Hersheypark decided in 2007 it was time to cool things off on a hot summer day, and they did that by spending $21 million to create The Boardwalk water park. However, they feel it’s time to heat things up once again and the addition of Fahrenheit will do just that.
Hersheypark’s 11th roller coaster, Fahrenheit, will be known as one of the most unique in the amusement park industry to date. Fahrenheit will make its debut in May of 2008 at a cost of $12.1 million.
Fahrenheit will feature 121-foot tall lift hill that propels the three car, 12-passenger trains up to the sky at a 90-degree angle. Riders will then experience the steepest first drop in the US, which is angled beyond vertical at 97-degrees.
Riders will hit a top speed of 58 mph at the bottom of the first drop before flying into an element yet to be used on a roller coaster in the United States. This element is known as the 107-foot inverted loop, and then the train immediately barrels into inverted corkscrew roll. In all, riders will challenge six inversions, which include the two just mentioned, a cobra roll, an airborne inverted S roll, and a second inverted corkscrew roll.
Fahrenheit’s trains will travel 2700 feet of track and will feature stadium seating. This elevates riders who sit in the cars behind the front row and allow them to view the 97-degree first drop that lies before them. Three 12-passenger trains will be used on Fahrenheit to give it a capacity of 850 riders per hour.
Fahrenheit was designed and will be built by Intamin AG, also known as IntaRide LLC. Hersheypark worked with Intamin AG in 2004 to create the park’s 10th roller coaster, the ever-popular Storm Runner. Fahrenheit will be constructed just alongside The Boardwalk water park at Hersheypark.
Along with Fahrenheit, Hersheypark will open a second ride named the Howler for its 101st season of operation. The Howler will be a spinning ride designed for families and will be located in the Pioneer Frontier section of the park.