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.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 7:57 PM
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Here is a top view of the train plan:

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 10:27 PM
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That is odd, I pictured it being like a floorless B&M just with offset Diamondback seating. However that diagram shows what looks like a floor for the inside seats. Still looks cool but I call an outside seat.

Sitting over the track is so last decade.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 10:51 PM

DKNY, I always wondered the same thing. And it's not just coasters... their "Reeses Extreme Cup Challenge" dark ride is short too. It seems like a half hearted effort. Is it to save money? I don't know. Seems like they want the coasters, but do not want to make them too intense... gotta keep them "family friendly" at the cost of extra thrills.

Then again, it's gotta be the money. They did the same with the Boardwalk... horrible capacity for a park that gets the crowds that Hershey gets. Look on the bright side though... this coaster only results in the loss of the tiltawhirl (sad as it is), but not like the expansion of their ill conceived waterpark and the loss of their Canyon River Rapids.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 11:49 PM

Huh. Looks a lot like an Intamin Mega-Lite.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 1:02 AM

You wouldn't think the length would significantly change the price. For example if this coaster (3400') costs 25 mil. I am sure that one 5100' wouldn't cost 37.5 mil. Kind of a laime example but you know what I mean. Maybe it's because a lot of longer hypers fizzle out at the end and lose all intensity. You don't need to look any further than Phantoms Revenge for a great example of a short hyper (3200') that kills it right until the break run.

Never been on Reese Challenge. Those things always seem like a good idea but really aren't you just killing an hour by riding one.

As far as itensity goes. I would say storm runner is very intense, despite being very short.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 1:04 AM

Wow, the ride starts with a motor-driven launch at mind-blowing 17 MPH. Are they having trouble figuring out how to sell this thing or what? Or are conventional chain lifts just that unusual these days?

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011 1:56 AM

The spec sheet on their website (which is a .doc file, lol) says the inside seats will have a floor, and the outside are floorless.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011 9:19 AM
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What a strange announcement. A .doc file for the specs? The managers son doing the animation. Hey look A HIGH SPEED TURN!!! OMG!!!

Whatever. Silly announcement aside, this looks cool and having not been there in a few years I think a trip next year is in order.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 11:31 AM
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So what are the odds that the first pair of people waiting take the two outside seats and leave the two inside seats for the other pair of people waiting?

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011 12:26 PM

I foresee fisticuffs.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011 12:37 PM

I'm not convinced the seating will be any more or less problematic than on any other 4-across train. And I've yet to see a fistfight in Raptor's station.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011 12:47 PM

Yes, but the end seats on Raptor are just end seats. They're not, like, you know, special.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011 12:51 PM
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Simple solution - assigned seating.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 1:02 PM

Maybe they could charge more for the wings...

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011 1:04 PM

Wing seats will be for VQ riders only...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 7:19 PM

From what I recall, Fahrenheit's announcement had much better videos/photos/details and a whole webpage dedicated to it. Even Storm Runner had a better video. Why did they let SkyRush's media fail so much?!?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 7:27 PM

Lord Gonchar said:
Simple solution - assigned seating.

Yep cause that worked so well for the Deja Vu coasters. ;)

Maybe it's just me, being away from the coaster scene a bit, but watching the animation (particularly the colored animation), this ride doesnt seem much different from I-305, except a little shorter. Am I melding back into the "GP"?

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011 8:42 PM
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Wednesday, August 3, 2011 9:16 PM

DKNY6363 said:
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+

My theory is that the cost of doing business with the multiple layers of PA government agencies lops off a good 500 feet per coaster.

I'm sure that working in/around Spring Creek is requiring them to take extraordinary and expensive measures not to pollute or degrade the stream. I wouldn't doubt they were required to complete extensive environmental studies. They're dealing with a township that plays hardass so they don't look like they're conceding too much too willingly to the largest companies in the region.

In short, 25 million gets you less in Pennsylvania than it does in other places.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 9:47 PM

I'm still trying to figure out why HP spent money on a teaser campaign to appease a small group of guests when they could have pushed that money towards a quality 3DVIP animation.

Unless of course all the design and marketing for the teaser game/campaign came from inside, which I doubt it did. It takes a lot to create and manage a project like that.

Animation: FAIL. Ride description: FAIL. Giving the media and general public something exciting to use to promote your huge, new attraction: FAIL.

I still have no idea why this particular coaster is so special, other than the new train. To me, that's a problem.

I'm sure it'll be a great ride. But the process of announcing and getting people excited about it did nothing for me.

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