Hersheypark announced Fahrenheit

Thursday, September 27, 2007 6:25 PM
While I do love the lay out... I will stick to what I been concerned with when everyone was speculating what this ride would be. I feel as well that this ride is STORM RUNNER without the launch. It provides no new sensation other than the beyond vertical drop. I think the sky line at Hershey is going to look interesting with to top-hat resembling coasters poking into the skyline. Also I don't know if I'll be willing to wait in line for this ride. With 12 riders per train and I think I saw that it has only 3 trains the lines will be forever long. I'll just opt to ride Storm Runner with a launch for pretty much the same ride experience.

All in All I'm glad to see a new coaster and even though I have said what I have ... I'll still ride in sometime in the future.

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Thursday, September 27, 2007 6:47 PM

OhioStater said:
OK...so what about question 2? What in the heck would they do if it stops at the top of a vertical lift?

Even though the video showed a chain lift, maybe they would use LSM's like Maverick instead. Or would it require to much power to lift slowly, straight up? If they could do that, a stop on the lift would result in the train slowly dropping backwards down the lift.


rablat5 said:
Anyone else realize that HP is also installing some sort of spinning flat ride by Wisdom for next year?

ColumbusCoaster beat you to it.


ColumbusCoaster said:
Not quite as exciting as Fahrenheit, but Hershey is also adding Howler, a Wisdom Tornado.

*** Edited 9/27/2007 10:49:01 PM UTC by Jason Hammond***
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Thursday, September 27, 2007 6:49 PM
But Storm Runner without the launch (and only 121' tall I might add) is much more attractive to the casual rolly coaster fan who thinks that launch thing is SCARY! So, now everyone gets to join in on the Intamin loopy fun.

I think it's a home run, and more and more, Hershey, not Cedar Point, is the reason that I'm disappointed that I'm no longer a Pittsburgh resident. They've gotten my vote 2 years in a row for Park of the Year, I see no reason why this wouldn't already seal the deal for them for '08! Good job Hershey.

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Thursday, September 27, 2007 7:08 PM
Just taking an educated guess, it seems like using LIMs on the lift would require way too much power to go vertical...unless it was helped by a big push, but there doesnt appear to be any type of "launch".

Maybe they'll just pluck people out with a cherry picker. I mean, I know that have to have something in mind, I just cant fathom what it is.

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Thursday, September 27, 2007 7:40 PM

Spinout said:
This ride looks so awesome. It's looks way better than Maverick.

You say that like its a great thing. watch out usa intamin is infiltrating us with boring painful rides. i.e. maverick and now this. A sad time in steel coaster history when we settle for rides like these. Remember the good old days when rides like Millenium Force were the best? And now look at us we are settling for coasters 1/3 the size of good ones. Sorry for the rant, i know i will be flamed for this one b/c for some reason not many hate maverick.

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Thursday, September 27, 2007 7:47 PM
^ That "some reason" is because Maverick kicks ass.

It's fun, loaded with airtime, and intense as hell.

Oh, it wasn't 500 feet tall? My bad - I guess that's "sad".

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Thursday, September 27, 2007 7:56 PM
^ Oh I'm sorry was kicks ass or break ass. Sorry i'm not one thats blessed with a fat ass to cushion the fat friendly seats.

thats why people like it more, even someone's 500lb relatives can fit into those seats. I liked the good old days when you could tell them to get off and lose weight. *** Edited 9/27/2007 11:59:51 PM UTC by coasterj87***

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Thursday, September 27, 2007 8:01 PM
Yeah. Uh. If I'm comprehending that garbage you call a post correctly, you're calling me a fatass?

LOL. I don't know how to say this without sounding really stupid, but let's just say I'm almost overly obsessed with my physical fitness. Try again.

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Thursday, September 27, 2007 8:06 PM
wasnt pointing at you just stating in general. its more friendly to overweight people.
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Thursday, September 27, 2007 8:25 PM
Yeah, that's true, but I still don't think that's entirely the reason for the OTSRs.

The common perception from both the majority of people, lawyers and insurance companies is that when inversions are present, so should the shoulder harness. There's still a belief that you need to have a shoulder restraints in order to go upside-down.

I wish it wasn't the case, but at least the new Intamin OTSRs are far enough away from most people's bodies, that the "real" restraint is in fact the lap-bar portion.

Josh

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Friday, September 28, 2007 12:01 AM
PLEASE UNDERSTAND! This is a CHAIN lift coaster! No launch! CHAIN!
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Friday, September 28, 2007 2:51 AM
^Um...ok, I'm totally lost as to what that post was directed at.

I think it's a nice ride, little anticipointment with the whole Nantimi thing but I'll live. Go Hershey!

