Hershey's Sidewinder Valleys 4-19-03

Sunday, April 20, 2003 8:23 AM
I went to Hershey's Springtime in the Park yesterday. I got there about 1pm. The park was way too crowded, so bad that I decided not to ride anything. I just decided to walk around the park to see how long the lines were. When I got in the area of the new Frontier Flyers I overheard a girl talking to someone on her cell phone about how she had got stuck on the Sidewinder. I headed over there to see the the train valleyed between the boomerang, and the loop. Everyone was off the ride by that time. Its the first time that I had seen Hershey's boomerang valley. From talking to other people it sounds as though the train released early. No one was injured, or too badly shaken up. The girl that was talking on her cell phone about it thought that it was fun.
Sunday, April 20, 2003 9:52 AM
So haw many times did it Valley before stoping as a "Roll Back"? The Definiton of a Valley is when the coaster reaches the bottom of a hill. A "Roll back" is where the train gets stuck in an improper zone like in this case Between the Loop and the Cobra Roll. And finally for those who are wondering and saying Boomerangs always roll back, NO they don't that is called a "reverse cycle". This was all explained to me by Jeff Mast.

Now I wonder what made that Boomerang have a roll back?

Chris Knight
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Sunday, April 20, 2003 10:37 AM
Between the Boomerang and the vertical loop? Well, that's not where the Boomerang is supposed to hang up (it's supposed to not make the loop and thus land between the loop and Lift #2). But it's better than "in the middle of the Boomerang" which is usually where they seem to end up.

Anyway, a Boomerang failing to complete its cycle is hardly news anymore...

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
(Remember the year Kentucky Kingdom's Vampire did that about twice a week? Okay, it wasn't really that bad, but still...)


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