New hybrid roller coaster to debut with ‘world’s largest underflip’

(Gray News) – Next year, a new hybrid coaster made of steel and wood will arrive at Hersheypark in Pennsylvania.

Revenge of the Wildcat will be custom built and located in the Midway America area of ​​the park. The amusement park said the hybrid roller coaster will feature a “140-foot hill with top speeds of 62 mph and four reversals, including the world’s largest underflip.”

Workers will add a steel track to the existing wooden frame of The Wildcat, a wooden roller coaster that closed in July, with the new ride slated to open in the summer of 2023.

“Based on customer feedback, we knew roller coaster fans would love a hybrid at Hersheypark. We’re excited to work with Rocky Mountain Construction on a custom wood and steel coaster with a snap to our history,” said Vikki Hultquist, general manager of attractions at Hersheypark.

According to the park, the ride will be a 2-minute, 36-second experience along 3,510 feet of red trail on a black steel and wood structure. Riders will climb a 140-foot hill and plunge down an 82-degree drop at speeds of up to 62 mph.

Wildcat’s Revenge will have the world’s largest underflip, a reversal that begins with an upward climb, followed by a 270 degree counter-clockwise barrel and a sideways dip.

After debuting in the summer of 2023, Wildcat’s Revenge will be open for all four seasons, weather permitting.

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