Hersheypark is teasing a new attraction, but sadly we won’t get to experience it until 2012. Hersheypark has created another viral marketing-style website for what most believe will be the park’s 12th roller coaster. There was a similar site called Nantimi for Fahrenheit back in 2007. This time, the website for the Ride Institute of Technology will be dropping clues and hints. Recently, lab coat-wearing members of the fictional RIT approached park guests with surveys. Once they completed the survey they were given puzzle pieces. Once the assembled, the puzzle read: “See u in the spring. Game on!”
Coaster geeks are combing through the 351 words on the single page website looking for clues pointing to what the park is up to. Enthusiasts are even checking out the page’s source code. So far, clues and rumors point to: 1) A roller coaster 2) To be located in the Comet Hollow section 3) The official announcement could come in the Spring of 2011
Mentions in the guest survey to “freefall” and “water” could point to a Bolliger & Mabillard dive coaster (like Griffon & SheiKra). Also, the park applied for a height limit waiver to build something taller than 200 feet. Although many hope and believe that the ride will be a coaster it could be a drop tower of some sort.
In times like these it’s always best to follow updates posted by the unofficial theme park fan sites (listed at the Theme Park Webiverse). They’re the eyes and ears on the ground that will likely be the first to have any skinny on the new ride. Keystone Thrills seems to be following every development.
Check out construction photos (mostly survey markings) here.
What’s Your Take?
I took a look at Hersheypark’s current coaster lineup and thought of some coaster types that the park doesn’t currently offer. Vote for the type of roller coaster that you’d like to see come to Hersheypark in 2012 in the poll below. Also, leave a comment below. Image 2 courtesy of Keystone Thrills.