Hersheypark launches Storm Runner for media

Posted Friday, May 7, 2004 7:54 AM | Contributed by coasterpunk

Hersheypark's 10th roller coaster, Storm Runner, opens to the public Saturday. The launch coaster has 8,000 horsepower behind its hydraulic launch. It goes from zero to 70 mph in just about two seconds. The park previewed the ride for the media.

Read more and see video from WGAL/Lancaster.

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Friday, May 7, 2004 10:48 AM
Launch looks pretty nice, but I'm wondering what is the PPH on this ride, even with dual stations?
Friday, May 7, 2004 11:04 AM
Its on their website 1,200 pph
Friday, May 7, 2004 11:15 AM
Anyone catch how the news guy talks about how "neccesary" it is to hold onto the handles on the restraints but they keep flipping to the clip of the guy in the front seat with his hands up?
Didn't realize those OTSR are more like cages that go around your waist as well. WOW. They really don't want anything happening on this ride.
Friday, May 7, 2004 1:58 PM
Hmmmmm.... I was looking at WGAL's site and they had a little "article" about Storm Runner, complete with pictures. In Picture 5 (I think), there is the reporter being secured into his seat. Looks like a tight fit to me. Granted, in all that is going on with Intamins this week, I am all for safety... just worried if I will have any problems with this design. At Hershey, the OTSR's on Great Bear (B&M) don't cause me any problems, but I can't ride The Claw because they will not go closed completely.

Do they have a "test seat" at the start of the queue

*** This post was edited by SLFAKE 5/7/2004 2:06:05 PM ***

Friday, May 7, 2004 4:12 PM
Every coaster with OTSR's should have these kind...those seem like the most comfortable and non confining restraints out there!
Friday, May 7, 2004 5:28 PM
Those sure are some spiffy new restraints. There can barely be any head-banging because the horse collar is so low and minimal. I'm glad Intamin designed them with the side bar which will definetely help prevent accidents and stop those stupid people who try and wiggle out of restraints.
Friday, May 7, 2004 8:58 PM
What rides does the storm runner even interract with or whatever the word is?
Saturday, May 8, 2004 1:38 PM
It interacts with the monorail, Trailblazer, and runs over the midways.
Saturday, May 8, 2004 9:18 PM
SLFAKE, there's plenty of room in the restraints. Don't worry about it, it can fit almost anyone. The OSTR's are barely noticeable. Your body also fits well with the seat.
Sunday, May 9, 2004 9:10 AM
Those restraints look cool... very safe. Maybe for the new restraints on the Superman's, they could have the bottom part of the OSTR's, and have the same safe seats.

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