This Pennsylvania roller coaster ride only lasted 10 years

HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) – Roller coasters come and go at amusement parks in Pennsylvania. Most of the time they can last for many years. However, there was one roller coaster that only lasted a decade before it was decided to remove it.

One of these now-defunct roller coasters was Roller Soaker at Hershey Park.

This roller coaster was a water ride and a roller coaster in a single attraction. At the time of its opening, the park called it “the first interactive water coaster in the Northeast.”

The attraction opened in May 2002 and was manufactured by Setpoint USA. The ride was located in the Midway America section of the park and was integrated into the new Boardwalk section in 2007. The ride was located behind the now-defunct Canyon River Rapids attraction.

Nine cars took part in the trip, each with space for four drivers. The ride would then climb a 70-foot-tall lift hill, reach speeds of 20 miles per hour, and cover a 1,300-foot blue track. The ride was considered a floating roller coaster because riders were suspended beneath the track.

What made this attraction special was that each car could hold 16 gallons of water, meaning 4 gallons per rider. This water could then fall on those standing in line on the ground or simply watching the roller coaster. Guests on the ground were then able to use water cannons, water jets and water fountains to drench the riders crossing the track.

The ride was a unique concept combining a water attraction and a roller coaster into one ride. There was only one other roller coaster of its kind, located in Carowinds on the North and South Carolina border, called Flying Super Saturator, which opened in 2000 and closed in 2008.

The ride closed in 2012 so the Boardwalk water park could expand and was replaced with a water playground in 2013. According to the amusement park, the ride also had many maintenance issues throughout its lifespan. The coaster station remained intact and was not used until 2018, when the Breakers Edge Water Coaster opened in its place.

You can see what riding on the attraction was like by clicking here.

James Brien

James Brien is a WSTNewsPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. James Brien joined WSTNewsPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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