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August 5, 2003

Hersheypark Building Hydraulic Launch Coaster for 2004

Article written by:
Eric Gieszl, Editor

Hershey, PA -- Hersheypark announced plans to built the world's first hydraulic launched roller coaster with inversions for next season. The new unnamed roller coaster will be the park's 10th and feature an impressive 0 to 72 mph launch in two seconds flat.

Built by Intamin AG of Switzerland, the new high-speed roller coaster will use a high-tech hydraulic motor system to accelerate the coaster's 20 passenger cars. Passengers will be launched from 0 to 72 miles per hour in just 2 seconds before climbing nearly 150 feet. After reaching the apex of the "top hat" element at 15 stories riders will plummet 180 feet at a 90-degree angle, accelerating 75 mph.

The new coaster will continue into several custom inversions and elements as it weaves its way through nearly four and a half acres on 2,600 feet of steel track. The unique elements will include the Top Hat standing 150-feet, Power Drop of 180-feet, Cobra Loop, Barrel Rolls and a dramatic Flying Snake Dive.

According to Hersheypark the coaster will interact with three existing rides, the Monorail, Dry Gulch Railroad and Trailblazer roller coaster. 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.

The new coaster will feature two 20-passenger trains for a ride capacity of 1,200 per hour. The total ride time is approximately one minute.

Hersheypark expects to have the new roller coaster operating for the opening of the 2004 season.

To celebrate the announcement Hersheypark is asking for the public's help in naming the new roller coaster by participating in the Hersheypark Name The Coaster Roundup. The search for the name has been narrowed down to Steel Stampeded, Renegade and Storm Runner. The name contest runs from August 5 - 19 and voting is available on The winning name will be announced at a later date.