Hersheypark announces Turbulence for 2005

Posted Monday, September 27, 2004 11:34 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Hersheypark has announced Turbulence for 2005, an Interactive Rides Frequent Faller. The 150-foot tower will spin riders down through a coaster track on its side in four-passenger cars.

Read the press release from Hersheypark.

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Monday, September 27, 2004 11:46 PM
"tower coaster" ?
why couldn't SFMM come up with this...

seriously though... that looks... interesting! looks kinda funky, but i'm sure it'll be a hit.

-- alan j

Tuesday, September 28, 2004 12:02 AM
I just deleted my post in general buzz. This is going to be another good addition for Hersheypark.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 12:59 AM
BullGuy's avatar Well, I'm glad the park decided to add yet another coaster for my first visit next year. The East Coast trip with Great Adventure, Dorney, and Hershey will be popular with enthusiasts next year, no doubt. :)
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 12:59 AM
And at only $4 million it would seem like a great addition for many other parks looking for a high excitement ride with a small footprint. Wonder how long it will be until we see the similarly looking, but completly different experience providing S&S Screamin' Squirrel? The Screamin Squirrel model has a similarly small footprint and a cost of about $2 million. Guess we'll see more of both the Interactive Ride's Frequent Faller and possibly the first S&S Screamin' Sqquirrel if these first park models really turn out to be a big draw. I mean, the cost is as low as a big flat ride and takes up any small strip of land a park might have. Seems a nice way to add a new experience.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 4:43 AM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar Interesting. It looks pretty.......I can't even find the words.

Wow. :-P


*** This post was edited by coasterqueenTRN 9/28/2004 4:45:07 AM ***

Tuesday, September 28, 2004 5:43 AM
Interesting. This is something Kennywood should get.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 8:10 AM
matt.'s avatar Just amazing, 2 major steel coasters in 2 years in something quite rare these days now that SF's spending spree is done with. Hershey is already so well known for the great collection of wooden coasters and family attractions, soon enough it looks like the steel coaster collection will be world class as well.

What a great time to be living near Hershey, SFGAdv, and Dorney! The coaster wars have died and been resurected in eastern PA!

Tuesday, September 28, 2004 9:38 AM
Looks like a cool ride, but does anyone know what the capacity on this type of ride is ? It seems like it would be very low.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 9:52 AM
From both HP (Stats for the ride) and RCDB, the capacity of Turbulence looks like it will be an estimated 960 per hour...

In comparrison, here are how the other coasters at HP stack up (HP's listed capacity on their website followed by RCDB's capacity in parentheses if listed)

Lightning Racer = 1300

Storm Runner = 1200 (1200)

sooperdooperlooper = 1175

Trailblazer = 1125

Great Bear = 1025 (1300)

Turbulence = 960

Wildcat = 930

Wild Mouse = 835 (1120)

Comet = 830 (950)

Roller Soaker = 725

Sidewinder = 540 (760)

In some of these cases, the difference between HP's stats on their site and the RCDB stats differ by as much as 20%. *** This post was edited by SLFAKE 9/28/2004 10:07:24 AM ***

Tuesday, September 28, 2004 12:27 PM
matt.'s avatar ...and in all fairness, even the best of parks don't really match the theoretical numbers that are posted most of the time. Hershey does a good job though, and if they run this one as well as their other newish coasters, I don't think lines will get that bad. At the very least, just get there at opening and get in line first thing....or get a few laps on Storm Runner while everyone else is waiting for this one. ;)
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 1:48 PM
How fun will this coaster actually be? It looks kind of boring to me. Maybe after I see a video of it I'll change my mind...
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 1:52 PM
Thinking about this for a while... personally, I would relocate the Ferriswheel from Midway America to Carrousel / Founder's Circle and re-christen it Giant Wheel. The location I would pick for Turbulence would then be the location vacated bo the Ferriswheel in Midway America.

Somehow, a ferriswheel in Founder's Circle makes more sense than a state of the art new coaster. On the down side though, a standard Ferriswheel replacing Giant Wheel would do nothing to enhance Founder's Circle, but Turbulence would do this. Also, placing Turbulence in Midway America would put 4 coasters (5 if you count the Roller Soaker) in that one section of the park.

So... I suppose the best place for the new ride would be in GIANT Wheel's old location. The Marketing / Management people at Hershey have a much better grasp on the situation than someone sitting here typing away on a PC (when he should actually be working).

Tuesday, September 28, 2004 2:04 PM
Granted this is on a track, but calling this a coaster is a little bit of a stretch. We might as well call dark rides coasters then as well. At first I wasn't thrilled with the announcement, but after imagining it, it does look like it will provide some intense freefall sensations. Could be fun and takes up little room. Could be seeing these all over in a few years.

*** This post was edited by Martling 9/28/2004 2:07:56 PM ***

Tuesday, September 28, 2004 2:05 PM
this is great news!! definitely doing a dorney/hershey trip next year! first Hydra, then SFGadv's rocket, then Turbulence! We are so blessed here in the Northeast! (jst hope the wait is not bad) I agree razore, Kennywood should get something like this.It'll be a great addition for them.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 2:57 PM
matt.'s avatar I don't see why this wouldn't be considered a coaster. The vehicle runs on the side of the track, I don't see how that's any different from vehicles running on top of, or below the track.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 2:57 PM
Is this going to now throw Hershey into the "Coaster or Not a Coaster" debate?

It has a lift mechanism that raises the "car", the car then uses gravity to travel the length of a track. Simple as that. It's a much of a coaster as the old Twin Toboggans (two Chance Tobbogans sitting side by side) that used to sit on the other side of Carrousel Circle from Giant Wheel in the 1970's and possibly early 1980's.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004 4:28 PM
This ride looks like a wild mouse turned side ways I can't wait to ride this along with Hydra at coastermaddness.Pa. has got a great coaster line up IMO.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 7:55 PM

What the heck is this? Looks ok but :/ weird.
How much did it cost to make it? I mean save a few more and get a roller coaster. Am i right? This isn't going to bring more visitors.

Hey coy I live in the southeast. Nowhere near orlando nowhere near texas its called alabama. No rollercoasters. We have Six flags over georgia thats it. I wanna move to the north east.
Cedar point hershey and all thems. :( I hate visionland.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004 9:05 PM
Well, Hershey has finally answered our calls for a free fall ride. Well, sort of. I think it will be a great addition to Hersheypark. I've been waiting all summer for the off season when I can watch the progress of a new coaster. This coaster is inexpensive, doesn't take up much room, and looks like blast. I can't wait for next summer


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