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September 14, 2004

Dorney Park Unveils New Floorless Coaster For 2005

Allentown, PA -- Dorney Park will ratchet up the thrill expectations for roller coaster enthusiasts everywhere with the addition of Hydra The Revenge in 2005. The $13 million "floorless" roller coaster by designers Bolliger and Mabillard will be a one-of-a-kind ride experience with several unique elements. Hydra The Revenge will feature seven inversions, a zero-gravity experience and several drops below ground level.

"We deliberately designed Hydra with a fast-paced series of sensory challenges," stated John Hildebrandt, vice president and general manager of Dorney Park. "The ride is a non-stop mix of twists, rolls, drops and spirals that keeps riders wondering what comes next. Hydra even treats riders to a special surprise right out of the launch station."

The ride begins with a unique feature park officials call the "JoJo" roll, the first-ever pre-lift hill inversion where riders twist upside-down after exiting the launch station. With adrenaline pumping, riders climb out of the jojo roll up a 95-foot tall lift hill, followed by a 53 mph plunge down a menacing 68-degree, 105-foot sideways drop into a rock-hewn canyon.

This "near-miss" race through the canyon is followed by an inclined dive loop 65-feet above the ground, dropping the train back into the ravine to be shot through a zero-gravity roll, carrying the train out over the midway. The coaster races through the first of two flat-spin inversions, plunges 50 feet into another ravine and rises into Hydra's signature design element of a tight cobra roll, before dropping back into the same ravine.

"This ride will keep coming at you," Hildebrandt said. "By design, there's not much recovery time between elements."

Joe Greene, Dorney Park's vice president of construction, explained that steps were taken early in the design process to integrate the coaster into the landscape. "With five canyon drops of varying intensity, the rider will constantly interact with the surroundings. Of course, it didn't hurt to have tons of native Pennsylvania boulders already on site to drop into the mix."

Hydra The Revenge is named after the nine-headed monster of Greek mythology. In the myth, Hydra battles the hero Hercules, who succeeds in cutting off all of Hydra's heads. However, one head is immortal and Hercules buries it under a huge boulder by a lake. In Dorney Park mythology, Hydra has risen from Dorney Park Lake and has taken its "revenge" on Hercules, the wooden roller coaster the park retired after the 2003 season. Hydra The Revenge is located in the same spot bordering Dorney Park Lake where Hercules once stood.

Hydra The Revenge is made up of 3,198 feet of tubular steel track and weighs in at approximately 1,368,000 pounds. Open-air trains seat riders four abreast in eight rows to accommodate 32 passengers per ride, for an estimated 1,245 riders per hour. Hydra The Revenge will be Dorney Park's seventh roller coaster, joining the inverted Talon and 205-foot-tall Steel Force as one of the park's signature thrill rides.

Hydra The Revenge was designed by Bolliger & Mabillard of Monthey, Switzerland, a recognized industry leader in roller coaster development.

Hydra The Revenge is scheduled to emerge on Saturday, May 7, opening day of Dorney Park's 2005 season.

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