Roller Soaker For Sale

Thursday, August 23, 2012 9:42 AM

Agreed a Mack/Bertazon Musik would be best...but at least the one they have is modern and looks really good for being almost 15 years old.

I doubt the Coal Shaker is still around but that would be cool too! I'm pretty sure no PTC Cuddle-Ups are known to exist anymore. I think Dorney's Cuddle-Up/Meteorite/Iceberg may have been the last one operating as of it's removal after the 93' season.

Are there even any good photos of a Cuddle-Up on the net anyplace? Never recall seeing any.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012 10:57 AM

I Google "cuddle up ride", without the quotations and saw a few photos, because i didn't know what yall were talking about. I can now say that I rode both at Kings Island decades ago. The one near the Swinging Ship had a tilting turntable. The one in Hanna Barbara Land had a really cool witches theme, with an awesome creepy tree in the middle of the ride.

If that's the kind of ride we are talking about. I never knew that Hersheypark had one of those.

Or are you guys talking about the rides like the one at Knoebels, in which the ride vehicles switch turntables at every pass?

Last edited by LostKause, Thursday, August 23, 2012 11:00 AM
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Thursday, August 23, 2012 11:36 AM

I rode the one that was at Carowinds one time, thought it was a great concept and was sad to see it go. The line was really slow, but it was so hot that day, we were trying to get wet. If the capacity problem could be solved, I think this kind of ride could be a success.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012 1:07 PM

SLFAKE said:
Rumors had Rollersoaker, Wildmouse, Sidewinder and Trailblazer as possible candidates for removal. Glad they picked the right one.

That land is too valuable for expansion of their ill planned and poorly done water park to waste on an ill planned and poorly done coaster.

First Canyon River Rapids, now Roller Soaker... what will this cramped and shoehorned waterpark eat up next? With the hardly existant lines on Lightning Racer, I wouldn't be surprised if that coaster would soon show up on the chopping block.

If they got rid of Lightning Racer, I would never go to Hershey again. I don't like the idea of the Trailblazer going either, to be honest. I am a big fan of the Trailblazer. Roller Soaker makes the most sense, though I'd vote for a Wildcat bonfire, too.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012 1:51 PM

Trailblazer is a lame ride overall but it's a great way to check the line length of Storm Runner.

It also adds charm. For what that's worth.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012 1:57 PM

Trailblazer is pretty crappy, for a seasoned coaster rider, but for a little kid who is too scared to even ride Comet or Superdooperlooper, it is a perfect offering. While I see Hersheypark as being nearly complete, as far as rides go, they could use a few more rides of the same intensity as Trailblazer, in my opinion.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012 2:02 PM

I remember on a trip to Herhseypark I was just starting to ride coasters and Trailblazer was the only coaster I rode that day (a few months later I decided to try Comet). Since the park doesn't have a kiddie coaster and Trailblazer only has a 36" height requirement, I hope the ride is around for a long time.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012 3:39 PM

I quite enjoy Trailblazer. It's just a fun little coaster that meanders its way through the trees. For what the ride's supposed to be, it's wonderful.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012 4:59 PM

LostKause said:

I Google "cuddle up ride", without the quotations and saw a few photos, because i didn't know what yall were talking about. I can now say that I rode both at Kings Island decades ago. The one near the Swinging Ship had a tilting turntable. The one in Hanna Barbara Land had a really cool witches theme, with an awesome creepy tree in the middle of the ride.

If that's the kind of ride we are talking about. I never knew that Hersheypark had one of those.

Or are you guys talking about the rides like the one at Knoebels, in which the ride vehicles switch turntables at every pass?

Cuddle-ups had more turntables than Knoebels Teacups. Coal Shaker, I believe had 5, and Dorney's version had 4. I guess more turntables and more cars meant more near-misses.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012 5:16 PM

My memory of Coal Shaker is pretty hazy, but I thought I remember it having 6, in a rectangular-shaped room (two rows of 3 tables).

Krause is right, though; I can't find pictures of it anywhere.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012 6:04 PM

Dorney always advertised their Iceberg as being the largest of it's kind...and I thought it was...seemed huge when I rode it compared to those few cuddle up photos Google turns up.

And I love Trailblazer too, but I also love classic rides more than the newest technology. And I have small kids too, so it's invalueable. So great to be able to take a kid on a REAL coaster at just 36"! Instead of some lame kiddie ones that most parks offer.

