If you are planning to take a trip to Hershey Pennsylvania to visit Hersheypark, you’ll be interested to know about all of the attractions that are available to you during your time there. From the shows and other entertainment to the games and thrill rides, Hersheypark is a great place to spend the day with the whole family. However, for the bravest in the bunch, the roller coasters will be where you spend the majority of your time while at Hershey. There are 14 different roller coasters at the park for your enjoyment, but this article will focus on Storm Runner, which was manufactured by Intamin and designed by Werner Stengel. Storm Runner has been open for public enjoyment since May 8, 2004. This steel-accelerator coaster cost $12,500,000 to build.
It is located in the Pioneer Frontier area of Hersheypark, and spans 150 feet with a drop of 180 feet. When the ride made its debut, its queue had to be lengthened with ropes because the ride was so popular. Storm Runner is sometimes referred to as Ghost Runner during Hersheypark in the Dark, the park’s Halloween celebration. Join us as we take you through a ride on the Storm Runner and explain some of the different elements that the ride features.
Top Hat Element
A top cap or top hat element begins with an ascent at 90 degrees followed by a quick peak that is then followed by a drop that is also at 90 degrees, and typically, the track twists along as it continues upward and downward in order to prevent the train from inverting during the ride. A top hat element can also be inverted, which is also often called an inside top hat. This style of top hat twists so that the train is inverted when it reaches the peak. The first element on the Storm Runner is a top hat after the launch.
After the 180 foot drop from the top hat, the coaster then enters the cobra roll. Not to be confused with the Cobra Roll, which is an inversion that has a similar appearance to the head of a cobra that goes upside down twice during the element, the Cobra Loop is an element that no other roller coaster contains. Storm Runner’s inversion loop begins with a half loop followed by a half corkscrew that then makes a 135-degree turn. The train of Storm Runner ends with a diagonal exit and then enters another point of acceleration that leads to a straight-line barrel roll.
Flying Snake DiveAnother element that was pioneered by the Storm Runner is the flying snake dive. This type of element is constructed from a heartline roll, which is a type of 360 degree roll that rotates with its axis on the rider rather than on the track, that leads to a half Immelman roll and then makes a dive. After the dive, the coaster then rockets back up to within 10 feet of the track of the Monorail that goes through the park, then soars over a section of the TrailBlazer, and then twists before flying over the top of some trees before slamming on magnetic brakes and then gliding into the station. As a whole, the entire Storm Runner experience lasts for around half a minute.
How Storm Runner Compares to Other Hersheypark Coasters
This launched coaster that was manufactured by Intamin seats 20 riders per each of its two trains. The Storm Runner also has two unique elements that aren’t seen in any other roller coasters. It was extremely well-received when it first opened, and the ride lasts around a half a minute.
Length of Ride
The Sooperdooperlooper opened in 1977, and the steel roller coaster was manufactured by Anton Schwarzkopf and designed by Werner Stengel. The coaster features a chain lift hill and has a 70 foot drop. In one hour, almost 1,200 riders can experience the Sooperdooperlooper. The original trains were replaced in 1989 with trains from Giovanola.
Length of Ride
Skyrush is another Hersheypark coaster that was manufactured by Intamin. The coaster opened in 2012 and is a steel ride designed by Werner Stengel. It is a Wing Coaster with a cable lift system. Skyrush has a 212-foot drop and can carry up to 1350 passengers per hour in two trains with eight cars, and the trains of the Skyrush are the first of their kind.
Length of Ride
Great Bear is a steel coaster that was manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard, and it was designed by Werner Stengel. The ride has a 124-foot drop and lasts for almost three minutes. It opened in 1998 and was one of most difficult projects executed by Bolliger & Mabillard.
Length of Ride
Other Attractions at Hersheypark
While Storm Runner is a great ride in and of itself, Hersheypark has much more to offer than just thrills. Here are a few other things that you can do while you’re at the park:
ZooAmerica is an AZA-Accredited zoo that has 11 acres of land that has been open for more than 40 years. The first animals that the zoo took in were twelve prairie dogs, but now hundreds of animals reside there.
Hershey’s Chocolate World
You can’t have a visit to Hersheypark without a little bit of Hershey’s chocolate. You can create your own Hershey bar, see a 4D chocolate movie, or even go on a chocolate tour.
Hershey Gardens opened in 1937 and has since grown into 23 acres that overlooks the town of Hershey. There is a wide array of shrubbery and flowers as well as are trees.
There is an educational demonstration that features falcons, hawks, and a golden eagle, which provides a great chance to take some photos of birds of prey.
Boardwalk at Hersheypark
Hersheypark also has water park that is 11 acres in size and features more than 16 different attractions including the new Breaker’s Edge Water Coaster.
Summer admission to Hersheypark is $52.95 for a one-day regular ticket. Two-day regular tickets will cost you $85, three-day regular tickets will cost $125, sunset tickets cost $31.95, and regular-season passes are $170. Seniors and juniors also get a discount, and the park even offers Senior Plus discounts for those aged 70 and up. Children who are two or younger can enter free of charge. Season passes are valid from the first of January all the way until the 31st of December. The season passes also include discounts, free parking, and one-hour-early access in addition to unlimited visits no matter the season. Admission prices may change for Halloween, Christmas, and Spring of 2019.
For those who are planning a trip to Hersheypark, it may be worth planning your day since there is so much to do. With many thrilling roller coasters, and other attractions, you’ll be sure to have a great time all day, but Storm Runner should be on your list if you intend to ride any of the 16 coasters that are featured at Hersheypark. Storm Runner features a few unique elements, and it would be worthwhile to experience the ride for yourself while you’re there. Other roller coasters like Skyrush, Great Bear, and Sooperdooperlooper will keep your adrenaline pumping all day long. If you need to cool off, Boardwalk at Hersheypark offers many different water attractions to beat the heat. For more family fun that everyone can enjoy, there are rides like the Dry Gulch Railroad, Fender Bender bumper cars, a Ferris Wheel, Tea Cups, and many more amusement park rides. Hersheypark is well worth a visit for the whole family or just for a group of friends.