Dorney Park Online add photos of Hercules' demolition

Posted Monday, November 17, 2003 10:52 AM | Contributed by J2S

Hercules' lift hill at Dorney Park is now completely gone, leaving the first drop towering above what remains of rest of the ride, including the first turn over the lake and track going up the hill from that turn, the turn around at the other end of the ride and the final turn. Check out Dorney Park Online for the latest photos, taken Saturday, November 15.

Link: Dorney Park Online

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Monday, November 17, 2003 12:27 PM
Destruction of wooden coasters is just heartbreaking to me. Steel demolition doesn't bother me in nearly the same way.
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Monday, November 17, 2003 1:21 PM
Sad, sad, sad. *shakes head
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Monday, November 17, 2003 3:25 PM
Progress, progress, progress. I'm obviously not the only one who thought the ride sucked or they wouldn't be tearing it down.
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Monday, November 17, 2003 3:50 PM
Has less to do with the ride sucking but more to do with maintenance.

Dante, who thinks its sad to see any ride torn down. Thus would be my same remark if Hercules were "insert any other ride name here."

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Monday, November 17, 2003 4:45 PM
Yeah, I've heard you say that before. How many wood coasters have you maintained, designed or built?
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Thursday, November 20, 2003 12:25 AM
I'm kinda bumed out. Not because the ride is coming down but I was to Allentown twice in a week right past Dorney and couldn't see a freakin thing. Stupid Daylight Savings! :( I would have like to make a pit stop and snap off a few pics.*** This post was edited by coasterpunk 11/20/2003 12:26:46 AM ***
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Thursday, November 20, 2003 9:43 PM
Im still trying to fathom why they would take this down. I had gazed at this thing in pictures for about a year, hoping the time would come that I could ride this. I was planning on going next year to ride this, Steel Phantom, and Talon. But now I cant. Another coaster i missed. Was this coaster really THAT bad? I mean, its such a great woodie, tall, fairly unique, and everything, and the park has other space and worse coasters, so why would they take down such a big coaster? I know there planning on building another caoster there, but come on. They can find the space. If Cedar Point can find the space for a 16th coaster w/ out taking down any good thrill rides at all, I think they can manage, so why did they take it down!!!! Im confused!
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Friday, November 21, 2003 6:40 PM
Because it was too expensive to maintain. Big woodies usually are.
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Saturday, November 22, 2003 12:38 PM
MilleniumForce, if you ask me, it wasn't nearly as bad as everyone makes it out to be. But I'm sure you'll get every answer across the board asking that question. No matter if you liked the ride or not, one thing everyone can agree on is that it was a one-of-a-kind woodie, nobody can deny that. It's a shame you never got a chance to ride it. *** This post was edited by DorneyDante 11/22/2003 12:42:36 PM ***
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Saturday, November 22, 2003 8:29 PM
RIP, Hercules...sniff...sniff...
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Wednesday, November 26, 2003 5:22 PM
i think that they should have sold the ride to knoebles because they are known for the pheonix.

oh well

it's gone. I did have the chance to ride it in late august and it was a great ride.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2004 4:35 PM
I remember when it first opened. It was a great woodie. Over the years though it became a very rough ride. Not rough as in fun, but rough as in "this is killing my back!" It seemed the more it settled the worse it became. In it's early years it was one of my favorite woodies. I thought it was a great design and track layout. The first time you would go up the lift, then turn the bend at the top, and all you would see was the lake below-breathtaking.

I felt that Dorney gave Hercules the short end of the stick to begin with. That was where they put the laser light show, and would close the ride. They also have a good bit of land available for use as well.

It would be nice to see it reborn in another location, something Knoebels has proven can be done.

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