The 15 Coasters of Hersheypark
Hersheypark Coaster Timeline and POVs
Hersheypark, a 121-acre theme park founded in 1906, is home to more than 70 attractions, a full water park and a zoo, with an impressive collection of 15 mild to wild coasters for guests of all ages to enjoy.
2021 is a special year for coaster lovers as Comet, the oldest coaster at Hersheypark, turns 75 and Candymonium, the newest, tallest, fastest and longest coaster, delights thrill-seekers for its first full year.
Read on to learn about the history of the 14 roller coasters and 1 water coaster at Hersheypark and join us for a virtual ride on each of them.
When first constructed, Comet was the largest roller coaster in the United States. It was originally painted green as Milton S. Hershey preferred his rides this color to blend into the scenery and atmosphere of the Park. It was eventually painted white and remains so today. Comet is the oldest operating coaster in Hersheypark (75th anniversary) and the last to be purchased by Mr. Hershey. The classic wooden coaster is best known for several airtime-producing bunny hills and its long reign inside Hersheypark.
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 a family favorite. It features a helix that circles a total of 4 times 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. It turns riders upside down six times! 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! It is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2021.
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 quick transitions between rides.
Fahrenheit is the steepest coaster in Hersheypark with a 97-degree negative drop following a 90-degree, 121-foot ascent. The maximum speed on Fahrenheit is 58 mph, which is faster than a lion!
Riders on 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 the 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. Laff Trakk spins riders through an exciting adventure of sights and sounds complete with glimpses of colorful characters, a dizzying hall of mirrors, and more.
Candymonium is located inside the new Hershey's Chocolatetown region. The hypercoaster features 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. Riders will experience seven camelback hills and a 123-degree hammerhead curve that serve up the ultimate feeling of freedom with the most airtime in the Park. The finishing touch is an impressive panoramic banked curve that wraps around the new iconic Kisses Fountain.
Experience the Incredible Coaster Lineup
As you can see, Hersheypark has an incredible coaster lineup for every member of the family. Have you braved them all? If you conquered all 15 then you've experienced over 40,405 feet of track and almost 24 minutes of coaster-riding bliss!
We hope to see you this summer for some coaster riding fun. For a limited time, guests can ride the day away for the price of a kid’s ticket when purchasing tickets on Hersheypark.com with the current Everyone Pays Kids Price offer through June 30, 2021.
The best part? Summer tickets include three parks in one with a wide range of family-friendly and thrill rides; The Boardwalk At Hersheypark water park (open May 29-Sept. 6) with one million gallons of water, lazy river, wave pool, different splash areas, and more; and ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park when accessing the zoo through the Hersheypark bridge during posted park hours.