explain how it's really much different from the seating on the B&M dive coasters?

Plus it's confusing the meaning of "wing rider," which will mean something when a certain park in the south finally gets around to making their 2012 announcement.

Nick Markham

Published: August 2, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Although the wing coaster term Hershey is using, it really is not any different from the style on a floorless coaster like a dive machine. But still, it will be some difference from the floored seats, and something fairly new to an Intamin Coaster, especially an Intamin Mega Coaster.
Rob McCullough

Published: August 5, 2011 at 7:05 AM

Holy Cow, I feel SO bad for the crew at that new coaster at Hershey Park. Imagine the the nightmare it is going to be to make people go to the proper seats.

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