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Hersheypark Roller Coaster Guide 2020

15 Coasters from Mild to Wild for Guests of All Ages to Enjoy

Hersheypark is home to an impressive collection of 15 mild to wild coasters, so it's easy to see why this weekend is one of our favorites as we gear up for National Roller Coaster Day on August 16. If you're planning a trip to Hersheypark to celebrate this sweet national day or any other day this summer (we're open daily through Labor Day and weekends in September), our 2020 roller coaster guide is your go-to resource for riding the rails in The Sweetest Place On Earth.

Whether you prefer a classic wooden coaster or are brave enough to climb 210 feet into the air before flying downhill at 76 mph, there is a coaster waiting for you at Hersheypark. Buckle up and read on to learn more about our 2020 coaster collection.

Historic Coasters

There has been a roller coaster at Hersheypark since 1923 with the original Wildcat, which operated until 1945. Our current wooden roller coaster - Wildcat - pays tribute to the original.

Wildcat is a classic wooden coaster that sends riders barreling over hills, bumps and turns at speeds of 45 miles per hour.

Two other historic roller coasters are still in operation today. 

Comet was added in 1946, making it our oldest coaster in operation. It is a classic wooden coaster best known for several airtime-producing bunny hills and more than 6,500 chaser lights that provide an out-of-this-world, shooting star experience.

sooperdooperLooper was the first looping coaster on the East Coast and only the second of its kind in the United States. The classic steel coaster features a family-friendly course of small dips, drops and bunny hills. It remains one of the most ridden attractions in the Park. Please note that sooperdooperLooper is temporarily closed as necessary maintenance was delayed by the impact of COVID-19.

Unique Coasters

Hersheypark has a variety of coasters you won’t find anywhere else. Check out these five unique coasters that offer a one-of-a-kind experience.

Laff Trakk is the first indoor, spinning, glow-coaster in the United States. It is themed after the traditional American fun houses and open year-round.

Lightning Racer was the first wooden racing and dueling roller coaster in the United States. This year marks its 20th anniversary since opening. The double-track wooden roller coaster features two staggered lifts and a thrilling element of competition. 

Sidewinder is a boomerang coaster with a total of three loops each way, which means a single ride involves being turned upside down six times.

Wild Mouse scurries through a course of tight corners, 180-degree hairpin turns and exciting drops that give riders the wild illusion of falling off the track. It is the only coaster in Hersheypark to never stop. 

Breakers Edge is a HydroMAGNETIC water coaster located inside The Boardwalk At Hersheypark water park. Riders accelerate on rafts through thrilling splash-filled hills and open-air FlyingSAUCER℠ turns - a great way to cool off on a hot day. Please note that Breakers Edge is temporarily closed due to maintenance.

High Thrill Roller Coasters

If you’re into thrills, you’ll love our selection of more intense roller coasters at Hersheypark, including our new hypercoaster spanning 7 acres at the entrance of the all-new Hershey’s Chocolatetown region.

Candymonium is the tallest, fastest, longest and sweetest coaster in Hersheypark with the most airtime of any of our coasters. Riders embark on a heart-pounding, 210-foot ascent up the tallest hill in Hersheypark, then dip into thrilling drops including seven camelback hills, a 123-degree hammerhead curve and a panoramic banked curve around the new Kisses Fountain. Read more about Candymonium here.

Skyrush is considered to be our most intense coaster. It climbs 200 feet before flying downhill at 75 mph. Riders can feel the rush on 4 high speed turns and 5 zero-G airtime hills from a thrilling, winged-seat coaster train.

Fahrenheit has a 97-degree negative drop following a 90-degree, 121-foot ascent, making it the steepest coaster in Hersheypark. Riders fly through a memorable course of loops, corkscrews and dives.

Great Bear is the only inverted roller coaster at Hersheypark. This coaster lifts its riders 90 feet off the ground before taking them through loops at up to 61 mph. The roaring bear noise heard throughout the Park is made from the wheels' vibration resonating against the hollow track beams.

Storm Runner hydraulically launches riders from 0 to 72 mph in only two seconds, lifting them 18 stories straight up and then down. The coaster exerts more than 8,000 horsepower - quicker than the world’s fastest vehicle. Please note that Storm Runner is closed for the season as necessary maintenance was delayed by the impact of COVID-19.

Family Coasters

Hersheypark is home to nearly 50 rides for younger guests, including two family-friendly roller coasters. 

Cocoa Cruiser is a great first option for our youngest guests of a Kisses height requirement (36-42") and above. It is a steel roller coaster that races around a bright yellow track for two fun-filled minutes. 

Trailblazer is a beloved coaster that the whole family can enjoy. It reaches speeds of 45 mph and features a helix that circles a total of 4 times!

Ready for a ride? Join us this summer to experience Hershey's Chocolatetown, our coasters and family-friendly rides, The Boardwalk At Hersheypark water park with one million gallons of water and ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park - all included in the one-price admission. To learn more about the history of our sweet coaster lineup, click here.