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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