Hershey announces Skyrush for 2012

Posted Tuesday, August 2, 2011 3:59 PM | Contributed by delan

Hersheypark announced Tuesday it is constructing a 200-foot tall roller coaster named Skyrush in the Comet Hollow section of the park. The ride will be floorless and feature a 75 mile per hour first drop. It will be the tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster at Hersheypark, according to park general manager Frank O'Connell. It also features winged seats, the first of their kind in the country.

Read more from The Patriot-News.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 4:01 PM
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Animation brought to you by some kid in his parents' basement and his PC.


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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 4:02 PM

I didn't really notice until Announcer Guy mentioned the "bright yellow track". Guess they couldn't spring for that bit in the rendering step.

On the plus side, they get points for the "giant slushee stand" line.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 4:09 PM

I guess yellow costs more.


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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 4:23 PM

Maybe they did the animation before they picked the colors? Personally, I like this version better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syT85XTbxVQ&feature=related

Has the right colors and looks cooler darting around the water, although I'm not sure the creek is that wide. As a side note, reading the comments from the PennLive article, are the people who live around Hershey the whiniest people on the planet?

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 4:28 PM
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RatherGoodBear said:
Maybe they did the animation before they picked the colors?

Yeah, but a NoLimits creation (looks like it to me) takes like three clicks to change the color. Talk about lazy.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 4:28 PM

I think that pretty much goes with the territory for any "local" newspaper forum. The folks who typically comment on those seem to be less interesting than your average sports blog "contributor".


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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 4:32 PM
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I hope the winged seats are more stable than they are on Furious Baco. This isn't the same type of train. So, with only the outside seats being winged, they may not have the same problem.


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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 4:35 PM
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RatherGoodBear said: As a side note, reading the comments from the PennLive article, are the people who live around Hershey the whiniest people on the planet?

Nah, but the people who complain about said people on the other hand... lol

Couldn't resist as someone who lives 20 minutes from the park. :) ;)


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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 4:47 PM

RatherGoodBear said:
are the people who live around Hershey the whiniest people on the planet?

We might be....but just remember please don't send cheese! We like chocolate with our whine ;) !!!!!!!!!!

Anyway even thought the rendering doesn't really do it justice looks like it should be a pretty fun ride.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 5:12 PM

So from the video, the 'winged' seats look like Diamondback. But as was said, it is a kid in the basement video. Any chance there is a picture of what those seats really look like anywhere?


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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 5:15 PM
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I'm really baffled at the design of the train. Half the seats have a car surrounding them, the other half don't? It seems like an awkward arrangement.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 5:29 PM
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Diamondback was exactly what came to mind the first time I saw the trains.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 5:30 PM

Your turn Holiday World. ;-)


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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 5:44 PM
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Fun said:
Half the seats have a car surrounding them, the other half don't?

I'm picturing a Dive Coaster type design. The center 2 seats are over the track but the 2 outside seats aren't.


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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 6:04 PM
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I've seen on a few sites people claiming that seating will be four across, but it looks to be more of a B&M hyper design where two seats are together (with floor) and the next row is two winged seats. Who knows with this animation...

It kind of just looks like someone cut a pasted the train together from existing rides. Front=Dragster, Seats=B&M hyper, Rear=Storm Runner


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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 6:14 PM
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I'll just say that I LOVE what I see and I can't wait to try it next year!

I am due for another Hersheypark visit anyway. :)

-Tina

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 6:28 PM

Diamondback trains...?

Behemoth trains I believe. ;) I looked on another site, and the two outer seats are floorless, and off the track. It will be a three way fight in my family for who gets to be the other person sitting on a wing. Just like ridding a B&M invert.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 6:30 PM

PS. Why does Hershey always make their coasters the shortest you could possibly imagion that type of ride being? A hyper a 3400'? Storm Runner in 2600, Farenheit is under 3000... Great Bear is 2800 I think.

Not complaining. I love hershey. It just seems like this one should be 5000+

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 6:33 PM
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My favorite part of the live feed intro (from the park) was their balloon demonstration with the heights. Oooooh...200 feet!

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