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Friday, September 28, 2007 8:36 AM

knowit said:
PLEASE UNDERSTAND! This is a CHAIN lift coaster! No launch! CHAIN!

So what I wanna know...would a launch be better than a chain or not? Because while this is similar to the Euro-fighter which uses chains, this has different trains and track!

While I agree a launch would draw awful comparisons to Stormrunner, at the same time, it just seems to me that Intamin went to Hershey and said...

"Here's your coaster, and for only $17 million!!"

Then Hershey said, "Ummm...we only got $16 million, what can you do for us?"

Then Intamin said, "What about...we rip out the launch and put in a chain lift??"

I'll reserve final judgment until I ride it, but this 97 degrees could be going to waste here.

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Friday, September 28, 2007 9:35 AM
Okay, I'll bite. How exactly does this not having a launch "waste" the rest of this ride? And, while we're at it, why would Hershey ask for a ride with a vertical tophat, with a launch, followed by some inversions...when they've already got one just like it about 1000 feet away?

And while I'm still in a sleep-deprived, totally cynical vein, why is the Nantimi thing "anticipointment"? Wasn't part of the game trying to prove that it was a viral marketing campaign? Was anyone really expecting this was anything less than a well thought out, cleverly executed game by Hershey?

If this coaster is causing this much anticipointment, I'd hate to know what everyone was anticipating.

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Friday, September 28, 2007 9:42 AM

coasterj87 said:
wasnt pointing at you just stating in general. its more friendly to overweight people.

It's also more friendly to people that put a high value on their life since numerous Intamin coasters with lap bars were known to toss riders from the train... two off the top of my head being SFNE's Superman and Knott's Perilous Plunge.

^ I have no idea what people were anticipating. Besides, remember that guy was tossing about various hints a month or so ago and people were suggesting he was full of it? Don't look now, but the ride he mentioned is getting built.

*** Edited 9/28/2007 1:44:29 PM UTC by Rob Ascough***

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Friday, September 28, 2007 9:44 AM
Hershey was smart in building up anticipation in the new ride with the nantimi site. A lot of you guys put a lot of effort into trying to figure it out, and now that it's announced it's pretty much what everyone was talking about. It'll be a good ride. Nothing to be disappointed about. Hershey is definitely one of the best parks in the country, and I am not just saying that because I live 20 minutes away. ;)
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Friday, September 28, 2007 10:02 AM
I'd hate to know what everyone was anticipating.

It was exactly as I was expecting ;)

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Friday, September 28, 2007 11:39 AM
I loved Maverick, but not everyone in my crew did. I rode with the same person both days and we both enjoyed it. The other two didn't like it either day.

My one friend commented on not being able to relax at all due to the constant turns. Funny, when I ride something as intense as Maverick, I don't want to be able to relax:)

I think ultimately, the public will be the one who dictates if the restraints stay or get changed. If enough people complain about them, Cedar Point might look at other options.

An administrator on the unmentionable site had a very interesting theory concerning Maverick. Maybe it was originally designed as an Aquatrax (he just rode an Aquatrax and said the similarities are uncanny), they tried the heartline spin, and Sandor decided it was too intense. So they already had the backup piece in place.

I think he even found it to be a crazy theory, but how in the heck did they design something that fast, get it manufactured, painted and put into place?

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Friday, September 28, 2007 12:45 PM
Ok One quick thought... wouldn't the logo be better if the down slope was to the end of the word Fahrenheit.. I mean the tag line is 97 degrees and falling fast. That logo to me is rising fast. Just an observation.

Other than that it looks to me like Hershey has a winner and another season pass bought by me. *** Edited 9/28/2007 4:47:41 PM UTC by dragonoffrost***

Edited because I can't spell Fahrenheit :) *** Edited 9/28/2007 5:17:51 PM UTC by dragonoffrost***

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Friday, September 28, 2007 1:06 PM
Why a lift instead of a launch? I'm no expert in this, but wouldn't the radius at the top need to be made much larger to accommodate the faster speed a launch would create?

Why is the 97 degree drop wasted with a lift? I think the opposite is true-- taken at a slower speed is going to create some anxiety and anticipation just being perched there for even a second realizing you can't see the track ahead of you. If you're just launched over it at however many MPH, would you even notice?

I can't believe all the cries of disappointment, being underwhelmed, being bored, unimpressed, etc. Not just with this announcement, but for everyone that's come out so far... Behemoth, Kima, all of the Six Flags offerings. Christmas at your houses must be downright depressing if you don't get exactly what you wanted (or expected).

It's kind of sad in a way that so many people can be so jaded-- especially so many of them being young. If all these coasters are boring to you, I don't know what else to tell you to do for excitement except maybe sign up for a tour of duty in Iraq.

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