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Re: The Hersheypark Discussion Thread

Postby Gerstlauer1 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:40 am

I'm very exited even though i'm from Denmark. There has been allot of talk about this roller coaster lately everywhere! And i am very exited about it! So i'm going to watch the live announcement here in Denmark!... My guess is still that this will be a Intamin 'Top-Side' Roller Coaster... :D

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Re: The Hersheypark Discussion Thread

Postby CoasterKidKyle » Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:46 am

Inside Hershey has confirmed that it will be a wing-rider.
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Re: The Hersheypark Discussion Thread

Postby QueerRudie » Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:48 am

http://www.hersheypa.com/press_room/press_kits.php

IT's HERE!



Hersheypark to Debut Its 12th Coaster in 2012 Season
200-Foot Thrill Ride Will Feature the First Trains of Their Kind in the United States

Rising out of the earth at Hersheypark will soon be a whole new breed of roller coaster – Skyrush, a mega/hyper coaster with winged seating. It will be the tallest, fastest and longest coaster in the Park.

The train cars of the 200-foot-tall steel coaster will feature two floored seats flanked by two floorless, winged outer seats that will offer a staggering 270-degree panoramic viewing perspective.
Skyrush, which will feature cantilevered trains that are to be the first of their kind in the United States, will cost approximately $25 million and raise the number of coasters in Hersheypark to an even dozen.

The train will begin its skyward climb – at 26 feet per second – before it even leaves the station. Upon cresting the track’s peak, the train will plunge down an 85-degree descent and send riders rushing into the first of four high-speed, high-banked turns as they travel at speeds up to 75 mph.
Riders will feel the rush of five exhilarating airtime hills and transition from positive to negative gravity as they cross over the entire length of Comet, the oldest roller coaster in Hersheypark. Skyrush will travel over Spring Creek, the body of water that was a centerpiece when chocolate magnate Milton S. Hershey opened his park in 1907, and race along nearly 3,600 feet of steel track back to its station.

The third Intamin coaster in the Hersheypark arsenal, Skyrush will join crowd favorites Storm Runner, built in 2004, and Fahrenheit, built in 2008. It promises to deliver the same high-intensity thrills that Park guests have come to expect from this renowned coaster manufacturer.

Skyrush will also bring a new coaster sightline to the Comet Hollow section of Hersheypark, where it will interact with Comet, a classic wooden out-and-back coaster that dates to 1946; sooperdooperLooper, which opened in 1977 as the first steel looping coaster on the East Coast; and Great Bear, which debuted in 1998 as the first looping, inverted steel coaster in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Hersheypark, which is well known for blending the past with both the present and the future as it offers guests a one-of-a-kind experience, is reclaiming about three acres of land that have been closed to the public since 1972. The land is the site of the Park’s former “Sunken Gardens,” a popular place for early visitors to Hershey to take a stroll. The area is now being transformed not only by the new coaster, but also by a renovation that will result in the creation of a scenic observation path that’s lined by globe streetlights, fencing, trees, landscaping and flowers. The area will allow guests to reflect on the Park’s history while watching riders on a state-of-the-art mega coaster.

The coaster’s station house is being modeled after historic train stations in the Hershey area. New restroom facilities, games and food stands will replicate the Park’s buildings of yesteryear, and a new floating fountain in Spring Creek will bring back memories of days gone by.
For more information or to take a “virtual” ride on Skyrush, please visit http://www.Hersheypark.com. Hersheypark will open for its 2012 summer season on May 4, 2012; Skyrush is scheduled to open later that month.

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Hershey Entertainment & Resorts is proud to help fulfill the dream of our mutual founder, Milton S. Hershey, by supporting Milton Hershey School, the largest home and school in the world, as it continues to provide opportunities for children in need. http://www.mhskids.org


Skyrush Fact Sheet

DESIGN FEATURES
Manufacturer Intamin AG
Ride Supplier IntaRide LLC, USA
Model Mega/hyper coaster with winged seating
Seat Details Cantilever geometry
Four seats per car (two floored, two floorless)
Floorless outer seats are winged
Outer seats offer a 270-degree panoramic view
Structure Steel track
Maximum Height 200 feet
Elements 50-degree ascent
85-degree descent
Four high-speed/high-banked curves
Five airtime hills
Lift Speed 26 feet per second
Maximum Speed 75 mph (+/-)
Track Length Nearly 3,600 feet
Color Scheme Light blue columns
Yellow track
Deep blue trains with yellow accents
Braking System Magnetic braking system

CAPACITY AND RIDE TIME
Number of Trains 2
Capacity per Train 32 riders
Approximate Ride Time 63 seconds
Theoretical Ride Capacity 1,350 riders per hour

COST
Projected Cost $25 million (estimated)


Our own Derek Ruth is delivering live photo updates from today's announcement at Hersheypark! Photos included below!
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It's soon time to know all
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These arrows are all over Hersheypark pointing the way to the big announcement
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Looks like this is the way...
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This looks to be the spot
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The Hersheypark band is ready to rush!
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I think people got the memo
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It begins with a Lady Gaga 'Edge of Glory' flash mob. Where's Piers?!
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Hersheypark announces Skyrush, over 200 feet tall
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Oh yeah, and winged outer seats, a first!
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Top speed 75mph
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Ride stats
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Ride layout
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Opening around Memorial Day
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RIT was on hand for the announcement
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The red balloon shows the height of Skyrush compared to Comet, Fahrenheit, and Storm Runner.
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The contest to be one of the first riders begins today, and ends on Aug 16. All park goers will have the chance to enter via cellphone QR code, or just visit online to sign up if you're not going to the park in the next 2 weeks
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Re: The Hersheypark Discussion Thread

Postby CoasterKidKyle » Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:02 am

In the voice of the floating head in Guy T. Koepp's 4th dimension video... AIRTIME! :airtime:
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Re: The Hersheypark Discussion Thread

Postby A.J. » Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:03 am

Staggered seating. Really not what I was expecting.

Hopefully load times won't be affected by the semi-floorless design.
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Re: The Hersheypark Discussion Thread

Postby DJeXeL » Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:05 am

This is a first for Intamin........Love it!
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Re: The Hersheypark Discussion Thread

Postby RoCo » Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:06 am

^SWEEEEET! Looks like Intamin's got their own "B&M 'Speed' Coaster" style train now, but with more floorlessness!
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Re: The Hersheypark Discussion Thread

Postby DJeXeL » Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:09 am

I can see people arguing over the floorless seats now......... lol
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Re: The Hersheypark Discussion Thread

Postby alpengeist04 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:13 am

Not gonna lie, this looks sweet!!! :airtime: :airtimer:

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Re: The Hersheypark Discussion Thread

Postby coasternut » Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:15 am

I watched the animation and it looks cool. :Pr It doesn't look like it's got any of the QDC's "quick direction changes" like Intamin has been doing lately with their new rides. I'm not a fan of those QDC's like Maverick or I305. :?r This will be a nice addition to their list of rides. :b
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