Hersheypark announces Laff Trakk, an indoor spinning roller coaster

Posted Tuesday, August 12, 2014 3:15 PM | Contributed by Jeff

After a month-long series of riddle-like clues, Hersheypark announced Tuesday morning that it will add its 13th roller coaster; an indoor, funhouse-themed thrill ride called Laff Trakk, for its 2015 season.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014 1:50 AM

Laugh Trak will give rides to only about 800 riders per hour, according to Hersheypark's announcement. That seems kind of low for a new roller coaster at an amusement park that has over two million visitors per year. My concerns still stand. I will not retract them.

Why is it so taboo around here for me to mention that I don't like waiting in long lines? It's common sense that almost every single living person dislikes standing in line anywhere. Seriously.

I even stated that the ride looks awesome. I really think it looks like a very cool ride. It has an awesome theme. I like everything about it except for the low capacity. Shall I gush some more about how obviously cool the ride looks, or shall I talk about my concerns over the obvious low capacity issue some more? How about neither? I have something new to add to the subject...

I realized last night before falling asleep that I forgot to mention that I really like the way the website clues were handled prior and after this announcement. The website actually gives the answers to the clues now that the ride has been announced. It's as if the people in charge of the park actually read opinions of those trying to figure out fake-ish "clues" given by theme parks over the last few years. The website for the ride looks awesome too. GREAT JOB, Hersheypark!

Oh, I better end it with more positivity... Gush, gu****y-gush. No mean ol' complaints here. Just gushing. I hope you enjoyed this post. It is my honor to make you feel happy and relaxed throughout your positive reading experience here. I have no complaints about anything ever, because the amusement industry can do absolutely no wrong, ever. All is fantastic.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014 1:51 AM

Stop complaining, maverick master. The building will not be an eyesore. It will look awesome and fantastic!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014 2:11 AM

LostKause said:

Laugh Trak will give rides to only about 800 riders per hour, according to Hersheypark's announcement. That seems kind of low for a new roller coaster at an amusement park that has over two million visitors per year. My concerns still stand. I will not retract them.

Why is it so taboo around here for me to mention that I don't like waiting in long lines?

1. It's in the presentation. You're not saying you hate lines, you're saying you hate low capacity rides.

2. If you did say you hated long lines for new rides, you'd still be met with the same reaction because all new coasters tend to draw long lines.

3. They're adding capacity to the park. 800 people per hour x 10 hours per day is 8000 additional rides per day. 130 operating days per season x those 8000 rides = 1,040,000

This new ride would have to draw over a million new vistors to the park for the lines/waits park-wide to remain the same. Anything less than that and your overall time waiting at the park will be lowered.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014 2:15 AM

LostKause said:

Why is it so taboo around here for me to mention that I don't like waiting in long lines? It's common sense that almost every single living person dislikes standing in line anywhere. Seriously.

Pssst... Hey kid, over here. Ya wanna buy ya-self a fastpass, kid?

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Thursday, August 14, 2014 2:21 AM

On a much funnier note, I got auto-censored. lol gu****y! HAHAHA! Gush - ity... LOL

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Thursday, August 14, 2014 1:51 PM

Travis, while my post was obviously directed at you (with the intent to get a laugh at your expense, admittedly), it was more so a response to all of the same arguments we hear over and over again from the enthusiast community at large. Low capacity sucks, virtual queuing sucks, crappy food sucks, crappy prices suck, Six Flags sucks, etc...

Maybe it's me, but hearing the same tired complaints again and again becomes noise on the forums after a while and it tends to drown out the rest of the discussion. People need to realize that not every new ride can be a B&M style people eater.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014 2:26 PM

I'm happy I don't hang out at parks with people that complain about everything.

My time is too valuable to hear whining at a park.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014 3:17 PM

Vater said:

Low capacity sucks, virtual queuing sucks, crappy food sucks, crappy prices suck, Six Flags sucks, Krause's spelling of Laff Trakk sucks,etc...

Fixed.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014 6:45 PM

This looks like a cheaper themed version of Crush's Coaster at Disney Studios in Paris. That's a good thing in my book.

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Friday, August 15, 2014 12:49 AM

I don't like waiting in long lines, which is why most of my coaster excursions are tied to enthusiast events*. I just can't muster much enthusiasm for complaining or being bothered by lines: it's like complaining that Pizza Hut sells pizza. It's part of the package.

It's easy for us to focus in on the objects of our affection, the coasters. As Lord Gonchar pointed out, park management are looking at parks in their entirety. If we put X over here, how will that affect traffic/capacity/interest in that area of the park?

*Which occasionally backfires. I was at ACE's 1993 event at Williams Grove. During ERT on the Cyclone, there was a line for the coaster 40-50 people long. Once the park opened to the public? Less than ten.

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Friday, August 15, 2014 5:18 AM

I have contributed more than just the low capacity idea here. I guess I have to repeat them because they seemed to get lost in the Vater noise...

Ideas that I have contributed to this topic, elaborated to invoke discussion...

1. The website was well done concerning the new ride. I was impressed that after revealing the new ride, Hersheypark gave "answers" to the clues. That ranks highly in the integrity department with me.

2. Rumor is that the park is considering removing the Mouse coaster to make room for more waterslides. I think more waterslides are needed, but I would hate to see the mouse coaster leave, because it is so awesome.

3. The new coaster looks awesome. I like the theme.

4. 800 riders per hour seems low for a new coaster at such a busy park.

Things that Vater has said about in this topic...

1. The obvious thing for LostKause to complain about after Fast pass and Six Flags is low capacity.

2. Complaining about low capacity is just noise, as well as virtual queuing, crappy food, high prices, ect. and it tends to drown out the rest of the discussion.

