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Comet

Hersheypark

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The final roller coaster to be added to Hersheypark by Hershey founder, Milton S. Hershey. When the Comet debuted in 1946 it was believed to be the largest roller coaster in the United States.

Herbert Paul Schmeck designed this "double out and back" wooden roller coaster. It was painted green for the debut, per a personal request from Milton Hershey because he liked having rides that blended in with the surrounding scenery. While slightly modified during a remodel in 1978, the Comet roller coaster continues to be a top attraction on the midway at Hersheypark.

Roller Coaster Stats

Year Track Type Designer
1946 Wood Double Out and Back Herb Schmeck, PTC
  • Height
    82
    feet
  • Drop
    78
    feet
  • Length
    3,360
    feet
  • Top Speed
    50
    miles per hour
  • Ride Time
    1:45
    minutes : seconds
  • Ride Capacity
    830
    riders per hour
  • Number Of Trains
    2 - 24 passenger
     
  • Train Designer
    Philadelphia Toboggan Co.
     

Comet Facts & History

2024 – Trains replaced with two new ones from Philadelphia Toboggan Coaster. The new trains will feature a three-tone blue color scheme with a glittering metal flake treatment. The lead cars will feature a Comet logo based on the early 1970s design.

Train has four cars with three rows each, seating two abreast per row.

Height requirement: Riders must be at least 42 inches tall with an adult or 48 inches to ride alone

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