I'd rather see Boardwalk go more into Midway than anymore into Pioneer. The older sections of Hershey like Pioneer, Minetown etc are my favorite areas since they really havn't changed much since I was a kid and it reminds me of so many great memories. :)

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Thursday, August 23, 2012 6:19 PM

The funny thing is, Hershey used to have a typical Miler kiddie coaster called the Mini-Comet as well as Trailblazer. If I recall, it was there the first time I visited (1979 I think).

Found these photos today; this is how I best remember Hershey (and to this day the Looper looks weird to me in blue).

Last edited by Vater, Thursday, August 23, 2012 6:24 PM
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Thursday, August 23, 2012 6:27 PM

RGB, I may be wrong, but I think Dorney's had the standard 5 like Kennywood's and Geauga's. I rode it in it's reincarnation as the Iceberg, and I got in line for some ride in the dark, not even knowing what it was. I was tickled pink when I got in there and found a real Cuddle Up. It had the original cars, too, not the daisys like most had in later years.
LK, the rides you're thinking of at KI were Der Spinning Keggers in Octoberfest, and Winnie Witch's Cauldrons in Happy Land. They were round table tea cup rides like Disney's. The Keg's tables turned the same direction as the main one, and the Cauldron's turned the opposite direction, once again like Disney's.
KI did have a genuine Cuddle Up, though, brought from Coney. It was unusual in that the tables, 5 or 6, maybe more, were in a straight line so the cars zig zagged their way to one end, turned around and came back. At Coney it was under one big roof along with two other narrow flats, the Whip and the Dodgem. When the move was made to KI, the Whip got left behind. The Cuddle Up and Dodgem shared the building on Coney Mall where the rock tshirt shop and the haunt is now, next to the Scrambler. When Coney Mall was redesigned the Dodgems were moved to its present round building and the Cuddle Up, sadly, went away.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012 6:39 PM

Interesting...Roller Soaker is not for sale after all?

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Thursday, August 23, 2012 6:50 PM

Oh no. Three pages for nothing.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012 7:10 PM

Well at least I learned a lot about Cuddle Ups!

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Thursday, August 23, 2012 7:11 PM

Just some Hersheypark factoids here:

The Coal Shaker went into landfill somewhere. It will not be making a comeback.

Trailblazer received new trains in 2003 from Premier Rides. That ride is actually in very good condition, and is on all long term plans.

Sidewinder received new trains in 2012. It will around for some time.

You can ride a PTC-built Crazy Cups at Funland in Rehobeth Beach, Delaware. It was operating last time I checked.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012 7:41 PM

"It's going tostay for the season" sounds like the "jumped the gun" comment meant that the site posted the listing too soon, not inaccurately. I still say the ride is gone after the 2012 season.

Wonder who's buying...? ;~)

Last edited by rollergator, Thursday, August 23, 2012 7:42 PM
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Thursday, August 23, 2012 8:16 PM

Agent Johnson said:

Just some Hersheypark factoids here:

The Coal Shaker went into landfill somewhere. It will not be making a comeback.

Trailblazer received new trains in 2003 from Premier Rides. That ride is actually in very good condition, and is on all long term plans.

Sidewinder received new trains in 2012. It will around for some time.

You can ride a PTC-built Crazy Cups at Funland in Rehobeth Beach, Delaware. It was operating last time I checked.

I do hope TB and SW are staying for a long time yet. Although new train(s) don't always mean a ride is safe for long. Sidewinder would probably not be a tough sell to another park considering it seems to be in such good shape and with the new train too.

At least it looks like SDL should be staying since they put alot into that for this season and I doubt it could be sold/relocated to another park due to it's odd layout.

Also the monorail that I always worried about leaving should stay around or they wouldn't have bought those 3 old trains for parts.

Hersheypark may have made a huge mistake with the Boardwalk but they seem alot more into preserving their classic rides than alot of the other big parks these days.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012 8:18 PM

It was reported by Screamscape that during a recent coaster event:

"The group was told to be sure to ride all 12 roller coasters in the park before they leave, “because that number won’t be the same next year.”

So, I think that it's still going to leave.

I do remember that there was a rumor that SooperDooperLooper was going to be removed a few seasons ago, but with the recent work that has been done on the ride, that probably isn't going to happen any time soon.

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