Specific Type: Intamin Winged Hyper Coaster
Hersheypark is a one of the most traditional parks in the world, with its midways, old style carousal, and old style coasters, such as Comet. They have always made it their goal to preserve their old rides and build around them in some shape or form. This trend started back in 1998, when the park built Great Bear. The ride started up in the Mine Town section of the park, and dropped into Comet Hollow via a small spiral drop, and sharp, steep drop into the first loop. Later on in the course, the ride hops overSuperDooperLooper, and flies along the other side of a stream, which features very unusual supports as the park is not allowed to build in the stream. After a final flatspin, the ride has to dodge Coal Cracker, the park’s flume, as it rises back to station height. The same can be said for Storm Runner, an Intamin launch coaster. The ride encircles Trailblazer, an Arrow Mine Train, and comes extremely close to the Trailblazer’s station at the end of the course.
And Hersheypark has done it again with Skyrush, a new Intamin hyper coaster. The ride is located in the Comet Hollow section of the park, but where? There doesn’t appear to be any room there whatsoever! But after relocating the Tilt-A-Whirl to another section of the park, the park came up with a way to build the attraction without removing Comet. The ride’s lift runs over the bottom ofComet’s first drop, and then twists around beside Comet’s last out and back section. The ride then flies over Comet again, and hits the brakes beside Comet’s final brake run. Skyrush then encircles Comet’s station building to head back to its own station building.
Skyrush will be the tallest, fastest, and longest coaster in Hersheypark’s history. The ride stands 200’ long, hits a top speed of 75 MPH, and travels along 3600’ of track. The ride’s track is yellow, with the supports being blue.
Skyrush also employs the new double back-bone Intamin track that was used on Intimidator 305 at King’s Dominion in 2010, and also on Formula Rossa at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. The track is designed to adapt to less supports on the track, since the track is doubly supported with the two back-bones. Skyrush’s track is also a bit wider to accommodate the wider trains.
The ride starts off with a 200’, fast-moving lift to start off the ride. Once the train reaches the apex, riders are staring down an 85 degree first drop. The train speeds down the drop and to the right into a very high airtime hill, which leads into a 180 degree turn to the left. After another airtime hill, the train flies to the right once again. After another high-speed curve to the right, riders are lifted out of their seats, not once, not twice, but three times as the train traverses three ejector airtime hills. The train then slows down in the first set of brakes, and then makes a turn to right before it stops in the final brake run, right beside Comet’s station.
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