Hersheypark FAA filing suggests 220-foot tall ride

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Hersheypark will make its "biggest announcement ever" in October, and it appears those plans might include a hypercoaster. According to an FAA filing, Hersheypark sought, and received, approval for construction of a new coaster with a height of 220 feet -- eight feet taller than Skyrush, the park's tallest coaster.

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220! Oh no, 212 feet is my limit!

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I'm hoping it's a hypercoaster with inversions. They've already got a speed coaster, and if they're not going giga, it seems redundant. Knowing Hershey though, this should be a very interesting and unique ride.


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In 2000, Cedar Point successfully showed you can have two coasters over 200 feet tall and deliver very different experiences without confusing guests. Magnum and Millennium are polar opposites, one focused on positive G-forces and the other negative G forces. This B&M hyper will be about airtime, in the same way Skyrush is about intense turns.

Is someone implying that Skyrush isn’t about airtime? Because... owwwch! (And I say that with love) (for Skyrush)
I’m not that familiar, but I’ve heard they’ve picked up room (or property) for expansion? I hope there IS room for a good, humpy hyper.

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^Yeah, it's the same someone who didn't carefully read my post. I said "if they're not going giga it's redundant" and then Cedar Point and its giga got brought up....


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I agree with FUN. The new proposed B&M hyper won't be based on just a fast intense ride as Skyrush & Leviathan but more like Behemoth. The general public aren't rollercoaster enthusiasts that over analyze rollercoasters to redundancy.

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bjames said:

^Yeah, it's the same someone who didn't carefully read my post. I said "if they're not going giga it's redundant" and then Cedar Point and its giga got brought up....

There's no reading comprehension issue at hand here. I don't think height is the determining factor in redundancy, nor is it the qualifier to be a "speed" coaster.

This B&M ride they are designing is likely going to resemble Nitro or Behemoth in ride profile. That is absolutely a different airtime experience than Skyrush.

C'Buzzers are stepping up their game - now rides don't even have to be revealed for us to be disappointed by them.

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The pre-emptive commenting on the disappointed comments is also getting earlier.


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Also, the capacity sucks.


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Pacing.

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Or Maverick.


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Is there anything showing this is going to be a coaster? Is it possible it's a drop tower of some sort (even though Hersheypark has a trio of those as well)?

I can't see this being a plain non-looping coaster. If it's a B&M, maybe a big wing coaster? There isn't one of those in the area, so it would be unique.

So, it's definitely a B&M hyper. Looks fun from what they show. The rest of the new Chocolatetown looks really nice.

Looks nice, but I'll miss the current entrance. One of the prettier ones outside of Disney and Busch parks.

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The current entrance is really great looking, but functionally the park outgrew it probably 20 years ago.

We were there on a day when Skyrush was a walk-on, Fahrenheit was going out with half-empty trains, and there was still a big bottleneck to get in the place. I can't imagine it on a busy day.


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I'm interested in how this new entrance connects with the exisiting midway into the park. There are a number of retail shops both before and after the gate that I would imagine they still want guests to walk past.

^It looks like some may be gone based on the area in the construction blueprints which will be really sad.

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