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May 6, 2004

Hersheypark To Open New Roller Coaster May 8

Hershey, PA -- Hersheypark to debut the park's 10th roller coaster, Storm Runner. The world's first hydraulic launch coaster featuring inversions will make its first public launch on Saturday, May 8.

Prior to park opening at 10:00 am, guests may pull a Hershey's kisses chocolate from a large box containing six winning kisses. The six winners will be given a seat for themself and a guest on the first official train to be launched. Joining these lucky riders will be another winner- the young woman who won a seat on the first train during the Hersheypark Job Fair in January and is now an employee in the Hersheypark Foods Department.

Built by world renowned Intamin AG of Switzerland, Storm Runner accelerates from 0 to 72 miles per hour in approximately 2 seconds! Climbing a nearly vertical incline to a height of 150 feet then plummeting approximately 180 feet at a 90 degree angle, the new coaster weaves its way through nearly four and one half acres on 2,600 feet of steel track. The station house for the new coaster will be located in the Pioneer Frontier section of the Park.

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, and a dramatic Flying Snake Dive. Ride time is approximately 60 action packed seconds!

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