What coaster at Hershey?Hersheypark: A lot of people think that either great bear, Stormrunner, Lightning Racer, or Wildcat is the best coaster at Hershey. What's your opinion?
From Eli KatzmanPersonally, I thought that Stormrunner was way better than great bear, but a lot of my friends think otherwise. If you're a woodie person, either Lightning Racer or Wildcat is your favorite at Hershey. I would like to know what you think. Thanks!
Posted November 24, 2007 at 11:11 AM
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From David KirbyI still haven't been on Stormrunner yet so I will have to go with Lightning Racer. I really love the layout of the Wildcat but it is way too rough.
Posted November 24, 2007 at 7:54 PM
From Mark WalkerNever been there, probably never will, but Lightning Racer looks awesome. I'am a fan of dueling/racing coasters.
Posted November 25, 2007 at 9:57 AM
From Christy ShumanI havent rode stormrunner either, so with that said I'm going with Great Bear.
Posted November 25, 2007 at 10:03 AM
From Ally Pascuai'm yet another person here who hasn't ridden on stormrunner (wasn't in operation the day i went), so i'd have to say great bear.
Posted November 25, 2007 at 10:29 AM
From Justin SpistoStormrunner is the absolute best in the park. it dosent let up from start to finish. Lighting racer is a solid second.
Posted November 25, 2007 at 12:25 PM
From Eli KatzmanHey Ally, that sucks that it wasn't in operation. You should go in 08 though because of Fherenheight or however you spell it
Posted November 26, 2007 at 3:30 PM
From Derek PotterStormrunner is a great ride, and honestly there really isn't a bad coaster in the park. I prefer Lightning Racer. The fun factor is off the charts.
Posted November 26, 2007 at 6:06 PM
From Ian KampertI prefer the Bear. There's just something about B&M inverts that i really like. I think it's the roar;)
Posted May 22, 2008 at 2:56 PM
From Michael BrosseI think Great Bear with Storm Runner as a must try (its a bit too short for me to be "the best" ride, but the initial acceleration is awesome and the barrel rolls are pretty sweet). Lightening Racers is the best wooden coaster in the park. Was just there Memorial Day weekend and didn't try Fahrenheit because lines were too long Sat and Sun. Next year.
Posted May 28, 2008 at 12:56 PM
From Eli Katzmanoh, Fehrenheit was open?! Oh, sweet, my friends are going this Friday! I really want them to tell me how great Fahrenheit was. i thought it was closed because of problems when they were testing.... something like it got stuck at the top of the second corkskrew on the cobraw roll.... Well, thanks for the good news!
Posted May 28, 2008 at 1:41 PM
But.... how do you NOT like stormrunner? Well, that's not really what you said, but I just always take the quality of the ride and not the time of it for granted.....
From Justin SpistoFrom what I have heard Fariegnheit is incredibley smooth, the airtime is is ok, the Norweigon loop is amzing. AS for the first drop I heard it is better than Maverick.
Posted May 28, 2008 at 1:58 PM
From Justin SpistoFrom what I have heard Fariegnheit is incredibley smooth, the airtime is is ok, the Norweigon loop is amzing. AS for the first drop I heard it is better than Mavericks.
Posted May 28, 2008 at 1:58 PM
From Michael BrosseIt was closed for much of the day on Saturday, but it opened late afternoon and lines were at least 2 hours until closing (most people that got on line from about 9pm didn't even get to ride since park closed at 10pm). Sunday, it appeared to be open all day (although, they didn't start it running until about 10:40am). I like Storm Runner a lot, but I think Great Bear has more going on, so I prefer it (I go on both at least once each time I visit the park)
Posted May 30, 2008 at 7:11 AM
From Eli KatzmanOkay. Thanks, Michael. Just to tell ya, I like Stormrunner more than Great Bear. I didn't think that Great Bear was a very good B&M inverted (compared to the others). I still like it though, but I basically only LOVE it in the front. I like coasters even if their short. I know everybody says coasters aren't good if they are too short, but I look at the quality, not quantity of the time on the ride.
