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Apr 29, 2011

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 Hersheypark will open for its 2012 summer season on May 4, 2012; Skyrush is scheduled to open later that month.

Words in boldface are used under license.

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.

Skyrush Fact Sheet

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

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

Projected Cost $25 million (estimated)



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Meh. The only real news here is the new trains which Intamin completely stole from S&S. :dodgy:

^Yeah the seats are staggered like the new B&M hyper trains.

Let's just hope the rendernings are correct and the trains do not magically show up on-site with those stupid Intamin OTSRs!
It'll probably be a fun ride. As a side note, I understand that NoLimits is a nice way to put together a virtual ride, but I really hope parks either stop using it, or start putting some more effort into the videos. It irks me.
I don't mind the parks using No Limits as long as its done well but Hersheypark has a bad track record of using it for their past coasters. This one for Skyrush is the absolute worst as it looks like it was made by a novice. They could've at least got the track and support colors correct.
The video looks like they did it in ten minutes. The colors are not at all what it will be, the supports are not the same and it just looks dumb to be honest. On the other hand I think this will be a great ride.
Whenever a Great Coasters or Gravity Group woodie are being built they make the NoLimits design for the parks to promo. Looking at this it's clear to see Hershey paid someone to do this or Intamin doesn't give a shit how well they do theirs... I don't recall seeing NoLimits designs for i305, Maverick or any Intamin outside of Hershey for the last 4 years.

I have high hopes for this and Swift is right in the fact that they were a total rip from S&S. But everyone seems to be joining the four-wide bandwagon lately (Vekoma, S&S and now modern Intamin (the first Intamin stand-ups had heavy influence from the founders of B&M and Intamin never built a 4-wide coaster after B&M split.)).
B-Mac said:
Whenever a Great Coasters or Gravity Group woodie are being built they make the NoLimits design for the parks to promo. Looking at this it's clear to see Hershey paid someone to do this or Intamin doesn't give a shit how well they do theirs...

It's up to the park to pay for a good quality promo for the ride. And the ones from Keith McVeen of Virtual Image Productions aren't cheap. Cedar Fair and Six Flags uses him quite a bit (El Toro, I232 & I305, Behemoth, etc.). And most recently BGT used him for Cheetah Hunt. He also made some of Cedar Fair's Great Coasters woodies (Renegade and Prowler) so not all their coasters are made with No Limits.

I just hope Blackstone hired him to make BGW's 2012 coaster.
You mean those SyFy movies that are total garbage and have special effects from the early 90's? the Sky Rush vid blows those things away! *with evident sarcasm*
^Hey, now! That cat fight between Debbie Gibson and Tiffany in Mega Python vs. Gatoroid was pretty hot! LOL
I can say that I'm not really excited for this ride. The trains are cool, but the layout isn't, and the concept seems like it has been done many times. I can also say that this ride fits the park a lot, since it's a big ride but not super big like Leviathan at Canada's Wonderland. I'll still go to Herhseypark to ride it, but I might not be very impressed with it.
Why do they have to go 200 ft and 75 mph to hug the ground for 30 seconds at most!? With that height and speed, this thing should be hugging the ground for double that time!!!
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