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.
Following last week's accident on Six Flags New England's Superman: Ride of Steel, a couple reports have been released today.
The first report says Stanley Mordarsky was thrown from the ride because of his restraint not being properly secured by the ride operator. However, the report also assigns blame in this accident to Mr. Mordarsky for not informing the operators of his medical condition (cerebal palsy) which is required by state law and to Intamin AG, which built the roller coaster. Mordarsky had also been denied the right to ride the coaster earlier.
Stanley's brother Daniel said that is was obvious that he had a medical condition considering he rode up to the coaster on a scooter, entered through a handicapped entrance, and even had help from the attendants to get into the car. The 20-year-old operator failed to pull the restraint down to a proper level, reportedly because of Mordarsky's large girth. The operator's name was not released, but they did test negative for intoxicants after the accident.
Although no mechanical defects were found, the T-bar restraints will remain banned in the state of Massachusetts. This Superman coaster will be the only one in the state affected by this. To follow the new law, the restraints will receive shorter seatbelts, the lapbar itself will be modified to fit more securely against the riders, and possibly the seat bottoms will be extended to make the new restraints even more effective.You can read more by using the links below to the two reports talked about in this post.Restraint ModificationsAccident Report
Last Saturday, a man fell from to his death off of Superman: Ride of Steel, and now, Massachusetts state officials are stopping a handful of rides featuring the use of the "T Lap Bar Restraint".The state is calling for testing, technical evaluation, and maybe even a redesign of the restraint. By the end of the week, the department hopes to issue the report on last Saturday's accident.The memo sent out was not intended to scare any park-goers, and is not saying that these rides featuring the "T Lap Bar Restraints" are unsafe.
At 3:45 today, a guest to Six Flags New England died after falling from the park's mega-coaster Superman: Ride of Steel.
Today's tragic incident occured as the train was making its way back to the station just before the end of the two and a half minute ride as the train was entering a banked curve. The man, 55-year old Stanley Movarsky, was riding in the last car of the train.
After flying from the train around 3:00, Movarsky was taken to a nearby hospital where he died from injuries sustained. Superman is closed while an investigation takes place.
In 1999, a rider on a similar mega-coaster, Intamin AG's Superman: Ride of Steel at New York's Six Flags Darien Lake, fell from the ride's train but survived the fall.