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September 25, 2004

Hersheypark To Build First Of Kind Coaster For 2005

Article written by:
Eric Gieszl, Editor

Hershey, PA -- In 2005 Hersheypark will blend the excitement of a roller coaster with the thrill of a freefall ride in an entirely unique, new attraction named Turbulence.

This innovative new drop roller coaster features a pivoting four-passenger vehicle that takes riders up the side of a 150-foot structure. Upon reaching the top, the vehicle moves straight out from the vertical lift and travels along the upper level of track. Suddenly, the vehicle drops 20 feet in a freefall curve. The vehicle levels out and then continues along the next section of track again approaching another freefall drop curve. This movement continues through a total of five drops.

Hersheypark's 11th roller coaster, Turbulence, will be located adjacent to the famous historic Hersheypark Carrousel, which has been a guest favorite since it came to the park in 1944. The area surrounding the Carrousel, now known as Carrousel Circle, will be refurbished and renamed Founder's Circle -- in honor of Milton S. Hershey, chocolate magnate, philanthropist, and founder of the Park.

Turbulence is designed by Interactive Rides, Inc. of Logan, Utah. The new roller coaster and surrounding renovation will cost approximately $4 million.

Turbulence Facts

  • Track Length: 750 feet
  • Vertical Drop: 150 feet
  • Ride Time: 2 minutes
  • Model: Tower Coaster
  • Vehicles: 4-passenger pivoting vehicles with back-to-back seats
  • Manufacturer: Interactive Rides, Logan, Utah