Hersheypark FAA filing suggests 220-foot tall ride

Posted Friday, September 14, 2018 9:15 AM | Contributed by Jeff

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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Friday, September 14, 2018 5:14 PM

220! Oh no, 212 feet is my limit!

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Friday, September 14, 2018 5:57 PM

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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Friday, September 14, 2018 8:59 PM

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.

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Friday, September 14, 2018 10:25 PM

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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Saturday, September 15, 2018 12:31 AM

^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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Saturday, September 15, 2018 1:22 PM

Wicked Twister

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Sunday, September 16, 2018 2:21 PM

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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Sunday, September 16, 2018 3:12 PM

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.

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Monday, September 17, 2018 11:16 AM

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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Thursday, September 20, 2018 6:50 PM

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

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 9:48 PM

Also, the capacity sucks.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 11:06 PM

Pacing.

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Friday, September 21, 2018 11:58 AM

Or Maverick.

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Friday, September 21, 2018 2:49 PM

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.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018 11:32 AM

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

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Friday, October 5, 2018 10:09 AM

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

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Sunday, October 7, 2018 9:50 PM

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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Sunday, October 7, 2018 10:02 PM

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.

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Monday, October 8, 2018 11:54 AM

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

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