Back at the end of January, officials at California’s Great America announced that Invertigo would be leaving the park and would be moved to another Cedar Fair park in the future. After a month of speculation, it looks very likely that the rumor of the coaster making its way to Dorney Park are true, as News Plus Notes has pictures of the coasters track arriving at the park.
After an incident during the 2009 season, in which a malfunction of the chain lift left riders stranded for four hours, the ride was closed down for the second half of the season. This was not the only problem with the ride however, as the ride has experienced significant amounts of downtime in its day-to-day operation both before and since that particular incident, and has been a “maintenance nightmare” for the park. In fact, the parks Public Relations personnel are already putting a “positive spin” on the rides removal for these reasons.
Just this past week, it was reported that South Whitehall planners recommended the township approval of Dorney Park’s new coaster for 2012, a coaster which would be 138 feet tall, the same height Invertigo was long advertised as. At the town Planning Commission meeting, park representatives described the ride as an “inverted boomerang” coaster. The park has also put three of its kiddie rides up for sale on Ital International along with the Steel First kiddie coaster, which is said to be moving to Valleyfair. All of these rides are located in the same general area and clear up space for a future development.
The addition of Invertigo would put the coasters inverted coaster count at an astonishing three, joining the Intamin Impulse Possessed, and the B&M Inverted Talon. While Dorney Park has not yet made any official announcements to confirm or deny this move, most evidence seems to point to the coaster making its way to Allentown, PA.
Today, Dorney Park officially announced the statistics and layout of their upcoming 2005 floorless coaster, Hydra: the Revenge.
Here is a quick run-down of most of the statistics...--Length: 3,198 feet--Height: 95 feet--Drop: 105 feet--Speed: 53 mph--Angle of Descent: 68 degrees--Ride Time: ~ 2:35--Weight: 1,368,000 lbs.--Ride Capacity: ~ 1,245 riders per hour--Inversions: 7 (In Order: "Jojo Roll", Inclined Dive Loop, Zero-G Roll, Flat Spin, Cobra Roll, Flat Spin)
The "Jojo Roll" refers to the pre-lift hill inversion, which is basically just a zero-g roll. You can use the link below to see construction pictures, layout renderings, the story behind the ride, statistics, desktops, videos, a webcam, and more! This is definitely going to be one of 2005's top rides and one unique floorless coaster. Hydra: the Revenge has been dubbed as "A floorless coaster so twisted, it brought down Hercules."Dorney Park's Offical Hydra: the Revenge Page
Dorney Park revealed the name yesterday of the 2005 steel coaster being installed at the Pennsylvania amusement park to replace the wooden coaster Hercules.
Hydra: the Revenge was confirmed as the name of the ride when the park opened for the season yesterday, and the logo for Hydra has been released, as seen at left. The theme behind the name is a continuation of the Hercules theme, as Hydra was an eight-headed serpentine monster that Hercules slayed.
Details currently known on the steel ride is that it will be a custom-designed floorless coaster from Bolliger and Mabillard that will be completed at a cost of $13 million. The multi-inversion layout of the coaster will total 3,200 feet of track containing several subterranean dives, with a ride lasting three minutes.
Hydra: the Revenge will open in the Spring of 2005.
A truely shocking development today for Dorney Park...
'The Morning Call newspaper announced today that Labor Day was to be Dorney Park's last day to run for their classic and once record holding wooden coaster, Hercules. The park announced that the coaster will be removed in order to make room for their 2005 project which they have confirmed will be a Bolliger and Mabillard floorless coaster. They also noted that the coaster will be 3,200 feet long, go under ground level five times, have a nearly three-minute long course, and cost about $13 million. Like Talon, the track will also be filled with sand to reduce the noise but no other details have been announced about this yet-unnamed 2005 addition.'