Celebrate National Roller Coaster Day 2019 at Hersheypark
Hersheypark is home to 14 coasters from mild to wild
What better way to celebrate National Roller Coaster Day than visiting Hersheypark to ride 14 mild to wild coasters? Our 121-acre amusement park is home to 13 roller coasters and a water coaster with the Candymonium hypercoaster arriving summer 2020! With the addition of this 15th coaster next year, Hersheypark will have more coasters than any other park in the Northeast.
If you cannot make it to Hersheypark today for #NationalRollerCoasterDay, you can still take a virtual ride on our coasters below!
When first constructed, Comet was originally painted green. Milton S. Hershey preferred his rides this color to blend into the scenery and atmosphere of the Park. It was eventually painted white and given lights to allow riders to see the next turn. Comet was the last coaster Mr. Hershey himself purchased, but he never got to see its opening.
At its opening, Trailblazer was the first major coaster to be added to Hersheypark in 18 years. Kicking off the Park's expansion of Pioneer Frontier, it was the first attraction at Hersheypark to be completely themed. Trailblazer is the second-oldest running coaster in the Park and reaches speeds of up to 45 mph!
The sooperdooperLooper was the first looping coaster on the East Coast and only the second of its kind in the United States. The famous “I Survived the sooperdooperLooper” phrase was coined in 1977, after one of the first riders on opening day came off the ride feeling as though he really had survived the ride. It remains one of the most ridden attractions in the Park.
Sidewinder is a boomerang coaster that gets its name from the North American Sidewinder Rattlesnake due to its movement in a sidewise looping motion with only two points touching the ground at any one time. Because of its shape, Sidewinder is the only major coaster in Hersheypark to only use one train.
Wildcat is a wooden roller coaster named after the 1920's coaster of the same name. The original Wildcat was the first roller coaster at Hersheypark, which operated from 1923-1945. Wildcat takes its riders on a circuit of eleven turns and reaches speeds of 45 mph!
Great Bear (1998)
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.
Wild Mouse (1999)
Wild Mouse is the only roller coaster at Hersheypark to never stop! It includes six 180-degree hairpin switchback turns, giving its riders the illusion they are about to fall off the track.
Lightning Racer (2000)
Lightning Racer is the first wooden racing and dueling roller coaster in the United States! Though you see lightning before you hear thunder, the winner of Lightning Racer is primarily based on the weight of each train.
Storm Runner (2004)
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. Storm Runner is the first coaster to have a dual-loading station with switch tracks, allowing for quicker transitions between rides.
Fahrenheit has a 97-degree negative drop following a 90-degree, 121-foot ascent, making it the steepest coaster in Hersheypark. The maximum speed on Fahrenheit is 58 mph, which is faster than a lion!
Riders of Skyrush experience 4 high speed turns and 5 zero-G airtime hills. Supports to hold the force of Skyrush down were drilled up to 120 feet into the ground - the same height as the tallest drop on Fahrenheit.
Cocoa Cruiser (2014)
Cocoa Cruiser is a family roller coaster at Hersheypark that allows our youngest guests to experience a coaster thrill for the first time!
Laff Trakk (2015)
Themed after the traditional American funhouses, Laff Trakk is the first indoor, spinning, glow-coaster in the United States.
Candymonium (Coming Summer 2020)
Candymonium is a hypercoaster set to open in summer 2020 as part of the all-new Hershey's Chocolatetown region. It will feature a lift height of 210 feet, max speed of 76 mph and track length of 4,636 feet spanning 7 acres - making it the tallest, fastest, longest and sweetest coaster in Hersheypark.
Which coaster are you most excited to ride during your next visit to Hersheypark? Purchase your Hersheypark tickets online to save 15% and enjoy unlimited thrills on our 14 coasters!