Storm Runner Reliabilty

Tuesday, July 27, 2004 2:36 PM
I am going to hershey park in a few days and i was wondering if storm runner has been running well or if it has been having alot of problems.
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Tuesday, July 27, 2004 2:42 PM
From what I hear on these boards, it might be down once or twice for a half hour eachday but other then that its working marvelously.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2004 2:44 PM
When I was there (7/20) I didn't notice 1 breakdown. In the morning it was running great. They were launching at a very good interval. But then in the afternoon the motor was having trouble building up pressure. It would take almost 5 minutes some times to launch.
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Tuesday, July 27, 2004 5:34 PM
When I was there in early July, it seemed to have random breakdowns, that would last 20-30 minutes each. It broke down 2 different times for me while I was waiting in line(on 2 seperate occasions, mind you). I heard this, not sure if its true or not, but it makes sense. The problem, apparently, was the computer not recognizing the coaster as ready to launch on the launch track...apparently it will sometimes move out of the station, then for whatever reason, it wont be detected by the computer. Thats what I heard anyways. But as for its overall reliability, lets just say its 100x more reliable than Dragster.
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Tuesday, July 27, 2004 6:49 PM
As far as I have seen the coaster has been running very reliable. Just don't go on a day when it is as just as much as sprinkling. It won't be running.

For the most part it is a great running ride. It does have those days when its down a few times in the day for maintainance, but they are pretty good about getting it back up and running.

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Thursday, July 29, 2004 7:33 PM
We rode Storm Runner on Wed. July 28. I never witnessed it being down except for - as Coasterfantom2 said - because it was raining.

I can understand shutting down for real rain (it did once, later in the day for about 1/2 hr., but it was really pouring.) But the first time it shut down, I swear to god it was a light drizzle! The guy keeping people out of the line said "We don't want anyone to get hurt. Rain would hurt going that fast". Oh please, it's not THAT fast. I meant to stop by guest relations to ask if that's a Hershey rule or an Intamin rule. But I was so tired when 10:00 came around, I forgot. Does anybody know? I mean, I could see if it was raining hard, or even just moderately. But this was a light sprinkle. How about letting riders decide if they want to get pelted with rain? All the other rides were still running, so we rode the Comet for awhile. I'd really like to know if the rule came from Intamin. Give me more reasons to hate them.

But I was sooo happy to see it back up again within the hour, and we got to ride. I LOVE this ride. (My track record is over 300 coasters) The launch is good, but for me, it's what happens after that makes it so great. Very exciting - lots of air. I only wish it could be longer. But at least it's longer than Dragster, it runs most of the time, and even for the front seat, I never waited too much more than an hour.

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Thursday, July 29, 2004 10:35 PM
Stormrunner was down all day when I was at the park on wednesday july 21st. Seemed to be related to the launch, as they closed the whole walkway in front of it to allow for a crane to come remove parts from the launch...
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Friday, July 30, 2004 4:07 PM
I went just after July 4th.

Park opens at 10:00am and they don't start the ride until 10:30am. It's still a good idea to be there early and wait in line.

On our 2nd day, it was broke down until noon, a fork lift and workers were at the launch section of the track.

If StormRunner is down, head to the other side of the park and ride Great Bear, an awesome B&M inverted.

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Friday, July 30, 2004 5:03 PM

Coaster Junkie said:
We rode Storm Runner on Wed. July 28. I never witnessed it being down except for - as Coasterfantom2 said - because it was raining.

I can understand shutting down for real rain (it did once, later in the day for about 1/2 hr., but it was really pouring.) But the first time it shut down, I swear to god it was a light drizzle! The guy keeping people out of the line said "We don't want anyone to get hurt. Rain would hurt going that fast". Oh please, it's not THAT fast. I meant to stop by guest relations to ask if that's a Hershey rule or an Intamin rule. But I was so tired when 10:00 came around, I forgot. Does anybody know? I mean, I could see if it was raining hard, or even just moderately. But this was a light sprinkle. How about letting riders decide if they want to get pelted with rain? All the other rides were still running, so we rode the Comet for awhile. I'd really like to know if the rule came from Intamin. Give me more reasons to hate them.

But I was sooo happy to see it back up again within the hour, and we got to ride. I LOVE this ride. (My track record is over 300 coasters) The launch is good, but for me, it's what happens after that makes it so great. Very exciting - lots of air. I only wish it could be longer. But at least it's longer than Dragster, it runs most of the time, and even for the front seat, I never waited too much more than an hour.


Yea, I was there the 28th and I have no idea what they are doing with that ride while it rains. It sure isnt an intamin rule because the ride is designed to run in the rain. 75 MPH is NOT fast at all and does not hurt that much. I been on MF while it was pouring, Now that is a hell ride. I don;t know if they are just copying CP and keeping the ride down like they do with TTD.


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Friday, July 30, 2004 5:26 PM
We were there on Monday, July 19th and Stormrunner didn't start testing until about 12:30 PM and running with guests about 15 minutes after that. When we asked the gentlemen out in front of the ride what the deal was when the park first opened, he said that it was because of rain. We at first thought that this meant that there was rain in the area but the sky looked pretty clear. Later when we were in line, we talked to some other folks who told us that when they asked, they were told that the track was wet from the night before and that it needed to dry out before it could run. That doesn't make much sense to me as you would think that these rocket coasters are built to get back up and running after a storm but you never know. *** Edited 7/30/2004 9:27:41 PM UTC by Pale Rider***
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Friday, July 30, 2004 6:01 PM
I was at the park on Wednesday as well and besides the rain, it didn't break down at all! Oh yeah, hey Absimilliard, that was me you were riding with at Knoebels! Glad to have met you!

-Patrick

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