Toboggan (Hersheypark)

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Toboggan
Toboggan (Hersheypark).jpg
Hersheypark
Status Closed
Opening date 1972
Closing date 1977
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Chance Rides
Designer Chance Rides
Model Toboggan
Track layout Steel
Lift/launch system Vertical lift hill
Height 45 ft (14 m)
Drop 2 ft (0.61 m)
Length 450 ft (140 m)
Speed 20 mph (32 km/h)
Duration 0:50
G-force 2.1
Toboggan at RCDB
Pictures of Toboggan at RCDB

The Toboggan was a pair of roller coasters at Hersheypark. It stood in what was then known as Carrousel Circle from 1972 to 1977.

History[edit]

Toboggan was added to the park when Carousel Circle was built, a part of the 1972 renovations to Hersheypark. When it initially opened, it was called the Twin Towers' Toboggan. And while it has also been called the Twin Toboggans, park maps[1] and press releases[2] refer to the ride as Toboggan. In 1974 and 1975, the ride was sponsored by Finnaren & Haley Paints.[3] When the ride was removed, it was demolished.

Ride experience[edit]

Two identical Chance Toboggan-style roller coasters stood where the Mini-Himalaya exists currently.[4] Riders would enter two-person cars, which were pulled to the top of a vertical lift inside a shaft (like riding in an elevator), before spiraling down around the shaft, and hitting a bigger drop and spiral at the bottom.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ 1975 Hersheypark Map, Hershey Community Archives, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company 
  2. ^ "Hersheypark Rides for 1975 Season" (Press release). Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company. 
  3. ^ Hersheypark '75 Brochure, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company 
  4. ^ Jacques, Charles J. (1997). Hersheypark: The Sweetness of Success. Jefferson, Ohio: Amusement Park Journal. ISBN 0-9614392-2-X.