Posted May 30, 2008 at 1:34 PM
From Justin SpistoI think Great Bear is a very good B&M invert. Im not saying its top notch like Alpiengeist or Montu. But it is still very good. The roar that coaster gives off is amazing.
Posted May 31, 2008 at 5:43 AM
From Ian KampertI've personally ridden fahrenheit:
Posted June 8, 2008 at 3:55 AM
the drop is awesome, the loop is awesome, the cobra is awesome, the corkscrews are awesome, the turn is awesome, the airtime is awesome, even the BRAKES are awesome! It's also very smooth and fast-paced. RIDE IT!
From Eli KatzmanUch, stop building the tension! I WANNA GO!!! Umm, when I wrote this article, I didn't really include Fahrenheit, because I don't think I had heard of it yet, and if I had, I didn't expect it to go farther than May 24 (fahrenheit's opening).
Posted June 8, 2008 at 7:53 AM
When you said the brakes are awesome, I actually have a real meaning for that, because I think it's fun to "slow down" on a downwards hill, or a slope. Just like Stormrunner!
Oh, and to add to your article that you had, you HAVE to ride Great Bear and Stormrunner in the front, and it will be almost double the fun and speed. You can never see past the row in front of you on inverts, so that's why you should get the front. I assume you also need the front on Fahrenheit, too.
I know this is off topic, but tell me if you ever go to Six Flags America, in Upper Marlbrow, Maryland. That's my home park.
From Justin SpistoI actually think the back of Farenheit will be the best seat cause of the air time.
Posted June 8, 2008 at 11:58 AM
From jim boyadjisThe problem with hershey park roller coasters is that all of them are so short. Do they have a ride that is longer than a minute or two. NO. So then they add fahrenheit, another minute long ride. Ok evaluating each one. Great Bear is an ok invert, i like that mini drop at the beginning but i feel it takes away from the main drop. But after the final flat spin there is nothing on this ride. Its not intense at all. Try talon, BTR, ALpie, or Raptor instead. Storm Runner is a nice ride but it either had to be higher or longer so its too disspointing for me. You leave wanting more. The launch is nice and the top hat is nice. The snake dive hurts though. Sidewinder is one of the more intense boomerangs out there and it seems to go faster than other ones but its just a boomerang. Wildcat is bad. Lightning racer is fun but its too short (height) 90 feet isnt gonna earn you any spots on a top coaster list. That leaves Fahrenheit. It has a great drop and has very unespected elements. But its downfall is shortness. The norwegian loop is awesome. THe ride is slowly paced though and i dont like it. SO overall my order goes: Storm Runner, Fahrenheit, Great Bear, Lightning Racer, Wildcat
Posted June 8, 2008 at 8:22 PM
From Justin Spisto^ Why does everyone want bigger,taller and faster? Lighting Racer is a great ride at 90 feet.
Posted June 8, 2008 at 9:26 PM
From Eli KatzmanJim, I would say that was a.. strong answer, but I like to talk about things. I agree with Justin, because as long as a coaster is fun, it doesn't have to be long. And, I think that we should be thankful that we have the only Accelerator coaster from Intamin that has inversions and something more than 2 overbanked turns or a mild hill.
Posted June 9, 2008 at 12:19 PM
You have to admit, Stormrunner is odd in a good way (the layout) and was custom built to be basically in the middle of the park, and going in a little circle. I agree with Great Bear though, it's not taht great, but somewhat good in the front. I like how unique it is, though, the layout, but still, it should be somewhat taller and have more of a drop, like you said, Jim.
From christian giovanninii was never on farenheight or stormrunner yet but i am going on july 17 but as of now lightning racer is def the best
Posted May 31, 2009 at 5:44 PM
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