Hersheypark Announces World's First Rocket Coaster with Inversions

Hersheypark: Hersheypark's launch coaster will join Knott's Xcelerator and Cedar Point's Top Thrill Dragster.

From Russell Meyer
Posted August 5, 2003 at 1:00 PM
It's now official. Hersheypark has announced the third rocket coaster to be built by Intamin AG of Switzerland (Knott's Berry Farm's Xcelerator and Cedar Point's Top Thrill Dragster were the first two). They have yet to pick a name, and instead are letting the public determine from three choices- Steel Stampede, Renegade, and Storm Runner. You can vote at Hersheypark.com until August 19th when voting ends.

The coaster will incorperate Intamin's hydraulic launch system and accelerate riders from 0-72 in 2 seconds. The trains will then ascend a 150' tower at a 90 degree angle to a top hat, and then decend 180' at an 90 degree angle. Then riders will experience a cobra loop, two barrel rolls, and what is being termed a "flying snake dive." The trains will use over the shoulder restraints, a first on a rocket coaster, and Intamin's innovative magnetic braking system. The coaster will be loacated in the Pioneer Frontier section and "interact" with other rides in the area(Trailblazer and Sidewinder).

It sounds like a really cool coaster, and will answer the question can a launching coaster be more than just a launch? Hopefully Hersheypark will not have as much trouble with this rocket coaster as Cedar Fair has had with theirs.

From John Hannity
Posted August 5, 2003 at 7:53 PM
Yes I know fewel what you think I didn't know? Go on hersheypark.com to see the video of what the coaster will be like. This is awesome. Hershey Park DESPERATELY needed a killer coaster that would get people coming back to the aging park. I'm really glad they are going to put something in that will get people from everywhere to once again have a reason to visit Hershey Park. This coaster looks awesome and I can't wait to ride it.

From Russell Meyer
Posted August 5, 2003 at 8:32 PM
There were already a number of great reasons to go to Hersheypark.

They have one of the best collections of wooden coasters on the planet(Comet, Wildcat, and Lightning Racer). The have a great B&M invert(Great Bear). They have one of the world's first looping coasters(Sooperdooperlooper). They also have some other cool rides and attractions. Their only drawback is their location, south central Pennsylvania.

Hersheypark was by no means a park that needed to build a huge new attraction, but it doesn't hurt to have a major new draw when other local parks appear to be sitting on their hands for next year.

From Steve Carter
Posted August 5, 2003 at 10:57 PM
Evreybody vote for Renegade! The other names sounds like stuff from Roller Coaster Tycoon!

From KANNi8L KL0wN
Posted August 6, 2003 at 5:35 AM
HersheyPark has one of the BEST collection of coasters and attractions contained in a clean atmosphere. The park is one of the oldest ones in the country and has been adding new attractions since it's opening in 1902.

From Shane Falcone
Posted August 6, 2003 at 7:46 AM
Yet another reason HersheyPark is better than Six Flags

From David Allen
Posted August 6, 2003 at 8:24 AM
I recently visited Hersheypark for the first time. I found it to be a nice clean park with good rides. The personnel at the park were great. It did lack a bit for excitement, and I admit to being predjuced by having just left Cedar Point.

It IS better than any Six Flags park, though!

From John Hannity
Posted August 6, 2003 at 10:58 AM
I agree, if Renegade doesn't win the vote for the name I will literally organize a nation wide boycott. Steel Stampede and Storm Runner are TERRIBLE names. Renegade sounds awesome and is the perfect name, especially for the Western theming that this ride will have. Everybody vote for Renegade.

http://www.hersheypa.com/attractions/hersheypark/new_attraction/flash/movie.mov The video of the ride is right here. I can't wait to ride it.

From John Hannity
Posted August 6, 2003 at 11:04 AM
Here is the letter than Hershey Park sent out to e-mail suscribers. They give a little bit more information that isn't on their website, such as how the ride will interact with 3 other rides, and will cross over the creek twice.



The world's FIRST hydraulic launch coaster featuring inversions will race into HERSHEYPARK for the 2004 season, bringing the Park's herd of roller coasters to a perfect ten.

Built by world renowned Intamin AG of Switzerland, the new high speed coaster will accelerate from 0 to 72 miles per hour in approximately 2 seconds! Climbing a nearly vertical incline to a height of 150 feet and then plummeting approximately 180 feet at a 90 degree angle, the new coaster will weave its way through nearly four and one half acres of HERSHEYPARK. Riding on 2,600 feet of steel track, the coaster will interact with three HERSHEYPARK rides - the Monorail, Dry Gulch Railroad, and the Trailblazer - and cross over Spring Creek twice. The station house for the new coaster will be located in the Pioneer Frontier section of the Park and will feature a dual rider loading/unloading operation. Coaster lovers will be treated to several customized, unique elements:

- Top Hat (150 feet)
- Power Drop (approximately 180 feet)
- Cobra Loop (135 feet)
- Barrel Rolls
- Flying Snake Dive

The new coaster features two trains, 20 passengers per train for a theoretical ride capacity of 1,200 riders per hour.

Ride time is approximately 60 action-packed sections!


It's time to name the new HERSHEYPARK Coaster! The search for a name has been narrowed to three choices:

- Steel Stampede
- Renegade
- Storm Runner

We can't decide which one's best, so we need your help to choose the winner! To vote for your choice visit the HERSHEYPARK Name the Coaster Roundup at http://www.Hersheypark.com. Or, call 1-866-HPK-2004. Voting starts today, August 5, at High Noon and continues through midnight, August 19. Vote once, vote twice - vote all you want! The winning name will be announced at a later date.

Also visit http://www.Hersheypark.com for a virtual movie of the new 2004 coaster and all the ride details.

So, what are you waiting for!!

Copyright 2003 Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company. All Rights Reserved.

From Anonymous
Posted August 9, 2003 at 3:48 PM
storm runner

From Anonymous
Posted October 4, 2003 at 9:35 PM
I work at HersheyPark. It is better than Six Flags, however it lags in comparison of the rides to Cedar Point. For those who are wondering, the park opened in 1907 NOT 1902, and will not be 100 years old until 2007. The new coaster's going to be awesome...I can't wait to operate it!

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