Yesterday Shawn and Alexander headed to Hersheypark for Wildcat's Revenge Media Day. Thanks to both Shawn and Alexander for taking the time out of their busy schedules to cover this event, and a HUGE thanks as always to Hersheypark for including us in their media day invitation. It's never lost on us what a privilege it is to be included in such things.
We've got lots to show you, so let's get right into it. We have lots of pics from Shawn but also lots of video and other footage provided by Hersheypark!
Let's check out some ride information first!
Wildcat’s Revenge, the first-ever hybrid coaster at Hersheypark, opens to the public today, June 2. The hybrid's highly-anticipated debut comes 100 years after the original Wild Cat coaster opened at the Park in 1923.
Wildcat’s Revenge combines the best of wood and steel by adding a new steel track with unique elements to the wooden framework for a one-of-a-kind thrilling ride experience found only at Hersheypark.
The new hybrid is the 15th coaster at Pennsylvania’s largest amusement park, which is now home to the most coasters in the Northeast.
HYBRID COASTER EXPERIENCE:
Let's get into some of the amazing pics and thoughts from Shawn and Alexander.
We got to ride it 4 times! We loved it! It’s a long ride and balances the extreme airtime RMC does with more positive G's. The ride also features some unexpected laterals in the mix.
Even though it was media day for a new RMC, no day at Hersheypark is complete without some rides on some of their amazing coasters.
And finally, what's coaster riding without some awesome themed food to go along with it. And even better, Hersheypark themed food! Check out all of this awesome looking stuff!
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Big Bear Mountain’s massive structure hugs six acres of undulating topography which runs along the border of Wildwood Grove, with riders racing through the wilderness before soaring high above the forest on the search for the legendary bear. Featuring a top speed of 48 mph, Big Bear Mountain takes guests through three separate launches, multiple airtime hills, high-speed carousel turns, and tunnels, including a pass behind a waterfall.
Wood and Steel Coaster Features Four Inversions With World’s Largest Underflip
(Hershey, Pa. – November 2, 2022) – Wildcat is back and seeking vengeance. Hersheypark amusement park today announced the details of its all-new Wildcat’s Revenge hybrid coaster. One of 15 coasters at Hersheypark, the wood and steel hybrid will join one of the largest and most iconic coaster collections in the United States in summer 2023, 100 years after the first Wild Cat ride debuted at the Park.
Manufactured by Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC), Wildcat’s Revenge adds an all-new steel track with unique elements to the existing wooden framework for a one-of-a-kind thrilling ride experience found only at Hersheypark. The hybrid coaster features a 140-foot hill, maximum speeds of 62 miles per hour and four inversions, including the World’s Largest Underflip.
“Based on our guest feedback, we knew coaster fans would love a hybrid at Hersheypark, and we’re thrilled to work with RMC on a custom wood and steel coaster with a nod to our history,” said Vikki Hultquist, General Manager of Attractions at Hersheypark. “Wildcat’s Revenge features the very best of RMC’s signature thrills, including four inversions with the World’s Largest Underflip, Inverted Stall, Zero-G Roll and Reversing Downhill Roll.”
Unique Hybrid Coaster Experience
Located in the Midway America region of Hersheypark, Wildcat's Revenge features a fully renovated coaster station with a design that harkens back to the iconic 1923 Wild Cat station, with low-pitched gables around the perimeter of the roof. Guests of Hershey’s height requirement and taller (48 inches and above) will sit in one of three custom trains, showcasing fully-dimensional black, charcoal and silver wild cats exacting revenge on their wooden predecessor. The thematic elements are a design first for Hersheypark.
The 2-minute and 36-second experience begins as riders climb a 140-foot hill, plunge into an 82-degree drop and hit a maximum speed of 62 miles per hour along 3,510 feet of red track on a black steel and wood structure. The pursuit continues as riders stalk their prey through four inversions, including the World’s Largest Underflip, an inversion that begins with an upward climb, followed by a counterclockwise 270° roll and a dive down towards the side.
Following its summer 2023 debut, Wildcat’s Revenge will be open for all four seasons, weather permitting. For more information, visit www.Hersheypark.com/explore-the-park/rides/wildcats-revenge/ and follow along on social media using #WildcatsRevenge.
This new coaster joins an impressive lineup of 15 coasters at Hersheypark. The more than 115-year-old amusement park has added significant experiences in the past decade - from the transformational expansion of Hershey’s Chocolatetown region to six coasters since 2012. Guests can enjoy three parks in one at Hersheypark with more than 70 rides, a water park and a zoo included with admission.
Be The First To Ride
Hersheypark recently launched its 2023 Season Pass Holder program, with King Size, Full Size and Bite Size options offering year-round Hersheypark Happy for the entire family. Guests who become a 2023 King Size Season Pass Holder will be one of the first to ride Wildcat’s Revenge, plus enjoy other popular benefits like unlimited visits, free tickets, a free souvenir cup, one-hour early access during the summer season and more. Limited-time offers with payment plans are available through Nov. 30 at www.Hersheypark.com/tickets/season-passes.php.