Roller Soaker

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Roller Soaker
HP-Roller Soaker.jpg
Hersheypark
Park section The Boardwalk
Coordinates 40°17′29″N 76°39′11″W / 40.29139°N 76.65306°W / 40.29139; -76.65306Coordinates: 40°17′29″N 76°39′11″W / 40.29139°N 76.65306°W / 40.29139; -76.65306
Status Closed
Opening date May 4, 2002
Closing date September 3, 2012
General statistics
Type Steel – Suspended
Manufacturer Setpoint USA
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 70 ft (21 m)
Length 1,300 ft (400 m)
Speed 20.5 mph (33.0 km/h)
Capacity 725 riders per hour
Height restriction 42 in (107 cm)
Roller Soaker at RCDB
Pictures of Roller Soaker at RCDB

Roller Soaker was a suspended roller coaster at Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It was manufactured by Setpoint USA,[1] and was the first interactive ride built in the park. It was located in the Boardwalk at Hersheypark, behind Tidal Force. It was the second roller coaster of this type to be built after Flying Super Saturator was built at Carowinds in 2000.[2] On December 18, 2012, Hersheypark announced through its Facebook page that Roller Soaker would be removed to make way for new water attractions in 2013.[3]

The nine cars are capable of holding four riders total: two riders facing forward, and two riders facing backwards. Cars are moved in and out of the ride in groups of three. The course is filled with gentle slopes and turns.

Roller Soaker was unique because each rider was given 4 US gallons (15 L) of water which totals 16 US gallons (61 L) of water for each car. The water could be dropped from the car toward park guests waiting in line or over Intercoastal Waterway lazy river. There were also several water cannons which could be fired at riders from individuals on the ground, and several places where guests were guaranteed to get wet by traveling under a waterfall. For guests of the park who did not wish to get soaked, a "dry path" was marked, which was achieved by covering the path with a wide margin to allow for splash.[1][4]

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