Dorney Park officially announces Hydra The Revenge
Posted Wednesday, September 15, 2004 10:10 AM | Contributed by geneticfreak
Dorney Park officially announced the details for Hydra The Revenge, its B&M floorless coaster, for 2005. The ride is already under construction and was revealed last year at a local government meeting.
Wait, how can we be sure B&M designed this? Could this really be a B&M Looper? I'm suspicious:
1. A straight drop. No inclined curve, no small-hump-after-lift-level-out-then-drop, nothin'. 2. No large vertical loop after the first drop. I mean, they seem to have forgotten to do this two or three times before, but come on! 3. No large vertical loop at all. No vertical loops period!
Wow. that's a heck of a layout. IMO, B&M loopers (inverted, floorless, stand-up, whatever) were starting to get really cookie-cutter. Silver Bullet looks like its layout will have a slightly different feel, but Hydra really is thinking out of the box. Looks like you folks at Dorney have landed a gem!
This looks like an awesome ride, and given that the Floorless was already one of my favorite coaster styles, I'm really looking forward to this! I had planned on going to Dorney as part of my PA trip this year, but when Hydra was announced for next year, I pushed my visit back a year to be sure to ride it. I'm sure glad I did!
I love Kraken, and think that was one of the most creative and unique B&M coasters ever made. However, Hydra looks like it might steal that title from Kraken, as it looks just amazing! I love the Jojo roll, the straight drop, the dive loop out of the drop, the trenches, and the airtime hill near the end. About the only thing I can really complain about, is that is appears no part of this ride will actually go over the lake, which I thought would have been awesome on a Floorless coaster as well. That last helix would have made an ideal spot to do it. However, it's still a great looking coaster.
CF and B&M have really put a couple of great looking B&M coasters out there for next year, and I hope they will continue to collaborate more in future years at other parks! ;)
Until this day, Kraken has been my favorite Floorless coaster. The pacing, height, air time, themeing, etc. has made it my best floorless coaster. It seems now I might have a new floorless coaster on my list. I'm loving the way it's built into a Raven and the inversion right out of the station. Never thought coasters u would build in RCT2 would come to life! Now I gotta make my way to Dorney Park just to ride this no matter what.
Dorney's lineup of Laser, Talon, Steel Force and Thunderhawk is one of my favorite coaster lineups from my trip, being rivaled I think only by Busch Gardens Tampa. Dorney seems to not get the respect it deserves, and this coaster is going to make them better still. Laser is my favorite Schwarzkopf (I like intensity) and Talon is my 2nd favorite suspended (after Montu). And while Steel Force and Thunderhawk are nowhere near my favorite hyper or wood coasters, they are still pretty damn good, especially when combined with these other 2 in one park. Having said that, I doubt Hydra will end up being my favorite floorless, simply because I feel Krypton Coaster at Fiesta Texas is a very hard floorless to beat due to the way it interplayes with the terrain. But hey, if it's as good as Kraken (or even as good as Medusa/Scream) I'll be very, very happy. Sign me up for a Cedar Fair season pass next year!
Although the pre-lift inversion is pretty cool, I think it would have been less gimmick-y if they had put a version other than a barrel roll. I do sincerely appreciate the change of layouts, but a corkscrew or a loop would have been very cool.
Umm...how do you propose that a train with very little speed go through a loop? I think that the fact that they even put an inversion before the lift hill is a great new, creative idea. The ride looks like it will be awesome, plus it looks like I need to get to Pennsylvania, haha.
Awesome layout. But once again, Mike suprises us with a truely amazing video. Great texturing maping, ride physics, its just perfect. Congrats mike and all the people that helped at 3D VIP.
By the way, I like the intamin ride you put in in the background. That is extremely detailed for just a prop.
Keith McVeen is the mind behind the animations/still images for Hydra. And is it really all that surprising that it's a "truely amazing video"? ;)
Which ride are you referring to btw? As far as I can tell, there are no Intamins included. I see Meteor (Zamperla), Snake River Falls (Arrow, right?), Steel Force (Morgan), and Dominator (S&S). Just wondering if there was something I missed.:)
Wow, I'm actually impressed by this layout. And NO midcourse brake! I just wish they could have added a swoop drop down the hillside to the lake and back and/or a nice, long underground tunnel to finish it off. But as it is, I am quite happy with it. I love the trenches and the jojo roll. I found something funny in the press release. It states the "tight cobra roll" as being the signature element, but all the renderings make it look to be a fairly large un-tught cobra roll, which is fine by me, as it should make for a smoother ride with less headbanging laterals.