Pony Express and Fahrenheit Open!

29 05 2008

May was the big month for park and ride openings!  Pony Express and Fahrenheit are two coasters that opened this month.  Let’s start with Fahrenheit.

Fahrenheit – Hersheypark (Hershey, PA)

I have already discussed this coaster in a previous blog post, so lets talk about the reviews of this ride.  Positive things said about the coaster included smoothness and interesting elements.  Some drawbacks were that the ride was short, while the lines were long.  Over all the verdict was ‘very enjoyable’.

Pony Express – Knott’s Berry Farm (Buena Park, CA)

Again, I have previously discussed this ride.  Over all, the reviews were positive.  People said that the “motorcycle” seating arrangement was fun, but that it was too short and could have used some airtime.  People recommended this coaster for families, rather than thrill-seekers.

I hope that I will get to ride these coasters soon!  When I do, I will report back!


New for ’08-Fahrenheit!

9 03 2008

Fahrenheit is Hersheypark’s latest addition. It will be 2700′ long, 121′ tall, and feature 6 inversions. Its slogan, “97 degrees and falling fast” is a clever reference to the angle of the drop. The coaster was marketed with a fake website (www.natimi.com) to get the coaster internet community excited. This will be the second European style compact Intamin looper (so called Terra coaster) in the U.S., with Maverick being the first. Hersheypark usually catches onto trends early. For example, they have the first GCI (Wildcat), the first looper on the East coast (Sooperdooperlooper), one of the earliest Vekoma Boomerangs (Sidewinder) and an Intamin hydraulic launcher (Storm Runner). This coaster is part of a new trend of roller coasters that are more compact. We are seeing more Gerstlauer (SpongeBob), Mack (The Dark Knight), and Zamperla (Pony Express). These compact coasters will offer more variety, creativity, and family fun. I can’t wait to see where this trend brings us!