HersheyPark's Roller Soaker Up For Sale!

Hersheypark: Hershey is selling (or trying to, anyway) their low-capacity ride.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted August 21, 2012 at 9:31 PM
I never rode it. In all the parks I visit regularly (at least once a season) this is the only coaster I have never been on. I did ride HRP's Slippery When Wet, which was similar. Color me unimpressed.

At least this is ONE way to pay for new restraints on ThighCrush.


From Andrew Dougherty
Posted August 21, 2012 at 9:47 PM
How do you sell a coaster? And yes I know it's not a REAL coaster but still.

From Chad H
Posted August 21, 2012 at 11:32 PM
How do you sell a Coaster you ask? WeeeeeeBay

From Mike Gallagher
Posted August 22, 2012 at 4:19 AM
Chad, that was awful. But it made me laugh anyway. Thanks!

From Mike Gallagher
Posted August 22, 2012 at 4:21 AM
Andrew, we won't get into the definition of what constitutes a "real" coaster. But if it's on RCDB and coastercounter.com, that's good enough for me.

From Bradley Keith
Posted August 22, 2012 at 5:45 PM
I can maybe see a smaller park making the purchase, but it's low capacity, high matinence, and maybe not the worth the time for relocation. The one at Carowinds came down for an old boomerang, so they sure didn't think too highly of theirs. (the boomerang did turn out okay with the new trains, but still.) As for coasters for sale, the thing might be removed in a few weeks or more likely months. Shockwave and GASM, the two giant Arrow loopers, were listed for sale for about a month and neither found a buyer. I've seen a site before that lists coasters for sale. It wasn't rides4u. It was mostly wacky worms and other things like that, but I was suprised to see a TOGO ultra twister, whatever they're called. (The ones that can't make complete turns.) I also saw the Giovanola stander that made it's way from SF park to park a while ago. Roller Soaker, it's the beginning of the end.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted August 23, 2012 at 3:26 AM
I'm glad Carowinds made that decision, Bradley, because their Boomerang is one of the best I've been on...rivaled only by Hershey's SideWinder with its new train/restraints.

From Joey Till
Posted August 23, 2012 at 8:18 AM
Ive never found boomerangs to be rough to me. A little uncomfortable, but not really rough. I still get excited for them even if they are in 10,000 parks

From Bradley Keith
Posted August 24, 2012 at 1:06 PM
They aren't horrible, I agree. But they just annoy me for some reason. The idea is a good one, and the new trains make all the difference in the world.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted August 24, 2012 at 1:18 PM
By the way, my initial post has turned out to be inaccurate. Hershey says the Roller Soaker is NOT for sale. Someone had expressed interest in buying it and posted it on the used rides site. Hershey's spokesperson said the ride will remain for the rest of the season. Read into that what you will..I still say it's not there in 2013.

From Bradley Keith
Posted August 25, 2012 at 5:40 PM
Agreed. Those things just were an okay idea, but when a company like that makes them, problems are frequent. This, and Tomb Raider at CW come to mind as coasters at major parks that should NOT be there. Both need to go. I can see the Roller Soaker going in at a water park if it goes anywhere else. It'd fit right in there, but at a dry park, it's just not. Water Parks need attractions like this, they would really be a hit.

From chris cona
Posted August 25, 2012 at 9:05 PM
I've rode it before and it is nothning special it's always a long wait beacause of low capcity and is really short and has no thrill. It pretty much just sits you down like a upside down roller coaster but has no loops or anything and goes really slow and lets you drop water on bystanders but it's really hard to hit one person if it's a big group of 15 someone will feel a drop but if there's no one in the wet zone no ones getting hit

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