Wildcat's Revenge Named Top New Attraction
USA Today 10Best Recognizes First Hybrid Roller Coaster at Hersheypark
Wildcat’s Revenge, the first wood and steel hybrid coaster at Hersheypark amusement park and first-of-its-kind manufactured by Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC) in Pennsylvania, has been named one of the top new attractions of 2023 by USA Today 10Best. The coaster was voted the second overall attraction added in 2023. Twenty nominees were chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY, editors from 10Best.com; relevant expert contributors, and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties.
Wildcat’s Revenge opened to the public on June 2, 2023, as the 15th coaster at Pennsylvania’s largest amusement park, which is now home to the most coasters in the Northeast. The hybrid’s highly-anticipated debut came 100 years after the first Wild Cat ride opened at the Park in 1923. In September, Wildcat's Revenge also received the prestigious Golden Ticket Award for Best New Coaster of 2023.
Wildcat’s Revenge provides an unforgettable 2-minute and 36-second experience that begins as riders climb a 140-foot hill, plunge into an 82-degree drop and hit a maximum speed of 62 miles per hour along 3,510 feet of red track on a black steel and wood structure. The pursuit continues as riders stalk their prey through four inversions, including the World’s Largest Underflip, an inversion that begins with an upward climb, followed by a counterclockwise 270° roll and a dive down towards the side.
Located in the Midway America region of Hersheypark, Wildcat's Revenge features a fully renovated coaster station with a design that harkens back to the iconic 1923 Wild Cat station, with low-pitched gables around the roof's perimeter. Guests of Hershey’s height requirement and taller (48 inches and above) sit in one of three custom trains, showcasing fully-dimensional black, charcoal and silver wild cats exacting revenge on their wooden predecessor - a design first for Hersheypark.