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Hersheypark Participates in World's Largest Coaster Ride 2023

Event Celebrates the Anniversary of the First Modern Roller Coaster

Hersheypark amusement park participated in the World's Largest Coaster Ride on June 16 to celebrate the anniversary of the opening of the first modern roller coaster.  Hersheypark was among 15 amusement parks across North America to dispatch a roller coaster train simultaneously at 2 p.m. EST.

A group of lucky guests riding the new Wildcat's Revenge hybrid coaster took part in a special moment in coaster history. Check it out below!


The World's Largest Coaster Ride celebrates the engineering, architecture, history, entertainment and marvels of roller coasters that were catapulted into our lives on June 16, 1884, with the opening of the first roller coaster in America at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. Known as a Switchback Railway, it was the brainchild of La Marcus Thompson, traveled approximately six miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride.

American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE), the world’s largest club of amusement ride enthusiasts, organized the event during World Roller Coaster Appreciation Month to further the importance of preserving and enjoying these treasures.

Hersheypark is Home to Most Coasters In The Northeast

Hersheypark marks 100 years of coaster riding this summer, as the first roller coaster known as The Wild Cat opened at the Park on June 16, 1923. A century later, the largest amusement park in Pennsylvania has built an iconic collection of 15 coasters - the most in the Northeast - packed with heart-pounding climbs, epic drops, and iconic thrills guests can only find in The Sweetest Place On Earth.

Now open and new for 2023 is Wildcat’s Revenge, the first hybrid coaster at Hersheypark. Manufactured by Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC)Wildcat's Revenge adds an all-new steel track with unique elements to the wooden framework for a one-of-a-kind thrilling ride experience found only at Hersheypark. The hybrid coaster features a 140-foot hill, maximum speeds of 62 miles per hour and four inversions, including the World’s Largest Underflip. 

Special Ticket Offer for Coaster Fans

In celebration of 100 years of coasters, Hersheypark offers two all-age tickets for $100 when purchased on Hersheypark.com between June 15-21, 2023.  

The tickets are valid through September 10, 2023, and include three parks in one with more than 70 ridesThe Boardwalk At Hersheypark water park (open daily through September 4) and ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park.