Ready for the Rush? – Hersheypark’s Skyrush is Coming Together
Hersheypark’s been busy buidling their 2012 roller coaster, Skyrush. Fans have been hoping for something this big to come to Hersheypark for years. This year they’ll get their wish in this 200-foot tall, 75 mph thrill ride. The first few images show what looks to be the lift hill/first drop and some brave construction workers nearly twenty stories above the ground.
The return of roller coaster showdowns, has made me wonder how Skyrush will measure up against comparable roller coasters. Will Intamin’s new 4-across trains and Skyrush’s layout boost Skyrush past some of the country’s other top hyper coasters like Bizarro, Nitro, Diamondback, and Goliath?
The images below are from Hersheypark’s Facebook page and from long-time reader, Judy. She sent them in a while back when she visited the park last fall.
And here’s Skyrush’s layout. It doesn’t blow me away at first glance, but I think the environment, sitting in those exposed outer seats, and what you might be whizzing by, could make it quite exciting. I’m hoping that those airtime hills really deliver as airtime is the calling card of hyper coasters. And, if the airtime is of the ejector variety and it rivals Bizarro, then Hersheypark might really have something in Skyrush. I will say, that it would have been nice to see a tunnel thrown in somewhere. You can’t go wrong with a roller coaster speeding through a dark tunnel and it could help the general public distinguish the ride the park’s other newer coasters (Storm Runner & Fahrenheit).