3. People need to realize that not every new ride is going to be high capacity.

Bonus! Tek's contribution to this topic...

1. Tek is a very important person and does not wish to spend his valuable time listening to negativity, so he is going to spend his valuable time commenting about it here on CoasterBuzz.

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Step up your game, guys. Gonch actually commented as to why he thinks I am wrong. I respect that a lot more than personally attacking me.

About Tek's personal attack, I don't whine while at the parks. I enjoy myself. The people I hang out with enjoy my company and I enjoy theirs. I'm loud and obnoxious, and I goof off a lot and laugh constantly. You don't know me at all. It is my goal to make my friends laugh and stay happy. I'm a little more tired in my older age, have a little less energy, but I still try to keep spirits around me high.

I hate it when the topic turns to talking about me. Seriously, I do. Does anyone care to talk about my number 1, 2, 3, or 4 that I posted a few paragraphs above, and not about how much they hate hearing me complain about something?

Vater, I can't think of one interesting thing you, Tek, and many others have said in recent months. Nothing stands out from your generic forgettable agreeable nothing posts. You might be a really nice or interesting guy in person, but at least I have something to say. Step up your game here, why don't you?

The noise in this particular forum is your fault, Vater, not mine. You haven't contributed one sentence about the topic of Hersheypark's new roller coaster in this thread. What are your thoughts about the new ride, Vater? You too, Tek. Stop talking about me and start talking about the new coaster. If you don't like what I say, then do what Gonch did, and talk about the coaster and why you disagree with me, if it so important to you. Gonch actually challenged the ideas that I presented, and maybe planted a seed in my mind that may eventually change my mind. I respect that a lot. That makes for good discussion right there.

Last edited by LostKause, Friday, August 15, 2014 5:23 AM
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Friday, August 15, 2014 7:46 AM

I can't think if one positive thing you've said in years unless you copy and past it to demand that we see.

I could do that too.

You seem to always focus on the negative. And yourself. Poor, pitiful Travis who can't take people responding to him in the way he dislikes. Let's make it all about you and how awful me and Vater are.

Last edited by Tekwardo, Friday, August 15, 2014 7:56 AM
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Friday, August 15, 2014 8:45 AM

Can't we all just get along?

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Friday, August 15, 2014 9:08 AM

I love the concept of this ride. I hope the music is actually part of the ride.

The mirrors at the end are a great touch--I would love to see a rotating barrel somewhere along the tracks. I am very excited about this!

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Friday, August 15, 2014 9:48 AM

I'm pretty sure there are more interesting things to talk about than what Travis thinks.

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Friday, August 15, 2014 10:09 AM

I like these spinning rides from Maurer Söhne, and when I went back to rewatch the video it was clear to me that this ride is indeed their standard SC2000 model. And ain't nothing wrong with that.

And when I thought about it I realized there's getting to be a quite a few outdoor versions across the country. Waldameer has Steel Dragon, Lagoon has Spider, Seabreeze has Whirlwind, SCBB has Undertow, and now this one. The spinning action goes from mild to wild, depending on weight distribution, but since Laff Trakk has scenery a slower spin might be ok, and just the thing. The only one I've tried so far is Waldameer's and I will say that even on that slow day the line was long. I don't think they were running to full capacity, though, and they weren't blocking the cars as tightly as they might've.
But it's all good. I don't mind long lines for new rides. It keeps the lines for all my other favorites nice and short!
:-P

Oh, and Slith, (may I call you Slith?) I know exactly what you're talking about. I first noticed the reverse long line phenomenon 100 years ago when the ACEers went to Crystal Beach in Ontario. During the day the lines were short and we rode all the coasters over and over. Once ERT hit all of a sudden the line for Comet was a half hour long! And anymore, PPP is like that as well. We always have a great time at the park and festival during the day but once the event is in full swing the lines are long. Last time we went we took a few evening spins but spent most of the time on a bench watching the crowd. Oh, and on the Dodgem.

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Friday, August 15, 2014 11:25 AM

LostKause said:

Vater, I can't think of one interesting thing you, Tek, and many others have said in recent months. Nothing stands out from your generic forgettable agreeable nothing posts. You might be a really nice or interesting guy in person, but at least I have something to say. Step up your game here, why don't you?

The noise in this particular forum is your fault, Vater, not mine.

Well, that escalated quickly.

You haven't contributed one sentence about the topic of Hersheypark's new roller coaster in this thread. What are your thoughts about the new ride, Vater? You too, Tek. Stop talking about me and start talking about the new coaster.

Looks like fun.

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Friday, August 15, 2014 12:51 PM

Funny, Tek, I don't feel poor or pitiful. And you guys aren't awful. You are probably pretty cool dudes. I don't know you. I say positive things all the time. You remember what you want to remember.

Seriously, not sarcastically... I am sincerely sorry if I ever hurt your feelings or annoyed you. As boring as it sounds to me, I'll try to be more political around here. I love CoasterBuzz!

...And hopefully that will be the end of us talking about how much I annoy you. Seriously, not sarcastically.

So, what are your thoughts about the new coaster at Hersheypark, Tek? Laff Trakk? Don't you just love it? That name is pretty punny, don't you think? Do you like puns? I sure do.

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Friday, August 15, 2014 1:00 PM

Just wanted to add I think this ride looks like a lot of fun. I think the cheesy carnival-esque props work with this theme perfectly, and it sounds like they have a pretty inclusive height-requirement policy.

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Friday, August 15, 2014 4:21 PM

RCMAC said:

Oh, and Slith, (may I call you Slith?)...

...sssh...no one's supposed to know there's a Dark Lord of the Slith here...

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